Issue №35 | 16 March 2020 | ‘Corona

Issue №35 | 16 March 2020 | ‘Corona

As we prepare to face the wrath of coronavirus, there’s a solid chance we may have to self-isolate in the coming weeks. Our trip to Transylvania next month looks like it might be in jeopardy, and we ain’t happy.

There’s nothing worse than being stuck at home with nothing to do. Now we’ve binge-watched Love is Blind on Netflix, we need to get creative. So this issue is dedicated to the books, films and other bits and bobs you should all be stockpiling ahead of the apocalypse. Pre-read books make excellent loo roll replacement, too. Freya and Alex

What Freya has been up to this week: Met the iconic Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo. Was appalled by the real-life horrors exposed in the new film Dark Waters. Enjoyed beers brewed by women at The Good Measure for International Women’s Day.

What Alex has been up to this week: Recording and shooting a TV advert for the Alzheimer’s Society. Yes, The Ashatones are going international.


Books to pre-order before quarantine…

Lunch with the FT — ed. Lionel Barber

Apocalypse = end of print journalism. In its absence, we recommend this brilliantly sparky selection of interviews from the Financial Times.

José Saramago — Blindness

The story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness and the social breakdown that follows. Vibrant and terrifying.

Jenny Kleeman — Sex Robots & Vegan Meat

Kleeman looks at the damaging effects of ‘tech solutions’. It’s out in July, but the robots can deliver it to you in your bunkers.

An article…

Everything I Witnessed During Rush Hour at One of New York’s Busiest Coffee Shops by Edith Young for Man Repeller

When self-isolation reaches fever pitch and you start to miss those halcyon days of human contact, this article will soothe you. Oh, to order an oat milk latté without having to shout from behind your mask.

Man Repeller has some of the greatest writers working on the internet, and the way they format pieces like this is genius. When the quarantine is lifted, you’ll never drink your flat white with your head in your phone again. Hurray for people-watching. Freya


Noteworthy new albums to self-isolate to…

Caribou — Suddenly

Mmmm. This is pop at its most delectable. Canadian composer and producer Caribou has really outdone himself this time with this delightful collection of songs, which constantly teeter between catchy and sonically forward-thinking.

Grab your headphones, take 40 and lose yourself in this world. Alex

Moses Sumney — græ: Part 1

Sensual RnB meets art pop: the results are gorgeous.

Kassa Overall — I THINK I’M GOOD

A glorious merging of hip-hop and jazz.


Corona & Chill…

Ladhood (BBC 3)

Move over Inbetweeners, this coming-of-age comedy subverts the classic genre in hilarious and thought-provoking ways.

Grand Designs: House of the Year (Channel 4)

A house made out of cork? A renovated old mill? A sexy Kevin McCloud? Heaven.

Cold Feet (ITV)

Created in the late 90s, the Manchester-based comedy-drama is as light, witty and poignant as ever.

Ally McBeal (Amazon Prime)

Think Suits for the mid-90s. With a hint of Mad Men. Quirky and bingeable.

About Time (Netflix)

Richard Curtis’s best film. That is all. If you haven’t seen it, now’s your chance.


Alex has picked up these banging in-ear headphones for running, for when the gyms inevitably shut.

Having given up social media, Freya has resorted to procrasti-scrolling through real estate websites. This is her latest find.

Odds and Ends

Sex stories never get old. Here’s a whole Twitter thread of them.

Barcode bangers.

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