1. Watch Chef’s Table.
Lyle says it’s “weirdly addictive. It doesn’t matter if you can’t cook. It doesn’t matter if you’re only 60% sure what a radish is or if you think haute cuisine is pretentious and obscene and a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the world.
“It’s worth watching for the bizarre, intricate dishes, the intense, obsessive chefs, and the grandiose statements they make about, I dunno, trying to extract the soul of an egg. Much like the Olympics, it’s best enjoyed while eating something cheap and miserable, and while telling yourself that anyone with that level of dedication and talent must be unhappy underneath it all.”
Find it on Netflix here.
2. Read Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry.
If you were a Serial season one addict (and weren’t we all), add this to your Amazon Wish List RIGHT. NOW. Written by Rabia Chaudry, who first reached out to Sarah Koenig to look into to Adnan Syed’s case, the book explores the case in further depth, and includes sections in Adnan’s own words.
Get a copy here.
If you’re looking for a quicker read, check out Amna’s stunning essay about the intersection of mental health, family, and culture.
3. Listen to The Mental Illness Happy Hour.
Maggy listens to this religiously. “It’s both super interesting and informative but also brutally funny. The host, Paul Gilmartin, chats to one guest per episode and gets them to open up about all sorts of things from childhood trauma, to phobias and weird sexual fantasies. The archive is massive but if you go on the site you can start with listener’s favourites from 2011-2015, and from 2016 I recommend Melissa Broder who has an amazing book out called So Sad Today which she discusses in depth.”
4. Play Leo’s Fortune.
This delightful game combines classic platform adventure play with gorgeous graphics for a super fun and absorbing experience. Once you’ve hunted down the thief that stole Leo’s gold, you’ll unlock a seriously addicting “hard-core” mode.
5. Cook this chili stuffed garlic bread.
If you’re looking for perfection, it’s literally right here. This NOM-worthy dish combines two essential comfort foods and will satisfy your tastebuds so hard the outside world will cease to matter to you. The cooking process is also a bit fun and different, so it’ll keep you busy, too.
Get the recipe here.
If you’re looking for something sweeter, how about one of these chocolate/coffee concoctions?
6. Try out a Papergang subscription.
Sign up by 22 August to get this month’s delightful box of stationery goodies from my favourite British indie brand. A Papergang box is £9.95 plus shipping and comes backed with treats like notebooks, planners, cards, adorable washi tape, and more.
It’s like getting a surprise present in the mail every month, and once you’re over the fun of opening the box, you can cut it up to follow the included origami pattern!
If your desk drawer is too full for more stationery, clutter up your phone instead with this foolproof dog selfie trick.
7. Follow Mixtape.
Subscribe to this really wonderful Tiny Letter from our very own Dan Dalton, which delivers a new, subtly themed Spotify playlist straight to your inbox every week. Each edition of Mixtape is excellently curated and organised– you can expect ten songs every time, and atmospheric liner notes about the choices for an all at once brand new and nostalgic music break.
Subscribe to Mixtape here.
Or soothe your soul by following one of these pretty handwriting Instagram accounts.