This & That
It’s all about our gardens right now. Last weekend, at a lecture by landscape designer Leslie Needham, I met Page Dickey and Frances Palmer — both women are incredibly talented and I’m endlessly inspired by their work. I’ve even considered trying my hand at ceramics à la Ms. Palmer, and Page Dickey is my true polestar when it comes to garden design. Catie Marron, an ex-Vogue colleague, wrote Becoming A Gardener and it’s next up in my garden books queue. I just read Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad and The Candy House back-to-back. They are both incredible works of fiction and really one long book. Next up, This Time Tomorrow by a fave author Emma Straub. This New York Times recipe for polenta with peas, asparagus, and mint looks insanely yummy and I picked up the ingredients earlier today. We are going to Paris in September so I thought I’d brush up on my French by watching the film France — it got great reviews. And, summer makes me a bit of a magpie — love the gold trim on these Malone Souliers slides, and hoping these Aerin coasters come back in stock.
I was craving one of these posts. Merci! Merci!
Full disclosure Jennifer Egan (Jenny) is a high school friend of mine. One of the dearest people I know. She is also extremely smart and a brilliant writer. I have loved all of her books. Can’t wait to dig in to The Candy House.
Just snapped up both Jennifer Egan books, and am very excited to read. Also truly enjoyed the post…..
I can’t wait for the movie. Thanks for the tip!
A visit from The Goon Squad was one of my faves! One of those where I felt sad to not be able to hang out with this characters. I can’t wait to dig into her new book. THANK YOU for sharing!
Speaking of Paris, my 16 year old daughter and I are going to Paris this summer. Her first, mine after much too long. Will you share any special off the beaten path stores or places to visit. We would love a few amazing vintage stores too.
Thank you for mentioning Paige Dickey. I appreciate her decades of gardening experience and knowledge, which is what is required for ‘becoming a gardener.’ Glossy, society garden books are fun to look at, but gardening is more than owning a gorgeous property with a gorgeous home and hiring out a lot of (high priced) talent – not that one can’t achieve a great result by hiring it out. It just doesn’t make one ‘a gardener.’
‘When the world ceases to satisfy, there’s always the garden.’