October Reading Edit

The W&D Slack feed has been our go-to place for article sharing the past couple months, so when Stefani asked if we should bring back our monthly reading edit, it was a no-brainer! This month we peppered the list with everything from classic comfort food recipes to uncomfortable topics like staying unmarried, even when you’re married. I particularly loved the article on Chance the Rapper and how he managed to tap into the deep sense of self-awareness required in order to not lose yourself in fame. Everyone in the studio got a lot of out Leandra Medine’s response to one reader’s worry about not living up to her potential. This is a diverse list that’s pretty quick to get through in an evening. Enjoy! – Kate


+ On the easiest, most delicious pasta dish you can make tonight: Cacio e Pepe is one of my favorite pasta dishes. It’s somehow light and rich at the same time, with a delicious blend of creaminess from Parmesan and sharpness from lots of fresh black pepper. But, if you know anything about me, you know I love cheese.” – Tonight’s Dinner is the Simplest, Cheesiest Pasta by Elana Karp

+ On Ivanka Trump’s portrayal of motherhood: “Ivanka’s digital portrayal of motherhood wouldn’t be so unforgivable were it not for the fact that the fantasy she’s created is in direct opposition to the kinds of things she claims, over and over, to advocate for on behalf of American women. It’s become increasingly obvious that her politics are as much a fantasy as her portrayal of the American mother.” – What’s Missing From Ivanka Trump’s Depiction of Motherhood by Kate Ristow

+ On a marriage-less marriage: “I have dedicated several of my books to him, but really, they all could be. He is my most important reader and creative collaborator. We have traveled the world with one suitcase. We have cooked more than 100 Blue Apron meals without killing each other. We have shared a dozen different addresses. We have built a life. But we are not married. We live in California, which means we are not even common-law married.” – The Secret to Marriage Is Never Getting Married by Gabrielle Zevin

+ On the fear of unfilled potential: “…but the crux of what we’re saying when we talk about these synonyms for self-improvement is entirely imbued with this notion that we could always be better, that we’re not doing enough to be the best — that unfulfilled potential is gently knocking at all of our doors. Just recognizing this was huge for me.” – Ask MR: What If I Never Amount to Anything? by Leandra Medine

+ On Chance the Rapper’s humbleness on Colbert: “There are a few moments when his struggles sound too rarefied to even be called “first-world problems,” like when he complains that his Grammys haven’t arrived in the mail yet. But so long as you watch (and not just listen to) his Colbert performance, the song’s spell of radical humility—and the insistence that he’s superior to none of God’s other creatures—remains unbroken throughout.” – Chance the Rapper’s Radical Humility on Colbert by Spencer Kornhaber

+ On a marathon relationship: “I’m not sure if we fall in love with people or if we fall in love with the way they make us feel, the ways they expand who we are and wish to be. The last time we spoke, I told him how moved I was by a photo in National Geographic of hundreds of shark fins drying on a rooftop in Hong Kong. I pictured the finless sharks drowning after being cast overboard, the marine equivalent of being buried alive.” – The 12-Hour Goodbye That Started Everything by Miriam Johnson

+ On hosting an articles club: “The fascinating thing about an articles club is how close you get to—and how much you learn about—the women in the group. The conversations get intimate pretty quickly—we’ve talked about marriage, breakups, parenting, career goals, what success means, the saddest and happiest times in our lives, depression, body image, aging, feminism, religion, everything under the sun.” – An Articles Club by Joanna Goddard

+ Plus What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, a memoir about writing, running, and becoming yourself.

Our monthly reading edits are compiled by Stefani Ellenbecker, W&D’s Editorial Director, and me! Every month we get together to talk about the content going on W&D for the upcoming weeks, which is most often inspired by articles, timely topics, and cultural touch points outside the lifestyle category. We hope that we enjoy these links and get as much out of them as we do!

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