I’ll go first: I bumped into a girl I had IG-stalked at an event once. I couldn’t place how I knew her so I acted like we’d met before. When I said it was nice to see her again she did not play along and I realized halfway through that the reason I knew her face was because I had spent hours consuming her life digitally. I tried to backtrack but it was awkward and I slinked away to the bathroom. The end!!!!
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Money doesn’t buy happiness, but sometimes it’s nice to indulge. Here are some things that are bringing us joy right now.
Deux Cookie Dough, $15: “Cookie dough comforts me when I’m spiraling (often about Covid) so when I saw there was a new brand, with health-conscious ingredients, I knew I had to try it. I’m still waiting for it to come in the mail but I’m excited. I got a few—the brownie, the OG cookie dough, and the birthday flavors. I’m planning on eating them raw lol.” — Sara Radin, mental health & culture journalist
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by Bell Hooks, $15.62: “It is not hyperbole to say that this book absolutely changed my life. It offered me a place to reconnect with more tender parts of myself, but also challenged my own thoughts about how far I'd come (and how far I still needed to go) in addressing internalized heteropatriachy and how it manifests in my own life. Hooks passing struck me deeply. If you're interested in exploring vulnerability, gender, and race her works have a lot to offer. “ — Jor-El Caraballo, licensed therapist and writer
ARQ High Rise Undies, $28: “Help! Everyone in my life is sick of me talking about these undies. They are THE most comfortable underwear, ever, and even though they couldn't be more full coverage, I feel like my hottest self in them. When people do splurge on undergarments I feel like the inclination is to go for lingerie, but I strongly suggest you reconsider. ARQ hits all my fave key words: organic materials, small business, sustainable.” — Logan Tsugita, art @ mixed feelings
Pillow Cube Pro, $98.99: “Up until very recently I’ve been sleeping on pillows stained with the sweat and tears of almost a decade in New York. I leveled up to Pillow Cubes which are designed specifically for side sleepers. They've got a little more depth than your average pillow, but it makes for optimal spine support as you're tossing and turning. And despite their rectangular shape, they fit all my pillow cases fairly well. I currently have a set of Good Side silk pillow cases on them and it feels very bougie, even when my cat’s asshole is pressed up against my face.” — Mi-Anne Chan, editorial @ mixed feelings