Bag (0)
Looks like you haven't found anything yet!

Let's get you started...

United Kingdom (GBP £)
In Praise Of...

Crime Docs

by Ella Quittner

There’s not much I can tell you that you don’t already know when it comes to the psychological benefits of cancelling your entire day on a whim.


But there may be a chance I can still catch you before you decide how to spend your Cancelled Day. Perhaps you are currently lacing up a sneaker for a jog in the bright, unexpectedly generous winter sun. Or maybe you are reviewing text messages, memorising the details of a plan to meet a friend for a picnic, moments before you set out. It’s possible you are perusing a grocery list, considering whether you really need bay leaves to pull off Julia’s classic Beef Bourg, a project you have had on “your list” for months. 


Read this next bit carefully, then do as I say immediately: tear up the list. Text your friend to say you’ve come down with food poisoning. And for fuck’s sake, take off your sneakers. Then, open your preferred audiobook application of choice, navigate to the Explore section, and go from there into “Psychological Thrillers.” 


And then? Go to town.  


There was a time I consumed media other than pulpy thrillers replete with unreliable narrators who have undisclosed identical twins, triplets, secret sons, and step-daughters who step out of the woodwork, the shadows, and the literal shadowy woods, typically with a vengeance, and often to commit patricide. A time when I sometimes read nonfiction in hardcover, or enjoyed the latest Paris Review. I knew not of the various ways a decrepit and evil old lady could crawl into a house by widening a hole in the decking little by little over the course of several years with a thumbtack, or of how laughably easy it is to hire a man to install pin-sized cameras in really any type of ceiling. I call that time The Before.


Let me tell you, The Before absolutely sucked compared to The After. Catch me at any moment in The After, on the brink of having my mind blown by an inconceivable yet completely titillating twist fabricated in the mind of someone much more creative than I am. Knowing full well my neighbours could be not at all who they say they are, and proceeding accordingly in the shared recycling area of our building. Being able to rattle off five or six ways a person could fake her own death to start anew, at a moment’s notice. The After rules. 


Now, need you cancel your entire day to pace the length of your apartment to enjoy a twisted ride on audiobook? No, but it increases enjoyment by roughly tenfold. Here is why:


First and foremost, you can listen to the whole thing in one go. 


Then, there’s the clear fact that walks are good for the body and brain. This is well documented. However, walking outside introduces all sorts of elements that could impede your wild sojourn: noise interference from cabs, the distracting scent of a freshly pressed panini. Your apartment has way fewer distractions, assuming your roommates are off working in bedrooms, and/or your significant other has taken instruction not to bother you while you are pacing. 


Physically pacing the length of your apartment—which, if it’s like mine, will require you to turn on your heel every few seconds to pace back in the opposite direction—may have the added advantage of amping you way the hell up, as if you yourself are a trained detective, hot on the trail of the mystery, not a ne'er do well who regularly spends the day in last night’s pyjamas.


As if those weren’t reason enough, the single obvious downside of listening to a thriller on audiobook is completely neutralised: you can’t be worried that an unhinged mastermind has snuck into your home to act on his proclivities, because you have been there the whole time. You would have heard him come in!


As for how to assimilate back to your life the next day, when you must face the cold hard truth that you are not a detective solving the triple disappearance of three tragically beautiful young girls on the same day, three decades apart, I don’t have much helpful advice. And I would spend some time researching it for you—I really would, believe me—but today, I have my hands full with several pressing cases.

More Praise...

Italian Breakfasts

by Giada Mariani

Colazione all’italiana, breakfast the italian way, a joyful, sugar-filled, and chaotic affair. One that always starts with coffee. Whether at the bar or home, mornings for Italians means coffee, first and always.

Read More

Ferrero Rocher Naans

by Jonathan Nunn

In his 1983 travelogue Sans Soleil, the filmmaker Chris Marker advocated for “those memories whose only function was to leave behind nothing but memories,” the moments in our lives which may be banal, perhaps meaningless, but leave their after-image imprinted on us.

Read More

Feasting Alone

by Cat Sarsfield

Since the dawn of time, food has been a social act. It has signalled gathering, a coming together. To break bread is to resolve conflict amongst friends and enemies. The disciples tucked into wine and loaves at The Last Supper. The best...

Read More

Celebrity Breakfast Quirks

by Trey Taylor

Of all three-act productions that mealtimes inevitably stage, breakfast—not dinner, lunch nor afternoon tea, if you take it—is the most capricious and intimate. Menus, waitstaff, courses: none are as surprising as when they appear at breakfast, a repast that can range wildly from corner-of-toast...

Read More

Birdsong

by Laura Bannister

Listening to birds, really listening, is meditation akin to cloud watching. The object of one’s attention is slippery, evanescent. It is new, new, still new again with each subtle modulation. My presence is irrelevant to the warblers’ morning performance, a reminder of my relative smallness.

Read More