Sunday Suggestions

Sunday Suggestions: a round up of things to read, watch, listen to and do
Sunday Suggestions 6th November 2016 || raeritchie.com

 

Hello there & welcome to Sunday Suggestions!

This is the second post in what I am planning to be a regular series of columns appearing, funnily enough, on Sundays, with suggestions of awesome people and things to check out, read, participate in and follow.

The idea for this came, as good ideas often do, during a late night discussion with my partner in the bathroom (like so many people, we swore we’d never descend to shared bathroom usage but eighteen months on from moving in together, we regular co-use the space – and not only that, it’s where some of our best conversations happen).

There is just so much great stuff out there on the Internet, I wanted to gather some of what I’ve come across up in one place and share it with other people.  Sunday is the usually the most chilled for a lot of people, with perhaps a bit more time available to read and explore, hence Sunday Suggestions was born!

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Here are my suggestions on Sunday 6th November 2016:

  • Writing in last Saturday’s the Guardian Weekend magazine, Zadie Smith discussed dancers who had influenced her.  One pair were Harold and Fayard Nicholas.  I’d never heard of these brothers but when I read that ‘Fred Astaire called their routine in Stormy Weather the greatest example of cinematic dance he ever saw’, I had to check them out – and so should you!  The routine is truly phenomenal and just so uplifting.  I challenge you not to tap your feet and click you while watching this!

 

 

 

 

  • Megan Garber writing over on the Atlantic has noted a trend for women wearing improbably high heels in action films.  I don’t know if I agree entirely with her argument but the general assertion is spot on and the article has such energy and verve that I wanted to include it here.

 

 

  • Also on the beauty theme, here we see the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talk about the changes in how she views cosmetics.  Crucially this video is part of Adichie’s new role as an ambassador for Boots No7 make up range.  This is just one example recently of an engagement between feminism and the industries of fashion and beauty.  Is this a watershed moment or just another attempt by the powers that be to co-opt the current feminist wave for their own monetary purposes?  I’m still trying to figure out my views on this but am planning on writing an article about all this at some point soon.  I’d love to hear your views – you can comment below.

 

 

If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to this week, I have a piece on The Huffington Post UK about the intertwined public memories of the recently deceased Tom Hayden and his former wife, Hollywood legend Jane Fonda.  I also wrote for Welldoing.org about the harm that can come from choosing the wrong therapist .  Please share these articles if you feel able to, I really appreciate the support!

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