Looking for your next great read? Try a cookbook. At Bon Appetit, Amanda Shapiro makes a case for reading cookbooks for more than just their recipes, especially during a quarantine. “Since How To Cook Everything became my panic-reduction strategy,” Shapiro writes, “I’ve found myself flipping through it, and even other cookbooks, in calmer moments too. It’s the kind of soft-focus activity that I think a lot of us are craving right now, like knitting, coloring, and looking at photos of Stanley Tucci. I’m still not reading cookbooks cover-to-cover and probably never will, but I am sorry for judging all you people who do.”
“If Nietzsche was right that we need our illusions, I’ll go one further and posit that we need our illusionists: to disprove our eyes, investigate our dreams, and sometimes charm the money from our pockets.” Here’s a fantastic essay from The Rumpus on psychics, love spells, and easy exits.
“The worst days I’ve ever known could be my future under the American Health Care Act.” For Catapult, Liz Lazzara writes about her history with mental illness and what might happen if the new healthcare legislation passes the Senate. Pair with Gila Lyons in our pages about madness, medication, and the creative instinct.