Edition 13 — Digital-escapist tendencies

It’s been a busy week at Sprout HQ and the need to switch off at the end of each day is real. With Summer holidays around the corner, I imagine the same is true for most people right now. With that in mind, this Sprout letter has been curated to meet all your digital-escapist tendencies with a selection of articles, tunes, and podcasts to lean into when you need.

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  1. Odette’s 2021 album Herald.

My entire summer playlist 2021 will be curated around this song.

  1. Fairy Tales, but with accessible mental health care via The New Yorker

Fairy tales re-written with a mental health angle. My faves included The Ugly Duckling who decides to get off Instagram, Cinderella, whose Fairy Godmother does not have the capacity to hold space for her, and Rumplestiltskin; the freelancer with boundaries.

  1. Lena Dunham’s piece False Pregnancy, Giving up on Motherhood which she wrote for Harper’s Magazine in November 2020.

I’m a bit late to the party with this one, but it’s a timeless piece nonetheless. A nuanced look at fertility, privilege, and biology in the murky world of female health.

It’s wild how far you can drift from yourself in the process of trying to get what you want. What started as wanting to carry the child of the man I loved became wanting to have a child with a man who was willing to help me have one.

  1. This American Life podcast episode, Conventions.

Taken from their archives and aired recently, this episode is all about the kinds of behaviours, chance encounters, and experiences found in large-scale conventions. You know, those huge, three-day-long events that were common in our lives before Covid.

“When people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend. Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love.”

  1. I took a trip down memory lane to the early 00s with this off-beat HuffPost article by Caroline Bologna, What Happened To The Going-Out Top?

In this article, Bologna traces the origins of the going-out top and analyses its subsequent disappearance.

Style trends today encompass a range of evening outfit options, from dresses to matching sets to cozy sweaters (or sweatsuits and loungewear in the lockdown era of the COVID-19 pandemic). But back in the early to mid-aughts, one nighttime look reigned supreme: jeans with a “going-out top.”

  1. 42 minutes and 47 seconds were well spent listening Toxic Startups. The Truth About Tech by Otegha Uwagba’s and her podcast In Good Company.

In this episode, Otegha interviews Anna Wiener, author of Uncanny Valley: Destruction and Disillusionment in San Francisco’s Startup Scene. Their conversation covered a range of topics from emotional labour within the workplace, toxic work culture used to increase productivity and output, ethical quandaries yet to be concluded, and the lies corporations often tell their employees. “We’re a family” — Eyeroll. Anyone else?!


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