#46: Tyler, Alex, and Serey (Perfectly Imperfect)
Perfectly Imperfect on The Last Days of Disco (1998), Grossy's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Massage Guns, and more
Welcome to Perfectly Imperfect #46
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Chloë Sevigny, witty dialogue, disco, NYC, and nightlife, what more do you need? The Last Days of Disco captures a really distinct vibe that'll make you yearn for the pre-COVID days of dancing, loud music, meeting new people, and having interesting conversations. This was my first Whit Stillman flick & surely won't be my last— "everyone's here- everyone you know and everyone you don't know"
On this one Alfonso Cuarón seamlessly weaves together sex, friendship, happiness, mortality, masculinity, and politics into a simple story of two friends and an older woman embarking on a road trip. It's a warm and nostalgic film with lovely camerawork from Emmanuel Lubezki and an incredible soundtrack. I slept on this movie for far too long, don't make the same mistake.
The Y Tu Mamá También's soundtrack reminded me of By This River, a great cut off Before and After Science from legendary musician and producer, Brian Eno. This record contains multitudes— not only does it have an iconic cover, but it's jam packed with incredible tracks such as the new-wave opener No One Receiving and the lush Spider and I, one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
A few days ago we lost one of the most influential and trailblazing artists of our time, SOPHIE. Whether it's Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides LP, Charli XCX's VROOM VROOM, the insane Yeah Right with Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar, early singles such as BIPP, or the plethora of loosies— SOPHIE's inventive production made a huge splash. If you’re unfamiliar with SOPHIE's work, check out this playlist and consider yourself lucky that you’re listening with fresh ears.
It’s relatively easy to not fuck up stovetop rice, but when you do (distracted by preparing other stuff, spacing out in front of the t.v., etc) it’ll ruin your meal. Recently while in a fit of rage after overcooking a bunch of rice I opened up Wirecutter and cop'd their pick for Best Rice Cooker, the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10. Now I just pour in some rice, rinse it, add some water, press a button, and a lil bit later I have perfectly cooked rice that it'll keep warm until I actually need it. It's pricey ($190.99 at the time of writing), but the ease of mind is worth it.
I've been shooting film for nearly a decade a now and gone are the days of CVS developing film in 1 hour (or at all). Unless you live in a major city your options are pretty limited, so a few years back I started using Indie Film Lab & haven't looked back. About once a month I ship a few rolls of film to Alabama and a few days later I get a download link in my inbox, a feeling akin to Christmas morning. Their scans are super high quality & in one click I can add them to Google Photos and easily share with friends.
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If you're into cookies with some solid height to them, not just flat mcdonalds-patty-esque cookies, these are for you. Previous guest of the newsletter™️, Grossy takes you through the steps to prepare a doomsday preppers amount of cookies to store for months in the freezer, and lets you in on his secret to keeping them from falling flat.
Alexander McCall Smith blesses us with his imagination here with plentiful short stories designed around photos from the archive of The Sunday Times. A spiritual successor to his Chance Developments, where Smith wrote the stories not told behind vintage photographs, he continues this trend with imagination and an insane focus on the humanity (so well realized it can be shocking he thought it all up from some photos). Not every story hits, but that's the beauty of short stories. Not feeling it? Move onto the next one!
Puebco is a very utilitarian take on found objects and vintage resale & repurposing. The attention to detail is chef's kiss, everything from the curated objects themselves, to the very purposefully laid out images of the goods for sale, just perfection. Browsing the site is like taking a step into another day and age, looking through a selection of gems like folding clothing hangers, and military material inspired ping pong racket covers. And I couldn’t forget to point out the beautiful and oh so discreet book boxes.
Brad Pitt speaking in a dialect even his co-characters can't understand? Check. Wild & all over the place plot & writing to match that? Check. Some 10/10 perfromances all the way down to the dog? Check. Everyone needs to mix their arthouse film binging with the occasional quirk-piece, let me save you some time on the movie selection and make that decision for you — watch Snatch.
I’m a big sucker for classic pieces and I love it when a designer re-imagines them. For example, the double knee pants are a classic that TOMBOGO took and gave a dope twist with convertible/detachable pockets. They’re a small brand that I’ve been following them for a while now, and they’ve been consistently putting out really really interesting pieces like their work shirt.
Before I start rambling, I just wanna note that I’ve never liked massages, I’m deathly ticklish. So recently, my roommate got one of those massage guns, and let me tell ya, the hype is real. In between lunch breaks when we snowboard, it literally feels like someone took off my legs and installed a fresh pair, and that’s how well it works. If you’ve heard about the hype, you’ve probably heard of the more hyped brand Theragun, it’s definitely a bit pricier, but my roommates and I have the more generic brands off of Amazon for half the price, and honestly? It works 🤷♀️
I’ve gone through so many different matcha brands through the past two years. The type of matcha really matters depending on whether you plan on baking or making lattes out of them. I’ve been exclusively using Naoki for the past year now, mainly because they make it super easy to pick which blend works best for what I’m trying to do (because I have no idea what I’m doing here). I’ve been using the Fragrant Yame blend from Amazon for both baking and lattes with a splash of oat milk, and it’s chef’s kiss
Working from home has set zero boundaries for me between work time and play time. I have a really, really short attention span. My focus has plummeted in past few months and I knew I needed to change. Deep Work are rules that help you focus better in a distracted world. It has done me wonders in the past few weeks. The anecdotes are really inspiring and it really has been pushing me to be better when I'm trying to get stuff done.
Okay, also just wanna note that I don’t even have the attention span to physically read. So this book is available in audio form as well, which is how I’ve actually been “reading” this book.
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Roasted Red Peppers — Elevate your sandwich game
Nike Go FlyEase — Hands-free sneakers :)