The Sunday Digest 022
"Do you watch Hacks?"
Welcome to The Sunday Digest — a free Sunday newsletter featuring long (and some short) reads, original columns, things I’ve saved over the last week, relaxing playlists, episodes releases, exclusive product drops, and more. Yes, you can reply to this email. I’d love to hear from you. Or, if podcasts are more your speed on Sundays, we’ve got that too.
Sunday Read: Meg Stalter on the New Season of Hacks, “Las Vegas Lady” Makeup, and TikTok as Self-Care
by Lauren Valenti for Vogue
If you’ve been to a group dinner with me lately, you’ve probably heard me utter the words, “Do you watch Hacks?” It was one of my favorite shows last year, and the most recent season has been my runaway favorite show of 2022.
While my favorite character remains Deborah Vance, Megan Stalter has been a very close second. While she’s very much a supporting actor, she’s also become an absolute scene stealer.
Here’s a brief excerpt of her interview with Vogue:
Things must be crazy for you right now. How do you unwind amid all the madness?
A special face mask, taking a long, long bath, or praying with a candle always feels like self-care to me. But then sometimes it’s even just laughing at TikTok videos, which sounds insane. But to be able to turn your brain off and stop working for a minute or like worrying about stuff or doing work, just laying and watching funny videos. I’ve also been into writing in my diary. I think diaries are making a comeback! I’ve had like five friends be like, “It’s life changing, you have to write in a diary!” It’s also really helpful because when you're a comedian or an actor or performer, you're always constantly performing for others. Like when you’re doing a video, there’s an audience in mind. It almost takes a minute to write without imagining someone’s reading it. To do something like that just for yourself, to create for yourself…I got into painting a lot during the pandemic. There was a month where I, for real, thought I was a painter. [Laughs] It was nice and relaxing and something for myself. I think to be able to make something for yourself, or just to know no one else will ever see it, is healing.
Read in full here. Oh, and just watch Hacks already so I have someone to talk about it with.
The Sunday Haiku: Nothing Else To Do
Should we go to brunch,
or just sit here all morning?
Might as well get dressed.
In this month's listener questions, I go through some unwritten rules of Venmo, new recipe resources, The New York Times's 36 Questions That Lead to Love, summer airport fits, my travel itinerary for Italy this summer, farmers' market vibes, coming down from weekends that give you an emotional high, what I wished I knew going into wedding planning, and how the podcast gained traction in its early days.
Relaxing Twitter Account of the Week: Samuel Peploe Bot
I’m not sure what this means but I’ve gotten really into automated Twitter feed for historical artists lately. It’s kind of nice to see impressionist paintings mixed into the rest of the garbage that infiltrates Twitter on a daily basis.
This week brought me Scottish artist Samuel Peploe. Enjoy.
Sunday Watch: Elizabeth Olsen Takes A Lie Detector Test
On the most anxious day of the week, it’s kind of enjoyable to see other people squirm. I’ve been a longtime Vanity Fair subscriber on YouTube, and their series of celebrities taking lie detector tests has become a favorite of mine recently.