- A little dab of this and a little dab of that at the eye of the news shitstorm, a little droplet behind your chi — Rachel Monroe on the rise of the Essential Oils: “Oils are touted as something between a perfume and a potion, a substance that can keep you smelling nice while also providing physical and psychological benefits. They are often stocked on the same shelves as herbal remedies such as echinacea and St.-John’s-wort; big-box stores sell aromatherapy diffusers as an alternative to synthetic-smelling products like Febreze. The model Miranda Kerr used oils to help her get over her breakup with Orlando Bloom. The pop star Kesha tweeted that she starts off every day by sniffing essential oils: “They make me feel so peaceful.” Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan, unsurprisingly, but so are RuPaul, Alanis Morissette, and a trainer for the New York Knicks.”
- Snippets from Elizabeth Hardwick’s days at NYRB and at Columbia from Darryl Pinckney: “Elizabeth Hardwick wrote about what engaged her. Over the years, I would hear her say that she’d had to tell an editor she didn’t want to write about a certain book or author because she found she didn’t have anything interesting to say after all. […] it didn’t matter if she was writing for glossy publications with her eye on the word count, for a venerable quarterly with a thick spine, or for a newspaper book-review section not looking for controversy. Every assignment got Hardwick at full sail, all mind and style. Nothing is casual, she said. You are always up against the limits of yourself.”
- I have absolutely no idea whether Kazuo Ishiguro deserves the Nobel, but he is one of my favorite writers — he’s good, and you can find in any number of articles the array of things he’s good at; don’t ask me because I’m of those people who enjoyed Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled. But James Wood, who hated The Unconsoled, and who I also admire, is iffy about the whole business. Which puts me in a rather curious mood: Can it, dear god, be true that Wood is, or even worse, I am, wrong? Wood on the latest Swedish prize giveaway: “I hoped that the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare would win this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature—but, then, I hope that every year. Kazuo Ishiguro’s en-Nobelment is a surprise; I wonder how many readers had thought of him as a likely contender. […] [He has] supremely done [his] own kind of thing, calmly undeterred by literary fashion, the demands of the market, or the intermittent incomprehension of critics.”
- Perhaps the more Twittered author and critic disagreement today is one between Vanessa Grigoriadis and Michelle Goldberg, both of the Times. In the latest episode of the Longform Podcast, Grigoriadis, discusses her latest book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, Goldberg’s consequential review, the subsequent Twitter warfare. If you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, Jia Tolentino’s analysis of the contention is informative and concise.
- Bet twenty bucks this guy went to the game to leave it and to tweet about the leaving: “Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an N.F.L. game in his home state of Indiana on Sunday after nearly two dozen players on the visiting San Francisco 49ers knelt during the playing of the national anthem.”
- Speaking of gambling, what are the chances the Democratic Party will be properly up and running in time to win elections? The Times on the reformation of the Left: “It started as a scrappy grass-roots protest movement against President Trump, but now the so-called resistance is attracting six- and seven-figure checks from major liberal donors, posing an insurgent challenge to some of the left’s most venerable institutions — and the Democratic Party itself.“
Each autumn, as the Toronto International Film Festival draws closer, four talented actors are chosen to participate in an intensive professional development programme, which immerses these young creatives in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival. Now in its fifth year, the TIFF Rising Stars will attend seminars with international casting directors, media training, and one-on-one meetings with filmmakers. Toronto’s own Deragh Campbell, an accomplished writer and actor, was selected as one of the four finalists this season, and we had the opportunity to chat with her about her career, what her year looks like, and what’s next.
1) How did you get started in acting? Where and who did you train under?
I got my start acting when I was cast along with my best friend in Matthew Porterfield’s 2013 feature I Used to be Darker after meeting Matt at the NY premiere of his previous feature, Putty Hill. I had not been studying acting but creative writing at Concordia University at the time. It was the experience of being in I Used to be Darker that made me want to seek further film projects that interested me.
2) What productions have you been in to date?
In the couple years that followed Darker, I was in Dustin Guy Defa’s short Person to Person and Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven. I started acting a lot more in this past year, working on Sandy Carson’s O Brazen Age, Sofia Bohdanowicz’s Never Eat Alone, Lev Lewis’ Sublet, Joey Klein’s The Other Half and Julian Radlmaier’s The Pursuit of Happiness.
3) What is your goal for 2015 and the next 5 years?
My goal for 2015 and the foreseeable future is to invest myself in further projects that I am excited about. I hope to become a stronger and braver performer. I also want to write and direct my own projects.
4) What is one thing you couldn’t do without?
I couldn’t do without consuming art: books, films and visual art. It’s important to me to feel interested and engaged, quite aside from the advantages it might have for me as an actor.
5) What are you most proud of?
I’m probably most proud of my work in I Used to be Darker just because it was the fastest period of growth, like a child in infancy. I was also recently awarded a MacDowell Fellowship to write a feature film with my friend Alexandra Napier.
6) How did it feel to be selected as one of the TIFF Rising Stars?
It feels great to be selected as a TIFF Rising Star! I am very moved to have the support and the resources extended from an institution. and team of people, that I respect so much.
Photograph courtesy of George Pimentel.