Bwecommendations, March 2022
To eat, to drink, to binge, to read, but mostly to chess.
Claire Shang, Editor in Chief: Gowanus. The StairMaster. Caio Fernando Abreu.
Sylvie Epstein, Managing Editor: The Avett Brothers, “February Seven.” Salmon over sesame soba noodles. Big scarves.
Kat Chen, Digital Editor: Craig Thompson, Blankets. ELIZA, A Real Romantic.
Tarini Krishna, Publisher: Fotografiska. Laura Les, “Haunted.” Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
Daniel Seizer, Publisher: Danna Paola. FKA Twigs, Caprisongs. Tommy Genesis and Charli XCX, “100 Bad.”
Hart Hallos, Illustrations Editor: Liz Phair. Buying, selling, and eating NFTs. Hilary Devaney, Projections (on view at Harkawik from Feb. 26–April 2, 2022).
Madeleine Hermann, Illustrations Editor: Dan & Drum, “Mona Lisa.” Chai lattes from Liz’s Place. Mitski, Laurel Hell. Wordle. Staff Writer Kelsey Kitzke’s lemon pasta.
Annie Poole, Layout Editor: Peter Luger Steakhouse.
Benjamine Mo, Literary Editor: Beach House, “Myth.” NYC Ferry, Astoria Route.
Sam Sacks, Podcast Director: The Trojan Horse Affair. Bodhi (kosher vegetarian dim sum place in Chinatown).
Grace Adee, Senior Editor: Marry Me (2022). Black Country, New Road, Ants From Up There.
Dominy Gallo, Editor Emeritus: Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Amia Srinivasan, “Does Anyone Have the Right to Sex?” Nina Simone, “Lilac Wine.”
Cy Gilman, Senior Editor: Julie Roset. James Meek, “Did I invade? Do you exist?” (London Review of Books). Paper extensions.
Chloë Gottlieb, Senior Editor: Chess.com (the app). Beer Buddy (the app). Beer buddy (a friend).
Elizabeth Jackson, Senior Editor: Sara Bareilles, “Once Upon Another Time.” The Open Ears Project (Spotify).
Nicole Kohut, Senior Editor: Summer of Soul (2021). Daisies (1966).
Brooke McCormick, Senior Editor: Call My Agent! (Netflix). Casa Magazines. Mama’s Too, bruschetta slice.
Sam Needleman, Senior Editor: Andrzej Żuławski. Pretzel shortbread cookies from the pork stand at the Greenmarket. John McPhee, “Giving Good Weight.” Drinking out of a can with a straw.
Willa Neubauer, Senior Editor: Justin Bieber fandom. Love is Blind, Season 2. From a Basement on the Hill, Elliot Smith. Aaron Altaras’ Instagram (@aaronaltaras).
Victor Omojola, Senior Editor: Station Eleven (HBO Max). Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven. Saba, Few Good Things.
Sophie Poole, Senior Editor: Jean Rhys.
Lyla Trilling, Senior Editor: Hoop Dreams (1994). Peter Luger Steak House.
Zibia Bardin, Staff Writer: Benjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World. Marco Polo tea from Mariage Frère.
Cole Cahill, Staff Writer: Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You. John McPhee, “Tabula Rasa, Volume Three” (The New Yorker).
Iris Chen, Staff Writer: Jo Ann Beard, “The Fourth State of Matter.” Samurai Rebellion (1967). “It’s Not Your Fault You Can’t Pay Attention. Here’s Why,” The Ezra Klein Show (Spotify).
Michael Colton, Staff Writer: Saba, Few Good Things. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO Max). George Harrison, Early Takes Volume 1.
Margaret Connor, Staff Writer: The New Pornographers, “You’ll Need a New Backseat Driver.” Alberto Moravia, Il Conformista. Hungarian Pastry Shop, peach & hazelnut cake.
Sadia Haque, Staff Writer: Queens (ABC). Rachel Lynn Solomon, Weather Girl. Maisie Peters, “Brooklyn.”
Jaden Jarmel-Schneider, Staff Writer: Getting your friends into chess.com then not saying anything when they take the credit. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections.
Anouk Jouffret, Staff Writer: Joan Didion, A Year of Magical Thinking. Orville Peck, Dead of Night.
Kelsey Kitzke, Staff Writer: D. T. Max, “Hanya Yanagihara’s Audience of One.” Being roommates with Illustrations Editor Madeleine Hermann and writing about it for the Valentine’s Day issue. Being roommates with Illustrations Editor Madeleine Hermann and writing about it for the Valentines Day issue. Florence + the Machine, “King.”
Justin Liang, Staff Writer: W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn. Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities. The Marías, CINEMA.
Will Lyman, Staff Writer: Garth Greenwell, Cleanness. And Just Like That … (HBO Max). Solange, “Locked in Closets.”
Becky Miller, Staff Writer: Love and Basketball (2000). As Good as It Gets (1997).
Ellida Parker, Staff Writer: Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). Le Tigre, “Eau d’Bedroom Dancing.”
Michaela Sawyer, Staff Writer: Parliament, “The Motor Booty Affair”
Muni Suleiman, Staff Writer: Tony Kushner, Angels in America. bell hooks, All About Love. Learning how to love and be loved radically.
Sona Wink, Staff Writer: Getting a concussion and listening to the entire Dune audiobook in the dark.
Hazel Lu, Staff Illustrator: Beach House,i Bloom. The Walkmen, Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me is Gone. Danton Boller Quartet.
Vanessa Mendoza, Staff Illustrator: Tara Westover, Educated. Encanto (2021).
Oonagh Mockler, Staff Illustrator: Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation. Fleabag (Amazon Prime). Ben & Jerry’s, Cherry Garcia.
Rea Rustagi, Staff Illustrator: Big Thief, “Breathe in My Lungs.” Ian Frazier, “The Vertical Farm.”
Jace Steiner, Staff Illustrator: Quinton Reviews, “The Failure of Victorious” ” (Youtube). Opiartsy, “Hyperpop for Cybergayz” (Spotify). Enjoying moments.
Phoebe Wagoner, Staff Illustrator: Squishy yet chalky rubber grapes.