Back in the byline game with a write up of Friends of the High Line‘s spring benefit for Style.com. Presenters including Chelsea Clinton and Diane von Furstenberg honored cofounder Robert Hammond and others for bringing the elevated urban park–one of my favorite places in the city–to life.
Ethan Hawke, by the way, exudes all the boyish charm you could possibly expect.
One of the biggest pleasures of working at Farrar, Straus and Giroux is getting a chance to interact with breathtakingly talented coworkers and authors. Oliver Burkeman, an award-winning journalist, has written a fun, thought-provoking and utterly brilliant book–The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking–and I was pleased to get to ask him a couple of questions for FSG’s Work in Progress (which you should most definitely subscribe to).
Oliver was also recently interviewed by The Hairpin and NPR’s All Things Considered. I recommend watching his charming, illustrated book trailer, available here.
Sarah Scire: One of the book’s first chapters begins with you conducting an experiment in confronting the worst-case scenario. What did you learn—and when else have you used this method? (I’m thinking here of your tweet about preparing for the All Things Considered interview.)
Oliver Burkeman: The book combines reporting and what I suppose you’d call first-person psychological experimentation. You’re referring to an example of the latter—an agonizing undertaking in which I spoke the names of stations out loud on the London Underground, in what the psychologist Albert Ellis, who came up with the idea, used to refer to as a “shame-attacking exercise.” (Since I’m easily embarrassed, it was fairly horrible—but the point of the exercise is to realize that it’s not that horrible: our anxiety about future events is almost always out of proportion to the reality.) I use a related technique that I encountered in reporting this book—“negative visualization,” derived from the Stoics—all the time, in daily life. Positive thinking asks us to convince ourselves that everything will turn out fine. But it’s often much more powerful to realize that you’d be OK if they didn’t turn out fine. Doing broadcast interviews to promote this book has called for plenty of negative visualization: asking “what’s the worst that’s likely to happen?” and really specifically figuring out the answer—national humiliation, yes, but not physical torture or losing a limb—works pretty much every time.
Read the rest here.
Thoroughly enjoyed discussing fish bones and cod wars and black lava sand beaches with Johanna for this piece up on nytimes.com now. Isn’t the lookbook pitch-perfect for her line?
Covering the book signing for photographer Cass Bird’s new hardcover, “Rewilding,” was one of my favorite assignments from T to date. Read my piece and interviews with some of her subjects (or, as Bird calls them, co-collaborators) here.
I also wrote about growing crystals in your basement with the lovely young women behind Lady Grey, a gorgeously unprecious Brooklyn-based jewelry line, and interviewed designer Olivier Theyskens about the trademark T he designed for one of our spring issues.
T’s powers-that-be thought it was a good idea to let me loose on the magazine’s Twitter (@tmagazine) during New York Fashion Week again this season. For our 1.7 million followers, I tweeted quotes from designers, backstage beauty snapshots, first looks at fashion’s rising stars, who was sitting front row and anything else I could squeeze into 140 characters.
Here’s a selection of what I sent out for @tmagazine. There’s more on my personal twitter (@skeery)!
Cynthia Rowley (one)
Elizabeth & James (one and two)
Lyn Devon (one)
Bibhu Mohapatra (one)
threeASFOUR (one and two)
Love “The Get” series on The Moment. Here’s mine–3.1 Phillip Lim’s “31 Hour” bag in limon.
The Get | 3.1 Phillip Lim ’31 Hour’ Bag