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a weekly(ish) collection of odds and ends

I couldn't have asked for a better weekend: My mom visited for a few days, the weather was perfect, and my sister joined us on Sunday for a concert. I still can't stop smiling. Onto some odds and ends:

  1. Sroor al-Hosayni is a former nurse who is clearing Mosul's corpses by hand, with her crew of young volunteers. In D.I.Y. Mosul, we learn about Sroor and the other young people who are taking charge of their city -- though some might consider their volunteerism a rebellion.
  2. When news is a lifestyle brand. If I ran for office in India, I would want my party symbol to be a "basket containing fruits" (via The Juggernaut). These tintypes portraits of resilience are beyond lovely, as is the accompanying interview. It's refreshing to see how it challenges earlier ethnographers.
  3. You might recognize this week's collage from a previous newsletter. I'm super excited to launch the next Radio Rani print sale! These gallery-quality prints are some of my new favorites and are printed on lovely archival paper that is acid-free, 100% cotton rag with a bright, matte finish. And, as always, I am always happy to chat with you about sliding scale options.
  4. Screw cashless stores. Ugh, this ode to rice is pretty great (via Mimosa Shah). And you really should see how the school that LeBron James funded is doing. Pretty sure I got inexplicably emotional when I saw the pantry where parents can grab what they need without having to justify it to someone.
  5. Say yes to broccoli rabe! That bitter vegetable is constantly pissed off because its confused for its naive, milquetoast cousin broccolini! (Actually, they are not even related.) Anyway, broccoli rabe is great. Most recipes online have you pair it with sausage, cheese, and pasta -- which, not complaining, use this recipe -- but I am here to notify you that it is equally delicious with mutton biriyani and daal. Chop it up in small pieces, blanch in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, drain well. Heat olive oil, minced garlic, chili flakes. Maybe cumin and coriander if you're feeling it. Add the broccoli rabe and a bunch of salt as it sautes. Generous squeeze of lemon.


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