Fanfare is a fortnightly culture review podcast with fashion journalist Monica Ainley de La Villardière and cookbook author and Greenhouse co-founder Emma Knight. In every episode we discuss the books, movies, shows, and etceteras that are inspiring us, troubling us, or just getting us talking.
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*Bonus Episode* An Imaginary Dinner Party with Joan Didion Featuring Special Guest Ellie Pithers
51:37We missed you! And so we have hosted a surprise imaginary dinner party to tide us over until we meet again for season two. In this episode we sit down in a crumbling Hollywood mansion with essayist, journalist, author, playwright, and all-around cool customer Joan Didion to talk migraines, disguises, self respect, reporting on one’s own grief, John Wayne, and much else. Joining us for the whole Corvette ride, from parsley chopping through to a final bourbon, is British Vogue Contributing Editor, digital consultant, friend, and fellow Didion enthusiast Ellie Pithers. Pack your almonds and notebooks and come on over!Thanks for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions and ideas: [email protected] Our Dinner with Joan Didion playlist is here. Mentioned reading & watching: "On Self Respect" first published in Vogue, 1961."Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1967. "John Wayne: A Love Song" by Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1967."In Bed" by Joan Didion, The White Album 1979. "The Autumn of Joan Didion" by Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, January/ February 2012. "The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion" by Meghan Daum, The Atlantic, September 2015. Follow:@ElliePithers on Instagram & Read her writing here. If you loved the episode, don't forget to rate & review! See you next time! M&E See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
An Imaginary Dinner Party with Leonard Cohen Featuring Special Guest Denise Donlon
1:03:15He’s been our man for some time (well, one of them), so it only made sense that for our season finale, we would dream up an imaginary dinner party for Leonard Cohen. With a Montreal-and-Hydra inspired menu and some rags, feathers, and pinstripes (maybe a Famous Blue Raincoat, why not), we plan a soirée that you won’t want to miss. We have the honour and pleasure of sitting down for a glass of Chateau Latour and a hot banana pepper with Denise Donlon, a friend and colleague of the late Cohen’s. As a host, producer, and record executive, including in her role as former President of Sony Music Canada, the author of Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) worked closely with Leonard over many years. If all goes well, and with Denise’s help, we’ll stay up talking all night, and the famously thoughtful Leonard will make us a plate of scrambled eggs in the morning...Show notes:Leonard Cohen playlistHenry Ainley Wikipedia I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, by Sylvie Simmons (The biography Emma mentions repeatedly and quotes from)The BBC Interview we mentionLeonard Cohen nicknames Former Vogue UK Editor in Chief Alexandra Shulman on Leonard Cohen: Suzanne was the Ideal of the Age Pinstripe suits (the Italian brand Monica mentions): Giuliva Heritage Htipiti (roasted red pepper + feta dip) recipe Cooking with Akis PetretzikisDenise Donlon’s memoir, Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances)Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love — documentaryThank you so much for listening, friends. We’d love to hear from you: [email protected]Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Bentley-Viney. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Trending: A Makeover Story + An Interview w/ Trend Forecaster Iza Dezon
55:25Episode Description: In this episode, it’s Emma’s turn to get schooled… about fashion. First, a survey of Monica’s industry friends yields many creative answers to the question, “What are you going to wear in 2022?” Next, Monica provides Emma, who has been in lockdown since 1900 or so, with a simple, durable formula for applying actual clothing (and not just to the top half of oneself, Zoom style) and liking it. Then, all the way from São Paulo, Brazil, we are joined by Iza Dezon, a specialist in forecasting trends, who shares her top three macro trends for 2022 and tells us what they mean for a changing fashion industry AND for those of us who are really just trying to remember to wear bottoms. (Spoiler alert: We may not have to.)Show Notes:Write to us at [email protected] Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightIza Dezon @izadezon, @dezon____ ®Shows and articles we mention (and where we think you can find them, as of writing):Monica’s fashion tips + fave brands:Bourienne shirtsUniqlo shirtsGoldsign denimAGOLDE denim, sister brandVintage websites:Vestiaire CollectiveReseeImparfaite ParisOur guest, Trend Forecaster Iza Dezon joining us from São Paulo:Iza DezonDEZONStella McCartney on the cover of Wired UKOSKLEN Brazilian green luxury brandZendaya wet lookFortnight Lingerie Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Bentley-Viney. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Food Episode: Live from Cafe Pimpin in Paris + Stush in the Bush in Jamaica
52:44In this episode, Monica calls on Emma and some food industry friends in France and Jamaica to help her figure out what tack to take in the eating department this year. While plant-led recipes are obviously the ordre du jour for both planetary and dietary reasons, dreaming them up can sometimes feel daunting. Conveniently, Emma has had not one but two cookbooks published in the last few years, and is on hand with an easy breakfast smoothie recipe that will please grown-ups and kiddies alike. Then, your trusty hosts venture into the field to gather more ingestible intel. Monica, to Cafe Pimpin, a favourite modern all-day cafe and eatery in Paris, and Emma, to Stush in the Bush, atop a breezy hill in Jamaica, to get the scoop from their respective chefs. Pencils at the ready! Easy recipes, culinary inspiration and approachable food philosophies abound.Cafe Pimpin, Paris 17th & 18th arrondissements Instagram: @cafepimpin Stush in the Bush, Freehill, Jamaica Instagram: @stushinthebushThe Greenhouse Cookbook by Emma Knight, Hana James, Deeva Green & Lee ReitelmanHow to Eat With One Hand by Emma Knight and Christine FlynnSome plant-based dinner recipes:Cauliflower Crust Pizza via GreenhouseMac, Cheese + Kale via GreenhousePumpkin Ravioli via GreenhouseCoconut Curry on Brown Rice Noodles via GreenhouseGrilled Asparagus and Kale Salad with Chimichurri via you guessed it!Vegan Ricotta à la Stush in the BushCashew Ricotta via Minimalist Baker See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Is This the Golden Age of Television?
41:27Are we living in the Golden Age of television? Or are we just addicted to the binge? In this episode, an Omi-bliterated Monica and a toddler-addled Emma make it their New Year’s resolution to watch more television (manageable goals, people!). We call upon Hannah J Davies, a critic and culture writer for The Guardian, to be our TV guide. Hannah takes us on a tour of the infinite content available on streaming platforms, and brings an inside lens to our burning questions about television today. We discuss the curiously compelling antiheroes of Billions and Succession, the just-in-time cultural catharsis provided by shows like The White Lotus, the record-breaking steam train that is Bridgerton, the Seinfeld Factor™, and the one-too-many-Oreos feeling brought on by the 2000s Revival. Please don your ugliest pyjama pants, the ones that are turning grey and have lost all elasticity, and join us on the couch. Show Notes:Golden Age of TV? Spotify Playlist by DJ Monica DLVWrite to us at [email protected]!Let’s hang out on the Internet (it’s not like we’re going anywhere IRL!):Monica Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightHannah J Davies on Twitter @hannahjdaviesShows and articles we mention (and where we think you can find them, as of writing):Billions (SHOWTIME, Prime)Succession (HBO Max, Prime)The White Lotus (HBO Max, Netflix)Bridgerton (Netflix)Go, Dog. Go! (Netflix)The Grinch in question (Apple)The Squid Game (Netflix)Lupin (Netflix)Seinfeld (Netflix)“Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV by Kyle Chayka via The New Yorker‘Why do I want to write about these awful, rich, evil people?’: the making of Succession by Hannah J Davies via The GuardianAnd Just Like That (HBO Max)Podcast about “There’s Something About Miriam” → Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette via WonderyThe Crown (Netflix)Hanna’s Top 3 Shows of 2021:It’s A Sin (Prime)The White Lotus (HBO Max, Netflix)Succession (HBO Max, Prime)Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Viney-Bentley. See you in two weeks! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
(North) Americans in Paris: An Interview with Adam Gopnik
1:10:35Ernest Hemingway first arrived in Paris in December of 1921. One hundred years later, Emily in Paris is back for another season. Why, chers amis, do we continue to be captivated by stories of Americans in Paris? To get to the bottom of this question, Monica and Emma enlist the help of one of our favourite writers (about Paris and in general): the author and essayist Adam Gopnik. A New Yorker staff writer since 1986, Gopnik moved with his wife and infant son from New York to Paris in 1995 and began filing real-life French dispatches under the New Yorker’s then-editor Tina Brown. Select essays from the “Paris Journal,” as the dispatches were known in the magazine, became his book Paris to the Moon (2000), which one might argue was responsible for rekindling North Americans’ infatuation with Paris for a new generation. In this interview with Gopnik, we seek to understand why it is that, as Oscar Wilde once put it, “when good Americans die, they go to Paris.”Thank you for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions in an email or voice note: [email protected] (North) Americans in Paris playlist by D.J. MonicuddlesBooks, authors, etc. in order of mention:Paris to the Moon, by Adam GopnikAt the Strangers' Gate by Adam GopnikThrough the Children’s Gate by Adam GopnikLeaving Paris by Tigran HamasyanA Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism by Adam Gopnik“Why Don’t the French Celebrate Lafayette?” by Adam Gopnik via The New YorkerThe Garden of Eden, a posthumously published novel by Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest HemingwayThin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada by Bruce McCall“Is There a Crisis in French Cooking?” and “Couture Shock” by Adam Gopnik via The New Yorker (also in Paris to the Moon)Molière: The Complete Richard Wilbur TranslationsThank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Viney-Bentley.C’est tout! Thank you for rating + reviewing + recycling + subscribing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hot Fiction for Cold Nights
1:01:17Disclaimer: You may want to plug in your earphones for this one–it’s a bit spicy. In our second episode, Emma and Monica attempt to defrost the long, cold nights of winter with a conversation about sex in fiction. After a spirited game of two truths and a lie, we discuss our bedside reads of the year, from Sally Rooney’s new take on steamy millennial malaise in Beautiful World, Where Are You to Tia Williams’s Seven Nights in June, by way of Bridget Jones, Anne Boleyn, Jane Eyre, Jilly Cooper, Emma’s mom Colleen Flood, and more (see notes below). We talk about how books that *go there* have enlightened and entertained us over the years, read out some passages we love, and argue in favour of reading across the brows.Thank you for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions in an email or voice note: [email protected] Monica Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightHot tracks for cold nights playlist by D.J. MonicuddlesBooks, authors, etc. in order of mention:On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwanFemale Spanish thriller writer Carmen Mola revealed to be three men (Three not four!)James Joyce’s Love Letters to His “Dirty Little F***bird” by Nadja Spiegelman in The Paris ReviewMiddlemarch by George Elliot (Emma’s fanfic as yet unwritten)Breath by James NestorBeautiful World, Where Are You by Sally RooneyNormal People by Sally Rooney (+ screen adaptation!)Conversations with Friends by Sally RooneyDays of Abandonment by Elena FerranteBridget Jones’s Diary by Helen FieldingEmma’s early education in “Chick Lit” (said with love): Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Meg CabotJudy Blume!! Where would the world be without her!?The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa GregoryHilary Mantel Trilogy: Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, The Mirror and the LightLady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. LawrencePortnoy’s Complaint by Philip RothAllan GurganusAuthors of Fiction Confront a Problem: How to Write About Sex by Sarah Lyall for NYTimesJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë + 2011* film adaptation (*not 2016! Another fact check) directed by Cary FukunagaBridgerton written by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda RhimesThe Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’NeillEmma’s mom, Colleen Flood, author of Bonding with GravityThank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Bentley-Viney.C’est tout! Thank you for rating + reviewing + recycling + subscribing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
An Imaginary Dinner Party with Nora Ephron Featuring Special Guest Pandora Sykes
42:11In our inaugural episode, we host an imaginary dinner party complete with menu and wardrobe for someone whose work we have been fanning out over since we were mere children in safari shorts and sweater vests: the journalist/writer/director/New York wit extraordinaire, Nora Ephron. Emma plans the menu, Monica plans the fashion, and special guest and fellow superfan Pandora Sykes arrives in time for pie. Trust us, even if you’ve never seen When Harry Met Sally or You’ve Got Mail, you won’t feel like a wallflower at this Nora Ephron fan orgy.**You’ll have to listen to see why we are talking about orgies.Thank you for coming! Send us your thoughts, feelings, asterices, and addenda in an email or voice note: [email protected] Socialize with us:Monica Ainley de La Villardière @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightZachary Kolomeir @thebusboyPandora Sykes @pandorasykesPlay(list) with us:Ode to Nora Ephron Playlist on Spotify by DJ Monicuddles DLVCook with us, aka the Fare of the Fans:Pommes Dauphine by Guy Savoy via NYTimes Cooking (similar to Zach’s wondrous instructions but w/ some measurements etc.)Nora Ephron’s Mashed Potatoes for One from The Cut (in case you’re not in a choux pastry kind of mood)Boeuf Bourguignon by Julia Child tweaked by Karina of Cafe Delites (don’t throw that pan at us! She saves you some washing-up)Mushroom Bourguignon by Melissa Clark via NYTimes Cooking (an umami plant-forward alternative that’s just as comforting)Nora Ephron’s Vinaigrette via Food and Wine (or just remember the magic formula: 2-2-6)Nora Ephron’s Recipe for Curing Infidelity aka Key Lime Pie via People (!)Raw, Vegan Key Lime Cups by Tara Tomulka via the Greenhouse blog six years ago (!!)Watch with us:Everything Is Copy by Jacob Bernstein, the source of most of Emma’s (fact-check pending) know-it-all assertionsYou’ve Got MailWhen Harry Met SallySleepless in SeattleJulie & Julia See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
0:37Fanfare is a fortnightly culture review podcast with fashion journalist Monica Ainley de La Villardière and cookbook author and Greenhouse co-founder Emma Knight. In every episode we discuss the books, movies, shows, and etceteras that are inspiring us, troubling us, or just getting us talking. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.