The Bluestocking

Helen Lewis
I read the internet, so you don’t have to.
Created 14 May 2020
  • The Bluestocking, vol 207
    05 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 1
    Happy Friday! Last weekend I read EMPIRE OF PAIN, by Patrick Radden Keefe, a history of the Sackler family, and their development of the widely abused painkiller OxyContin. It’s very New Yorker-ish (s...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 206
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 8 1
    Happy Friday! Last week I read some fiction, and enjoyed it: Amanda Craig’s satire on 90s London journalism, A Vicious Circle, which is now unintentionally riddled with extra pathos because all the fi...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 205
    22 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 8 0
    Happy Friday! And hello from Tirana, the capital of Albania, which I am visiting for work. I am beyond excited to be travelling again, and was moved almost to tears by the sight of the tiny jam pots a...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 204
    15 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 13 1
    Happy Friday! Not much to report except that I’m still terrible at driving. I thought I would be terrible at driving in a charming, anecdote-generating way, but no, I just freak out whenever I encount...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 203
    08 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 6 1
    Happy Friday! Something of a tech theme this week. A happy accident, since I also wrote about how Facebook became Boomerbook for the Atlantic. Helen Donald Trump and Peter Thiel in 2016 Competition Is...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 202
    01 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 8 1
    Happy Friday! I started writing this newsletter from the press room at Labour conference, which was absolutely freezing. Probably a metaphor. Please skip this intro if you are a well-adjusted human be...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 201
    24 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 28 6
    Happy Friday! The more keen/bored among you might have spotted there was no Bluestocking last week, as I was flirting with an introduction which could have been titled A Response To My Critics. The on...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 200
    10 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    Happy Friday! This week I started The White Lotus (favourite character so far: the Australian Basil Fawlty) which is good pre-season training in “rich people being miserable” TV before Succession star...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 199
    03 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    Happy Friday! I had my first driving lesson this week. I sense already I am not one of nature’s drivers. During a tough bit when my instructor asked me to turn the steering wheel so she could do a 3-p...
  • The Bluestocking, vol 198
    27 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 6 3
    Happy Friday! I had some great responses to last week’s intro on late bloomers, so I’ve included a few of them below. If you’re over 21, I hope they serve as inspiration to try something new . . . whe...
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