For the Boys

I know I often do not talk about men on this blog apart from the occasional mention of my husband here and there. Blame it on having two daughters and coming from a family of just girls, I guess you can say that my world is just inevitably tipped toward the world of women.

I do have this secret pleasure of reading men’s lifestyle magazines from time to time. I guess I like to see how the other half lives and thinks. And looking at some of gorgeous male models is an additional perk, of course.

So last week’s New York Times T Magazine with Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover was quite a treat. I never really saw what all the fuss about the actor until I saw the movie “12 Years A Slave” where he played an emotionally tortured slave owner. Reading the article on him in the magazine makes me now want to check out Sherlock Holmes episodes.

Benjamin Cunberbatch

The other thing that got my attention was the article on Austrian artist Erwin Wurm and his 12th century mansion outside Vienna. I love how his house has an older facade with a modern sparse interior and lots of beautiful art and sculpture inside and outside.


And while we are on the topic of men, have you read The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. It was released early last year but I only got around to reading the book a couple of months ago. It’s a complicated but riveting story of sibling rivalries and alliances within the Burgess family, which was exacerbated when Zach (the son of the Susan Burgess) ran into conflict with the member of the Somali community in Maine. The way Strout recounts the family drama and the inner dynamics within the Islamic Somali community was so detailed and intimate that I never wanted to put the book down. Isn’t it great when a book makes you feel connected with all the main characters that you feel like you’re part of the story as well? I love when that happens.

Burgess Boys

Images via New York Times

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