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Four Fun Things

madewell puff sleeve top

This spring, I’m craving all the puff sleeves. Here are three versions: blue, white, black. How pretty would those be for a picnic or bike ride? — Joanna

ovenly five ingredient peanut butter cookies recipes

How good do these five-ingredient peanut butter cookies look? The Wednesday Chef — who added chocolate chips — says, “they’re whipped up in minutes, bake up in no time and manage to scratch that very particular itch for something chewy, sweet-salty and delicious.” — Joanna

My Salinger Year Movie

Have you seen the new movie My Salinger Year? The film is based on Joanna Rakoff’s beautiful memoir about her time working as the assistant to J.D. Salinger’s literary agent, while harboring a dream to become a writer herself. Though I cried with recognition at her memories of working in publishing (I had this same job for a handful of years), the story would appeal to any book lover. With its coming-of-age spin and lively office scenes, it begs comparisons to a more literary, feel-good Devil Wears Prada or Working Girl. Plus, since it’s set in the ’90s, it stirred up a touch of nostalgia for that time before social media, when emails were newfangled things no one quite knew what to make of. — Caroline

New Yorker cover by R. Kikuo Johnson

We have stacks of New Yorker Magazines on our coffee table, and I always want to read the longer articles but somehow never get to them. Well, the Audm app lets you listen to the best long-form journalism that you don’t have time to sit down and read. “They pull articles from great magazines — from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair,” says Cup of Jo reader Deborah, “It’s wonderful to hear this beautiful writing spoken aloud.” — Joanna

P.S. More fun things.

(Cookies photo by Chika. New Yorker cover by R. Kikuo Johnson.)

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  1. Longdenlife says...

    I live in the UK and always use grams or pounds and ounces in cooking, rather than cups. I’ll be trying this recipe, thank you

  2. jillian marie bedell says...

    re: the puffed sleeves. I feel like we are entering peak “every thing I need in life I learned from Anne of Green Gables” time. Megan Follows Forever.

  3. Becca says...

    Whether intentional, or not—thank you for posting a cookie recipe during Passover that is kosher for Passover! Much, much appreciated.

  4. N says...

    Once you get a New Yorker mag, put it straight in the bathroom. Enter bathroom without phone. You will get through those New Yorkers in no time! :)

    • alison says...

      LOL – I love this idea!

      I really hope that no one is truly *too busy* to sit and enjoy long form journalism for a few moments. Even if it needs to be in the loo.

  5. Hanna says...

    I actually watched My Salinger Year at last year’s Berlinale (you know, in precedented times with film festivals and such). It’s lovely! Thanks for reminding me about it again, I completely forgot about that evening.

  6. Kenzie Randall says...

    Thanks for the movie recommendation! I watched it tonight and LOVED it!! The 90s style 😍😍😍

  7. cmg says...

    For some reason I can’t find where the pretty blue flowered shirt is from. Can anyone help?

    • Courtney says...

      Madewell

    • Bec says...

      The link to the blue shirt is under the picture, where it says “Here are three versions: blue, white, black”. It’s from Madewell.

  8. Celina says...

    I admit to feeling a little jarred by seeing the New Yorker cover by R. Kikuo Johnson of the worried Asian or Asian American woman on the subway platform under a headline “Four Fun Things”. AAPI folks are having a tough day today after watching the video of the 65-year-old Asian American woman brutally assaulted in broad daylight in Manhattan, and as an Asian American woman myself, I would love to see a different New Yorker cover used under this headline if possible. Thanks for considering.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes, absolutely, Celina. Thank you. I’ll change it right away.

    • Celina says...

      Thanks so much Joanna! I’m a loyal reader and appreciate your willingness to change the image.

  9. Anita says...

    That model in the blue blouse is gorgeous and sexy but I just can’t get over the sitting-on-the-toilet pose. She looks like she’s on the can, no?

    • Kenzie Randall says...

      This comment made me laugh out loud 😂 So true!!!

  10. Sadie says...

    How do people where pretty shirts in the summer without sweating through them? I mostly just wear black tank tops all summer to avoid sweat stains.

  11. Maria says...

    Thank you for mentioning this movie! I had not heard of it and feel so out of the loop on new movies…I used to hear about new ones through word of mouth, riding the subway, or trailers at the movie theater and now am just so clueless! This looks like a great one and wish I could be buying a big bucket of popcorn and catching a matinee showing. One day soon I hope!

  12. Sara says...

    I have curly shoulder length hair and was trying on a couple of puff sleeve tops with my sister via zoom. She said “that’s just too much puff and fluff.” We laughed. I changed into pj’s and we drank wine. A sister’s honesty can never be duplicated!!

    • L says...

      Haha sisters are the best!

    • Emma says...

      Love that so much!

  13. Tina, NYC says...

    I Love Audm and if you want to get a taste for their work (for free) I highly suggest listening to their Sunday NY Times Magazine reads.

    I get them on Sunday, in my Daily podcast feed. Thank you Stella, from coj years past, for introducing me to this podcast.

    Sometimes the Audm stories are a few years old but they are always gripping!

  14. Katie says...

    If you’re already paying for a New Yorker subscription, their own app posts the Audm articles so you can listen to them. Quite a bit of the content from each issue is available. It’s so helpful!

    • Ariel says...

      This is the best tip! Thank you! My husband is an Audm evangelist but I haven’t downloaded it because I feel like I just have so many subscriptions already (including the New Yorker in print). Downloading the app now and very excited!

    • Lauren says...

      Fantastic!! Thank you

  15. Emily says...

    Anything puffed sleeves makes me think of Anne of Green Gables :)

    • and beloved Matthew Cuthbert

    • Agnes says...

      Not to mention dearly departed Gilbert..

    • Heather says...

      Same! I can’t believe my luck that puffed sleeves are in style. It makes my Anne of green gables heart so happy. Square necklines feel so Elizabeth Bennet and I feel like we are living in a golden age of literary fashion trends.

    • jillian marie bedell says...

      as usual, should have read the comments first. ha!

  16. Courtney says...

    I made those ovenly cookies last night and am currently eating one (fine, three) with my afternoon coffee. So bummed I didn’t think to add chocolate chips!

  17. celeste says...

    Would love to make the cookies and see the movie. Thanks!

  18. Diana K. says...

    Thank you for providing the easiest recipe on the planet. Making these cookies ASAP! Is it weird that I purchased a puff sleeve top right before reading this post?

    • Dienesa says...

      The Cup-of-Jo coincidence: When you see something on Cup of Jo that you were just thinking of, talking about, looking at, buying, eating, etc. It happens to me ALL THE TIME.