How about a fun little chat for our Friday? A few months ago, my friend Olivia posted one of the best conversation starter questions I’ve ever heard: what rabbit holes do you always go down? You know those topics that will, without fail, get you to click on a headline (or two or three), watch a documentary (and then beeline to the internet for more details), or pick up a book if you see it on the shelf at the library? Your rabbit holes can be literally anything: a historical figure or event, a time period, a celebrity, a field of study…anything that unfailingly captures your interest. Here are a few of mine!
Pretty much anything ballet-related, especially if it involves ultra-talented kids trying to make it or an inside look into a company. I should probably just go ahead and dust off my ten-years-ago Pointe magazine subscription to fuel this one, don’t you think?
The people in the wine world. I’ve shared a little about this before, but Dave and I are big fans of the Somm documentaries. We joke that our hobby isn’t wine itself; it’s wine documentaries! (Though we have certainly deepened our appreciation and enjoyment of wine over the last year or so too!) We love asking the sommeliers at restaurants or our favorite wine shop questions and learning from them, especially if they can share more details with us about where a bottle of wine came from.
Anastasia. I loved the movie as a kid and my interest in her never waned! Everything from her childhood to all the people throughout the 20th century who claimed to be her is just fascinating to me.
The Kennedys, especially Jacqueline. This one stems from my time interning for Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin in college and reading their first book, Mrs. Kennedy and Me (Highly recommend! Also, I know Mrs. McCubbin is kindly a Something Pretty reader, so hi to her! :)) I don’t have any interest in the conspiracy theories or even the politics, really—just the history and stories of this intriguing family.
The fashion world in New York City (fact or fiction). The September Issue, First Monday in May, select Gossip Girl episodes, The Devil Wears Prada, NYFW coverage…sign me up for all of it, please and thank you.
The Inklings. The mental image of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their other writer buddies chatting, sharing their writing, and clinking pint glasses in Oxford pubs warms my heart. To have been a fly on the wall!
Okay, your turn! What random topics fascinate you? I can’t wait to hear!
Photo by Rachel Linder