Things to Do in Self-Isolation: Susannah Frankel’s Guide

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The Truth, 2019

In the first of a series of daily to do lists from AnOther’s editors and contributors, editor-in-chief Susannah Frankel shares some cultural recommendations

We at AnOther believe that in this unprecedented time of isolation, economic uncertainty, and social distancing, culture is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing daily to do lists, curated by the AnOther Magazine and Another Man teams, as they share things to look at, listen to, watch, read, or follow, to get you through.


“The Metropolitan Opera in New York is doing a nightly live opera stream. At the moment it’s Wagner which I love. The operas are very long (famously), slow, absorbing, grand and moving.”


“I am reading The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth by William Feaver. It’s absolutely fascinating both as a documentary of London in the 50s and 60s but also because I’ve rarely read such effortlessly evocative art criticism. Feaver had a huge amount of direct contact with Freud: his quotes and memories are extraordinary.”


“I am also watching Curzon Home Cinema. Yesterday I watched The Truth which is funny and very touching: Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. Wonderful.

“Oh and I’ve watched about ten series of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares in the evenings with my son. He’s so rude it’s incredible.”


“I am looking at my garden growing in the sunshine. I feel very lucky to have it and that the weather is so beautiful.”


Tim Blanks singing The Bangles’ Eternal Flame made me very happy and I love @savefamilyphotos and Diane Keaton.”