Things to Do in Self-Isolation: Agata Belcen’s Guide

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A Swedish Love Story, 1970(Film still)

In the latest of our daily To Do Lists from the AnOther and Another Man teams, AnOther’s senior fashion editor Agata Belcen shares what’s getting her through – from a 1970 coming-of-age movie to a playlist to bounce to

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. Next up is Agata Belcen, AnOther Magazine’s senior fashion editor, who shares how she’s surviving self-isolation.


A Swedish Love Story by Roy Andersson. My friend Mark has recommended it to me so many times and sent me the film in various formats. The least I can do is finally watch it now and recommend it to others. It’s a coming-of-teenage-love story, where the kids find moments of softness for each other while dealing with hostile personal circumstances. I’m looking forward to the heart-leaps, the rebellion, and the 1970s look of the film, as well as discovering the work of a new director I haven’t watched anything by before.


Emma Wyman’s Spotify playlist to bounce on a trampette to. Quarantine has turned Emma into a bouncer, her playlist ‘Bouncing in the Quarantini’ starts with Caroline Polachek’s So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings which has a good introductory bounce spirit. You can change up your tempo between verse and chorus and it makes you bounce different shapes. The great thing about the playlist is that it’s emotional and has a lot of attitude. 


Boys Pee on Things edited and compiled by Lida Fox came up on Dashwood Books and I thought it looked good. I am starting to miss the process of seeing something online that initially grabs my attention, then going to see it in person, to get into it more fully, and seeing how the images work together in a larger collection. Having access to lots of images online is a great resource, but without context, you can get lost, and I miss some of the depth that comes with spending time just with one book.


Happiness by Raymond Carver. I only recently came across this poem for the first time, and I like the idea that a simple activity is more than the grand ideals of love and death. My favourite four lines are: I think if they could, they would take / each other’s arm. / It’s early in the morning, / and they are doing this thing together.


Nice insides with @jermaineoscar – he has exquisite taste.