Things to Do in Self-Isolation: Nell Kalonji’s Guide

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Queen & Slim, 2019Photography by Lelanie Foster

In our latest Daily To Do List, AnOther Magazine’s senior fashion editor Nell Kalonji shares how she’s surviving self-isolation, from Agnès Varda box sets to yoga on Zoom

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 teams behind AnOther Magazine and Another Man, as they share things to look at, listen to, watch, read, or follow, to get you through. Here, AnOther Magazine’s senior fashion editor Nell Kalonji shares her recommendations – from Agnès Varda to yoga on Zoom.


I’m finally watching The Agnès Varda Collection – one and two – which I ordered a while back. On Netflix, Easy, a mini-series of intertwined short stories. I’m also rewatching Marie Antoinette, Almost Famous and Chocolat. Praying Queen & Slim comes out on Amazon Prime soon so that I can watch this wonderful movie again – one of my favourite films of the year. Soon to be released on Amazon I think/hope!


I am trying not to have the TV on in the background while doing other stuff in the house but listen to music instead. Some of the things I’m listening to at the moment are Kindness’ Something Like a War, Q-Tip’s Amplified, Anderson .Paak, M.I.A.’s AIMJessie Ware’s Spotlight, King Princess’ Cheap Queen and Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Rest.


Look at all the books you have bought and never got around to read or flick through. We all have such busy lives and a lot of time I order a book or find one in a bookstore either locally or when travelling and then put it on the bookshelf for when I have a free minute – well, now I have a lot of these free minutes and I am trying to catch up before going online again and looking for more. I can do this by the window with the sun coming in or in my back garden rather than sitting on my sofa in the living room. That said, a lot of exhibitions, galleries and museums have transferred their content online and once I have gone through my bookshelf I will definitely go and look some up – Jack Davison did a great talk on Instagram Live which I really enjoyed.


My Soul Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris – a mix between a cookbook and an intimate insight to the author’s circle of friends including James Baldwin and Maya Angelou.


@indabayoga is doing online Zoom classes which gives you a feeling of being with others in your practice rather than repeating the same online video over and over again. @ryan.heffington is live streaming dance classes from Tuesday to Sunday. I connect with my friends over Houseparty or Zoom – we stream it together and have a transatlantic dance party.