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Fanfare is a fortnightly culture review podcast with fashion journalist Monica Ainley de La Villardière and cookbook author and Greenhouse co-founder Emma Knight. In every episode we discuss the books, movies, shows, and etceteras that are inspiring us, troubling us, or just getting us talking.


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Fanfare Emma Knight & Monica Ainley

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Fanfare is a fortnightly culture review podcast with fashion journalist Monica Ainley de La Villardière and cookbook author and Greenhouse co-founder Emma Knight. In every episode we discuss the books, movies, shows, and etceteras that are inspiring us, troubling us, or just getting us talking.


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    *Bonus Episode* An Imaginary Dinner Party with Joan Didion Featuring Special Guest Ellie Pithers

    *Bonus Episode* An Imaginary Dinner Party with Joan Didion Featuring Special Guest Ellie Pithers

    We missed you! And so we have hosted a surprise imaginary dinner party to tide us over until we meet again for season two. In this episode we sit down in a crumbling Hollywood mansion with essayist, journalist, author, playwright, and all-around cool customer Joan Didion to talk migraines, disguises, self respect, reporting on one’s own grief, John Wayne, and much else. Joining us for the whole Corvette ride, from parsley chopping through to a final bourbon, is British Vogue Contributing Editor, digital consultant, friend, and fellow Didion enthusiast Ellie Pithers. Pack your almonds and notebooks and come on over!
    Thanks for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions and ideas: fanfarefanmail@gmail.com 
    Our Dinner with Joan Didion playlist is here. 
    Mentioned reading & watching: 
    "On Self Respect" first published in Vogue, 1961.
    "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1967. 
    "John Wayne: A Love Song" by Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1967.
    "In Bed" by Joan Didion, The White Album 1979. 
    "The Autumn of Joan Didion" by Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, January/ February 2012. 
    "The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion" by Meghan Daum, The Atlantic, September 2015. 

    Follow:
    @ElliePithers on Instagram 
    & Read her writing here. 
    If you loved the episode, don't forget to rate & review! 
    See you next time! 
    M&E

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    • 51 min
    An Imaginary Dinner Party with Leonard Cohen Featuring Special Guest Denise Donlon

    An Imaginary Dinner Party with Leonard Cohen Featuring Special Guest Denise Donlon

    He’s been our man for some time (well, one of them), so it only made sense that for our season finale, we would dream up an imaginary dinner party for Leonard Cohen. With a Montreal-and-Hydra inspired menu and some rags, feathers, and pinstripes (maybe a Famous Blue Raincoat, why not), we plan a soirée that you won’t want to miss. We have the honour and pleasure of sitting down for a glass of Chateau Latour and a hot banana pepper with Denise Donlon, a friend and colleague of the late Cohen’s. As a host, producer, and record executive, including in her role as former President of Sony Music Canada, the author of Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) worked closely with Leonard over many years. If all goes well, and with Denise’s help, we’ll stay up talking all night, and the famously thoughtful Leonard will make us a plate of scrambled eggs in the morning...
    Show notes:
    Leonard Cohen playlist
    Henry Ainley Wikipedia
     
    I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, by Sylvie Simmons (The biography Emma mentions repeatedly and quotes from)
    The BBC Interview we mention
    Leonard Cohen nicknames 
    Former Vogue UK Editor in Chief Alexandra Shulman on Leonard Cohen: Suzanne was the Ideal of the Age 
    Pinstripe suits (the Italian brand Monica mentions): Giuliva Heritage 
    Htipiti (roasted red pepper + feta dip) recipe 
    Cooking with Akis Petretzikis
    Denise Donlon’s memoir,  Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances)
    Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love — documentary
    Thank you so much for listening, friends. We’d love to hear from you: fanfarefanmail@gmail.com.
    Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Bentley-Viney.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Trending: A Makeover Story + An Interview w/ Trend Forecaster Iza Dezon

    Trending: A Makeover Story + An Interview w/ Trend Forecaster Iza Dezon

    Episode Description: In this episode, it’s Emma’s turn to get schooled… about fashion. First, a survey of Monica’s industry friends yields many creative answers to the question, “What are you going to wear in 2022?” Next, Monica provides Emma, who has been in lockdown since 1900 or so, with a simple, durable formula for applying actual clothing (and not just to the top half of oneself, Zoom style) and liking it. Then, all the way from São Paulo, Brazil, we are joined by Iza Dezon, a specialist in forecasting trends, who shares her top three macro trends for 2022 and tells us what they mean for a changing fashion industry AND for those of us who are really just trying to remember to wear bottoms. (Spoiler alert: We may not have to.)
    Show Notes:
    Write to us at fanfarefanmail@gmail.com.
    Monica Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLV
    Emma Knight @emmalknight
    Iza Dezon @izadezon, @dezon____ ®
    Shows and articles we mention (and where we think you can find them, as of writing):
    Monica’s fashion tips + fave brands:
    Bourienne shirts
    Uniqlo shirts
    Goldsign denim
    AGOLDE denim, sister brand
    Vintage websites:
    Vestiaire Collective
    Resee
    Imparfaite Paris
    Our guest, Trend Forecaster Iza Dezon joining us from São Paulo:
    Iza Dezon
    DEZON
    Stella McCartney on the cover of Wired UK
    OSKLEN Brazilian green luxury brand
    Zendaya wet look
    Fortnight Lingerie
    Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Bentley-Viney.


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    • 55 min
    The Food Episode: Live from Cafe Pimpin in Paris + Stush in the Bush in Jamaica

    The Food Episode: Live from Cafe Pimpin in Paris + Stush in the Bush in Jamaica

    In this episode, Monica calls on Emma and some food industry friends in France and Jamaica to help her figure out what tack to take in the eating department this year. While plant-led recipes are obviously the ordre du jour for both planetary and dietary reasons, dreaming them up can sometimes feel daunting. Conveniently, Emma has had not one but two cookbooks published in the last few years, and is on hand with an easy breakfast smoothie recipe that will please grown-ups and kiddies alike. Then, your trusty hosts venture into the field to gather more ingestible intel. Monica, to Cafe Pimpin, a favourite modern all-day cafe and eatery in Paris, and Emma, to Stush in the Bush, atop a breezy hill in Jamaica, to get the scoop from their respective chefs. Pencils at the ready! Easy recipes, culinary inspiration and approachable food philosophies abound.
    Cafe Pimpin, Paris 17th & 18th arrondissements 
    Instagram: @cafepimpin 
    Stush in the Bush, Freehill, Jamaica 
    Instagram: @stushinthebush
    The Greenhouse Cookbook by Emma Knight, Hana James, Deeva Green & Lee Reitelman
    How to Eat With One Hand by Emma Knight and Christine Flynn
    Some plant-based dinner recipes:
    Cauliflower Crust Pizza via Greenhouse
    Mac, Cheese + Kale via Greenhouse
    Pumpkin Ravioli via Greenhouse
    Coconut Curry on Brown Rice Noodles via Greenhouse
    Grilled Asparagus and Kale Salad with Chimichurri via you guessed it!
    Vegan Ricotta à la Stush in the Bush
    Cashew Ricotta via Minimalist Baker

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    • 52 min
    Is This the Golden Age of Television?

    Is This the Golden Age of Television?

    Are we living in the Golden Age of television? Or are we just addicted to the binge? In this episode, an Omi-bliterated Monica and a toddler-addled Emma make it their New Year’s resolution to watch more television (manageable goals, people!). We call upon Hannah J Davies, a critic and culture writer for The Guardian, to be our TV guide. Hannah takes us on a tour of the infinite content available on streaming platforms, and brings an inside lens to our burning questions about television today. We discuss the curiously compelling antiheroes of Billions and Succession, the just-in-time cultural catharsis provided by shows like The White Lotus, the record-breaking steam train that is Bridgerton, the Seinfeld Factor™, and the one-too-many-Oreos feeling brought on by the 2000s Revival. Please don your ugliest pyjama pants, the ones that are turning grey and have lost all elasticity, and join us on the couch.
    Show Notes:
    Golden Age of TV? Spotify Playlist by DJ Monica DLV
    Write to us at fanfarefanmail@gmail.com!
    Let’s hang out on the Internet (it’s not like we’re going anywhere IRL!):
    Monica Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLV
    Emma Knight @emmalknight
    Hannah J Davies on Twitter @hannahjdavies
    Shows and articles we mention (and where we think you can find them, as of writing):
    Billions (SHOWTIME, Prime)
    Succession (HBO Max, Prime)
    The White Lotus (HBO Max, Netflix)
    Bridgerton (Netflix)
    Go, Dog. Go! (Netflix)
    The Grinch in question (Apple)
    The Squid Game (Netflix)
    Lupin (Netflix)
    Seinfeld (Netflix)
    “Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV by Kyle Chayka via The New Yorker
    ‘Why do I want to write about these awful, rich, evil people?’: the making of Succession by Hannah J Davies via The Guardian
    And Just Like That (HBO Max)
    Podcast about “There’s Something About Miriam” → Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette via Wondery
    The Crown (Netflix)
    Hanna’s Top 3 Shows of 2021:

    It’s A Sin (Prime)The White Lotus (HBO Max, Netflix)Succession (HBO Max, Prime)
    Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Viney-Bentley. See you in two weeks!

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    • 41 min
    (North) Americans in Paris: An Interview with Adam Gopnik

    (North) Americans in Paris: An Interview with Adam Gopnik

    Ernest Hemingway first arrived in Paris in December of 1921. One hundred years later, Emily in Paris is back for another season. Why, chers amis, do we continue to be captivated by stories of Americans in Paris? To get to the bottom of this question, Monica and Emma enlist the help of one of our favourite writers (about Paris and in general): the author and essayist Adam Gopnik. A New Yorker staff writer since 1986, Gopnik moved with his wife and infant son from New York to Paris in 1995 and began filing real-life French dispatches under the New Yorker’s then-editor Tina Brown. Select essays from the “Paris Journal,” as the dispatches were known in the magazine, became his book Paris to the Moon (2000), which one might argue was responsible for rekindling North Americans’ infatuation with Paris for a new generation. In this interview with Gopnik, we seek to understand why it is that, as Oscar Wilde once put it, “when good Americans die, they go to Paris.”
    Thank you for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions in an email or voice note: fanfarefanmail@gmail.com. 
    (North) Americans in Paris playlist by D.J. Monicuddles
    Books, authors, etc. in order of mention:
    Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik
    At the Strangers' Gate by Adam Gopnik
    Through the Children’s Gate by Adam Gopnik
    Leaving Paris by Tigran Hamasyan
    A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism by Adam Gopnik
    “Why Don’t the French Celebrate Lafayette?” by Adam Gopnik via The New Yorker
    The Garden of Eden, a posthumously published novel by Ernest Hemingway
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada by Bruce McCall
    “Is There a Crisis in French Cooking?” and “Couture Shock” by Adam Gopnik via The New Yorker (also in Paris to the Moon)
    Molière: The Complete Richard Wilbur Translations
    Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Viney-Bentley.
    C’est tout! Thank you for rating + reviewing + recycling + subscribing.

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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

DelphineDelVal ,

Great podcast with top cultural thinkers!!!

I love Monica and Emma’s energy and how they compliment each other!
Been waiting for a podcast talking about various culture and pop culture subject, approachable, charming and informative, I leave each episode with a few new books, movies, records or TV show added to my list.
More please!

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