1. Mallory Ortberg at The Toast captures my fascination with the food scenes in the novel Heidi. As she says, “Raclette is essentially the book’s protagonist.”  And let’s not forget the goat milk!

2. This is not the best translation, but it’s fascinating: A new book is out in Poland about Simona Kossak, a conservation who lived in the forest and made friends with the animals and is pretty much how I want to live my life: