Nolita Social Bar – London, England
Yes, kittens. This is exactly right. We don’t know about y’all but today feels like it’s going to be a day for hiding out in a chic basement, far away from sunlight and silliness. Let’s all hunker down in a cool, comfy space and let the day pass us by as we entertain ourselves with frivolities and procrastination prompts.
Today is MONDAY. We would have thought that was obvious by the hiding-under-the-covers tone of our opening paragraph.
But we suppose we should do some sort of work today, so while you’re all running up a bar tab and sampling from our Buffet of Procrastination below, we’re off to the wilds of pop culture and fashion to see what we can drum up and scare out of the bushes, so to speak. That metaphor may have gotten away from us. Our point: talk amongst yourselves! We’re gonna go out and look for more things to distract you as the day wears on.
Why We Moved into an Airstream to Drive Across America in 2020
We gave up our lease and took our two young children on a journey across the United States. Three months in, here’s what we’ve learned.
When we first considered leaving our San Francisco apartment to move our family of four into a 25-foot Airstream trailer, we wondered if we had both gone COVID-cuckoo. The thought of abandoning our safe, cozy home in the middle of a global pandemic and social justice movement seemed like a terrible idea. Our apartment for the last four years, in the Inner Sunset neighborhood, felt like more than just a rental unit to us; it was a part of our family. It was the first home for our two young boys; the place where first steps, first laughs and first words were etched into our memories. Pencil-marked growth charts, purple paint blots and spaghetti sauce splatters on the white walls told the stories of our first years as parents. How could we give this place up at a time when our home was now also our shelter, the only truly safe space from this potentially dangerous virus?
French Fathers Will Now Get Double the Paternity Leave
Fathers in France will now get double the paid paternity leave, President Emmanuel Macron announced this week. Starting next summer, dads will receive 28 days paid leave, up from the previous 14. “When a baby arrives in the world, there is no reason it should be just the mother who takes care of it,” Macron said in the announcement. Amen.
The extension falls short of a recommendation from French researchers that fathers be given up to nine weeks leave, according to the New York Times, but it is still one of the best paternity leave plans in Europe.
Princess Charlotte’s Cutest Moments
From her first day at school to her big smile in a series of portraits for her fifth birthday.
Giorgio Armani’s Soft, Easy Suiting Finds a New Audience
The first time I fell under the spell of Giorgio Armani, I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 16 years old, rummaging through the racks of a consignment store in London, when I found a caramel-colored cashmere herringbone blazer with no lining, no buttons, and the light, fluid feel of a really expensive T-shirt. I had never owned anything resembling a suit jacket, but this was different: It fell straight down from my shoulders rather than nipping in at the waist, and the fabric was so thin that I could easily roll up the sleeves. I thought it made me look grown-up, but in a cool, romantic way.
How the Delayed Opening of About Time Created an Opportunity for the Met
TO BE HONEST, it’s been wonderful to revisit “About Time”—a luxury that I’ve never had in any previous exhibition. As I have said, I wanted to stage an exhibition that was a meditation on fashion and temporality—drawing out the tensions between change and endurance, transience and permanence, ephemerality and persistence. Originally the idea was to create two timelines: a linear chronology of fashion from 1870 to 2020, celebrating the Met’s 150th anniversary and focusing on the fleeting and fugitive rhythm of fashion. The second timeline—the “interventions”—would represent a series of nonsequential counterchronologies, like knots or folds in time, exploring the interconnectedness of history, the past, and the present.
The Case for Ending the Supreme Court as We Know It
Knowing the nature of the political and judicial system of this country, its inherent bias against the poor, against people of color, against dissidents, we cannot become dependent on the courts, or on our political leadership. Our culture—the media, the educational system—tries to crowd out of our political consciousness everything except who will be elected President and who will be on the Supreme Court, as if these are the most important decisions we make. They are not. They deflect us from the most important job citizens have, which is to bring democracy alive by organizing, protesting, engaging in acts of civil disobedience that shake up the system.\n\nThis doesn’t mean that it is unimportant who wins the Presidency or who is appointed to the Supreme Court. What it does mean is that ordinary people are not powerless to challenge the political and economic élite who have such disproportionate authority over our lives. But our power is often located outside of the institutions of tradition and influence. It is through acts of solidarity and struggle that we have been able to secure our rights and liberties in the United States, and, from the shape of things to come, that is how those rights and liberties will have to be defended. This means building movements to pressure an increasingly right-wing Supreme Court, making it more difficult for that body to further usurp the rights of regular people. It also means calling into question the fundamentally undemocratic nature of the Court.
When Richard Avedon Came on the Scene
Making his name in the fashion world, the legendary portraitist spent his bohemian youth forecasting the future of the culture.
The Ugly (and Glorious) Truth About American Supermarkets
In his new book, “The Secret Life of Groceries,” Benjamin Lorr argues that the kale chips and shade-grown coffee sold at supermarkets define who we are.
Along the way, he came to see upscale supermarkets like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods as temples of conscious consumerism, serving not just as a clubhouse for hyper-informed foodies, but also a theater in which they can act out their putatively superior taste, education and virtue. As he expounded on how the supermarket is “an expression of how you value your body, and your relationship to mother earth,” Mr. Lorr pushed his red grocery cart through aisles brimming with organic produce, fair-trade coffee and quirky packaged items like kale gnocchi and fig butter. The Wonder Bread emporiums of the 1950s, he said, have morphed into the organic Edens of the present, and grocery shopping has become an exercise in self-branding, an “escape hatch for those of us who had some bohemian leanings and natural fears of materialism.”
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