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In London, a Corgi Parade Offers a Heartfelt Tribute to the Queen
The U.K. has been in mourning in the weeks following the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II. These tributes have both adhered to the traditional parameters of royal mourning protocol, and extended far beyond the ordinary. For every mourner who lined up along the Royal Mile in Windsor or outside Buckingham Palace to lay a wreath or a bouquet of flowers, there was another who crafted a figurine of the Queen out of Lego, or made a miniature gallery of stamps featuring her profile, or even placed a marmalade sandwich somewhere in the Royal Parks as a nod to her affinity with Paddington Bear.
Still, there could be no better homage to the Queen and her enduring legacy than a gesture that recognized her love of animals—and then, none more so than her beloved corgis.
Chelsea Handler, Sam Jay, and Amber Ruffin on Reimagining the Late-night Talk Show
The hosts discuss rewriting the rules of comedy and creating hyperspecific shows for the audiences that need them.
It’s a new day for late night. Long dominated by white men and cue cards, the after-hours talk show is undergoing an overdue transformation, with networks finally reexamining not only which conversations deserve to be had but how they should unfold and who should lead them.
Sam Jay and Amber Ruffin are from the new class of hosts who are approaching their shows without precedent in mind. Chelsea Handler took a similar tack when she launched Chelsea Lately on E! in 2007, which eschewed typical talk-show fare and connected with women—a demographic long neglected by late night—in a way few of her predecessors had. On her podcast, Dear Chelsea, which she launched in 2021, Handler lets her audience lead by answering its questions—about sex, drugs, and everything in between—with the help of celebrity and expert guests.
22 Latinx Designers on How Their Culture Informs Their Work
From Gabriela Hearst to Maria Cornejo, these are the designers shaping the culture today.
When Oscar de la Renta founded his eponymous label in 1965, he had already fine-tuned his skills under the guidance of couturiers at leading European houses. But unlike many of his contemporaries who followed the same trajectory, his designs highlighted a different perspective. From flowing dresses with ruffles and skirt suits in bold prints and colors, de la Renta riffed off the traditional dress of his native Dominican Republic, imbuing his collections with his Latinx heritage.
Over the years, other talents from Latin American countries followed suit. Carolina Herrera brought the frills and volume of Venezuelan aristocracy to the doyennes of the Upper East Side in the ’80s. Cuban-born Adolfo Sardina also catered to the same coterie during that period, offering bouclé suits in bright hues. And two decades later, Narciso Rodriguez (whose family is from Cuba) and Maria Cornejo (who is Chilean) garnered headlines with their sleek runway presentations.
An Ode to My Mexican Body
How films like Como Agua Para Chocolate, Desperado, and Gabriela helped me lean into loving being Latina.
In 1992, director Alfonso Arau released the film Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), based on his then wife Laura Esquivel’s poetic 1989 novel. When I saw the film long ago, it moved me deeply, showing me a part of Mexico I’d never seen and at the same time telling me a story that I recognized within myself. This summer, as the film celebrated its 30th anniversary, a trend emerged that feels like it could have existed in Esquivel’s universe: Mexican girl core.
Tiffany & Co. Reimagines a Classic and Looks Ahead to the Future
The new Tiffany Lock pays homage to a beloved house motif while offering a peek into the maison’s future legacy.
It was, of course, William Faulkner who said the past isn’t dead (“It’s not even past”), but ask any heritage jewelry brand and you will hear a version of the idea: how to align tradition and modernity, how to navigate honoring an archive with the modern desire for novelty, how to evolve but stay true to one’s roots. Well, that’s all we think about—I am including your favorite 176-year-old magazine in this line of inquiry. No house has been more closely watched while charting this course than Tiffany & Co. Since the 185-year-old company was acquired by LVMH in 2020, all eyes have been focused on clues to the future. Is that famed blue box really going to be yellow now? (It was an April Fool’s joke, people.)
A Schlumberger red carpet renaissance has calmed critics, as did the presence of the historic Tiffany yellow diamond in the Beyoncé campaign. And now, with the unveiling of Lock, the first new design of the new regime, we have more answers.
How Fashion Reclaimed the Corset
But while yesteryear’s corsets have long been emblematic of women’s oppression when hidden underneath dresses, when worn with confidence out in the open now, they feel like a provocative expression of whatever wave of feminism we’re currently living through. And while the corset is, historically, the most feminine of pieces, made to accentuate and exaggerate a woman’s curves, it has lately become—at a time when the landscape of gender and sexuality and personal freedom is being policed like never before—the most democratic of garments, donned by any and all. Dario Princiotta, a corset maker based in Palermo, Italy, made his first corset at the age of 11 and often models his creations on Instagram. “I love to wear them because of the way they make me feel—they give me an attitude, a stronger and more dramatic appearance.”
Your Favorite Cereal May No Longer Be ‘Healthy’ Under New FDA Guidance
The FDA has proposed a change to the definition of “healthy,” and breakfast cereal brands, in particular, could suffer.
Breakfast may be known as the “most important meal of the day,” but from piles of bacon to boxes of donuts, it’s often not necessarily the healthiest one. Many cereal brands aren’t any better — it’s probably safe to say no one has dug out the marshmallows from their Lucky Charms and congratulated themselves on a well-balanced meal. But the FDA is currently looking to change its official definition of “healthy,” and if they do, a number of popular cereals will reportedly no longer make the cut.
Brendan Fraser’s Triumphant Comeback: How Playing a 600-Pound Gay Man in ‘The Whale’ Resurrected His Career
Brendan Fraser fought armies of the undead in “The Mummy.” He swung from vines in “George of the Jungle.” He traveled around the world with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in “Looney Toons: Back in Action.” He made a pact with Elizabeth Hurley as the Devil in “Bedazzled.” He partied with Pauly Shore as a reanimated Neanderthal in “Encino Man.” He even took a shower with Matt Damon in “School Ties.” And while those movies brought him fame, fortune and respect in Hollywood, rocketing Fraser to the top of the A-list in the 1990s and early aughts, they didn’t usually scream “Oscar-worthy.” He was always invited to the party, of course, but as a presenter, not a nominee.
“I give really good podium,” Fraser says. “I’m great at handing out awards. It’s easy. The pressure is off. You’re up on the stage, staring out at all these people biting their fingernails as you say nice things, and then you present a trophy.” He waits a beat, sounding like a character in a Brendan Fraser movie. “But now,” Fraser adds with prophetic gusto reminiscent of a camp villain, “the tables have turned!”
John Donne’s Proto-Modernism
His startlingly intimate love poems fell from favor for centuries, but his drive to see every subject anew makes him seem more contemporary than ever.
By the time Samuel Johnson came to write his “Lives of the Poets,” in 1779-81, tastes had changed. In a neoclassical era, ideas still had a place in poetry, but they were supposed to be familiar ones, dignified by harmonious verse—“What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d,” in the words of Alexander Pope, the master of the rhyming couplet. By this standard, Donne’s ideas looked weird. Johnson found them “abstruse.” He bestowed on Donne and his contemporaries the label “the metaphysical poets,” not intending it as a compliment. Their trouble, he wrote, was that they were “men of learning, and to show their learning was their whole endeavour; but, unluckily resolving to show it in rhyme, instead of writing poetry they only wrote verses.” Their ideas, unlike Pope’s, were “seldom natural”: “The reader, far from wondering that he missed them, wonders more frequently by what perverseness of industry they were ever found.” This judgment prevailed into the nineteenth century. The most popular poetry anthology in Victorian England, Francis Turner Palgrave’s “The Golden Treasury,” included not a single poem by Donne.
‘Great British Baking Show’ contestants reveal the worst parts about competing on the series
Watching “The Great British Baking Show” is a fun experience for viewers, but former competitors say baking delicious treats in the English countryside isn’t always as glamorous as it seems.
The series, known as “The Great British Bake Off” in the UK, gives home bakers the chance to put their skills to the test, but the jump to international TV can be jarring.
Insider spoke with several former contestants from a variety of seasons about their least favorite parts of competing on “Bake Off.”
Everything You Need to Know About Making a Sourdough Starter From Scratch—Including the Best Flour to Use
A colony of bacteria and wild yeast, a live starter creates the leavening needed to bake a loaf of bread.
Making the perfect loaf of sourdough bread is an accomplishment many home bakers strive for. These breads, with their burnished, dark crusts and chewy crumbs, were made with a live starter— an active colony of wild yeast formed by continuously combining flour and water until it is bubbly enough to create the leavening needed to bake a loaf of bread.
This way of raising dough is what people used long before commercial yeast was developed. When that arrived, it made baking more consistent and convenient. But there’s something about the digestibility of eating naturally leavened breads that makes creating sourdough starter from scratch worth the extra work. While you can certainly get a homemade starter from a friend (or mail-order one), it’s also possible to make one on your own.
14 Items You Didn’t Know You Could Clean in Your Washing Machine
This appliance can refresh everything from sneakers and dog beds to backpacks and shower curtains.
Let’s face it: If you had to hand-wash or scrub everything, you’d have pruned hands for life. The better way to get all your cleaning done? Head to the laundry room and let the washing machine do as much of the dirty work as possible. Here are several items you can toss right into your machine for a wash right now.
You’re going back to the office. Your boss isn’t.
Bosses are ordering people back to the office from the comfort of their own homes.
Some 80 percent of executive jobs are currently available remotely, according to executive search firm Cowen Partners, which helps companies fill management positions from director through the C-suite — ones that are often not visible through regular job postings. That’s up from about 25 percent pre-pandemic (the share of Americans overall who worked remotely at least some of the time was in the single digits then and is at about 45 percent now, according to Work From Home Research). Many of these executives cite being fully capable of working from home on technology like Zoom, Slack, and Teams, and say doing so enables them to work odd hours and communicate with colleagues in different time zones while maintaining work-life balance.
Meanwhile, more than half of managers and executives want their employees back in the office five days a week, according to new survey data by freelance platform Fiverr, saying the office makes it easier to access company computers, software, and IT and is a better place to collaborate than at home.
Under the Skin of Jamie Lee Curtis
Whether it’s her return to her horror roots in “Halloween Ends” or her buzzy performance in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” freedom is what the actress is after.
Curtis has been a star for 44 years, but she wields that power in a bracing way: Where other actresses can be cagey, she is forthright, whether the topic is aging (she stopped coloring her gray hair years ago), addiction (Curtis speaks openly about a decade-long Vicodin addiction she kicked in 1999), or plastic surgery (after experimenting with Botox and liposuction, she has since decried cosmetic procedures). With her gift for unspooling anecdotes and her ability to forge an immediate, let-me-tell-you-something-real-about-me connection with the person in front of her, she could have been a formidable politician, or at least played one in some “Hunger Games” spinoff.
Survey Reveals Passengers’ Actual Thoughts When It Comes to Reclining Seats, Sharing Armrests, and More
Two-thirds of passengers think it’s rude to recline their seat — but do it anyway.
The age-old question of whether to recline or not to recline your airplane seat has plagued travelers for years. Well, turns out, more than two-thirds of passengers think it’s rude — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing it anyway.
In fact, more than 77% of travelers recently surveyed said they did think it was rude to fully recline their seat, according to a study from The Vacationer shared with Travel + Leisure. Of those, more than 27% said they would still lean back, but politely ask if it was ok first, and just over 3% said they didn’t care and would recline without warning anyway.
Bob Dylan on the Songs That Captivate and Define Us
In his first collection of writing since “Chronicles: Volume One,” Dylan takes on the songs that captivate and define us. Here are two excerpts from his new book.
The title of Bob Dylan’s latest book, “The Philosophy of Modern Song,” is, in a sense, misleading. A collection of brief essays on 65 songs (and one poem), it is less a rigorous study of craft than a series of rhapsodic observations on what gives great songs their power to fascinate us.
Dylan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, worked on these for more than a decade, though they flow more like extemporaneous sermons. The chapter on Johnnie Taylor’s “Cheaper to Keep Her,” for example, is mainly an indictment of the lawyers whose profiteering of heartbreak drives the divorce “industry.”
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