According to a 1982 New York Times article, when violent children housed at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California were put in an 8-foot by 4-foot “bubble gum pink” cell, they relaxed, stopped “yelling and banging,” and often fell asleep within 10 minutes. That’s probably the most disturbing fact we could find in our attempt to justify how much we love these magenta color therapy glasses from Sweetflag.
Here’s a thing you should do tomorrow: upon waking—without rising, turning on the lights, or checking Instagram—start your day with Just For Us, the new Francis and the Lights album that dropped as a post-holiday, pre-2018 surprise last week. The first track is called “Morning,” and it definitely makes for a good one. (Optional: sleeping in; getting yourself just the tiniest bit high.)
That the David Hockney retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art runs through a frigid winter in New York makes an odd kind of sense: the warmth his work radiates could heat a city. Our love for Hockney has only grown with time, and this exhibition is well worth yours. (And if you’re not from New York, you’ve only got a couple of months left to see the museum Pierce Brosnan stole a Monet from for free, so hurry up.)
Sustainably caught? Sure. Ethically farmed? Yes, please. But when was the last time the non-vegans among you gave any thought to the pain once felt by the tuna on your midday sandwich? Overwhelming evidence points to the fact that fish do, indeed, feel it. So the question is: now what?
Floral designer Doan Ly’s still lifes look like they’ve been taken off the set of a ‘70s erotic film—in a good way. Ly’s use of light, angle, focus and color make her work more reminiscent of classic LP covers than the wedding arrangements they often are. It makes sense, then, that her New York studio, a.p. bio (also a class we nearly failed in high school), is dedicated to “elevating floral design to art,” a goal already more than met.
After a year in which the current administration has sought to weaken environmental protections at every turn, the recent reissue of the EPA's 1977 Graphic Standards Manual feels especially timely. The team behind the book is donating a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold to Earthjustice, the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization.
Veja sneakers are designed in France and sustainably made out of everything from recycled plastic bottles to tilapia skin to Hermès-approved silk. You can’t go wrong with any of their vintage-looking, athletic-inspired designs, but the silver pair above make a particularly perfect (and seasonally appropriate) antidote to white footwear fatigue.
Sometimes you need a break from a break. Escape whatever family bonding or strife is going on with a joint and a 40-minute ride through the mountain peaks of Norway on the famous Flåm train line. And while virtually gliding through the snow is soothing with the sound on, we like to hit mute and pair the “journey” with our own musical choices.
Sitting. We all do it. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying How To Sit, Thich Nhat Hanh’s pocket-sized book on meditation. The Vietnamese Buddhist monk strings together short prompts for breathing exercises and self-reflection that are perfect for beginners or long-time practitioners, or people with short attention spans who just want to try something new. (The book is also a great gift or stocking stuffer that makes you look like a thoughtful and caring person even though you’re definitely buying it at the last minute.)
Margaret Atwood once said, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” In Cat Person, the fiction selection in this week’s New Yorker, author Kristen Roupenian applies this premise to the banality of modern courtship with an acutely terrifying result.
Having only recently been introduced to Buffalo Zine, we can’t vouch for all the issues—especially since they re-think the design, layout and format of every installation. (Think: a send-up of ‘70s catalogues in one shipment followed by a hand-scrawled street ‘zine the next.) We can, however, vouch for the ones we've seen and for the fact that this indie fashion publication won the Stack Awards’ “Magazine of the Year” just last week.
Tuck one in a corner of your bookshelf, bring another as a hostess gift to the next dinner party you attend, and add the rest to your holiday wish list for anyone who’s asking: these three-inch tall ceramic spirits are each handmade and accordingly one of a kind. We’re partial to the bumpy dude dipped in green, but who says you have to pick just one?
Turns out you don’t need to break the bank to eat a Michelin-starred meal, but the flight might cost you. The $1.50 braised chicken Chef Chan Hon Meng serves from his “Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle” food cart in Singapore has earned him the rare culinary honor, if not a ton of money.
The best new podcast is being made by inmates in San Quentin State Prison. Ear Hustle’s Earlonne Woods, Antwan Williams, and prison volunteer Nigel Poor have managed to record and produce a riveting series that takes a candid and honest look at what life on the inside is really like.