Category Culture

World, interrupted: How COVID-19 could boost mental-health care

The dreams begin a week into quarantine. A flight to Shanghai leaves without me while I run around a terminal of inscrutable gate agents. Gladiators spar in the Colosseum, while a grad-school professor and I watch silently from the shade. The dreams are pulsing with life, but when I wake up in my Brooklyn apartment, […]

ADDRESSING WELLNESS’ CANNABIS PROBLEM

The news that Barney’s New York will soon open a cannabis boutique (or “luxury head shop,” as the company put it) in its Beverly Hills flagship feels like nothing so much as a sign that mainstream cannabis capitalism is approaching its apogee. A confluence of factors has contributed to the legal cannabis industry’s runaway growth. The legalisation and […]

The Top Takeaways from 2019’s In Goop Health Summit

In Goop Health had all the makings of a holiday. The summit—hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire, Goop, this weekend at Manhattan’s Pier 17—was festive from the outset. Upon entering the cavernous main hall, athleisure-clad attendees (including a few men in “Goopfellas” t-shirts) were given the first of a series of surprise gifts: a pair […]

A Sotheby’s Vet Aims To Bring Downtown’s Spirit Uptown

The new gallery space LX (that’s Roman numeral for 60) is aiming to bring the boundary-pushing, interdisciplinary, and after-hours spirit of the downtown art world to the avid collectors forty blocks north. “60th Street is the most vibrant block on the Upper East Side,” founder Louis Buckworth said. He added, “There has been a real […]

Parisians Are Taking Less of a Laissez-Faire Approach to Wellness

As of late, how-to guides dedicated to living life like a French woman lacked details of juicing routines and meditation mantras. And for good reason: Most French women didn’t have them. French women were famous for not getting fat, for the insouciance with which they pecked at foie gras and fromage, not for their balanced chakras […]

Named and Shamed: Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ and an Author’s Power to Define the Past

“Elegance attracted me,” Zadie Smith’s unnamed narrator says in her new novel, Swing Time. “I liked the way it hid pain.” By that measure, she would approve of her own artfully constructed narrative. Flickering between the distant and more recent past, she chronicles her relationships with three women: Her activist-turned-backbench MP mother; her popstar-philanthropist boss, […]

The Living Nightmare of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

When Emily Durant (not her real name) was eight, her relationship with her mother began to deteriorate. “Something just snapped in her one day, I guess,” Emily said. Her once-caring mother suddenly stopped doing dishes, taking out the trash, or even putting trash into the trashcan. Dirty plates piled up in the sink, and then […]

Why Critiques of the Campus Rape Documentary The Hunting Ground Only Prove its Point

Critics of the hit documentary The Hunting Ground – which illuminates in damning detail the prevalence of sexual violence at American universities – are ramping up their attacks just in time for The Hunting Ground‘s prime time debut on CNN this Sunday, November 22. And if they aren’t careful, their aspersions might dovetail with the massive audience CNN […]

Rosemary Kennedy and the Legacy of Mental Illness

As a young girl in the early 1900s, Rosemary Kennedy—the eldest daughter of the auspicious Kennedy family—was beautiful, affectionate, and mild-mannered. But her life story pivots on what became perhaps the centuryc’s most chilling manifestation of the fear, shame, and ignorance that surrounds mental health: the lobotomy. Read Elizabeth’s full story on VICE.

A Dance Takes Shape From Pringle of Scotland’s Archives

“Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story,” which looks back on the brand’s distinctly Scottish roots and opened for the first time at London’s Serpentine Gallery during London Fashion Week, arrives today in the fashion house’s home country at the National Museum of Scotland. Operating out of mills in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick […]