Set during the mid-1960s, The Last Post, a BBC drama about a Royal British Military Police outpost in British-controlled Aden—a city in the country now known as Yemen—can seem at first glance like a campy, nostalgic look at the end of the empire. The period music, costumes, and afternoon tippling are in fact irresistible—Mad Men in a desert oasis. Yet this series, created by Peter Moffatt, whose BBC series Criminal Justice served as inspiration for HBO’s The Night Of, is actually quite affecting: the officers, their men, and their wives have the best of intentions in a hopeless assignment. The Last Post captures the danger and futility of military occupation in a Muslim country, as well as the ups and downs of marriage in a fishbowl. (Watch: amazon.com/the-last-post)
The Last Post
Melanie Dunea, the globe-trotting photographer who makes an art of food—and vice versa—is wild for David Chang’s Momofuku Seiōbo, a Sydney restaurant known for its championing of local seafood. She loves the razor-clam ceviche with green tomato and choko, but didn’t say no when the Barbadian chef, Paul Carmichael, slipped her a taste of jerk-seasoned Wagyu beef. (Reserve: seiobo.momofuku.com)
Get Lost In
Back in the day, when we needed a break from work, we’d grab a cigarette and walk around the block. (Well, some of us here at AIR MAIL still go out for a smoke, but that’s another story.) Now we have more healthy distractions—like wandering through page after page of our latest addiction, Manufactum, based in Germany. The company’s Web site features more than 2,000 items: everything from clothes to home furnishings to office supplies (where we spend way too much time). It’s like Muji meets Monoprix … where every piece is chosen for its design, functionality, and beauty. (manufactum.com)
If you grew addicted to Leon Neyfakh’s Slow Burn, the next best thing is Bag Man, a seven-part podcast produced by MSNBC about the bribery scandal that, in 1973, forced Nixon’s vice president and attack dog, Spiro T. Agnew, to resign. Watergate soon eclipsed the story. Rachel Maddow brings back to light how three young Baltimore prosecutors discovered that Agnew, a former Maryland governor, was still taking payoffs—in cash—in the White House. On MSNBC.