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Pursoma’s Digital Detox

Now that the newest iPhones are water-resistant, work, social media, and the news can follow us into the bath. I recently dropped my phone into an antique claw-foot tub—the device went unscathed, but my fleeting panic alerted me to the fact that I needed to unplug. Enter the digital-detox solution from Pursoma. The pouch of French green clay and sea salt comes with instructions: Draw a hot bath, pour in the mix, put all your devices on airplane mode, and then steep yourself for 30 minutes, sipping cold water throughout. The final recommendation is an après bain rest. I’m not sure if it was the cleansing solution or some kind of phoneless-induced bliss, but after emerging from my soak I fell directly into a narcotic slumber, and woke up in the morning feeling as peaceful as a newborn without an e-mail address. ($34, —Zoe Dubno

Work from Home


I used to fantasize about a home work space, one that would be elegantly stocked with notebooks and writing utensils and files, all attractively organized, like the Nancy Meyers–kitchen equivalent of a study. When I started working from home, I realized that my real desk was more of a general storage space for coats, keys, and unopened mail. Milligram is an Australia-based stationery-and-all-things-paper retailer that sells the loveliest notebooks and planners and fountain pens and calendars. I spent a few hours browsing—organization may be the to-do list’s close cousin when it comes to procrastination—and now have a dream desk fit with enough supplies to outlast my work-from-home tenure. ( —Clementine Ford


9 to 5

Maybe it was a subconscious choice. A reaction to missing (!) office life. But the other night my wife and I watched a film I’d never seen: 9 to 5, that classic workplace comedy with Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin, which, 40 years on, is still smart and very funny. Consider it the perfect movie to watch at the end of a long day at your new home office. ($4 rental, —Michael Hainey


The Missing Cryptoqueen

Proving the adage that truth is stranger than fiction, The Missing Cryptoqueen, a podcast series from the BBC, tells a story of greed, deception, and acquiescence that upstages that of Elizabeth Holmes. Dr. Ruja Ignatova, a Bulgarian-born entrepreneur, once claimed she had invented a crypto-currency to rival Bitcoin: she called it OneCoin. She persuaded individuals and companies from 175 countries to invest billions—documents leaked to the BBC show that British investors spent nearly $35 million on the project in the first half of 2016. But then, just as law enforcement was starting to sniff out a case against the company, Ignatova boarded a plane to Athens in late 2017 and disappeared. British author and journalist Jamie Bartlett unravels the story of OneCoin and its inscrutable founder. ( —Bridget Arsenault

Issue No. 37
March 28, 2020
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Issue No. 37
March 28, 2020