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Virtual Bird-Watching

Whether you are locked down in a New York apartment with a dreary view or your mind is fried from too many Zoom meetings that make you feel you’re an extra in a hostage video, there is nothing more soothing and restorative than pulling up the Cornell FeederWatch Cam on your laptop. Just now, I spent five minutes watching (and listening to) two downy woodpeckers, one oriole, three chickadees, and a mourning dove. Heaven. If you need a shot of nature in these days, this is the next best thing to being there. ( Michael Hainey



If logging on to Netflix is akin to walking into an overstocked chain retailer, then looking at Mubi’s home page is like browsing the pristinely minimal shelves of a sophisticated independent boutique. Founded in 2007 (originally called the Auteurs) by Efe Çakarel, the site streams independent and obscure cinema, and used to hold an exclusive video-on-demand partnership with the Criterion Collection. Mubi has since collaborated with über-hip filmmakers such as Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson, and it has started producing original content—2018’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, for example, a documentary about the Japanese music legend. Only one film is added each day, and it’s removed after 30, making this a leaner, hyper-curated approach to on-demand viewing. ($11 per month,


French Press

Few cookware brands are as recognizable as Le Creuset. With endorsements dating back to Marilyn Monroe and Julia Child, it’s the durability of the dense stoneware that has earned the 95-year-old French brand such high and long-lasting praise. Le Creuset’s cafetière is fired at the highest temperatures, so it maintains an even warmth as the coffee brews. The sleek enameled exterior is scratch-resistant, while the interior is designed to be non-porous, preventing the absorption of flavors and thus keeping your coffee’s taste pristine. ($71, —Bridget Arsenault


Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Last year, the journalist and author Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, Moneyball) launched his first podcast, centered around the concept of fairness and its role in American society, from the financial markets to sports to the court of law. Lewis has a second season coming later this spring, but in the meantime he’s released a bonus episode titled “Help in a Crisis.” Crises are infamous for hitting people while they’re down, and this one has proved no different. Here, he hosts the conversations that are hard to listen to, reinforcing truths we know but prefer not to think about: that the coronavirus is both highlighting and further deepening the inequality already rampant in America. ( —Julia Vitale

Issue No. 40
April 18, 2020
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Issue No. 40
April 18, 2020