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The Billion Dollar Code

In the early 1990s, when personal computing was just becoming widespread and the Internet was still in its infancy, a group of hackers and artists in Berlin created one of the first “planet browsers.” The goal was novel: allow users to explore the world from their desk. Did Google steal the idea for Google Earth from the German company Art+Com? The story of this innovation and the ensuing legal battle is the subject of The Billion Dollar Code, a new Netflix series. Similar in tone to David Fincher’s The Social Network, the show is structured around a sequence of flashbacks told at a deposition. Equal parts legal thriller and critique of Silicon Valley,The Billion Dollar Code is the perfect drama for our Big Tech–dominated times. ( —Jacob Robbins



The quest for the perfect kitchen tongs can be a Goldilocks scenario—they’re either too stiff or too wobbly. Plus, many tongs look like garden tools when set out on a table. Thankfully, Hay, a Danish furniture-and-accessories brand, offers a solution. Made from a single piece of stainless steel, these tongs transfer food seamlessly from a serving dish to a dinner plate. The retro scalloped edges are not only attractive but also practical—they can grip anything from a single sugar cube to a chicken thigh to a leafy salad. ($20, —Bridget Arsenault


Rockabye Baby!

It’s never too early to indoctrinate your kids into good taste in music. Rockabye Baby!, a series of albums, kicks Mother Goose to the curb with lullaby renditions of classic and contemporary hits. From the Beatles to Shakira and Marvin Gaye to Coldplay, the lullabies are feel-good songs for listeners of any age. They are as fitting for the home office as they are for the crib—who knew Queen and David Bowie’s song, Under Pressure, could be so relaxing? For current and former emo kids, the label’s latest rollout, a selection of Panic! At the Disco lullabies, is pop-punk at its softest—just crazy enough to rock the cradle. ( —Sarah Nechamkin



Plunking down a credit card for a Sacai jacket is no small matter. But your Air Mail style correspondent’s 2016 Sacai purchase has proved to be a solid investment, as far as these things go. We still find ourselves wearing that camo-and-tweed beauty several times a week for at least eight months out of the year. Once again, we’re tempted by this very 2021 take on the classic trench. Made of melton wool and gabardine, it’s a cold-weather version of the classic fall style. The silver buttons, which are emblazoned with an anchor, are especially fetching when combined with the contrasting navy and camel panels. Please excuse us while we do a bit of math—assuming it’s worn 150 times per year for the next five years … ($2,295; —Ashley Baker


Supermoon Bakehouse

When you Google “Cronut,” one of the suggested searches is: “Are Cronuts still a thing?” Asking the question provides the answer. Now there is the Cruffin, the specialty of Supermoon Bakehouse, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Ry Stephen and Aron Tzimas, the Australians who opened the bakery in 2017, are probably best known for cross-breeding a croissant and a muffin, but they also offer danishes, donuts, cookies, and éclairs—all made with butter from a farm in Normandy. The menu changes weekly, and the flavors are often inspired by other desserts. Recent items include Candied Corn Cruffins (corn crème pâtissière with Chantilly cream, caramel glaze, and freeze-dried corn kernels), horchata éclairs, and banana-split-sundae croissants (a croissant filled with poached bananas, chocolate almond cream, and banana caramel). The bakery is only open Friday through Sunday, and they sell a limited number of “care packs” on Mondays at six p.m. that ship to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. ( —Jensen Davis


Ana Khouri

Ana Khouri’s high-jewelry collection is usually revealed once a year, by appointment only, at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. This year, the celebrated and sustainably minded designer is revealing her collection at Sotheby’s, through November 14, to coincide with the hotly anticipated Macklowe sale. Many of Khouri’s one-of-a-kind creations have already been sold to collectors, but this is an excellent opportunity for jewelry aficionados to see her latest work, which includes new materials such as Brazilian rosewood and some seriously fancy stones. Our favorite, the minaudière, can be used as a clutch (careful, please) or deployed as an object of splendor and wonder in the home. ( —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 121
November 6, 2021
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Issue No. 121
November 6, 2021