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Matilda Goad Lamp

The only problem with being a U.S.-based aficionado of Matilda Goad is a pesky shipping fee—her products come directly from the U.K. The British designer’s woven-ceramic-base lamp is an instant upgrade to one’s #WFH setup, and in a sea of lighting conformity, there’s nothing quite like it. (Though it will require a trip to the lamp doctor for rewiring, the experience is actually a pleasant throwback, I promise.) I like the pale-blue color best, but it’s very charming in pink, and the red woven cord is an inspired finish. Pair with one of her scalloped lampshades for maximum effect, and settle in for a pleasant week of working, reading, and pondering. ($395, —Ashley Baker


Michter’s US1 Barrel Strength Rye

It’s cold out, and there’s nothing to do anyway. In times such as this, all you can do is take a page out of the Stones’ playbook: Might as well get juiced. Keith would no doubt settle for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, but our palates are more discerning here at Air Mail. Recommendation from the house: get yourself a bottle of Michter’s American whiskey, a classic that tastes like it should cost twice as much as it does. But if you can, track down a bottle of their limited-release US1 Barrel Strength rye—it’s a smoother blend, perfect for warming up in the winter. ($90, —Alex Oliveira

COPS, Las Vegas, Officer Michael Horn, 1989

Running from Cops

You’d probably guess that the show Cops, among the longest-airing reality series of all time, was super-exploitative. And you’d be right, but the extent of its impact, and its badness, is surprising. Running from Cops, a podcast hosted by Dan Taberski, who spent 18 months researching Cops—which was canceled last year—offers a sideways look into American policing while also diving deep into this strange and disturbingly popular cultural phenomenon. Full of shocking and sobering revelations, magnetic characters—Taberski being one of them—and fascinating detours into the show’s many ripple effects, it’s addictive, not only because of the subject but also because of the highly original storytelling. ( —Clementine Ford

Ibrahima Gueye, Sophia Loren, “The Life Ahead” (2020)

The Life Ahead

Sophia Loren started making movies in 1950, when she was 15. Let’s hope The Life Ahead is not the 86-year-old’s last, because it’s clear from her strong performance here that she still has a lot of talent in her. Directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, the film stars Loren as an aged sex worker in Bari, Italy, who reluctantly agrees to look after an orphaned Senegalese street kid, played by Ibrahima Gueye, who lights up every scene he’s in. It’s a lovely film that sits in line with the best descendents of Italian neo-realism. ( —Michael Hainey

Issue No. 85
February 27, 2021
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Issue No. 85
February 27, 2021