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Baratunde Thurston, author of the 2012 satirical memoir about Black identity in America, in Los Angeles, Sept. 13, 2019. In recent years, Thurston’s thoughts on race and technology have powered email newsletters, podcasts, TV shows and a regular magazine column.

How to Citizen with Baratunde

Writer, activist, and comedian Baratunde Thurston is a master of deciphering difficult subjects. Season One of his podcast, How to Citizen, addressed what it means “to citizen”—how to combat inequality in racial and societal structures and, most importantly, how to create meaningful change. Through interviews with prominent experts and guest lecturers, the episodes covered topics such as suppression, neglect, sacrifice, and polarization, and often pointed to preconceptions and biases as core causes of these widespread problems. In Season Two, which premiered this week, Thurston—an Emmy-nominated writer, a former Obama White House adviser, and a New York Times best-selling author—keeps the tone informative and upbeat, but asks a new question about how to “citizen”: Can it be done without tackling the deepest roots of division in the U.S.? For the answer, he looks to money, capitalism, and the economy. ( —Elena Clavarino

Simona Brown, Behind Her Eyes (2021)

Behind Her Eyes

The term “psychological thriller” can be misleading—all too often it turns out that the characters are simply neurotic and the plot is far from thrilling. That’s not the case with Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes. This series, set in London, lives up to the label, and not just because the heroine becomes entangled with a handsome psychiatrist and his enigmatic wife, a Scottish heiress with a lot of time on her hands. Behind Her Eyes has some of the romantic tension of 1991’s Dead Again, starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, and, better yet, a killer final twist. ( —Alessandra Stanley


Vintage Streamline Kitchen Timer

I rely on my iPhone for almost all tasks, but when I’m cooking, I prefer to go analogue. For years I’ve relied on the reassuringly audible tick of this retro kitchen timer by Kikkerland. Though it works only in increments of 55 minutes, I find that helpful, even if I’m cooking something that takes a little longer, because it reminds me to check in on whatever’s stewing in the kitchen. I keep it out on my countertop at all times, as it’s not only a useful timepiece but also lovely décor. ($27, —Bridget Arsenault


Furnish Green

Located in a commercial building in Chelsea, Furnish Green houses an impressive selection of reasonably priced, vintage furniture. Its well-curated stock ranges in style from Victorian to minimalist. I’ve turned to them for larger pieces, such as my beloved midcentury credenza, but I love to walk their showroom even if I don’t plan on buying anything. That said, I usually end up finding something I never knew I needed, like a Mobolitemini industrial lamp. ( —Clementine Ford

Issue No. 90
April 3, 2021
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Issue No. 90
April 3, 2021