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Dad Grass

In March, New York became the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana. But you can’t run out and buy THC-infused products sans prescription just yet. We can survive without, however, thanks to Dad Grass. The brand’s 100 percent hemp-flower, pre-rolled joints promise to deliver a “clean buzz without the fuss,” aiming to re-create the mellow experience derived from the stuff “your parents used to smoke.” With a super-low, and legal, dose of THC—below .3 percent—and plenty of CBD, these deliver a calming, relaxing feeling akin to the effects of the latter cannabinoid, but with a much more festive vibe, due to the delivery method. Break them out at your next party and look cooler than you ever thought possible. ($35 for a pack of five, —Ashley Baker


Sweet Pickle Books

David Mitchell said, “A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” We feel the same way about a half-eaten jar of pickles. That’s why, when we stumbled upon Sweet Pickle Books, on New York’s Lower East Side, it immediately felt like home. Founded by Leigh Altshuler, formerly of the Strand, the shop sells used books along with jars of homemade pickles—both dill and spicy—taking cues from her mother’s favorite movie, Crossing Delancey, about a romance between a pickle peddler and a book dealer. Filled with the smell of old pages and brine, the space is an ode to the neighborhood’s Jewish heritage: an entire section is devoted to Jewish culture, with Walter Benjamin biographies sitting alongside tchotchkes such as a menorah marked with eight emoji-laden texts. Sweet Pickle is the kind of only–in–New York institution that rarely exists anymore, and while it opened during the pandemic, it’s already a perma-crowded area staple. If you have some books you’re willing to part with, they’ll even trade you a jar of pickles for them, though you can also opt for money in exchange. What’s not to love? ( —Sarah Nechamkin


Oh, Hello: The P’dcast

Aware that no one needs another celebrity-fronted podcast, the comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney had a better idea. In Oh, Hello: The P’dcast, the duo host as their aging alter egos, Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney), first seen in Kroll’s sketch comedy—Kroll Showand then perfected a couple of years back on Broadway, in a production titled The Oh, Hello Show. The audio adaptation of their stage run is both surprising and charming. In it, the two characters—each crotchety, old Upper West Siders—set out to produce a hit podcast about Princess Diana’s death, a wink to the many shows out there investigating this or that gruesome event. And it’s in the mispronunciations, antiquated views, and vain pretensions of these stuck-in-their-ways New Yorkers that the show truly shines, delivering major laughs and the sharpest of satire. ( —Bridget Arsenault



What’s more American than Watergate? To celebrate this Fourth of July, we recommend watching 1999’s Dick, a movie that imagines Deep Throat to be two teenage girls, played by Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, who get a gig as the president’s dog walkers. After stumbling upon some unsettling tapes, in which President Nixon (Dan Hedaya) is mean to his dog, among other things, they decide to give up a list of names they found to two journalists, Bob Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Carl Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch). It’s a cult classic because it’s hilarious—tough to do when working with Nixon as source material—and because it suggests the bond between two best friends is more powerful than the president. These aggrieved, somewhat naïve, but totally fed-up teens get back at Dick for betraying them, his dog, and his country—and end up holding the fate of American politics in their hands. A political satire and coming-of-age story, Dick is All the President’s Men meets Legally Blonde. ($4, —Clementine Ford



The hottest days of summer are imminent, and a long, loose caftan is in order. Enter Mille, the Minneapolis-based brand founded by retail vet Michelle LeBlanc and photographer Emily Freitas, which specializes in the kind of easy, well-priced fashion that was designed with the female gaze in mind. They make housewares, jewelry, knits, and outerwear, but the lounge-worthy dresses, tops, and, yes, caftans are irresistible. Take the Sadie style, featuring a block print made by hand at a small family-owned workshop in Jaipur. Its long sleeves ensure protection from the sun, but it breathes easily, so you won’t overheat. It also works well as a nightgown, beach cover-up, or tunic, worn with a belt and leggings or equally loose pants. ($158, —Ashley Baker


David Yurman

Not only are amulets purported to bring good luck, they also provide the finishing touch to many necklines. Just imagine how this shiny penny, created for David Yurman by artist Jill Magid, would look set against a white linen button-down? Or against a sleeveless column dress? Or layered with chains and beads over a loose-fit T-shirt? Made of 18-karat rose gold, it’s a nod to Magid’s public-art project, Tender, and 100 percent of the net proceeds will benefit the River Fund, a nonprofit organization that combats hunger and poverty in New York City. ($1,650; —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 103
July 3, 2021
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Issue No. 103
July 3, 2021