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Evanston Salt Costs Climbing


In the theater world, playwright Will Arbery has been a name to watch for some time now. It’s not just because he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 for his most recent work, the provocative play Heroes of the Fourth Turning, or because he’s a writer on the hit HBO show Succession. Rather, the attention is because of his crackling dialogue, the deftness with which he creates characters, and the way he captures both the times we are living and the emotions roiling inside all of us. We’re fortunate that Evanston Salt Costs Climbing, a play first staged in 2018, has been brought back for a limited run in New York City. Set primarily in the municipal garage of a Chicago suburb, this show is next-generation David Mamet. The drama revolves around two salt-spreader drivers and their supervisor dealing with changes in their jobs, as well as their screaming existential dread. It’s also darkly funny. It also closes soon, so book now to see a talent that’s sure to be with us for years to come. (thenewgroup.org) —Michael Hainey


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Study: Volume Two


Christopher Niquet launched Study, a magazine that devotes entire issues to one subject, in July. The first one focused on photography by the model Vivienne Rohner, Niquet’s longtime friend. When the magazine debuted, Niquet alluded to a second issue, describing it as a “bit headier.” Six months later, the Paris-based editor, writer, and stylist has delivered on that promise. The latest issue centers on 91-year-old playwright and author Adrienne Kennedy, whose play Ohio State Murders opens on Broadway this month. Essays, poems, and fashion spreads inspired by Kennedy fill Study’s glossy pages, as do artworks by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Eric N. Mack, and photographs by Bruce Weber. Thanks to an extensive interview with Kennedy, a rich portrait of an American literary legend emerges. ($37, study.com) —Elena Clavarino

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Ffern


Owen Mears and Emily Cameron grew up in the English countryside, where they took for granted the mood-elevating scents provided by the herb farm across the street. But when this brother-and-sister duo moved out of Somerset, they found themselves yearning for a more portable and renewable version of that olfactory bliss. In 2018, Ffern, their environmentally minded, organic eau de parfum line, was born. Until now, customers would sign up for the ledger and, four times a year, receive a limited-edition bottle of the seasonal release. But now, thanks to a beautiful, entirely plastic-free shop at 23 Beak Street, in London’s Soho neighborhood, even the most commitment-averse shoppers can get in on the action. A full archive of Ffern’s fragrances is available for smelling and sourcing. The store’s inspiring interior design, including a checkout counter made entirely of mycelium, is worth the trip alone. ($129, ffern.co) —Ashley Baker

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Ralph Lauren


Ralph Lauren’s love of watches from the 1920s and 1930s has been well documented. Just in time for the gift-giving season, he is introducing the Polo Vintage 67, a smashing new model with a 40-mm. case, matching onion crown, and aviation-inspired design. But it’s more than its good looks—it runs at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and has the ability to go 90 hours before requiring any manual winding. The sapphire-crystal case is exposed, revealing its elegant design, and the interchangeable strap is intended to age over time. Consider it an inspired gift idea for any well-behaving individual this holiday season. ($2,700; ralphlauren.com) —Ashley Baker

Sleep

Sea Me


I was a latecomer to the surprising softness and extremely unsexy-sounding thermoregulating benefits of linen bedding, but now it’s the only material I’ll consider sleeping with. From Ukraine’s seaport city of Odessa, Sea Me offers chemical-free linen bedding in exquisite colorways reminiscent of coastal living—think teal, deep marine, and sea-foam gray. You can mix and match the shades, go all in on a single hue, or, in my case, buy multiple sets and do both. For something to wear between the sheets, the brand recently added pajamas and kimonos to its lineup. One of their new shorts-style pajama sets features a broad stripe down the front to symbolize the ongoing plight of Ukrainians. Ten percent of the pajamas’ proceeds will go toward the country’s armed forces. ($135, seamelinen.com) —Laura Neilson

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Philosophy Bites


The podcast Philosophy Bites will bring you back to your college lecture hall, but in the best possible way. (There will be no essays, exams, or grades.) Each week, philosophers David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton invite another philosopher—past guests include Martha Nussbaum and David Chalmers—to chat with them. Topics range from the ethics of plastic surgery and Hannah Arendt to toxic masculinity and the concept of free will. It’s soothing, occasionally mind-blowing, and the perfect way to become wiser through osmosis. Plus, listeners will walk away with actually interesting cocktail-party conversation starters. (spotify.com)Clara Molot

Issue No. 177
December 3, 2022
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Issue No. 177
December 3, 2022