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In a study of 352 front-page New York Times articles from earlier this year, two University of Nevada, Las Vegas students discovered that the Gray Lady quoted 3.4 times as many male as female sources. One duo working to change the ratio: Rachel Sklar (pictured) and Glynnis MacNicol, founders of start-up TheLi.st, a supportive networking platform for women, and authors of a thrice-weekly newsletter meant to inform, edify, and amuse. In a world of inbox clutter, it's one email you'll actually want to read.
When we've worn out our Spotify playlists (there's only so many times you can hear "Blurred Lines"), we come back to trusty music sites that record musicians performing in preternaturally small spaces. There's Black Cab Sessions, a series of one-song, one-take performances from the backs of London cabs, featuring the likes of Hot Chip, VV Brown, and Band of Horses. Then of course NPR's tiny desk concerts, where musicians set up shop in NPR offices. Standouts include an acoustic set from Yo La Tengo, Jazz great Bill Frisell's reinterpretation of John Lennon, and the Blind Boys of Alabama taking the high road. And Illinois-based site Daytrotter is constantly rolling out raw performances from up-and-comers like Haim and Hunter Hunted as well as established artists like Neil Young and Counting Crows.
Launched this spring, Cherry Bombe is a swoony biannual magazine that celebrates two of our favorite things: smart women and delicious food. It's the brainchild of Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, a power duo with roots in fashion, restaurants, and design. Their debut issue featured Karlie Kloss chowing down on cookie dough and Sofia Coppola talking cocktails–we can't wait to see what's next.
End of summer means peak lobster season, when both hard-shell and soft-shell (aka "Shedders") are available. From Thomas Keller's breakthrough butter-poached version to Bon Appétit's ultimate lobster rolls, we can't get enough of the delicious crustaceans–as long as you let their sweet, briny taste shine through. Best of all: steamed, with drawn butter and an ear of corn on the side. Don';t forget the bib.
There's something about a state fair–livestock auctions, various foodstuffs on sticks, feats of blacksmithery...did we mention food on a stick? And August is prime time for local flavor. Some of our favorites: Kentucky (bourbon and bluegrass, naturally), Iowa, home of a life-size cow sculpted out of butter, North Texas (one word: rodeo) and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (a delightful mix of ugly sweaters and breathtaking woodwork and pottery).
Wait, did we say summer blockbusters were over? Our premature prognostications somehow missed [Elysium]9http://www.itsbetterupthere.com/site/) from Neil Blomkamp, who helmed one of our sci-fi favorites of recent years, District 9. It has an overlord/oppressed theme similar to the director– previous flick, featuring Matt Damon as a rebel leader on an impoverished, overpopulated Earth and Jodie Foster as the icy villain of a utopian space station hell-bent on keeping out the unwanted masses. Bring on the popcorn. Photo: Sony Tri-Star
For anyone outside the idyllic paradise of Southern California, the new Dark Sky app is a must. Funded through Kickstarter, it's a genius forecaster that predicts precipitation down to the minute with downright gorgeous radar animations. (Yes, we just said minute). You'll never be caught without an umbrella in a flash rainstorm again.
We're going to go out on a limb and say that this August is going to be a scorcher. Arm yourself with refreshing face mists that will cool you down and replenish your skin at the same time. We're fans of Benefit's Ultra Radiance Re-hydrating Mist, with hyaluronic acid, and Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist, which tamps down any irritation or redness.
When we’re in need of dinner inspiration, we turn to Food52, a recipe-exchange site and endless font of food intelligence—and now a kitchen and home shop too, with the launch of Provisions. (Bonus: Get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more!) Usually we’re drooling over their food photography and <Sunday Dinners column, but our mouths are also now agape at vintage jam spoons, escabeche from cult spice purveyor La Boite, and a Wellfleet oyster knife
Photo credit: James Ransom