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The Touring Speaker


At the risk of sounding too much like Don Cheadle in Boogie Nights, what you need is a hi-fi (that’s “high fidelity”) stereo setup in your life—a rare sight these days, as we’ve collectively traded caliber for convenience. Hailed by Wired magazine as the “Steinway” of the music world, Switzerland’s Geneva Lab has merged old-school audiophile quality with new-school simplicity, compacting the cumbersome stereo into a single and simple unit in the Touring speaker, which comes in many sizes and effortlessly plays pristine sound from your iPhone via Bluetooth, or even from a record player with the help of a single cable. (Starting at $161, genevalab.com)

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali jokingly grimaces as he gets caught in the grip of television-talk-show host Dick Cavett in New Orleans. It was in New Orleans that Ali regained his crown for a third time. Ali returned here for a special interview session with Cavett, apparently with no holds barred, in 1979.
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Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes


You’d be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining history lesson than Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes. Drawing on old footage, new interviews, and the many appearances Muhammad Ali made on Dick Cavett’s talk show from 1968 to 1979, the documentary is a rollicking reminder of a volatile period in this country’s history—race, culture, and media figure into it nearly as much as boxing does. And for those unfamiliar with the story, the film is not only an illuminating introduction to the charismatic boxer but also to his second banana here, the equally quick-witted Cavett, and to the genuine friendship between the two. (hbo.com)

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Trailblazers


If you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s biographies of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, you know there are few writers better than Isaacson at discovering and framing inspiring stories about figures who have shaped how we live, work, and think. His podcast, Trailblazers, picks up where his most recent book, The Innovators, left off—he profiles individuals who are using tech to redefine our institutions and assumptions, and shows us how their work is reordering our lives. It’s essential listening for anyone looking to know where we are headed. (delltechnologies.com)

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Kitty Fisher’s


Mayfair’s Shepherd Market was once best known for its brothels and drinking clubs, but the smart area is now populated with Michelin-starred restaurants and high-priced members’ clubs. And then there’s Kitty Fisher’s, a scant yet charming restaurant named after an 18th-century courtesan, which is lined with dusky, rose-colored banquettes and fits half a dozen tables, followed by a few more down a tiny staircase. The casual spot—picture a typical Parisian bistro reimagined by a few polite and plummy Englishmen—is headed up by chef George Barson, who worked for Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal before taking over the kitchen at Kitty Fisher’s. (kittyfishers.com)

Zoe Kravitz at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK - 02 Feb, 2020
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Skinned


Not all facials are created equal. Skinned is a London-based mobile beauty app offering sophisticated and extensive skin-care services on demand. What sets Skinned apart is its founder, Desi Valentine, who got her start at brands such as Soho House’s Cowshed and Aveda in London and counts Zoë Kravitz, Penélope Cruz, and Sienna Miller among her clients. Treatments happen in the comfort of your own home and, if required, late in the evening and on weekends. The therapist arrives with a bed, music, high-quality products—such as Yon-Ka Paris, NeoStrata, IF Skincare, Casmara—and serious machinery for high-frequency and oxygen-based treatments. Recently, the company has partnered with Irene Forte—herself a longtime and vocal fan—to create a bespoke facial using her eponymous line of products. (apps.apple.com)

Issue No. 31
February 15, 2020
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Issue No. 31
February 15, 2020
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