2019年11月6日 星期三

The T List: Better sweaters, the ’70s New York art scene in book form and more

What to wear, read and know about this week, from the editors of T Magazine.

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Where to Eat Noodle Soup in Ho Chi Minh City

The honey-colored Cha Tam Church in Ho Chi Minh City's District 5.Justin Mott

By Jason Rider

T Contributor

For a place with so much history, Ho Chi Minh City (still often referred to as Saigon) feels surprisingly new. The metropolis is constantly reinventing itself, and when you consider that the United States trade embargo was lifted only 25 years ago, and that the majority of the city's population is under 35 years old, you begin to understand why. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Vietnamese cuisine is aware of pho (and of how readily it can be found in Vietnamese-American enclaves like San Jose, Calif., and Houston), but in Ho Chi Minh City, you'd be remiss not to explore some of the funkier, more complex noodle soups of the region: a crab-and-tomato broth cradling fresh snails and fried fish cake at Bun Rieu Cua Oc (at 66 Nguyen Thai Binh); the pork rib and Vietnamese charcuterie in clear broth punctuated with fermented shrimp paste at Bun Moc Thanh Mai (at 14 Truong Dinh); or the dry noodles with wontons and lardons at Hu Tieu Mi Co Giang (at 176 Bis Phuong Co Giang). For a guide to Ho Chi Minh City's many attractions, visit tmagazine.com.

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Better Sweaters, Straight From the U.K.

Left: the Enda Geelong crew neck in lilac. Right: the Arden Donegal crew neck in light gray.Brian Daly

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I have learned the hard way, in gift shops across County Galway, that a traditional Irish sweater is not always a flattering garment. The very things that make an Aran knit so appealing — the chunky handcrafted cables, the dense weather-resistant wool — also tend to give it a shape-canceling effect on the body. As winter approaches, though, all I want to wear is a thick sweater layered over a dress or jeans. I was happy, then, to come across the brand &Daughter, which was founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Reid, a graduate of Central Saint Martins with a fashion background, and her father, Columba, who has over 50 years of experience in the knitwear business. The brand sources natural yarns from spinners in Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom, which it then crafts into classic but cleverly shaped sweaters that evoke fishermen's knits without giving the wearer's upper body a barrel-like silhouette. The latest version of the lamb's wool Fintra style, for example, has a slouchy high neck but is slightly cropped to allow for the intimation of a waist. From about $250, and-daughter.com.

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A Crash Course in the '70s New York Art World

Courtesy of Primary Information

By Brett Sokol

T Contributor

From 1973 to 1978, Art-Rite magazine both reported on and (cheekily) made waves in SoHo's fervid creative scene. The brainchild of co-editors Joshua Cohn, Edit DeAk and Walter Robinson, its pages wryly took aim at celebrated cultural players they saw as hopelessly calcified; institutions like the Whitney Museum of American Art, Artforum magazine and even Donald Judd were all accused of the greatest crime of all: becoming boring. Yet with individual issues often fetching steep prices on the collector's market, Art-Rite has long been more talked about than actually read, until now. After years spent obtaining permissions, the archival publisher Primary Information has reproduced all 20 issues in a newly released book. Set among vintage gallery ads are contributions from a who's who of the period's emerging talents (many then still working day jobs), including the performance artist Laurie Anderson, the sculptor Gordon Matta-Clark, the singer Alan Vega and the photographer William Wegman. "We put ourselves next to history in the making, though I didn't have that feeling at the time," Robinson explained to me. "That's what makes the magazine interesting — all those voices we were almost accidentally able to capture as the '70s whizzed by." $40, primaryinformation.org.

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Knives That Come With Free Sharpenings — and Replacements to Tide You Over

Courtesy of F.N. Sharp

Sharpen your knives. I've heard (and written) that edict countless times in the years I've spent covering food as a journalist, and yet, valuable as that advice is — your blades do, indeed, dull — I've always kind of ignored it. That's why I was intrigued by the new cutlery company F.N. Sharp, whose knife sets come with three free mail-in sharpenings with affordable refreshes thereafter, saving you from having to find a neighborhood sharpener or even doing it yourself: What the company actually does is mail you new wares while they sharpen your old ones (and then they send those to someone else), so your kitchen will never lack knives. Made from Japanese Damascus steel with glass-based resin handles — whose heft, balance and sharpness I've come to quickly rely upon while cooking this is serious equipment bolstered by a clever business conceit; the set of three, featuring a heavy eight-inch chef's knife, a versatile six-inch santoku knife and a handy three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, would make a satisfying Thanksgiving or holiday gift, even if just for yourself. $880, fnsharp.com.

From T's Instagram

Derrick Adams Can Make Art Out of Anything (Even Rubber Gloves)

Scott J. Ross

#MakeTSomething: The artist Derrick Adams creates a sculpture in under an hour with only a few select items — including a box of rubber gloves. Presented with two recent editions of The New York Times, Adams selected the paper with a front-page story about the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. "Usually when I'm working in my studio, the art comes from my drawings and prolonged research, but for this project, it was about a gut reaction to something immediate," he says. Find out what he made here, and follow us on Instagram.

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