2022年3月30日 星期三

The T List: Five things we recommend this week

A Parisian wine bar inspired by Tokyo's jazz cafes, a historic downtown Charleston hotel and more.

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A Parisian Wine Bar With Great Bites and Tunes

Left: the bar at Bambino, in Paris's 11th arrondissement. Right: sharing plates served with natural wine.The Social Food

By Monica Mendal

T Contributor


Bambino, a buzzy restaurant on Rue Saint-Sébastien in Paris's 11th arrondissement, was inspired by Tokyo's jazz kissa cafes, with their expansive record collections and impressive sound systems, and by Romano in Tel Aviv, which has an open kitchen and oversize bar at which you can eat without ever having to sit down. The restaurateur Fabien Lombardi was determined to create a similarly casual and festive atmosphere with what is his seventh space. "I'd been living in Paris for over 10 years but realized I was still missing a place where I felt I could go all the time," he says. The result is indeed welcoming, with a "la fête," or a party vibe, that builds over the course of each night: The main countertop faces a large, wooden midcentury sound system set amid Lombardi's personal collection of vinyl records — mostly hip-hop, soul, funk and jazz — which are spun on loop behind the bar. The remainder of the room is optimally set up for dinner and dancing, as high-top tables encourage patrons to fuel up on sophisticated bites paired with draft beer, cocktails or natural wine. And while food service ends at 11 p.m., dancing continues until 2 a.m. bambinoparis.com


Lyrical Paintings of People in Close Quarters

From left: Gabriella Boyd's "Reel" (2022) and "Stomasun" (2022).Courtesy of the artist and Friends Indeed Gallery. Photos: Theo Christelis

By Laura van Straaten

T Contributor

A resistance to the designation "pandemic paintings" is understandable, but the London-based Glaswegian artist Gabriella Boyd gets why the series of 15 works she's created over the last two years might be taken as such: The tight, layered oil compositions depict ambiguous figures — "on either side of comfort or discomfort," as she puts it — in domestic spaces, and who are often seen caring for each other in configurations that could make them lovers, family members or nurse and patient. The canvases convey "much compassion and warmth, but there's also so much claustrophobia," says Boyd, whose first solo exhibition in the United States, "Signal," opens Thursday at Friends Indeed Gallery in San Francisco's Chinatown. Hand-held hair dryers in several works read as guns as much as instruments of upkeep, for instance. Elsewhere, swarms of red dots suggest both infection and decoration. "How can you not see germs and disease after what we've experienced?" asks the artist. Later this year, the Grimm Gallery will bring Boyd's work to New York, first for a group show of new British paintings this summer, and then for a solo exhibition in November. "Signal" is on view through May 13, friendsindeed.art.



Pajamas Printed With Memories of Summer Travels

Left: Desmond & Dempsey Summer Dusk Women's Wrap Robe and Slip Nightie. Right: Desmond & Dempsey City Sketches Men's Cuban Long Set.Left: Angela Suarez. Right: Kento Nagayoshi

In need of a pick-me-up and unable to tap into the ideas typically engendered by their travels because of pandemic restrictions, Molly Goddard and Joel Jeffery, the founders of the London-based pajama brand Desmond & Dempsey, sent an email to their customers in early 2021 inviting them to share their most cherished summer memories for a new Summer Stories collection. They were delighted with the ensuing deluge, which included vivid descriptions of rowdy nights in New York City, summer festivals in Tokyo, tennis matches in Palm Springs and more. The resulting sleepwear, which debuts this month, features details from some of the submissions in print form — there's a tropical floral reminiscent of tablecloths at a Mexican restaurant, and there are pool scenes that echo vintage Palm Springs advertisements, as well as a solid cerulean blue modeled on the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh. For the Summer Dusk pattern, which evokes that languid time of day in Savannah, Ga., the print designer Ana Santos spray-painted over real Spanish moss, letting the negative space dictate the ethereal, cloudlike motif. Each is transporting in its own way, though no doubt the linen and cotton sets will be worn on trips this summer, as all-new memories are being created. From $48, desmondanddempsey.com.


A Charleston, S.C., Hotel to Call Home for a Bit

One of 25 apartment-style rooms at the Pinch, a new boutique hotel in Charleston, S.C.Matthew Williams

By Leslie Pariseau

T Contributor


To date, Charleston, S.C.,'s hotel scene has largely consisted of a mix of grande dame properties and boutiques that are as quaint as you'd expect from a southern city of cobblestone alleys and pastel facades. The Pinch, from the team behind Method Co. — which focuses on extended-stay properties — offers something different: 25 apartment-style units spread across three restored Victorian buildings in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The entrance is tucked away down a stone lane lit with copper gas lanterns, and just past it is a lobby of wide-plank floors and open doors facing a courtyard that feels like the solarium of an eclectic country house. The apartments are also homey, and temper Charleston's old-fashioned charm with a dose of modern comfort: The walls are hung with David Salle lithographs, as well as vintage photography, psychedelic prints and original paintings by artists including Kelsey Brookes and Fausto Rossi; also, each one contains a full-size kitchen with a farmhouse sink and unfinished brass hardware by the English company deVOL. Those who prefer to leave the cooking to professionals can wander to the Quinte, an on-site oyster bar named for the billiards hall once housed in the same space, while a restaurant serving French-inflected Lowcountry cuisine is set to open this summer. Not a bad place to stay for a couple of days — or longer. Rooms from $595, thepinch.com.


Cheeky Tableware for Entertaining

The Last Line Rain-Bow Linen Placemat in Apple, and Teddy Floral napkins, glasses and plates. Courtesy of the Last Line

By Zoe Ruffner

T Contributor

Though she worked at high-end accessories houses for over a decade, the Los Angeles-based designer Shelley Sanders confesses that she found the fine jewelry space "intimidating and, frankly, a bit too precious." So in 2017, she and her husband, Teddy Sanders, launched the Last Line, a direct-to-consumer company of cheerful, Instagram-friendly bijoux — such as statement-making heart pendants and earrings dangling with hand-carved garnet cherries — at a more affordable price point. "Our thoughts are often, 'Why not shake it up?'" says Sanders, and that same disruptive sensibility has led to the pair's sophomore foray into the interiors category. Arriving in time for warm-weather entertaining, their brand's new tabletop accents are as practical as they are playful: Think embossed, candy-colored glasses, Talavera ceramic egg cups with matching butter dishes and gold-rimmed porcelain plates decorated with zodiac symbols — a bold motif borrowed from the jewelry line. And hand-woven roses, magic mushrooms and smiley faces appear on embroidered linen napkins and place mats — no two of them alike. "My hope is that they make everyday life a little more fun," Sanders says of the pieces, adding, "even if that means enjoying a slice of store-bought cake just because." Pieces starting at $165, thisisthelast.com.


A Notting Hill Flat With Maximalist Flourishes

The living room of the designer Enis Karavil's West London home. Above the mantel is a portrait of Karavil's great-aunt, and to the right is a trio of antique chairs inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Simon Upton. Styled by Sara Mathers

In 2012, after graduating from the Inchbald School of Design in London, the Turkish designer Enis Karavil spent much of his weekends in Notting Hill, browsing at Portobello Market, which has over the last eight decades evolved into an epicenter for antiques and eccentric bric-a-brac. Eventually, Karavil's frequent excursions spurred him to look for a place in the neighborhood, where he found an apartment that spanned two floors of a stucco-fronted townhouse built in the mid-19th century. Though it needed considerable love, he knew, largely thanks to an original marble fireplace with neo-Classical corbel detailing and an unusual wrought-iron spiral staircase, that it was where he wanted to be. By the time Karavil was mostly done with the apartment, he was working as an interior designer at the firm Hubert Zandberg, but then his friends, seeing what he'd done with his own space, started asking him to reimagine theirs. In 2015, after he'd worked on homes for pals in Boston and Istanbul, he decided to start his own firm, Sanayi313, with his brother, Amir, and to base it out of Turkey, where he knew he could create environments, and offer products, that weren't available anywhere else in the country. Read more at tmagazine.com, and follow us on Instagram.

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2022年3月25日 星期五

The Daily: The Life You Can’t Save

Peter Singer on donating aid to Ukraine.

The big idea: Can altruism be effective during a war?

The Daily strives to reveal a new idea in every episode. Yesterday, we explained why Russia is tactically targeting civilians in Ukraine — and why that suffering is likely to persist. Below, we ask: What can an individual do to help?

Shrapnel from a Russian rocket attack tore into the home of Vladimir Bogdanov, 80, early Thursday in western Kyiv, Ukraine.Ivor Prickett for The New York Times
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By Lauren Jackson

Associate Audience Editor, Audio

The suffering is stark. And people around the world are scrambling to help.

More than 25 countries have offered expansive military aid to Ukraine, purchasing and delivering weapons to the country. The United States has approved billions of dollars in assistance for Ukrainian humanitarian relief. Pastries have been baked, lemonade has been sold and cryptocurrency has been transferred. Across the internet, celebrities are raising tens of millions of dollars, while fast-fashion retailers are hawking sweatshirts screen-printed with the Ukrainian flag.

But the suffering in Ukraine isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. It's the tactical, patient, brutal design of President Vladimir Putin of Russia. As Carlotta Gall, a bureau chief for The Times, said on yesterday's show: "One thing I've learned watching Putin is he doesn't care how many people die. He doesn't care how much destruction. In fact, he doesn't mind destroying and then leaving it destroyed."

So with this conflict likely to drag on, and with millions around the world wanting to help, we wanted to call Peter Singer, the philosopher and ethicist best known for his work on "effective altruism." It's the idea that individuals have a moral obligation to consider how to use the resources at their disposal to do the best for the most people. We wanted to ask him: What can an individual do to most effectively alleviate suffering in Ukraine? Mr. Singer's answers below have been lightly edited:

In a war, the situation on the ground changes rapidly, making it difficult to track the allocation of aid. Is effective altruism in the context of war possible?


I've not seen a clear way in which one can give effectively for Ukraine unless you are living in one of the border nations. So if you're in Poland, Hungary, Romania or Moldova, then you could do things to assist the refugees that are coming. You could take part as a citizen in welcoming those refugees and in trying to help them find places to stay or to get on their feet.

There have been suggestions about donating to Red Cross or Médecins Sans Frontières, which are working in Ukraine for humanitarian purposes. It's hard to know how much good that is doing. Very often we find after the event that, because of the chaos and confusion, the money was not always used so effectively.

In addition to that, you know, there is the fact that there are people in great need elsewhere in the world that have been for a long time and still are. And we have organizations with well proven ways of saving lives or of helping to restore sight to people and helping them to get on their feet economically. And I still think that they are likely to offer better value than donating personally to humanitarian causes in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government has solicited cryptocurrency as a form of direct aid from the international public. What do you make of that?


I don't have any cryptocurrency. But if I did have a currency, I would not be thinking about giving it to the Ukrainian government at present.

Boris Johnson [the British prime minister] just announced the increase in the amount of military aid. And Biden has given large sums of military aid. That's hundreds of millions of dollars that are being given. Maybe if you're a crypto billionaire, you could make a difference. But I don't think the ordinary individual can really know that what they're giving there is going to do something significant. But you can know that by giving to a whole variety of other groups, like the Against Malaria Foundation, that you're doing good things with your money.

Are there other ways to support Ukraine?

Citizens of democracy can be politically active. I think that's very important. I don't know that just donating money is what you should be thinking of, specifically in the context of Ukraine. You should certainly be thinking about supporting the sanctions and the strong action that the governments are taking and supporting decisions to give military aid to Ukraine and supporting admitting refugees.


I think there are things that we can be doing politically to indicate support for refugees. But in terms of giving money, maybe that's not the best thing to be doing.

Also, can you do something to help the opposition in Russia? Because really, that would be the best solution if somehow Russians could know the truth. Kelsey Piper mentioned some places where you might be able to help independent media in Russia. You have to admire the bravery of Russians who are now facing years in prison for saying it's a war, it's an invasion, it's not a special military operation.

You've written a lot about the moral and fiscal obligations of individuals in a world of finite resources. But attention is also a finite resource. Are there moral obligations in considering where we direct our attention?

I do think that journalists should try to do more coverage of the neglected issues and the things that are going on all the time, that don't make the headlines. I'd like to see obviously more positive stories about how organizations are effectively helping people in need because I think one of the problems of what is sometimes called "compassion fatigue" is really not knowing where you can do good. I'd like to see more of stories about organizations that are doing things well and, with relatively modest amounts of money, have made a big difference.

For your weekend playlist

We covered a lot of ground on the show this week, from the war in Ukraine to the rise in Covid-19 cases from the new BA.2 Omicron variant. In case the headlines have been feeling extra heavy lately, we thought we'd share some musical relief. Every Friday on The Playlist, pop critics for The Times weigh in on the week's most notable new songs and videos. Here are a few of their picks this week:

Frya, from Zimbabwe, has "a songwriter's gift: how to turn words and sounds into an emotional connection," the critic John Pareles writes. Pareles points out Frya's similarities to Adele in her use of vibrato and "her approach to syncopation and sustain, where she makes her voice build and break."

The avant-pop singer Kilo Kish "raps in a breathless staccato" on this song from her new album "American Gurl," the critic Isabelia Herrera says. The song has "lurching drums" and "neon-drenched synths" along with "Miguel's sky-high, looping vocalizations." It creates the effect of "a trance-like spell, conjured to convince you of the promise of starting anew," Isabelia explains.

The Philadelphia-based Kurt Vile has an "ambling, amiable presence" on this song, which is "a gently psychedelic ditty in no particular hurry to get to where it's going," the critic Lindsay Zoladz writes.

On The Daily this week

Monday: Coronavirus cases are increasing in China and Europe. Could the U.S. see another wave?

Tuesday: Russia's richest businessmen have been financially blacklisted by the U.S. and Europe. Would these sanctions change the course of the war?

Wednesday: The confirmation hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Thursday: Russia's relentless bombardment of Ukraine echoes a strategy forged during the Chechen wars of the 1990s.

Friday: Conversations with Afghan girls about how life has changed under Taliban rule.

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