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Now, she told me, blue-collar work is an oasis in the fake-email-job desert, with a newfound social cachet. In a survey conducted in late 2021, 67% of blue-collar workers said they believed the pandemic changed how people viewed their jobs, and 75% of white-collar workers agreed. AdvertisementNow, the economy is adding blue-collar jobs at a rapid clip. There is a tendency — particularly among white-collar workers — to look at blue-collar work through rose-colored glasses, to romanticize the hard work and skills it requires. The labor market hasn't completely reversed course; blue-collar jobs may be booming, but a bachelor's degree is still often a prerequisite for roles with high pay and numerous benefits.
Persons: Alyssa DeOliveira, didn't, DeOliveira, Chris Collins, Collins, Steven Kurutz, influencers, Eames, Bernie Sanders, Elise Gould, she's, it's, moratoriums —, Gould, Frankie Giambrone, Giambrone, Biden, Lael Brainard, Scott Gove, Michael Kaye, Gove, there's, he's, Sam Pillar, Jeff Goldalian Organizations: Walmart, UPS, Business, The New York Times, Economic, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Economic Council, Teamsters Union, United Auto Workers, Teamsters Locations: Boston, Tennessee, New York City
Lee McColgan’s career in finance was probably doomed as soon as he started visiting historic house museums. The first one he toured was the Fairbanks House, in Dedham, Mass., the oldest surviving timber-frame home in America, built in 1637. It was 2014, and Mr. McColgan was living in Omaha, where he worked as a sales representative for a large investment company. Despite a rural childhood in Vermont and an interest in visual arts and building, he had spent much of his adulthood working in a cubicle: five years of “jacking in” at a call center outside Boston, followed by several more as a Midwestern “external wholesaler” pitching mutual funds to financial advisers.
Persons: Lee McColgan’s, McColgan, Organizations: Fairbanks Locations: Dedham, Mass, America, Omaha, Vermont, , Boston
A Serene Oasis for Making Music
  + stars: | 2024-05-08 | by ( Steven Kurutz | Jane Beiles | )   time to read: 1 min
The first things you notice upon entering Long Pond Studio are the glass windows and doors. They’re huge — the doors are eight-feet square — and frame pastoral scenes of grass, trees and water. But in this setting — a recording studio in the countryside near Hudson, N.Y. — they’re startling. That’s because recording studios more typically resemble gambling dens; they are dark, airless spaces where light and a view to the outside world would distract from the high-stakes act of music making. Large glass surfaces are also a no-no, because they refract sound waves and possibly allow outdoor noise to leak in.
Locations: Hudson, N.Y
You check your inbox and discover dozens of spam emails that made it past the filter. Tapping over to Instagram, you find a request for a supposed brand collaboration in your DMs. Your WhatsApp notifications, meanwhile, consist solely of strangers asking you to invest in a cryptocurrency exchange. While scrolling social media on your lunch break, you see Tom Hanks promoting a dental plan and Taylor Swift peddling a cookware giveaway. (Or at least that’s what seems to be going on.)
Persons: Tom Hanks, Taylor Swift Organizations: LinkedIn, Fortune Locations: Instagram
In a time when the headlines are dominated by wars and a divisive presidential campaign, the magazine-world rivalry between The Atlantic and The New Yorker doesn’t amount to much. So you might have missed it when, on April 2, The Atlantic beat The New Yorker in three big categories at the 2024 National Magazine Awards. But to Rusty Foster, who chronicles the media industry and internet culture in his daily newsletter, Today in Tabs, The Atlantic’s victory was big news. Shortly after the awards ceremony, which took place at Terminal 5 in Manhattan, Mr. Foster tapped out a fanciful report for his audience of media obsessives. Under the headline “Shutout at the TK Corral,” he wrote that David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, “solemnly folded up and ate each of his prepared speeches as he watched The Atlantic win every category.”
Persons: Rusty Foster, Foster, , David Remnick, Organizations: Atlantic, The, Yorker Locations: Manhattan
Roberto Cavalli, the Italian-born fashion designer who celebrated glamour and excess, sending models down the runway and actresses onto red carpets wearing leopard-print dresses, bejeweled distressed jeans, satin corsets and other unapologetically flashy clothes, has died. His company announced the death on Instagram but provided no details. Mr. Cavalli’s signature style — “molto sexy, molto animal print and molto, molto Italiano,” as the British newspaper The Independent once described it — remained essentially unchanged throughout his long career. But he skillfully reinvented his clothes for different eras, enjoying several renaissances and building a global lifestyle brand in the process. When the model Naomi Campbell wore a pair during a runway show in 1993, stretch jeans became a huge trend.
Persons: Roberto Cavalli, , Cavalli, minidresses, St . Tropez, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Naomi Campbell Organizations: British, Independent Locations: Italian, molto, , St ., Europe
Hanging Out in the Boiler Room With Andre Dubus III
  + stars: | 2024-03-12 | by ( Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +1 min
The cedar-shingled house that Andre Dubus III built for his family in the seaside town of Newbury, Mass., has four levels that sprawl across 6,000 square feet, with plenty of rooms that could have made a nice writer’s office. But Mr. Dubus plies his trade down in the mechanical room, near the exercise equipment and the boiler, in a lofted space that he built himself out of plywood. There is a window, but Mr. Dubus has covered it with a blanket to block out the daylight. Writing longhand with a pencil and paper, he has produced five books in this cramped space. He refers to it variously as “my writing cave,” “my dream portal” and “the engine house.”
Persons: Andre Dubus, Dubus, Locations: Newbury, Mass
Rumors Swirl Amid Concern Over a Princess
  + stars: | 2024-02-28 | by ( Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +1 min
On Christmas Day, Catherine, Princess of Wales, attended service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, wearing head-to-toe royal blue. She walked to church with her husband, Prince William, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, much like she had in years past. Greeting the gathered crowds and the cameras, “She looked lovely for the occasion,” said Town & Country. The princess has not been seen in public since. Two of the most senior members of Britain’s royal family were now facing health trials.
Persons: Catherine , Princess of Wales, Mary Magdalene Church, Prince William, Prince George , Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, , Catherine, Kate Middleton, King Charles III Organizations: Kensington Palace, London Clinic Locations: St, Sandringham , Norfolk, England, Kensington
Leap day is a wrinkle in time that goes unmentioned on many wall and desk calendars. Those born on Feb. 29 may face problems when it comes to filling out forms or settling basic questions of identity. “People didn’t believe me that I was born on a day that didn’t exist,” said Raenell Dawn, who was born Feb. 29, 1960, describing her school years. Dawn encountered a customer who was a fellow leap day baby. “It made me realize — I’ve got to find people that are born on this birthday, that are happy about it, that get it.”
Persons: didn’t, , Dawn, — I’ve
How Many Tribeca Pediatrics Does a City Need?
  + stars: | 2024-02-24 | by ( Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +1 min
In 1994, Dr. Michel Cohen, a 35-year-old Moroccan-French émigré, opened Tribeca Pediatrics in a storefront on Harrison Street in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood. Dr. Cohen had tousled brown hair and wore thick-framed eyeglasses and clothes by brands such as Commes des Garcons, Paul Smith and A.P.C. He rode around the neighborhood on a bicycle and made house calls to newborns and their vulnerable parents, as if TriBeCa were a quaint village and he a country doctor. Rather than a sterile medical building, Tribeca Pediatrics’s street-level office was actually the front half of Dr. Cohen’s loft apartment, where he lived with his artist wife, Jeannie Weissglass, and three young daughters, who would run in and out while he saw patients. Cheery and bright, with vintage wallpaper from Secondhand Rose and toys in the waiting area, the practice was “low intervention,” the phrase Dr. Cohen used to describe his approach to medicine.
Persons: Michel Cohen, Cohen, Garcons, Paul Smith, Jeannie Weissglass Organizations: Tribeca Pediatrics, TriBeCa Locations: French, Manhattan’s TriBeCa, Tribeca
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods was founded in 1978, but it wasn’t until several years later that the company hit upon the thing that made its oats, groats and other natural food products so immediately recognizable on supermarket shelves. That was when the likeness of Bob Moore, the company’s eponymous founder, began appearing on the packaging. With his white beard, wire-rim eyeglasses, newsie cap and bolo tie, Mr. Moore, who died last week at age 94, was an unlikely style icon whose folksiness seemed to personify the wholesome artisanal grains produced by his company at an old mill in Milwaukie, Ore.Mr. Moore may not have been a movie star like Paul Newman, whose face similarly adorns Newman’s Own foods, but he became just as recognizable to anyone who has pushed a shopping cart down a grains and nuts aisle. An illustration of Mr. Moore appears on the packaging for each of his brand’s more than 400 products, from hulled millet to yellow popcorn, next to the tagline, “To Your Good Health.” The text on the Bob’s Red Mill bags and boxes, rendered in homey fonts that might have been used to sell tinctures in the Old West, includes bits of found poetry (“golden spurtle”) and understated hucksterism (“good source of fiber”). The distinctive but unflashy branding, a piece of modern Americana that falls somewhere between hippie and Norman Rockwell, makes for an oasis of calm in crowded supermarkets.
Persons: Bob Moore, Moore, Paul Newman, Norman Rockwell Organizations: Foods Locations: Milwaukie, Old, Americana
By Steven KurutzA car is moving down Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A passenger captures the scene on video — abandoned factory buildings, vacant lots and a crumbling warehouse beneath a wintry light. Twenty-five years later, that same stretch is lined with glassy apartment towers, boutique hotels and a Trader Joe’s. Then Chanel — Chanel! This timeline charts that remarkable evolution in words and images, year by year.
Persons: Steven Kurutz, Chris Cassidy, Hermès, Chanel — Chanel, , Betty Smith’s Organizations: Sixth Locations: Williamsburg , Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Kent, Brooklyn ”, Europe, Puerto Rican, Dominican
The Debate Over January
  + stars: | 2024-01-20 | by ( Melissa Kirsch | More About Melissa Kirsch | )   time to read: +2 min
Winter friends — those who, contrary to all hedonic and circadian sense, love dark days and black ice — have been forwarding the story to me, triumphant, as if once and for all it’s been settled, the pointless, perennial battle of the seasons. Everyone just wants to feel better, I get it, but resisting their campaign is a twisted part of coping with the season. I spent the week exchanging snapshots with friends in Mississippi, their mutt cavorting in the snow-covered yard (look how cozy! Another friend asked if I didn’t find the cold and snowfall moody and melancholy, in a good way. It’s a case that the poets have been making for eons: “Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold,” Shakespeare wrote.
Persons: Steven Kurutz’s, mutt cavorting, , Stu, Roz Chast’s, Shakespeare, what’s Locations: Mississippi, New
Twenty years ago, Bertrand Brillois, a Parisian businessman, began contacting seamstresses, costume designers, fabric dyers, production assistants and others who had worked for Prince. He told them that he thought Prince was not only a musical genius but also a fashion icon, and he wanted to buy clothing, jewelry and other accessories designed or worn by him. The many items acquired by Mr. Brillois over the years included an ankle-length white cashmere coat that Prince had custom-made by a tailor in Nice, France, when he was filming the 1986 movie “Under the Cherry Moon.” The coat, along with more than 200 other items, is on sale as part of the Fashion of Prince, an online auction that is accepting bids through Nov. 16. The sale, held by RR Auction, also features one of Prince’s signature wardrobe items: a white, high-necked, silk shirt with elaborate ruffles, puffy sleeves and faux pearl buttons. Prince wore it, according to the auction company, when he performed a blistering rendition of “Purple Rain” during the American Music Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 1985.
Persons: Bertrand Brillois, seamstresses, Prince, Brillois, Cherry Organizations: Mr Locations: Parisian, Nice, France, Los Angeles
TikTok’s Finest Lobsterman
  + stars: | 2023-10-28 | by ( Steven Kurutz | More About Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +1 min
It was another busy day for the crew of the Rest-Ashoar, a lobster fishing boat that works the waters off the rocky coast of Winter Harbor, Maine. The captain, Jacob Knowles, had gotten up at 3 a.m. on a brisk October morning and took his vessel 10 miles into the ocean. Using a hydraulic hauler, buoys and ropes, Mr. Knowles, Keith Potter (the stern man) and Coty White (the third man) hauled up 400 wire traps over the next 10 hours. As the boat listed in the rolling waves, they heaved the empty traps back overboard. Even while doing the grueling work of commercial fishermen, the crew was engaged in another job: filming a video.
Persons: Jacob Knowles, Knowles, Keith Potter, Coty White Locations: Winter Harbor , Maine
One Last Chance to Be Lazy
  + stars: | 2023-09-02 | by ( Steven Kurutz | More About Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +1 min
Early afternoon, late summer. The cicadas were whirring outside. I closed my laptop, got up from the desk in my home office and went to the bedroom. Instead of fighting off sleep, I put the book aside and gave in to a nap. Now several firms whose employees have continued to work remotely, including Amazon, BlackRock and Meta, are cracking down.
Persons: , Ron Shelton, “ Bull, snooze, Andy Jassy, “ it’s Organizations: of Baseball, Amazon, Labor Locations: “ Bull Durham, BlackRock, Meta
While doing things that felt familiar to the core business, the Davids were also expanding Standard Investments, an investment arm they established, which now manages more than $4 billion. The majority of that money is invested in the public markets, in other industrial companies like Shell. But in an email from Italy, where he was on vacation with his family, Mr. Carter dispelled that idea. “Hamilton was on the front lines in this,” Mr. Carter said. “He brought in Beth Kseniak to handle communications and, before you know it, the place was filled with the VF diaspora.”Stylish and well connected, Mr. South, 59, is also a Vanity Fair alum.
Persons: Davids, Carter, Kelly, , , Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, “ Hamilton, Mr, Beth Kseniak, Tina Brown Organizations: Investments, Shell, Standard Investments, Air Mail, Hamilton, HL Locations: Italy
“Duck Ledges Island,” the listing read, “offered in its entirety.”The accompanying photos showed a scene of stark beauty: a tiny spit of rock sitting in clear blue waters, with a little cabin on it and nothing else — not even a single tree — to block the 360-degree views of ocean and sky. The island was in Wohoa Bay, in Downeast Maine, along a section of rocky coastline known as the Bold Coast. To anyone who has fantasized about their own private island getaway — and who hasn’t, judging by the way such idylls capture worldwide attention? — the ad for Duck Ledges, when it appeared last June, was a clarion call. She had to sell her house, she said, with its Victorian garden she’d grown and tended over a decade.
Persons: , , Charlotte Gale, Gale Locations: Wohoa Bay, Downeast Maine, New Jersey
On a rainy Sunday in July, the Trailblazers began to arrive at Camp Squanto, a 100-acre sleep-away retreat in southern New Hampshire. As many of the campers tried to settle in, the rainstorm grew more intense. Within hours, flash floods turned the roads around the camp into muddy rivers. Campers, parents and staff members huddled in the dining lodge. Many of them bedded down on the floor for the night, intermittently checking weather updates as the rain continued into the next day.
Persons: Squanto Locations: New Hampshire, Swanzey
Making Them Laugh, and Swoon
  + stars: | 2023-07-08 | by ( Steven Kurutz | More About Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: 1 min
After 11 years in comedy clubs, Matt Rife was selling around 70 tickets per show, sometimes clearing as little as $150 a night. He wasn’t a big enough name last summer to earn an invitation to the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, an annual showcase for established comics and promising up-and-comers alike. “I had to fly myself out, put myself up for no pay. I’m about to post this video of crowd work. I was watching it, and I was like, This is so stupid.
Persons: Matt, , Locations: Montreal, Syracuse, N.Y,
After Mr. Cannavale’s character remarks that people are fleeing New York City, the man replies: “It’s the fourth turning.”The puzzlement on Mr. Cannavale’s face invites an explanation. According to “fourth turning” proponents, American history goes through recurring cycles. Each one, which lasts about 80 to 100 years, consists of four generation-long seasons, or “turnings.” The winter season is a time of upheaval and reconstruction — a fourth turning. The theory first appeared in “The Fourth Turning,” a work of pop political science that has had a cult following more or less since it was published in 1997. In the last few years of political turmoil, the book and its ideas have bubbled into the mainstream.
Persons: Bobby Cannavale, , Cannavale’s Organizations: Netflix Locations: New Jersey, New York City
They Said What? Lip Readers Decode Celebrity Whispers
  + stars: | 2023-06-14 | by ( Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +2 min
Lip reading is hardly an exact science. For Mr. Freeman, who was born deaf, the practice has “been ingrained in me since I was brought up,” he said. “I would never say I can lip read 100 percent accurately.” Certain people, like the Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly, confound him. “I find him impossible to lip read,” Mr. Freeman said. Mr. Freeman said he would never lip read someone in their home.
Persons: Jeremy Freeman, Freeman, , , Billy Connolly, confound, Mr, King Charles III, Dellinger, Olivia Rodrigo, Iris Apatow, Rodrigo, Krystin Kalvoy, Kalvoy, Ben Organizations: Los Angeles Lakers Locations: London, Scottish
Can HBO’s ‘The Idol’ Bring Back ’80s Sleaze?
  + stars: | 2023-06-06 | by ( Steven Kurutz | )   time to read: +2 min
The first episode begins with the pop star Jocelyn, played by Lily-Rose Depp, baring her breasts during a photo shoot as a team of handlers, crew members and an ineffectual intimacy coordinator look on. There will be no flannel PJs for Joss; a pair of wake-up scenes make it clear to viewers that she sleeps in a thong. It isn’t only the show’s gratuitous nudity that harks back to Mr. Lyne and company, but the overall look and mood, which recall a louche glamour from the time of boxy Armani suits and cocaine nights. A main setting is a $70 million mansion in Bel Air that looks like something out of Mr. De Palma’s “Scarface” but is in fact Mr. Tesfaye’s real-life home. A number of young viewers have said they find sex scenes embarrassing, but Mr. Levinson, who created the HBO drama “Euphoria,” and his fellow producers have made no secret of their desire to pay homage to the heyday of Cinemax (when it had the nickname Skinemax).
Persons: Jocelyn, Lily, Rose Depp, baring, Mr, Tesfaye, Joss, Lyne, De Palma’s, , Tesfaye’s, Levinson, Elizabeth Berkley, Longworth Organizations: Royce, HBO, Cinemax, Risky, , American Cinematheque Locations: Bel Air, Los Angeles
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