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What do we mean when we say a wine is salty?

Some wine descriptions make inherent sense, like saying that a rosé has grapefruit notes or that a big California red had jammy qualities. Others are a little more abstract, like when you ask for a bright, clean white at your favorite wine store and the person helping you says that her favorite …

Napa Valley

The pot industry is reinventing child-resistant packaging design

As anyone who’s opened a pill bottle in the last fifty years can attest, childproof packaging has remained remarkably consistent: push and twist, and off the top pops. It’s a concept that hasn’t changed in decades, until now. The legalization of recreational marijuana is unleashing a wave of …

Cannabis

Bilingual authors are challenging the practice of italicizing non-English words

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s <i>Americanah</i>, her Nigerian narrator moves to the US for college, but still fondly uses Igbo with her family. “What kind of man bleaches his skin, <i>biko</i>?” Ifemelu asks her aunt. The characters of Viet Thanh Nguyen, refugees living in the US, recall customs from Vietnam. …

Language

A monument to the courage of breast cancer survivors rises in New York

An impromptu prayer circle formed around a 13-ft-tall burning sculpture in front of New York City’s Standard hotel by the High Line last Thursday (June 21). French artist Prune Nourry unveiled her latest work by lighting hundreds of incense sticks piercing one side of the sculpture.<p>Serenaded by …

Breast Cancer

We analyzed 750 pairs of jeans and found definitive skinny bias by US retailers

It sounds like hyperbole, but it isn’t: Half of American women struggle to find jeans that fit at the mall. More specifically, only 13% of women’s jeans in brick and mortar stores are available for women of average size or larger.<p>The number comes from a Quartz analysis of women’s denim offerings in …

Clothing

How visualizing the future helped make America rich

<b>This is episode two of the series “A Visual History of the Future,” from How We Get To Next.</b><p>In 1945, the United States was very different country from the one that had entered the Second World War four years earlier. The drive to victory had sparked innovations in medicine, materials, computing, …

Televisions

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says men should read more women authors

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie famously proclaimed that “we should all be feminists”—an idea that became an acclaimed book, a TEDx talk (video), and a rallying cry that has new resonance in the era of #metoo. This week in London, she offered a simple first step to help make it happen …

Feminism

The brilliant thing about Barack Obama’s relationship advice is that it’s blindingly obvious

In his new book, <i>Yes We (Still) Can</i>, Dan Pfeiffer, host of the podcast <i>Pod Save America</i>, writes about his time working on the Obama White House communications team. As with most political memoirs the most interesting bits are the small moments that punctuate the larger narrative. In this case it’s …

Relationships

What good is “influence” if you don’t use it for good?

<i>Subscribe to the Quartzy newsletter to receive this in your inbox each Friday.</i><p>I’m writing you today from the south of France, where I’ve been covering Cannes Lions—a weeklong festival that attracts thousands of high-powered media and marketing executives, creative directors, advertising …

New Albums

A brand trolling Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care” jacket is raising money for immigrants

It’s still up for debate why Melania Trump chose to wear a jacket with “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” on it. But it’s already inspiring some creative responses.<p>The US first lady provoked a collective face-palm of shock and disbelief yesterday (June 21) with the Zara jacket on her way to visit a Texas …

Donald Trump

The Japanese have improved a perfect design classic: the binder clip

Can the genius binder clip be improved upon?<p>Patented in the US over a century ago as a manuscript binding solution, the humble plastic and metal fold-over fastener (a.k.a. banker’s clip) has been extolled as one of the world’s best design objects in the compendium <i>Phaidon Design Classics</i>. Writers, …

Japan

The Starbucks Frappuccino has met its nemesis: wellness

It’s officially summer in the northern hemisphere, which can only mean one thing: The people want their caffeinated drinks on ice.<p>But Starbucks, perhaps the most famous purveyor of slushy coffee milkshakes, is running into a problem: Frappuccinos are falling out of favor. At an investor …

Coffee

The latest in Japanese drinks innovation is clear

The hottest beer, coffee, and tea products this summer in Japan have one thing in common—they’re colorless.<p>This week, drinks giant Suntory started selling a non-alcoholic beer called “All-Free All-Time” (link in Japanese) that looks just like water. It’s the “beer” you can even drink at work, ads …

Alcohol

The highlight of Virgil Abloh’s debut for Louis Vuitton was his emotional hug with Kanye West

It was an understandably overwhelming moment.<p>The models had just finished their walk, completing Virgil Abloh’s much-anticipated debut for Louis Vuitton menswear. Abloh came out to take his bow, and found Kanye West, his longtime friend and creative partner. As he embraced West in a hug, he buried …

Louis Vuitton

Is it unethical to wear silk?

ASOS, the popular and rapidly growing British online fashion retailer, has announced a major new change in the products it will—or rather won’t—carry.<p>Under pressure from the animal-welfare group PETA, the company has joined the likes of Zara, H&M, Gap, and others in ditching mohair, but it’s also …

University of California

Airlines have an alcohol problem—and some are blaming it on airports

One of the few remaining pleasures of commercial air travel is a cold pint post-security or a Bloody Mary to quell in-flight nerves. But for flight attendants and the airlines they work for, the grand tradition of drinking while traveling causes a host of problems that some are intent on cracking …

Flying

You can now explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s incredible architecture lab from your computer

For architecture fans, a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture laboratory Taliesen West is a necessary pilgrimage. Spread across 620 acres (250 hectares) in the Arizona desert, Taliesin West is where the masterful design mind gestated and developed several tenets of his revolutionary organic …

Architecture

For World Refugee Week, support refugees by shopping at their businesses

Depending where you live in the world, your options for supporting refugees during world refugee week (and any time) vary considerably.<p>You might phone your political representative and argue for more compassionate refugee resettlement policies, or volunteer with organizations that connect refugees …

El Salvador

In Trump’s America, it’s a privilege to know where your children are

Being a parent means living in a state of total responsibility. When you gaze upon your beautiful baby, you do so with the understanding that for the next decade-and-a-half, at minimum, it will be your job to know where this small, wondrous person you’ve made is, every minute of every day, without …

Parenting

The male-dominated 50 best restaurants list has more women on it than ever: five

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which is basically a rundown of 50 of the most expensive dinners on the planet, has been announced for 2018 and it’s a predictable mix of familiar names.<p>Italy’s Osteria Francescana and its chef, Massimo Bottura, are in the top spot again, with El Celler de Can Roca …

Hospitality

If you’re feeling ungrounded, try “earthing”

It’s easy to balk at many modern “wellness” trends. If they’re not too expensive, they’re elitist, time-intensive, or just plain absurd.<p>But if being well is simply about feeling good in our bodies and using them as they are designed to be used, then there’s an emerging wellness trend that’s worth …

Wellness

A 7-year-old girl’s $30,000 Google Doodle was drawn during a power outage

Great things can happen when the screens are turned off during a power outage.<p>The first-grader who won the US edition of this year’s Doodle 4 Google art contest with a charming paleontology-themed colored pencil drawing created it when her family’s electricity was knocked out by a snowstorm in …

Google Doodle

Under Armour isn’t giving up its efforts to break out as a fashion brand

At Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (June 17), the Under Armour logo got a prominent turn on the runway.<p>It was all over the new collection by the high-end, streetwear-fashion hybrid Palm Angels, popping out from hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, jackets, and other items. And Under Armour is undoubtedly …

Shoes

A brilliant Instagram about Japanese restrooms shows that public toilets don’t have to be awful

There’s no shortage of wonders to photograph in Japan. But while most snap images of vibrant urban street life and colorful fashion, or cherry blossoms and snow-capped mountains, Tokyo-based photographer Hidefumi Nakamura has his eye on one of Japan’s lesser-appreciated gems: the public …

Japan

There’s a right way and a wrong way to ask the internet for travel tips

The surest sign that summer travel season is upon us? The proliferation of Facebook posts from friends who are crowd-sourcing recommendations for their upcoming trip to Lisbon, Reykjavik, or insert-popular-destination here.<p>Of the many ways social media is used (and abused) in modern life, it’s a …

European Travel

Rihanna is forcing the beauty industry to acknowledge a world beyond the rich and the white

On Thursday, June 14, Dior officially launched its new Backstage makeup line at a glitzy Manhattan release party. The collection, which is repped by Bella Hadid, is billed as a younger, trendier, and slightly cheaper, version of Dior’s classic line. Prior to its debut, the fashion house was lauded …

Makeup

To eat ethically when traveling, leave your food rules at home

A few months ago, my husband and I took a four-day tour of the mountainous Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. The itinerary, which was designed to immerse us in the local culture while benefiting the community, included almost no restaurant meals. Our Nicaraguan guide brought us to the homes of …

Agriculture

There’s so much more to “The Pisces” than hot merman sex

I was a bit sheepish bringing Melissa Broder’s <i>The Pisces</i> to the checkout line. Not only does the book’s cover feature a woman with pin-up curls passionately embracing a silhouette of a fish, but the enthusiastic blurbs seem to suggest that contemporary literature has been incomplete until this, a …

Relationships

To be more creative, embrace the art of doing nothing

In the 1950s, scholars worried that, thanks to technological innovations, Americans wouldn’t know what to do with all of their leisure time.<p>Yet today, as sociologist Juliet Schor notes, Americans are overworked, putting in more hours than at any time since the Depression and more than in any other …

Albert Einstein