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August 2021

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
high impact

My friend gifted me this book a few years ago. The cover alone is breathtaking, and as a Black queer person, it was nice to see through that gaze. The way they capture Black people, and, specifically, Black queer people, is empowering and honest. This book has been a centerpiece in my apartment ever since I received it. I’m trying to match this energy in the rest of my home—lots of big, statement-making things good for a creature of comfort.…

1 min
on demand: what we can’t stop thinking about this month

GLEAM QUEEN We’ve taken a shine to sparkly gemstones and metallic textures…

9 min
the first

In Native American culture, eagles are the ultimate symbol of wisdom, courage, and power. So you’ll kindly pardon the interruption when U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, who had just hopped on Zoom for this interview from her Washington, D.C., office, is suddenly stopped mid-sentence by her concerned communications director, who had heard a chirping coming from her computer. “Allie, can I pause you for one second? The secretary has a camera that watches eagles, and they’re making noises.” To which Haaland replies: “The new eagles are getting ready to fledge, so I’m watching every day to see them take their first flight.” They are nesting on the campus of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. “It’ll be an exciting day,” she…

4 min
light my fire

When the guy who plays the Hulk gives you a nickname, you run with it. “We showed up at a friend’s birthday party for their 10-year-old, and Mark Ruffalo was there. He yelled, ‘Oh my god, it’s the Butcher Girls,’” recalls Jocelyn Guest, who, along with her life-and-work partner, Erika Nakamura, is part of the aforementioned duo. Over the years they have earned a reputation as the go-to local, sustainable, and humanely sourced meat experts, so when they arrive at backyard barbecues, they’re usually directed to the nearest Weber, Traeger, or Big Green Egg and handed some tongs. “Nine times out of 10, people expect us to run the grill,” says Nakamura. “It’s fine, and it’s fun.” For Guest, it makes socializing easier. “I hate making small talk, so if I…

11 min
jennifer, oh jenny

During the third season of American Idol auditions, a young Jennifer Hudson strolls in sporting a black sleeveless dress and a sunny smile. The Chicago native, then 23 years old, announces that she will be singing “Share Your Love with Me,” popularized by Aretha Franklin, to slight skepticism from judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. (“We’re going to expect something better than a cruise-ship performance, right?” Jackson inquires after it is revealed that Hudson just wrapped up a job on a Disney cruise line.) Not one minute later, the trio are visibly stunned by her moving rendition, which blew the roof off the building. Jackson even goes so far as to declare that she is “absolutely brilliant, the best singer I’ve heard so far,” and they unanimously decide…

4 min
big girl pants

Two summers ago, I was suspended 50 feet above the sand on the shoreline of Mexico in a pair of yellow culottes. I turned to my friend and creative other half, Kristen Wiig, and realized we were thinking the same thing: “We are gonna die.” We were shooting a scene for Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, and it was the part of the movie where our characters jump off of a cliff and our culottes inflate like parachutes, gently guiding us in a swaying, floating motion down to the sand. (I know. You kind of have to see it.) In real life, when you’re suspended in a harness, you don’t feel weightless or “zippy” like Tinker Bell. You feel every ounce of your actual body weight wrestling with…