The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:00 -040015 classic cocktail recipes you need to know<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In order to compile this list of need-to-know classic cocktails, I relied on advice from four of my more knowledgeable colleagues. Here is a transcript of part of an ensuing conversation:</p><p ><strong>Sarah</strong>: by "martinez" do you mean martini?<br />Marian: no they're distinct<br /><strong>Sarah</strong>: i can't tell if you're kidding</p><p><em>Don't let this happen to you.</em> I may not know anything about cocktails, but together, let's promise to study these 15 classic recipes and stock up on the spirits we'll need to practice making them. Soon, we'll be the life of the party (and we'll be significantly less likely to say something dumb at a bar...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah JampelThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:00 -0400The secret advantages of great penmanship<img src="" /></P><p>When was the last time you actually wrote a letter by hand? Or practiced your cursive? It's probably been awhile. For most of us, writing by hand has taken a backseat to typing on a keyboard or tapping on a pocket-sized screen. And our schools are adopting these revised priorities, too.</p><p>More and more schools are placing less focus on old-fashioned handwriting instruction. Common Core State Standards &mdash; the controversial national curriculum guidelines for students from kindergarten through 12th grade &mdash; only call for handwriting instruction from kindergarten to the 1st grade, but research...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Linda ThrasybuleThu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0400Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy<img src="" /></P><p>"The unexamined life is not worth living." This statement, widely attributed to Socrates, is often offered as a bland, feel-goody bit of wisdom. It's not hard to imagine this advice on a poster showing a cute cat holding a magnifying glass. But for Socrates, it was a matter of fundamental importance &mdash; indeed, he died willingly for having led the examined life.</p><p>We should all examine our lives and the fundamental nature of living. But few of us do. American culture is famously pragmatic. We are only interested in what works, what doesn't, and what will put a dollar in my pocket. We make jokes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/pascal-emmanuel-gobry" ><span class="byline">Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry</span></a>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:10:00 -0400A magic kale salad, with bacon and cheese<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I went to Rome with my family when I was in seventh grade, at an age altogether too young to appreciate what was happening. Lots of walking, I think, is what I would have told you if you asked me afterward what there was in Rome. Lots of old things made out of stone. I took a heap of pictures for my Myspace profile, which, when I review them now, completely amaze me. I walked those streets! I saw those ruins! How was I not totally, constantly in awe? Apparently very little of the historical significance of the city could break through my pre-pubescent angst-atmosphere.</p><p>But Rome was fast friends...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kendra VaculinWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0400How to live a long life, according to science<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>So is it possible to live forever?</p><p>The person with the longest confirmed lifespan is Jeanne Clement. She lived to be 122 and died in 1997.</p><p>Imagining living that long almost makes your head hurt.</p><p>This lady <em>met Vincent Van Gogh.</em> In person. For real. And was around to see the internet too.</p><p>Imagine your retirement age and middle age being the same thing.</p><p>She was still riding her bicycle everywhere until 100. Lived on her own until 110.</p><p><strong>And there's pretty much no way you're gonna live that long.</strong> Drink wheatgrass shots and do yoga until you're a human pretzel, but nope.</p><p>People who live past...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerWed, 29 Oct 2014 09:09:00 -0400How to get smells and stains out of Tupperware<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Easy to store, economical, and available in a bevy of sizes and shapes, reusable plastic storage containers are an indispensable part of every modern pantry. The newly popular glass storage containers are also a great (and more eco-friendly) option, but they aren't as widespread &mdash; and they're a bit pricier.</p><p>Whether you use Tupperware or its numerous brethren, these sturdy, lightweight containers are ideal for storing food in the fridge and for takeaway lunches; but they can also be a headache to store and clean. So we've investigated the best ways to keep your plastic containers clean...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Leah BhabhaTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400I rebelled against my frugal upbringing -- and it cost me<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Right before I graduated from Ohio University in the spring of 2005, I landed an interview for my dream job at a major magazine in New York City.</p><p>Obviously, I needed to look <em>really</em> good to impress the editors at such a prestigious publication, so I drove home from college the weekend before the interview and asked my mom to take me to the mall. Not the normal, small-town one by our house &mdash; but the big, fancy mall in Cleveland.<span > </span></p><p>So we drove there together &hellip; and after dropping me off at Saks, she left to go to the T.J. Maxx in the strip mall down the road.</p><p>My mom never shopped retail...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kathryn SandersTue, 28 Oct 2014 09:26:00 -04003 disgusting ways independent, talkative women were tortured and shamed in Shakespeare's England<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">Queen Elizabeth I ruled Shakespeare's England for nearly 45 years, from 1558 to 1603. During her reign, she re-established the Church of England, ended a war with France, backed the arts of painting and theater, and fended off her throne-thirsty Scottish cousin whose head she eventually lopped off for treason.</p><p dir="ltr">What's more, Elizabeth I never married. Devoted to her job and country, she seemed to have no interest in sharing her power with a man. The first feminist monarch, perhaps?</p><p dir="ltr">In that sense, you might think Elizabeth's success, authority, and independence would have trickled down to the women...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kelli-marshall" ><span class="byline">Kelli Marshall</span></a>Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0400A refresher on basic table manners<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The holiday season will be here soon, and with it come tons of parties. Before the onslaught of cookie swaps, company dinners, and your mother's holiday brunch, take a moment to brush up on your dining etiquette. Even if you've learned it all before, a quick refresher course will help you feel confident and in control before breaking bread with your boss or etiquette-obsessed aunt. <strong>Here's how to mind your manners at the dinner table:</strong></p><center><br /></center><ul><li><strong>First things first</strong>: Mind the little details &mdash; you've heard them all before. Respond to invitations in a timely manner; remember that it's always better...</li></ul> <a href="">More</a>By Hollis MillerSun, 26 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400The $175,000 punching bag<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Louis Vuitton has just added some serious pop to its signature luggage line. When the fashion house asked six celebrity collaborators to help celebrate its iconic brown-and-gold monogram print, "heavyweight designer" Karl Lagerfeld got feisty, said Brooke Bobb at <em>The New York Times</em>. His $175,000 Boxing Trunk is fitted with a punching bag and stand, while a separate case carries a matching mat and boxing gloves. Only 25 of the collector's pieces are being produced, but Lagerfeld also came up with a series of boxing-inspired handbags that start at $3,400 and feature the same cowhide leather trim...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 25 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400