FROM Tracy Moore
The Kondo Way Spring has arrived. It’s the time of year when tree leaves begin to grow, flowers blossom and armies of cleaning experts share their knowledge with us. But the decluttering philosophy of one Japanese organizing expert, Marie Kondo, has been adopted by millions of Americans. Two years ago, her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” was published here. Now there’s a new sequel: “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.” Yet Kondo’s prescriptions for a clutter-free life aren’t for everyone. The intense Kondo devotion to “sparking joy” has sparked a backlash.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.