I have long been a fan of the Financial Times Weekend. Book reviews, theatre, museum exhibitions, it always made me feel connected to the world at large. But now the landscape has changed.
The Wall Street Journal has now introduced Off Duty, a new Saturday section on all things lifestyle, design, adventure, travel, fashion, dining and more. I remember those days when I worked “on the street” and reading The Journal was one of those involuntary acts like brushing your teeth. It was strictly a business journal, and that was that.
Well, that was then and this is now and Off Duty is so now. The two words 'OFF DUTY' mean off the clock; Not working; AWOL; and Checked out, but to many it’s just a Pipe Dream.
Whatever your spin, Off Duty has something in mind for you to do, to find, to read, to see, to cook, to drink or a place to escape to when you are off duty. Here is a sampling of items from this past week.
Pick up a copy this weekend, or you can install the Wall Street Journal app on your iPad, iPod or iPhone. How easy is that? The Wall Street Journal makes it easy for you to be Off Duty.
I have it on my iPad for the convenience of reading it anywhere at any time. But, at home on Saturday mornings, I must admit I love a good lounge around with my papers, coffee, dogs in the house or the garden, turning the pages, tearing out the articles that I want.
The Belle Curve
By Alisa Gould-Simon
The New Look meets Bardot with a dash of the Mad Men effect. Corsets, bosoms, nipped waists, feminism and optimism. Who knows, maybe the markets will soon follow.
An Unoffice-y Office
By Rita Konig
Rita Konig peeks in on Todd Romano’s home office and shows how to not make your home look like an office. If anyone can do it, Todd can with all that charm and pizzazz. Check out his shop and website and take some pizzazz home. www.toddromanohome.com
Chateauneuf-du-Pape in White? Yes Indeed
By Lettie Teague
Lettie Teague has me curious, I’ve never had a Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc. So I read the article, I understand the range of views – adoration, hate, delicious, obscure, exotic, and weird. I have to try some now.
Milan: The Comfort of Strangers
By Leah Chernikoff
Next time I am there I will do the following. Why? Because look who sent me –
Margherita Missoni –
Cavalli E Nastri – for vintage finds
Via Gian giacomo Mora, 3. cavallienastri.com
Spazio Rossana Orlandi – a Concept store cum art gallery
Via Matteo Bandello, 16. www.rossanaorlandi.com
Marisa Berenson –
Museo Poldi Pezzoli for works by Botticelli and Mantegna
Via Gerolamo Morone, 8. www.museopoldipezzoli.it
Elsewhere, in the journal I found a book review on Page Fright by Harry Bruce a volume describing the writing habits of authors. Jefferson stood, Wharton wrote in bed, Churchill paced and dictated and Voltaire used his naked mistresses…
Well, go read Off Duty.
So, guess you can say I told you so.
This is not your mother’s Wall Street Journal.