Jordan Peele Is the New Master of Suspense

On a narrow street in the hills above Los Angeles, tourists cluster together with their smartphones held high: The Hollywood sign looms behind them, and they’re taking selfies. If they paid any attention to the house directly in front of them, they might spot the cameras installed around the facade, or the guard on hand to ward off intruders. These precautions are in place not because of who lives inside but what: Within a temperature-controlled box on the topmost floor, one of 2019’s most-anticipated films sits on a server connected to editing consoles throughout the house. The movie is Us, comedian-turned–horror auteur…

Emily Weiss’s Glossier Play Will Be First in a Series of Brand Offshoots

Beauty brand Glossier doesn’t love basic black—even its darkest eyeliner, an ebony brown, is noncommittally known as Brack—but as of March 4, it’s embracing the rest of the rainbow.

Glossier Play, officially unveiled today, is the company’s first spinoff brand in its nearly five-year run, as well as CEO and founder Emily Weiss’s first major effort in the color-cosmetic market, the selfie-friendly subset of beauty that has powered Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty to turbocharged growth. Whereas Glossier’s…

A Doctor’s Prescription for More AI in Medicine

There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence is transforming health care. But its use doesn’t come without controversy, as critics ask if AI could further dehumanize medicine and erode the doctor-patient relationship.

Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director and founder of Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, argues the opposite in his new book, “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again.” The book, coming out March 12, makes the case that not only will AI improve the accuracy…

A Traveler’s Guide to Discovering Neighborhood Restaurants

A BOOTH in a Midtown Manhattan restaurant has a small plaque with my grandmother’s name on it, just a few feet beneath a giant plaster breast. For more than a quarter-century, my grandmother, my mother, and I had our regular Sunday lunches at Trattoria Dell’Arte, the 30-year-old Italian restaurant—known for its larger-than-life artistic renderings of various body parts—just across the street from Carnegie Hall.

I became a regular at a young age. When my mother was pregnant with me, my grandmother would bring her heaping takeout…

2020 McLaren 600LT Spider: The ‘Attainable’ Supercar

IT’S SUPERCAR SILLY season. Every year before the Geneva motor show (March 7-17), exotic auto makers whip up the press with access to the show’s newsmakers. Such is the case with our guest, the McLaren 600LT Spider ($306,000, as tested), the open-air version of the British speed shop’s coltish club racer. We will return to sturdy family crossovers soon enough.

I had the Spider out for a jolly last month, through Prescott National Forest, near Phoenix; I even got my licks in at a local racetrack, across the valley from Luke…

Would You Pay $32,709 for a Lab-Grown Diamond?

WHETHER YOU’RE BUYING “ethically harvested” honey made by local beekeepers or wallets stitched in a family-owned factory in Portugal, so-called “conscious shopping” has become almost unbearably trendy. Some purchases, however, do merit the term. With their less-than-wholesome mining history (often involving human and environmental tolls), diamonds were ripe for a virtuous makeover. Companies producing lab-grown diamonds with renewable energy have popped up globally, touting the gems’ ability to dazzle without harm.

Not to…

Why Serious Cyclists Are Paying More for Titanium Bikes

THOUGH STEEL, aluminum, wood, bamboo and magnesium alloy have all been used to craft stylish bike frames, carbon fiber is today the go-to for serious cyclists with lots of cash. Glued and reinforced by epoxy resin, it can now be mass-produced and shaped to achieve an optimum balance between weight, comfort, aerodynamic performance and a mystic quality known in cycling jargon as “stiffness” that efficiently transfers power from your legs to the wheels.

Lately, however, a carbon-fiber alternative—first used to shape posh frames…

How A.I. Is Making Supermarkets Less Exhausting

IT’S BEEN YEARS since technology began helping urbanites avoid the teeming aisles and whimsical “organization” of grocery stores. Despite the advent of FreshDirect and Instacart, however, I still make dreaded milk-and-juice runs now and then. The good news: A.I. is turning in-store experiences into equally seamless transactions—no lines or registers, no “chip malfunction,” no wait.

Take AmazonGo, the A.I.-powered convenience mart that opened 10 locations in cities including Seattle and Chicago last year, with plans to evangelize…

A Proper English Roast in a Half Hour

FOUR YEARS AGO, when chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram reopened the old Marksman Public House in London’s East End, they were judicious with their updates. “You don’t change a pub’s name,” said Mr. Harris. “It’s bad luck.” They left the wood-paneled interior on the main floor alone, though they did create a modern dining room upstairs. And the kitchen underwent a transformation that earned them the Michelin pub of the year award in 2017.

The chefs’ first Slow Food Fast recipe is classic Marksman: unfussy to the point of…