This month we dream of a holiday in space, get our hands dirty with New York royalty and get a greater appreciation for the the art of the nap - It's all in this month's Diversions + Tunes.
1. An Ode to Napping. Pablo Picasso's painting Le Sommeil depicts the artist's young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter naked and asleep in a fat armchair. It's a mesmerizing image. It's especially mesmerizing to the napping cognoscenti, of which I count myself a member. Here's one reason: On the back of the painting, on its stretcher, Picasso wrote, "Executed between three and six o'clock on January 29, 1932." Three hours! Marie-Thérèse is not in the flimsy grip of a catnap. This is, napwise, the real deal. This is a portrait of bliss. / Esquire
2. Building A Hotel In Space. The idea for a hotel in space is almost as old as the space race itself. It began at the 13th conference of the American Astronautical Society in 1967, two years before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people on the moon. The topic of the conference was “Outer Space Tourism,” and it was there that Barron Hilton, son of the hotel mogul Conrad Hilton, gave a talk about hotels in space. / The Outline
3. America's Top Krav Maga'er. Developed for the Israeli military forces and battle tested in real-life combat situations by police and military forces around the world, Krav Maga has gained an international reputation as an easy-to-learn yet highly effective form of self-defense. / The Art of Manliness
4. The History of the Oyster Bracelet. The Fascinating (And Totally Geeky) Story Of The Rolex Oyster Bracelet. The bracelet isn't the first thing you focus on in vintage Rolexes but understanding them is key to a full assessment of any vintage Rolex timepiece. / Hodinkee
5. 12 Habits of the Well Groomed. Time was, a man who spent too long in the bathroom was met with a level of scorn and suspicion usually reserved for politicians who try to embrace indie music. Thankfully, times have changed. But even now it's easy to feel bemused by the overwhelming amount of advice, opinion, and small tubs filled with expensive goop on the market. / Esquire
6. The Compost King of New York. What happens to food scraps after the city takes them?
Soon a large fraction will wind up on Long Island, where Charles Vigliotti hopes to turn them into profit. / The New York Times Magezine