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  • AN ENCHANTED EVENING

    published December 22, 2009

    Growing up, one of New York City–based composer and singer Jordan Wentworth Farrar’s favorite fairy tales was Victorian-era writer... More >>

  • SUCK IT!

    published December 22, 2009

    The year started on a high note: Our newly elected president was going to revolutionize our nation! (Or at least get a hold of our abysmal economy... More >>

  • GOOD TRADITIONS NEVER DIE

    published December 22, 2009

    There aren’t many movies that, year after year, inspire the human spirit as much as It’s a Wonderful Life (well, maybe the... More >>

  • LOGIC VS. EMOTION

    published December 22, 2009

    Trying to figure out if you've ever been in love can be quite perplexing for some. But according to Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist who... More >>

  • TO RIDE OR NOT TO RIDE?

    published December 22, 2009

    Whether New Yorkers ride a bike for their health, the environment, convenience, or pleasure, tragically, it seems as if our own city has yet to... More >>

  • CRACKING SOME NUTS

    published December 15, 2009

    We wonder what E.T.A. Hoffmann would think of his 117-year-old tale, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," being juiced up with sex and drugs.... More >>

  • MONEY TALKS, BULLSHIT WALKS

    published December 15, 2009

    Earlier this year, we made our way uptown to the Beacon to see real musical champions perform without the mullets, makeup, and '80s glam-rock... More >>

  • IT'S ONLY A STORY, IT'S NOT REAL

    published December 15, 2009

    A good remedy for insomnia is Googling your favorite '80s idols, as we recently did with Atreyu and Bastian, the adorable boy stars of the German... More >>

  • FUCK CHRISTMAS

    published December 15, 2009

    Everyone's fake happiness this time of year drives us crazy, and we're not just being Scrooges, either—we're being real, and, OK, bitter,... More >>

  • RIPPING REALITY

    published December 8, 2009

    If your mind were as imaginative and complex as that of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco’s, you could easily transform your beat-up... More >>

  • HIPS DON’T LIE

    published December 8, 2009

    Shakira singlehandedly brought belly dancing to mainstream America and, with it, dance floors packed full of partygoers who appeared to be having... More >>

  • BOOK IT!

    published December 8, 2009

    Whatever misconceptions you have about bookworms, librarians, and the like—reclusive, unattractive shut-ins—you best throw them out the... More >>

  • BONDAGE AT ITS BEST

    published December 8, 2009

    Would you strip down to your undies for a few snapshots? Perhaps not. But if Ellen von Unwerth was behind the lens, we bet you’d take... More >>

  • SHE’S CRAFTY

    published December 1, 2009

    You know that old T-shirt that belonged to your ex? It’s time to let it go. But don’t set fire to it. Instead, give it to artist MK... More >>

  • BUST IS BIGGER!

    published December 1, 2009

    The Christmas window displays are unavoidable—yes, the holidays are here and we better start dealing with it. Though considering we’re... More >>

  • BOW TO BOWIE

    published December 1, 2009

    When deciding on a costume for the Bowie Ball, the first question to ask is: “Which David Bowie do you want to be?” From Ziggy Stardust... More >>

  • HAVE WE MET BEFORE?

    published December 1, 2009

    You know those nightlife images that you see in the pages of New York magazine, Dazed and Confused, and The Fader that make you ask yourself:... More >>

  • LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE

    published November 24, 2009

    At the age of 10, Bruce Davidson's mother gave him a camera and a dark room—and he has never looked back since. Davidson has photographed... More >>

  • NEVER FORGET

    published November 24, 2009

    The current breakthroughs on the AIDS front are incredible—there are now drugs that prevent babies from contracting HIV through infected... More >>

  • MALL MADNESS

    published November 24, 2009

    1995: A year of great triumphs—Yahoo! is invented, Forrest Gump wins Best Picture, and Clueless coins the now-timeless term "my bad."... More >>

  • FEED MY BELLY

    published November 17, 2009

    The Chili Takedown, the Mac and Cheese Takedown, the Fondue Takedown, the Lamb Takedown . . . the thought of attending another one of these is... More >>

  • A THREE-DAY VICE

    published November 17, 2009

    Are we the only ones that daydream of lavish revelry as the royal ruler Marie Antoinette glamorously once did? Not according to the hordes that... More >>

  • BLOOD SUCKERS

    published November 17, 2009

    On the eve of The Twilight Saga: New Moon release, all the Kristen Stewart–, Robert Pattinson–, and Taylor Lautner–obsessed freaks... More >>

  • NOT JUST A PICTURE

    published November 3, 2009

    The six artists taking part in the New Photography 2009 exhibit at the MOMA have nothing in common . . . well, perhaps just one thing:... More >>

  • WHAT A FOX!

    published November 3, 2009

    Jason Schwartzman and Wes Anderson are already inextricably tied together in our minds because of Rushmore, which still... More >>

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