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2014 Stories by Heather Baysa

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    Xavier Makes His Final Stop in Chinese Puzzle

    published May 14, 2014

    As the American university industry makes study abroad programs all but mandatory and damn luxurious at that, it can be tempting to write off... More >>

  • IRISH ROVER

    published May 14, 2014

    Because Shane MacGowan, bless his whiskey-sodden soul, can no longer speak coherently, James Fearnley is here to tell the tale. That’s what... More >>

  • JUICY DETAILS

    published May 14, 2014

    Todd Barry is a master at pointing out misconceptions: Tourists actually don’t want us to give them directions; people who speak English as... More >>

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    Moms' Night Out is a PG-rated Hangover That Argues Moms Shouldn't Have Nights Out

    published May 7, 2014

    Outrageously enough, the moral of Moms' Night Out seems to be that moms should never get a night out. This Mother's Day weekend release... More >>

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    The American Nurse Is a Documentary About Genuine Human Decency Without Kitsch

    published May 7, 2014

    With the form so often used to expose horrors, it's nice to see a documentary about genuine human decency without kitsch. Carolyn Jones's... More >>

  • GOING FOR BROKE

    published May 7, 2014

    To all of you who skip the opening act, a lesson: It could be the next Nirvana. On Sonic Youth’s 1991 Europe circuit it was Nirvana, in... More >>

  • FAIR PLAY

    published May 7, 2014

    In a city as vibrant as New York, there's no excuse for bare, boring apartment walls—unless you're doing the minimalist thing. This week a... More >>

  • IN FOCUS

    published April 30, 2014

    Chuck Close: artist extraordinaire, master of the selfie. After almost 50 years and hundreds more megapixels on the image resolution front, his... More >>

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    Grand Slammed Is Long on Melodrama and Short on Acting

    published April 23, 2014

    Since its plot centers around an aspiring pro baller, and there's an allusion to big-league glory right there in the title, it's kind of... More >>

  • WELL VERSED

    published April 23, 2014

    The poetry of Aaron Belz is almost like a Mitch Hedberg or Demetri Martin joke: one-liners with a slapsticky residue, legitimized by a... More >>

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    The Final Member Exposes Life at Iceland's Penis Museum

    published April 16, 2014

    "There is more space in the house now," says the wife of Sigurdur "Siggi" Hjartarson. It's her only comment regarding her husband's decision... More >>

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    Visions of Mary Frank, Screening free at Film Forum, Is a Welcome Introduction to an Unknown, Kick-Ass Artist

    published April 16, 2014

    It's never not apparent that this bio-doc from John Cohen is a labor of love — you can tell by the lack of objectivity and production... More >>

  • IN THE RECORD BOOK

    published April 16, 2014

    It’s another Kickstarter fairy tale gone great. Just a few years ago, vinyl enthusiast Eilon Paz was adrift on a sea of Williamsburg... More >>

  • WORD ON THE STREET

    published April 9, 2014

    Bar hopper? Bookstore hopper? Today is the perfect time to bounce between both. The Downtown Literary Festival is back for a second year... More >>

  • HERE'S THE BEEF

    published April 9, 2014

    To anybody who fears the borough has been overrun by frail yuppies subsiding on kale: Get on down to the Brooklyn Beefsteak and get proved wrong.... More >>

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    The Comedy 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Isn't as Good as the Listicle Would Have Been

    published April 2, 2014

    I'll spare you a direct citation of the full list, but let's just say that the 10 central stipulations, which turn out to be guidelines for... More >>

  • LONG STORY SHORT

    published April 2, 2014

    He wooed Obama with Freedom and pissed off Oprah with The Corrections (when it comes to the Book Club, don’t mess). Nearly as much as... More >>

  • LIFE A VIRGIN

    published April 2, 2014

    Your first time should be special. With any luck, it will also involve lots of people, a big spectacle, and Brooke Shields. The First Time Fest is... More >>

  • JOE COOL

    published March 26, 2014

    What do you do when you can’t have a world tour? Have a “mini world tour,” naturally. Parks and Recreation writer Joe Mande, who... More >>

  • CHEAP TRICK

    published March 26, 2014

    The average American buys 64 items of clothing a year, more than one item per week. But when boots and sweaters become as disposable and regularly... More >>

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    Indie Romance Stay Is Somber Until It Isn't

    published March 19, 2014

    Imagine a sad, realist remake of Leap Year. It might resemble Wiebke von Carolsfeld's indie romance Stay, which at least isn't... More >>

  • THE GAP

    published March 19, 2014

    Duran Duran or N’Sync? Family Ties or Full House? Kissing Potion or Lip Smackers? The exact distinction between Generation X and Generation... More >>

  • SEXUAL HEALING

    published March 12, 2014

    Interested in hardcore sex with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman? Tonight, you can have it, sort of. MOMA’s PopRally... More >>

  • BI-CURIOUS

    published March 5, 2014

    This year, the 2014 Whitney Biennial makes history as the last in the museum’s uptown location before it moves into a new, chromatic, High... More >>

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    Bottled Up: Loose Humor Breaks the Tension of This Addiction Story

    published February 26, 2014

    Finally, a sexually viable onscreen mom whose jeans maintain an appropriately high waistline, who wears chunky sneakers to the grocery store,... More >>

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