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2005 Stories by Rachel Aviv

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  • The Mane Attraction

    published December 27, 2005

    Maria Matarazzo, the owner of the midtown salon Madora George Michael, enrolled... More >>

  • Member's Only

    published December 27, 2005

    Last month I went to the Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens with a friend who... More >>

  • Extra! Jews Eat Chinese Food, Watch Movies on Christmas Day!

    published December 13, 2005

    For those who don't celebrate Christmas, December 25 is a day of luxurious boredom. The options are limited: sleep, go to the movies, or carry in... More >>

  • Count the Dead

    published November 29, 2005

    In the winter of 1970, the New York radio station WBAI hosted a four-day reading of Leo Tolstoy's 1865 novel,... More >>

  • Heads Are Back!

    published November 8, 2005

    Two years ago, newspapers made a fuss over "Sex," a new mannequin with a vaguely enlarged butt who is "curvy," "full-bodied," and "voluptuous."... More >>

  • Funnier Than Your Funny-Friend

    published November 1, 2005

    Aziz Ansari, a 22-year old comedian with a high-pitched voice and a fondness for hooded sweatshirts, performs every Monday night at the More >>

  • Corporate Blanding

    published November 1, 2005

    The Bernadette Corporation encourages people to "run out of energy," "become no one," and act "drugged" and "retarded." In the past 11 years, this... More >>

  • 'Stay'

    published October 18, 2005

    In Marc Forster's humorless thriller, going insane is an exciting, luxurious affair. People suffer stylishly; depressives are angry and dirty;... More >>

  • Option Escape: Scarlett Thomas's Squeaks and Geeks

    published October 11, 2005

    In 2000, Scarlett Thomas and 14 other British authors called themselves the New Puritans and wrote a manifesto demanding that fiction be "real" ... More >>

  • Our Bodies, Our Books

    published October 11, 2005

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era More >>

  • Speak, Mammary

    published September 27, 2005

    Shortly after transforming into a 155-pound breast, David Kepesh, the hero of three Philip Roth novels, asks himself: "Did fiction do this to... More >>

  • Natural Selection

    published September 13, 2005

    For those who believe a piece of furniture, like a package of salami, should reveal all its ingredients, particularly chemicals and preservatives,... More >>

  • The Stalling of Plan B Forces Personal Plan C

    published September 6, 2005

    Susan Wood, the director of the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, More >>

  • Houdini and Holmes Creator Debate Fairies, Ghosts, Miracles

    published September 6, 2005

    Harry Houdini, the best in the world at escaping from coffins, declared in 1926 that there was no such thing as an afterlife. His disinterest in... More >>

  • Durian, Durian

    published August 16, 2005

    Last month, after a long discussion with his father, my friend gave up on his latest business idea: Importing mangosteens into America. The plan... More >>

  • Shades of the Past

    published August 16, 2005

    Four years ago P. Diddy and his manservant walked along a dock in St. Tropez under the shade of a white, dainty umbrella. A photo of the two men,... More >>

  • The Interpretation of Reams

    published August 16, 2005

    Albert Ellis, the founder of cognitive behavioral therapy, has spent the past 50 years encouraging patients to "forget their goddamn past!" The... More >>

  • Flu Season

    published August 16, 2005

    Two years ago, the Decemberists' Colin Meloy wrote a song about Myla Goldberg's pretty hands and dangly limbs, but she "must have had a brain... More >>

  • Watch Out for the Little Gray Goblins at This Medieval-Styled Tavern

    published July 26, 2005

    Although its menu is largely devoted to tapas and divided into categories like "Earth," "Ocean," and "Land and Sky," Beast keeps its cuteness... More >>

  • Undercover Mother

    published July 26, 2005

    In the fall of 2002, Rebekah Nathan, a 55-year-old anthropology professor looking to become more "crazy in a good way," enrolled in her own... More >>

  • Afterwork Bar Fills the Void for the Garment District's Aspiring Hedge Funders

    published July 19, 2005

    A gymnasium of a bar, Stitch holds more than 300 people, the vast majority equipped with cell phones, BlackBerries, and big life plans. (I... More >>

  • Son Opens Bar in Mom and Dad's Cluttered Storage Room

    published July 12, 2005

    When Eric Ng opened Koze Lounge, he thought his "parents would give [him] a lot of lip," but they didn't even complain about the noise. He took... More >>

  • Books

    published June 28, 2005

    Most Banana Yoshimoto stories feature melancholy Japanese women who can't sleep, or can't stop sleeping. They spend hours gazing out of windows... More >>

  • Nightmare on Orchard Street

    published June 21, 2005

    I spent most of May searching Craigslist for roommates who were not "self-expressed," "cat lovers!!" or "kool chicks like u." I wanted to spend... More >>

  • Flaming mojitos and hot ladies await in Washington Heights

    published June 21, 2005

    Perfect for inappropriate come-ons, the unisex bathroom at Viva is clearly the best part of the bar. "You go in there and it's like, woooo!" says... More >>

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