Newsstands nationwide got a little less cool on Monday when news emerged that magazine XXL will be no more. The New York Post broke the story that Harris Publications, who've carried the hip-hop magazine for the entirety of its 17-year existence, sold all of XXL to Townsquare Media, the Greenwich, C ... More >>
U.S. Senate Former Reagan speechwriter and septuagenarian Jeff Bell will face incumbent New Jersey Senator Cory Booker in the fall after narrowly beating the closest of his three rivals for the Republican nomination, Rich Pezzullo, by fewer than 5,000 votes. House of Representatives, District 1 ... More >>
Today in news you won't know what to do with: a woman is suing Grace Funeral Chapels in East New York, saying that shortly after she hired them to take care of her mother's funeral, they sent her an extremely explicit email describing having sex with her mother's body. Pamela Johnson filed the law ... More >>
A few days ago, we wrote about the U.S. whooping cough outbreak -- which is the worst in 50 years. Pertussis can prove deadly to infants and toddlers, but healthy adults aren't likely to succumb to this illness. (However, it's still a good idea to get a booster shot! Details here.) Whooping coug ... More >>
How do you know when you're at the dawn of a new pop era? It's not like someone sends a memo. Sure, occasionally there's a well-timed cultural event that offers a hintthe disastrous Altamont festival in December 1969, which signaled that the flower-power dream was over, or Comiskey Park's Di ... More >>
Qwikster! Have you heard of it? If you haven't, it's Netflix's new attempt to break its mail-in DVD service away from its online streaming Netflix Instant service, and, along with having a verifiably ridiculous name, it has other problems as well. For one, the @Qwikster Twitter account is cur ... More >>
It's the time of year for that oddest subgenre of sportswriting, the "Football vs. Baseball" column. Pro football, of course, always wins in these debates, largely because they're argued along the only terms that sportswriters know: television ratings. First out of the gate is David Steele on A ... More >>
What was the first rock and roll song? Ask music historians and you'll get a range of '40s and early '50 candidates, from "Good Rockin' Tonight" to "Rocket 88." Ah, but when did the Rock Era begin? That's easier. Everybody knows that Bill Haley and His Comets' rendition of "Rock Around the C ... More >>
Erika VelazquezSamuel Borkson and Arturo "Tury" Sandoval III are trying to infect New York with a "happy virus." The artists, who together form FriendsWithYou, are making their debut in the city this week with the installation Rainbow City, which, sponsored by AOL, is now on view at The Lot a ... More >>
It's a sad, scary day in journalism, as it too often is, with the New York Times announcing that four of their own are missing in Libya, where government forces continue to clash with demonstrators. This after last week, when four BBC journalists were detained by Colonel Muammar el Qaddafi's ... More >>
Al Jazeera English is launching a new show in May called "The Stream" based around input from various social media -- instead of a traditional news program format, The Stream will rely on tweets, Facebook activity, and YouTube videos from people watching and Internet in general. Producers wil ... More >>
For journalists, it's worth wondering what kind of document request Gawker reporter John Cook used to figure out that Arianna Huffington and her recently really rich website The Huffington Post successfully trademarked two variations on the capital letter "H." Maybe Cook just got a wacky tip ... More >>
I thought the ad -- recently screened on AOL, so it's still being mainstreamed on some level -- was funny, and a little stoopid, too. It's really like something you'd see in a Luis Buñuel movie, like The Phantom of Liberty or The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: A group of congregants li ... More >>
Don't do it.Once upon a time, many, many years ago, we sat in front of the computer screen of a now ex-boyfriend's laptop, and noted that his open email account happened to be a tab at the top of the open Internet page waiting in all-too-tempting proximity, while he, of course, was taking a s ... More >>
via AOL newsA 28-year-old homeless man, David-Israel Zenon Murillo, has been arrested in the first ever murder in Disney Town, a/k/a, Celebration, Florida, a town created by Disney imagineers. Via the New York Post, the suspect was described by police as a "transient" who knew the victim, 58- ... More >>
Kudos to AOL's meme-happy blog URLesque. One of their writers, Daniel D'Addario, found ousted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's Facebook page. Saverin, who was once Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's best friend, was ejected from the company and given a fat settlement in exchange for keep ... More >>
The Village Voice's media column makes its triumphant return after a hiatus; contrary to non-popular belief, we have not been purchased by AOL or -- like every other media reporter in New York, apparently -- changed jobs. Press Clips, Day 10, Late Afternoon Edition, right here:
From AOL's MyDaily, we've learned of a cracked-out summer camp that's actually more like jail and will supposedly continue its mission "for as long as it takes." Nope, it's not fat camp -- too much lousy processed food in the cafeteria -- it's BP's clean-up camp! Let's peek into this odd litt ... More >>
This may be a little disturbing to those of us who simply refuse to break down and get a Facebook account like any normal human, but in times of disaster, those people will probably be evolutionarily dismissed from our social construct anyway. Because it turns out that a whole 35 percent of u ... More >>
Have you heard of the once-legendary and now-kinda-dead urban terrorism drinking game Bros Icing Bros? It involves the fermented sugarpiss known as Smirnoff Ice, your friends, and casual alcoholism. For a while, it was all the alcoholic hipster-rage, and then, last anyone had heard, the websi ... More >>
A few days back, nerd culture blog Geekosystem thoughtfully outlined the flow of "news" cycle on the internet -- news often being photos of cats, babies or fails -- and traced much of it back to social news website Reddit. In "How Reddit Controls the Internet News Cycle," Robert Quigley credi ... More >>
Marcus Samuelsson, Webmaster.A short while ago, word made its way through the grapevine that Marcus Samuelsson -- a chef who is no stranger to multitasking -- had yet another project on the horizon. Specifically, a website dedicated to -- unsurprisingly -- the topics of food and dining.
Seems like only one month and eighteen days since the debacle that was Clusterstock finance blogger John Carney's firing from Business Insider. Well, after it being originally reported on Guest of a Guest - Guest of a Guest? - we've now confirmed with John Carney what we'd previously heard, w ... More >>
One the heels of The New York Times announcing that both its popular Bitten blog written by Mark Bittman and Eric Asimov's The Pour would be swallowed up by the main food blog, Diner's Journal, two new media entities have announced their forays in the food world. Last spring, The Atlantic lau ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater hosted a heated debate in its comments section following Sam Sifton's three-star review of Colicchio & Sons. Quoth one reader: "I have eaten there twice, and it's two at best. politics politic and more politics." Grub Street looked back on two years of Fatty 'Cue h ... More >>
Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. E-Mail From God For Teens Author: Claire & Curt Cloninger Publisher: River Oak Publishing Date: 1999 ... More >>
New Yorkers of a certain vintage will remember the Bottom Line at the corner of Mercer and West 4th Street, where Bruce Springsteen was unveiled, big acts played small shows for the Real People, and we stood in line for six hours to see Elvis Costello. The club lasted from 1974 till 2004, when greed ... More >>
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