Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Cookbook of the Week columnist, Hannah Palmer Egan. So, it's the holidays. And if you're a busy New Yorker like the rest of us, thinking through the gifting gauntlet ... More >>
"I happen to think that foie gras is one of the most delicious things on earth," Anthony Bourdain told the camera before a truth-finding trip to New York's Hudson Valley Foie Gras for his Christmas special in 2007. "And yet strangely enough, a few twisted, angry people would like to take your foie g ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets the lowest dregs of Amazon. Thanks to the dawn of e-readers and the death of the gatekeepers of traditional publishing, disenfranchised voices at last have the chanc ... More >>
"Authors are just notoriously difficult," says the publicity director in Jessica Francis Kane's story "How to Become a Publicist" from her 2002 collection Bending Heaven. While this might be true of some writers, we can't imagine anyone saying it of Kane, who was warm, cheerful, and funny when The V ... More >>
Books by Andri Snær Magnason, Wendy Guerra, Rosa Montera, and Paul Elie
At least some people know how to profit off of tackiness. Carson Home Accents, a Pennsylvania novelty company, started making The Original RedNek Wine Glass -- which consists of nothing more than a Bell Mason jar glued to a Libby candlestick holder, in March, and has already made $5 million ... More >>
The fire next time
When you go see a movie at a Saturday half-price matinee, should it count toward that weekend's box office? You paid less than the guy who saw the movie Friday night. Does that mean your viewing shouldn't count? What about if you see an old movie at a revival house: Should that count toward the box ... More >>
"I have a clean...and so can you, for just $6.92!"Have you been searching high and low for that "fantastic novelty house warming gift," as Amazon.com puts it? Have you been dreaming of a way to make it so that your "skin appears always fresh," while scrubbing your ass with the face of the man ... More >>
Unless you've been living under a rock without WiFi for the past 48 hours, even the sports unconscious will have heard the names "Joe Paterno" and "Jerry Sandusky." Last night's firing of Penn State head coach Paterno and school president Graham Spanier by the board of trustees over how the s ... More >>
Amazon is going to have a press conference in the city Wednesday, which probably means it's going to show the world a new tablet, the New York Times reports today. But the question that looms is: will everyone be dying to have an Amazon tablet when there's already the iPad?
The St. Marks Bookshop, a lovely place very near Voice headquarters, surrounded by several other lovely places (and some less lovely) that have changed numerous times since we were college students staying at an NYU dorm for the summer, has managed to hang on -- since 1977, albeit in a few di ... More >>
via Blue OriginA spacecraft funded by Amazon head Jeff Bezos lost control during a test flight and was destroyed, the Wall Street Journal reports. Blue Origin, a commercial space company Bezos funds, is believed to have launched and lost the unmanned craft on August 24th. In a letter written ... More >>
Wolfgang WesenerThank you, Steven Lindsey. And an extra heap of gratitude for helping me realize that Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back can be way better alluded to as FOTLKITB. Here's the review: Musto Gracias The world has many things to fear. Palins, bioterrorism, day-long prayer/hat ... More >>
Yesterday, the Columbus Circle Borders hosted its last event: a well-attended reading from Hair: The Story of the Show that Defined a Generation, followed by cast performances. A young boy sitting toward the back had his nose stuck in a graphic novel (paper, not digital) through almost the wh ... More >>
via kevindooleyYesterday, Amazon.com launched Cloud Drive, their digital storage service. Many in the tech world believe this is the first shot in the war of "cloud computing," a term for networked, online storage space. To continue the absurd war metaphor, the Wall Street Journal said Amazon ... More >>
Amazon.comFirst class murder, first class recipesConvicted serial killer Dorothea Puente died in Central California Women's Facility prison on Sunday. But her legacy will live on past her death. And not just the legacy of her murders, but her culinary one. Yes, Cooking with a Serial Killer ... More >>
via ereaderchat.comThe Amazon Kindle is kind of amazing. At the risk of sounding cheesy, you can get everything on there! Books, magazines, blogs, etc; all there on your shiny white screen! CNN explained yesterday why Amazon should just start giving the things away for free and hints that Jef ... More >>
Behold, the Amazon-pixelated artwork of a man who will stop at nothing to be #1.Many rap fans probably didn't notice a couple weeks ago when Taylor Swift's Speak Now debuted, selling over a million copies in its first week--the fastest sprint to that number since Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III, i ... More >>
As previously noted with regards to Nicki Minaj, this is an absolutely terrible week to put out a record if you are anyone other than Kanye West, who with his 10.0 reviews and $3.99 Amazon sales will be hogging every last bit of the spotlight in his (failed, ultimately, probably?) quest to ou ... More >>
What's the ultimate form of terrible, tawdry, pop culture tribute? If you're President Obama, until today, you probably thought it was a vibrator made in your physical likeness. But oh, how wrong you were.
About three weeks ago, Asthmatic Kitty, the small independent label that is home to Sufjan Stevens and an assortment of smaller acts, sent out a kind of tortured email. It was directed, in theory, at prospective buyers of Sufjan's then-upcoming, now just-released Age of Adz, and laid out all ... More >>
Perhaps you've heard that Brooklyn troubadour Sufjan Stevens has a new album. It comes out October 12th, and has a poetically appropriate name, The Age of Adz, though for some reason he wants to you pronounce that last word as "odds." You can preorder it now, on CD, LP, or MP3, and get a digi ... More >>
Every year, toy companies come out with some ridiculous new toy that supposedly ratchets up the "cute" factor about ten points past where it has any good reason to be. This year is, frighteningly, no different from any other.
Airan Kang keeps books fresh
I know I wrote one, but I can't find it anywhere
Amazon.comToday in Adventures in Shameless and Unauthorized Cross-Promotion: Somebody has written a Twilight cookbook, called, yes, Love at First Bite. While none of us at Fork in the Road can claim to be fans of the series or begin to understand its effects on fully-grown women, the book is ... More >>
The American Society of Magazine Editors is holding a contest for the Most Delicious Cover of 2008-2009. It's pretty exciting that the little boy decimating a raw fish made the cut--and check out the look on the fish's face! Clearly, that's the one to beat. Which one makes you get a little d ... More >>
Islands--Islands have released the bubbly new track "No You Don't," from their upcoming third album Vapours, the one frontman Nick Thorburn once famously left on the C Train. The song features him switching between a falsetto and more conversational style, with lyrics like "Don't buy dope from the m ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJanuary 10, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 12The Greenwich Village ScholarshipBy John WilcockLetters from girls as far away as Eugene, Oregon, and Valparaiso, Indiana, brought applications for the Greenwich Village Scholarship -- a weekend in the Village a ... More >>
A (possibly) illuminating chat with Carles, the Internet's latest mystery man
The conventional wisdom is that the internet is all-powerful, and therefore immune from the slump that's affecting boring old companies in the tedious real world. But Brand Republic reports that Amazon has just taken a billion dollars off its 2008 revenue projections -- a 14 percent shave. And Yahoo ... More >>
Rupert Murdoch's pride and joy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not
Pinup porn, stainless-steel butt plugs, and sheriff-starred strap-ons
The DIY tee: not dead yet
Could cyberspace be the novel's best friend? Litblogs take offand grow up.
I write this not to praise Tony Hendra, but to defend a provably innocent victim
Whee-commerce! Can Indie Booksellers Ride the Wave?
The Conversation Amazon.com Won't Let You Hear