After more than seven years, the stack of dehumanizing and seemingly unconstitutional interactions between Daniel McGowan and the American prison system is now piled so high it is teetering over into a recursive mess of bleak and Kafkaesque absurdity. Last Monday, McGowan published a piece on the H ... More >>
HuffPo has come up with a list as long as Ellen DeGeneres's life, and it's pretty lovely stuff. For example: She's always early. She doesn't think humor should be mean. She did the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo. She came out.
O.M.G. George Clooney teamed up with Rande Gerber, nightlife impresario and Cindy Crawford's husband, to promote their new drink venture, Casamigos Tequila. As if the idea of these two stone cold silver foxes partnering up wasn't enough to make us start daydreaming, the pair is starring in an ad w ... More >>
Think you really stuffed your face this Christmas? Jamie "The Bear" McDonald probably ate a few bites more than you did. The competitive eater visited his local Denny's to try and down all eleven dishes on the restaurant's Hobbit-themed menu. What, exactly, is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinn ... More >>
Born This Way is the new book that compiles the childhood stories of various gay personalities who recall the hints and signifiers that they were "growing up gay." (I'm in the book, talking about my early love for the Supremes and TV's Tarzan--exploding into gayness when the Supremes guested on Tar ... More >>
A week after the party of Kang had their national convention, the party of Kodoshad theirs in Charlotte, NC. It was a lively affair, with a floor fight strong-armed by party bosses, and big speeches by Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Sandra Fluke, and some guy running a crap economy who nonetheless no ... More >>
Columbia University's magazine interviews Anita Lo and reveals that she started cooking because her college cafeteria was really gross. "'At the time, Columbia's was known as one of the four worst university cafeterias in the country,' says Lo. 'I wasn't giving in.' She moved off campus after her fr ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has declared war on sodium, baby formula, sugar and, most recently, soda. But if Hizzoner is so concerned with your health, where's the war on Wheaties?Wheat is actually pretty horrible in terms of its ability to turn people into unhealthy fatsos. And unlike soda, it apparently ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain talks about leaving the Travel Channel for CNN: "There are a lot of places where me and my team have been wanting to make television for a long time and haven't been able to. And CNN has the infrastructure and inclination to make those places doable." [AdWeek] Who are the best fema ... More >>
Danny Bowien talks to the New York Observer on being a really successful chef..and (sort of) complains: "You become a chef and it sucks...because you don't get to cook anymore. Like you're basically just managing, doing paperwork and making sure your dishwashers show up." [New York Observer] Appa ... More >>
Put in your dollar, and you're good to go. You may have noticed we haven't heard much from Fork in the Road San Francisco correspondent Tracy Van Dyk lately. That's because she's driving from San Francisco to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina with a companion known only as "A". But she paused a moment s ... More >>
William Grimes, former restaurant critic at The New York Times, reviews the Doritos Locos Taco today:Like almost every normal American, I like Doritos Nacho Cheese Flavored chips. For precisely that reason, I regarded the taco version with dread. Would it violate the spirit of the chip? Or, converse ... More >>
Serious Eats heads down to Flushing and reports on the Savor Fusion Food Court. [Serious Eats] How to measure flour: "Use a spoon to stir the flour in the container. Drop spoonfuls of flour into a measuring cup until it's overflowing, then sweep a knife across the rim to make an even surface." [Sa ... More >>
JD Samson and MEN are helping to close down today's May Day events with a free concert at 7 p.m. at 2 Broadway in the Financial District. We sat down with Samson on a sun-dappled stoop recently to talk about the show, what Occupy Wall Street means to her, and her band's upcoming album. Village Voic ... More >>
N.W.A.'s "Fuck Tha Police" burst into Awkword's life thanks to his baby-sitter. The Manhattan-based rapper visibly remembers the day when his part-time watchdog turned up with a copy of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's anti-establishment rant; hearing the song kick-started his first forays into writing his ow ... More >>
Yesterday, MTV star Paul Iacono came out on this blog, and the response has been like a gigantic LGBT parade. Rosie O'Donnell--whose daytime talk show Paul used to appear on--tweeted him: "SO PROUD OF U PAULY! U WERE THE MOST ADORABLE GAY KID--I FELL IN LOVE WITH U THE MOMENT WE MET--UR PARENTS R ... More >>
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, Johnnie Walker distiller Diageo has released a special blend of whiskey called Diamond Jubilee. It has been in the works, distilling, since 1952, according to Reuters (via Huff Po), and is on sale in Singapore for $198,500 a bottle.
Here's the big difference between 2012 and 2001. Back in 2001, a private eye with a history of inserting himself into high-profile cases put out a self-published book with the really strange title of O.J. Is Guilty But Not of Murder. I read the book, interviewed the author, spent some time observ ... More >>
HuffPo recently posted "College Degree Is Cheaper Than The Cost Of Dropping Out," an item imploring young folk to stay in school.
Gordon Ramsay is suing a Montreal restaurant, Laurier BBQ, for $2.7 million over his role in the restaurant's makeover. [CBC via Huff Po] The winners of the European Bocuse d'Or this year were all Scandinavian chefs. See who took home the gold.
Burger Wars: Wendy's replaced Burger King as the second largest burger chain in the country; Five Guys is the fastest growing national chain with a 32.8% increase in sales last year. [Atlantic Business, Drovers Cattle Network] The Pickle Guys on the Lower East Side are making horseradish for Passov ... More >>
Yesterday, Runnin' Scared brought you news of Huffington Post's new move to publish university students' seniors theses on its college website (and not pay them), an idea that apparently first surfaced in 2010.
Maybe the aggregation turbine is broken? Looks like HuffPo, the "internet newspaper," might soon become a term paper mill. Huffington Post College tweeted late last night: "Want to publish your senior thesis on the Huffington Post? Email rharrington [at] huffingtonpost [dot] com for more details. ... More >>
In 1978, the Sex Pistols would have hocked snot at the idea of being associated with prim layouts and orderly type. Sublime's signature colors were not purple, pink, red, and gray; The Replacements had no ties to concentric squares. Dr. Know and Gorilla Biscuits never put pinwheels anywhere i ... More >>
A "Dogs Against Romney" protest brought out more reporters sniffing for a story than pups this afternoon. The animal advocacy group aims to call attention to an infamous incident in which Mitt Romney strapped the family dog in a crate to the roof of the car for a 12-hour drive in the late 1980s ... More >>
Susanna Barrett is steaming mad. Yes, she lets her daughter enter pageants and go on a reality show. Sure, she didn't stop her from singing along with "I'm Sexy and I Know It" for a charity event crowd at a nightclub. (That's the song by by LMFAO -- you know, Laughing My Fucking Ass Off.)
Last night's presidential address was all about the state of our great nation, but New Yorkers got a nod with the announcement that our very own attorney general will head a new task force charged with investigating abusive lending and risky mortgages. You know, all that fun stuff that led to the ho ... More >>
The Huffington Post Twitter account was hacked this afternoon. The tweets, which including homophobic and racist slurs, have since been deleted, but the New York Observer caught them on a screengrab.
Marcus Samuelsson has recently penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post, in which he implores readers to think deeply about food policy during the upcoming elections.
Joe Grieboski -- on Scientology's payroll?Former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun made another leak of formerly secret, internal Scientology documents today, and this time he claims to have uncovered that a Huffington Post blogger who defends minority religions, and Scientology, has been o ... More >>
Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri will star in "Celebrity Cook-Off," a new Food Network program that pairs B-list stars with the top chefs. The contestants, assigned to Team Ray or Team Fieri, will then compete in predictable foodie battles, such as running a New York food truck. Among the culinary v ... More >>
One tricky thing about OWS is that literally any product you advertise next to an item on the protest looks incredibly tacky and forces you to think the words "One percent." At least the Mercedes Benz logo is small. Meanwhile, at the Huffington Post:
Predictions loom that the next corn harvest will disappoint, and analysts predict the meager crop yield will inflate food costs.[Business Week]The FDA has sent warning letters to 1,200 tobacco retailers in 15 states, finding that many still sell cigarettes to minors as well as offering loosies (t ... More >>
Finally, a HuffPo vertical that makes sense. Items include "Mraramrmarm: Young Male Zombie Scared For Marriage" and "Zombie Is Not A Choice." In the URL, it's "/culture."
The most popular Obama has his own Huffington Post Page, and it's exhaustive. Has anyone else not thought about Bo Obama in maybe two years? He's grown to be such a handsome dog! The discovery of Bo Obama's HuffPo page interests us much more than Arianna's handful of new verticals. Because:
Eric Asimov finds himself rather underwhelmed by New Zealand Pinot Noirs. [NY Times] Fast-food chains like Starbucks and Burger King have started serving booze, but others say it's not worth the hassle. [NY Times] A roundup of spots to celebrate Oktoberfest includes Zum Schneider in the Eas ... More >>
Google Doodles are often inspired, but rarely are they as fun as today's celebrating the day that would have marked Jim Henson's 75th Birthday.
MaoPR Check out this great plug for my book on Huffington Post. It's a miracle of excerptage, linkage, verbiage, and more linkage. It's your free peek at the magic awaiting you at St mark's Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, or amazon. Click click click click click...
It would appear that dogs are the final frontier when it comes to gourmet food trucks. Bocce's Bakery launched its Biscuit Bike this summer, offering organic dog treats, including and cupcakes. [NY Post] Paula Deen shot back at Anthony Bourdain after he called her the "most dangerous person ... More >>
Sean "Diddy" Combs' entourage was stopped by French customs for trying to bring too much of his Ciroc vodka into the country. [NY Post] A look at boxed wines found that offerings from Wineberry and From the Tank by Jenny & François Selections were best. [NY Times] Lucas Bols, the Dutch gen ... More >>
We noted this morning that the phone hacking scandal plaguing now-shuttered British tabloid News of the World, though it can be traced back for years, had metastasized into a crazy cancer including a possible September 11 connection, rattling Rupert Murdoch's entire News Corporation empire. L ... More >>
Robert SietsemaAll of this will soon be yours, Washington.Now that Washington, D.C., has almost digested Shake Shack, it should start priming its collective gut for another New York export. As The Huffington Post reports, Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali are planning to open a branch of Eataly ... More >>
French eatery Le Lisita just couldn't take the pressure anymore and decided to voluntarily give back its Michelin star after the increased staff costs that came with the ranking hurt profits post-global financial meltdown. [The Telegraph] A food blogger in Taipei was sentenced to 30 days in ... More >>
LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold scores the best assignment ever -- comparing Copenhagen's Noma, San Pellegrino's top restaurant of the year, with Grant Achatz's Alinea for GQ. [HuffPo] The clear grape spirit pisco, originally from Chile and Peru, is making inroads into the crowded U.S. liquor mark ... More >>
VargasIn Sunday's edition of the New York Times Magazine, online today, a former Washington Post reporter and senior contributing editor for The Huffington Post, Jose Antonio Vargas, tells the story of his own life as an undocumented immigrant. Sent by his mother to the United States from the ... More >>
We mentioned last week that a large portion of all the emails Sarah Palin sent in her half-term as governor of Alaska are finally being made public long after a few publications requested them via open records laws back in 2008. It's now being reported that the mother-load will drop tomorrow. ... More >>
Esther Zuckerman Today was I Want Media's vaguely titled panel "The Future of Media: 2011," part of the ongoing Internet Week. While most of the discussion was same old, same old (Times digital subscriptions, Gawker redesign, Daily Beast-Newsweek merger), there was a mostly energetic group o ... More >>
Not her?!The defiant lesbian blogger Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari (a.k.a. Amina Arraf or Amina Abdallah), who was reported kidnapped on her blog "A Gay Girl in Damascus" by a cousin this week, may not exist at all or otherwise has a lot of explaining to do. Her story circulated everywhere fro ... More >>
After some unsuccessful press jockeying on both sides, negotiations between Fox News and their cash cow-turned-credibility sucker Glenn Beck pretty much disintegrated and so they worked together on his exit from the channel. Now it's time for him to ride his intensely angry, loyal and crazy m ... More >>
Only one item today: Why didn't the New York Observer's new media writer disclose any potential conflicts of interest with his first cover story for the paper, on Slate? Feels like he should've. Why? UPDATED.