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Shakespeare gets an honorary green card
Frank Boudreaux founds the Oxbridge Forest Gymnasium School
The writer speaks to supporters of the World Monuments Fund.
Primitive plodding creatures and an environmental catastrophe that wiped them from the face of the earth: not topics that usually loom over enjoyment of spit-shined synth hooks and gleeful twists on dance-pop. However, that's exactly the case with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the willfully we ... More >>
Lucy Cooke may have one of the best jobs on the entire planet. She's a documentarian, a sloth documentarian; you've probably seen her work in the happiness-producing "Meet the Sloths," her video about the Aviaros sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Animal Planet has realized her talents (and the great po ... More >>
Hanson, the pop band beloved by so many middle school girls in the 1990s and whose most famous song was the saccharine "MMMBop," is launching a beer called -- oh yeah -- MMMHop.
Blackout and All Clear create some wrinkles in time
The man himself.The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>
Cleaning product ads generally show someone, usually a woman, cleaning, or explaining how they owe it to their family to clean. With a number of recent studies showing that partners who share house work improve, among other things, their sexual relationship, Pine Sol has decided to go with cl ... More >>
You may have already heard that the meme-baiting Vampire Weekend cover band will be staffed by four Princetonians and will be named "The VW Bugs." We, unfortunately, found this fact out the hard way: through brutal, real-world rejection. Wanting nothing more than to pretend to be the guy who prete ... More >>
While eating with my in-laws at a stodgy fish restaurant in suburban Massachusetts, I asked the waiter for Sriracha, almost just to see what he would say. But he nodded knowingly, and brought out a dish of the red, garlicky hot sauce. That's when you know that Sriracha has hit the mainstream. That, ... More >>
The Rainbow Room in better timesAnother victim of the bad economy: The Rainbow Room will close on January 12th, but its bar, banquet space and weekend dinner-dancing will stay in business, moving to the 65th floor of the building. [AP]The holidays are over, time for inauguration fever. Asia Nine, a ... More >>
Well, it'll be a merry Christmas for at least one merchant: Ramazan Baydan, a shoe manufacturer in Istanbul, Turkey, says he recognized one of his shoes as the infamous Oxford hurled at President Bush in Iraq last week. That undistinguished clodhopper is now a must-have hot item in the Mid-East -- i ... More >>
Some Oxford database or other just came out with a list of the 10 most irritating phrases that people say, starting with "At the end of the day," moving down to stuff like like "With all due respect" and "Absolutely," and rounding it off with "It's not rocket science."
Take a stroll with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney
Catch Wes Andersons very best
Peaked with In It for the Money; now just in it for the money
That's Peter talking with Nate Dorr's neck; photo by me DOWNLOAD Vampire Weekend, "Oxford Comma" (MP3 via Stereogum) After a vampirish week of 30-something acts in five days, the only lingering question three days later isn’t Ezra Koenig's ‘Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?’ (Answer: J ... More >>
Vampire Weekend's goofy charms
Fundamental revival gives us that old-time religion
The History Boys pits humanist culture against moral relativism. Guess who's outclassed?
Girl talk with Lord of the Rings screenwriter Philippa Boyens
Alexander von Hoffman's House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America's Urban Neighborhoods
Continuing-Ed Students Have Chances to Study Abroad
Success Has Gotten Us Where We Are. Why Not Try Failure?
Robert Burton and the Library of Babel
A Literary Detective Shakes Spears at Hidden Authors
Banishing the Higher Bogusness
The Long Overdue Campaign To Force Insurers To Pay For The Pill
Insurers Shortchange Bulimics and Anorexics
Out-of-network costs leave the insured in a hole
As the money dries up, HMOs kiss Medicaid patients goodbye
HMO penny-pinching threatens a long-term romance