When Pharrell coined the term "New Black" earlier this year, he clearly didn't anticipate the backlash. Sitting across from billionaire Oprah Winfrey, riding the success of a worldwide number one record and a couple Grammy wins, the singer/producer was eager to dismiss the idea that being black had ... More >>
Oh, hi! Welcome to Urban Outfitters! We sell clothes made by people with twice our talent at four times the price! Yet another independent designer is claiming Urban Outfitters has ripped off her work. A Tumblr user with the handle Glam-Trash posted screencaps of an Urban Outfitters shirt and a T-s ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
If you search the #CitiBike tag on Tumblr, this man's face will haunt you for pages on end. He pops up over and over again--in different places around town, in different positions on different Citi Bikes, but the same steely-eyed gaze staring back at you.
Some people may only recognize Nick Offerman from his role as the iconic Ron Swanson on NBC's Parks and Recreation or from his appearances in movies like The Men Who Stare at Goats and the recent-ish remake of 21 Jump Street. But only knowing Nick Offerman in this context is a tragedy, because he is ... More >>
Nerds just wanna have fun
It's finally here! The 2012 Web Awards winners have been chosen. Check them out after the jump to see if your favorites took home the coveted foam hand trophy. And if they didn't make it? There's always next year (and feel free to complain in the comments section).
Laura Murray, an FIT student by day and live music photographer by night, has a fascination with exposure: "Being able to show people things that are going on all over the world sounds incredible." She admits on her website that she has a "slight case of wanderlust" and her dream job would be a band ... More >>
1 How Dan Graf looked to science to create a bagel with a blistered, crispy crust, a chewy interior, and a rich dough flavor. [Wired] 2 Did Henry David Thoreau really invent raisin bread? Lapham's Quarterly clears it up. [Tumblr]
[See More 3 Good Things: Cookbooks, Music, Leftovers | Cannabis in the Kitchen | Anisette, Blueberries, Tumblr] 1 San Francisco-based illustrator Kate Pocrass, champion of the mundane and the average, offers us some cute illustrations of various foods on sticks, including grilled corn, paletas, and ... More >>
See More 3 Good Things: Anisette, Blueberries, Tumblr | Mackerel, Confetti, Crumbs | Vodka, Bacon, Lunch 1 Ryan Rice and Katy Peetz of Roberta's put together a three-course, two-cocktail menu where marijuana works as a psychoactive seasoning. Jesse Pearson reports on the stoner feast, and is still ... More >>
[See More 3 Good Things: Mackerel, Confetti, Crumbs | Vodka, Bacon, Lunch | The Future of Food] 1 Tumblr interviews the Brooklyn writer and comedian Anita Serwacki, who runs Meat Crimes, a blog about meat-crime news: "I have never personally boosted meat items or ham-clobbered someone in anger. How ... More >>
Bowery Ballroom gets dark
Just a friendly reminder that the Fork in the Road homepage isn't the only place where you can keep up to the moment on New York City's food and restaurant news. You can follow us on Twitter @ForkintheRoadVV for quick, snappy updates. Or you can like us on Facebook at Fork in the Road. We're lik ... More >>
Most people have a story about meeting someone famous—and most of those stories are dull. So why is an entire Tumblr site devoted to the most banal ones—"Did I ever tell you about the time... ?" is the header, but it's better known by its URL, Rock and Roll Tedium—such a riot? The ... More >>
The Carsten Höller Experience exhibit at the New Museum is doing very well -- so well, in fact, that the price of admission was just raised to a hefty $16. But it's not all innocent fun and sliding and hanging out in sensory deprivation pools; according to an item on Gothamist today, the sal ... More >>
This guy gets itIt seems like just yesterday we were following the saga of the "Bros Icing Bros" meme, an Internet fad that resulted in a lot of forced-malt-liquor consumption and sugar-induced headaches. In retrospect, that seems tame compared to the new single-serving Tumblr "Beers in the P ... More >>
FIRST!!!!!!!11!!1There are still 376 days before voters hit the polls to decide the next president, but the Obama 2012 campaign has already launched their Tumblr account. It went up today, and they call it a "huge collaborative storytelling effort" in the inaugural post. The Obama campaign ... More >>
The Odd Future associate/Jay and Kanye co-signed R&B singer is bringing his emo and blues to the Bowery Ballroom on November 6. Tickets are on sale now although they might not be for much longer now that word's out, so, if this is your thing, get clicking. UPDATE (5:42 p.m.): All gone! But do ... More >>
Barely Feral via Josh KitchenThere are two things in this wide world that are without a doubt, indisputable to anyone who has a even a portion of a brain, Internet gold. Those things are cats and porn. Why not combine them? That is exactly what Anne-Taylor Adams, the brain behind Barely Feral ... More >>
Tumblr CEO David Karp's contentious visage. NYC-based blogging platform Tumblr is having some problems, namely with people from the fashion industry who are fed up with certain aspects of its service. BetaBeat ran this headline today: "The Flood Gates Are Now Open On Publicly Bashing Tumblr," ... More >>
The band builds a barbed-wire-wrapped clubhouse
NB: This is not how bloggers generally dress.Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Duplass brothersthe siblings behind last year's cutesy indie Cyruswere shopping a script for a thriller in which the mother of a recently deceased indie rocker seeks vengeance on a bl ... More >>
Mark Zuckerberg may have a Facebook stalker in real life, but we're still waiting for ours to show up! You'd do a better job of stalking us IRL if you become our friend first. So, like our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter: @RunninScaredNYC. And make sure to write us creepy letters about ou ... More >>
As a blogger working on a blog -- blogging, really -- it only feels appropriate to devote today's media column, Press Clips, to "The End of Blogging" in this week's New York Observer. In the provocative, narrow and winding feature, the Observer sets out to prove -- well, what, really? The "nu ... More >>
Asher Roth, one of the good guysToday, the Internet is filled with more depravity and embarrassing footage than anyone could have ever thought possible. Fortunately for us, people like Connor Toole are seeking out the best of the best (or worst of the worst), and posting these .gifs or YouTub ... More >>
Right on the heels of Never Said About Restaurant Websites, Tumblr has given the food world No One Man Should Have All That Flour, which is comprised solely of Kanye West lyrics that have been rewritten to be about food. It's actually pretty funny. To wit: "Awesome, the chicken in chicken dio ... More >>
Things that nerds call news [dot] Tumblr [dot] com: the anarchic wing of the 4chan message board, known as /b/, is angry at the micro-blogging service Tumblr, which is known for book deals and as the weapon of choice for New York City media losers and wannabes. What often goes unsaid about Tu ... More >>
It seems like everyone is "joining" Twitter or "getting" a Tumblr these days. Especially in the case of certain New York City landmarks, who are taking to social networking like digitized screen-saver fish to a watery stream of information.
The New York Observer news can't stop, won't stop. The New York Times and David Carr discover The Joy of Cock-ing. The Daily Beast/Newsweek honeymoon is over before it starts. Vogue strikes a nerdy pose. Press Clips, Day 13, Happy Monday Hour edition,, right here.
Even after they built the concrete nature cell, it was impossible to entice him outdoors. Unhappy Hipsters will probably be the next tumblr to accomplish the goal of most Tumblrs--a lucrative book deal. The site pulls pictures from various design publications like Dwell magazine and captions ... More >>
Going viral this weekend is a handwritten sheet, allegedly penned by movie cutie/h-word poster child Michael Cera, recommending his favorite movies to a young Londoner he met in a coffeeshop. The cafe buddy's cousin got his hands on a scan of the list and posted it to his Tumblr, where it has ... More >>
Looks like the rumored Conan O'Brien Tumblr is now live. The "old media" has now "done been" officially "shown up." He writes of his new show: "As you can see, we still have a bit of work to do...." While we're at it, we might as well air out a Tumblr rumor we've heard from, like, four differ ... More >>
After a long hiatus, the column that cost this company a cool mil in advertising has returned! BlogBeat is back, and this week, we're coming out swinging. The New Yorker's working on a forthcoming profile of Gawker Media owner Nick Denton; Guest of a Guest has some disclosure indiscretions; a ... More >>
Keep your blogs close, and your bloggers closer, apparently. The Washington Post-owned and recently beleaguered and now for sale news weekly Newsweek just lost a very important component in one single media move: Mark Coatney. Who's going to go work for Tumblr.
Crafty People on the Internet are excellent at coming up with Elaborate Pieces of Crafty Internet Bullshit, and this cute little meme is no exception. See, there's this movie out in theaters right now called Toy Story 3, and it's apparently dredging up any and all nostalgia, sentimentality, e ... More >>
Much of the conversation online surrounding diary-like, confessional writing, more derisively called "oversharing," is informed by specific expectations based generally on either age or gender. Depending on the media narrative of any given week -- even day or hour, online -- there will be cov ... More >>
Today is Worldwide BP Protest Day. Have you heard about the damage they've done? Oil is still flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, at a rate of around 1.7 million gallons a day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., one New York City meeting spot for angry environmentalist or lonely singles is the New York Tim ... More >>
The actual key to the city. Where's your key? A tourist probably has it. As part of his new, interactive art project, artist Paul Ramirez Jonas is handing out "Keys to the City" -- along with directions to locations across the metropolis that are ready to be "unlocked" -- at a kiosk in Times ... More >>
Oh, Tumblr. It's the web service that enables even the most three-toed sloth-brained invalids to - in a matter of mere minutes - set up a blog, start posting on it, cull content, attract reader-submitted content, attract the attention of an agent, and alchemize into a book deal. This likely w ... More >>
Political Powerhouses Jessica Simpson and Jimmy FallonNo one with any sense of perspective believes that Real America -- most of the nation, fly-over country, everywhere but the coastal cities, whatever you want to call it -- gives a quarter of a shit about the White House Correspondents Dinner. ... More >>
Another Monday, another BlogBeat column. Hopefully, unlike last week's column, this one won't cost us $20,000 a year in advertising money. A former employment situation with Nick Denton and Gawker is assessed, the face behind Newsweek's newest weapon talks, and new hires emerge at the Paris R ... More >>
Tumblr, the New York-based tech company slinging a "hipster blogging" and social networking platform headed up by race-relations expert and digital wunderkind David Karp, has "leaked" what's presumably the first of two efforts to monetize their platform with enhanced features. It looks to be ... More >>
Oh, man. Blogs are funny. Bloggers are funny. People who blog and own blogs, or blogging platforms, are particularly funny. In this case, we have David Karp, the young high school-dropout wunderkind behind microblogging platform Tumblr. Who looks like this. And 'stunts' like this: he supposed ... More >>
Perhaps you enjoyed Our Man Sietsema's forays into real food porn. If so, have we got a Tumblr for you. Someone has taken it upon themselves to find all the photos of naked ladies in kitchens floating around in the depraved ether of the internet, and compile them all in one place.
If your summer lacks some sort of overarching goal-oriented self-help/artistic-betterment framework, perhaps you'd enjoy moseying over to Infinite Summer, an online community in the National Novel Writing Month vein, except you have three months and all you have to do is read one.Not just any one, t ... More >>
Let us note what amounts to a pleasantly restrained cover for Yung LA's probably-never-going-to-come-out Futuristic Leland, in which no studded neck collars, hair dye, or particularly spiky (vs., uh, mildly spiky) mohawks are in evidence. (Yes, for this man, merely shaving a weird Prince-like logo i ... More >>
Whoever's behind the five-day-old Diplo Outtie blog clearly wants to accomplish two things: 1) to be passed around on iPhones next week at the SXSW Fader Fort; and 2) to get his ass beat. The gist: Yung Dip likes to pose for photos with a two-fingers extended, all "peace outtie," and the Diplouttico ... More >>
This here Tumblr will evidently post a track from every band mentioned in LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge." One per day. Can and Suicide thus far. Feel free to start speculating on which Gil Scott-Heron track gets the nod. (I would suspect our good buddy Whiney Weingarten's hand in this, but he's ... More >>