In The Drunk Tank

In The Drunk Tank

MY FIRST CLUE that there was trouble came when the officer told me to get out of the car. He’d only pulled me over for expired tags, and I’d been stopped for worse. Even the time a state trooper stopped to marvel at my chandelier-like front window, shattered hours earlier by forty pounds of ice sliding off the dorm roof, he’d just waved me on, and that’s what I expected this time too; a little…

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Ivy Leaguers, Tiger Mothers, and “Excellent Sheep”: A Discussion with William Deresiewicz

Ivy Leaguers, Tiger Mothers, and “Excellent Sheep”: A Discussion with William Deresiewicz

In the just-released Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, the former Yale professor William Deresiewicz rails against the system of elite higher education that formed him, and that he abetted for years. Part history, part manifesto, part cultural critique, part blistering political polemic, and part memoir, Excellent Sheepis both smart and…

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The Road to Exile: Biographer Robert Greenfield on Life with The Stones in the Early Seventies

The Road to Exile: Biographer Robert Greenfield on Life with The Stones in the Early Seventies

At the tender age of twenty-five, journalist Robert Greenfield packed his bags and hit the road with the hard-living, rockin’ Rolling Stones for their 1971 farewell tour of Great Britain.

From Mick’s “shape-shifting ways” to Keith ‘s phantom junkie mystique, Greenfield rode buses, trains and aeroplanes, watching from the wings all the way from Newcastle to New York City, witnessing the Stones as…

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Sunday Light and Word - You Are Smashing

Sunday Light and Word – You Are Smashing



Aug 24


I hadn’t been in the eves of the place since  2011. A new director was running it so you couldn’t shoot during performances which meant there would be no piñata smashing for presentation. But Paul went and played some piano behind a curtain as Sarah evaporated off stage.  And I thought to myself, downtown is not a place to forget. The Gehryisms, fraught with their manic distancing…

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“Not caring about things since 1971, so you don’t have to.”

Like I Give A Shit

8. Neon sportswear — What are you all got-up as, irradiated pie filling? Because that’s what you look like, irradiated pie-filling.

Neon Beef

7. Taylor Swift does something — A life spent fumbling through a darkened room in a wetsuit.

6. Upcoming IPhone release — Time travelers are already making fun of it.

5. Steakhouse open-carry…

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Are You Ready for Some Football: An Introductory Guide to the English Premier League

Are You Ready for Some Football: An Introductory Guide to the English Premier League

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death.
I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.

— Bill Shankly

After the rampant enthusiasm the US expressed for the World Cup, I have been tasked with writing an introductory guide to the English Premier League for the benefit of any bright young Americans who want to take their relationship to the next level, now that the new season…

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Food As Sport, The Legend of Joey “Jaws” Chestnut

Food As Sport, The Legend of Joey “Jaws” Chestnut

I WATCHED NATHAN’S Hot-Dog-Eating Contest for the first time this year and I feel obliged to say it was an accident. It came on ESPN2 after the Germany-France World Cup quarterfinal –just as I was planning to doze away for an Independence Day nap. But I found myself intrigued by this ridiculous spectacle of gluttony, albeit with a touch of shame, as if I’d just caught myself rubbernecking at a…

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i. Isn’t being irreplaceable the whole point?

ONCE YOU’VE BECOME an adult of a certain age, you cease to be surprised by how quickly time passes. I’ve gone from lamenting how long summers used to be to pitying the credulous kids who don’t realize, yet, how fleeting these endless days of freedom will be, especially as they get older. So it goes.

Still, I was surprised to note, this past winter,…

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Smoking Gun, or, Who is Katie Bell?

Smoking Gun, or, Who is Katie Bell?

BUBBY DOZED in his lucky green trench coat, chin at his chest. I watched the world in patches below us, spread between strips of clouds that looked like dirty sheets. In the distance, the fiery orange eyeball sun shimmered like a hallucination. Turbulence rocked our airplane, and Bubby woke, his jawline marked with an angry red streak from his early-morning, shaky-handed shave.

“What the fuck,”…

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The 50 Dorkiest Songs You Secretly Love

The 50 Dorkiest Songs You Secretly Love

No one is cool all the time, and amen to that. As a label or a style, “cool” can be limiting, even uncomfortable. Think tight waistbands, pointy-toed shoes, and a leather jacket worn in the heat. Dorky, by contrast, is freedom. Dorky is transgressive, requiring and inspiring courage. You, dear reader, know this secret truth. And no matter your level of cool, you occasionally surrender, with…

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