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On January 15th, sports-centric website Grantland published a feature by journalist Caleb Hannan on a scientifically advanced new golf putter and its eccentric inventor, Essay Anne Vanderbilt. This piece, which took an alleged seven months to research and report, begins with Mr. Hannan's inquiring into an aloof woman's background. The writer's increasingly vigorous investigation determined holes in much of Ms. Vanderbilt's professional resume. And finally, as he ... Read More
  Having just learned the meaning of #tbt (but unfortunately today, a Friday...), I've concocted a non-topical list of life lessons gleaned from the cult-popular nineties television show, My So-Called Life. For the uninitiated – or for those who do not spend snow days marathoning defunct high-school programs – this show featured a young Claire Danes as the wistful, perpetually uneasy Angela Chase, whose life changes the day she dyes her hair red.* ... Read More
  “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.” Though it might surprise those without pets, that’s what I’ve heard from some who’ve lost an animal. If you’re grieving a pet and feeling awful, you’re not an oddball—as a vet and social worker at Brooklyn’s Hope Veterinary, I can tell you that this reaction is perfectly common. Animals have lived with humans for thousands of years, but over the ... Read More
Women, pants, and power have been mixed up together since suffragist Amelia Bloomer paraded around in “Turkishtrousers” in the 1850s. Bloomer’s goal was to reform women’s clothing, with its restrictive corsets and heavy skirts, but her outfit brought mostly ridicule from a public that largely believed trousers, along with the vote, were men’s prerogatives. The bicycle craze of the 1890s helped open women’s minds to the idea of ... Read More
The Seven Year Itch Some amazing and as yet unnamed photographer has invited the vivacious residents of a nursing home to recreate the most touching instants captured in classic films. Using digital images, the artist’s lens allows the resident to explore fantastical worlds, from Mary Poppins’s UK to NYC circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The crude composite work done on the images only adds to their charm, placing the playful and witty subjects ... Read More
  A multicomponent mass media campaign was launched in Vietnam promoting the life-saving practice of exclusively breastfeeding for babies’ first 6 months. Exclusive breastfeeding is described by some as the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths, and the benefits of this practice are well documented. Experts claim that for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, it is best if it is simply fed breastmilk and only breastmilk. ... Read More
Fierce and feminist, Hayley Williams—the frontwoman of the pop-punk band Paramore—is a rock star for an enlightened generation.Dress: Nicole Miller; Bodysuit: OYE By some measures, Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the pop-punk band Paramore, seems like a fairly regular 25-year-old. She crafts her ass off, shops at thrift stores, and loves to experiment with hair dye. In fact, despite her hordes of Twitter followers (around 3.5 million at last ... Read More
I don’t consider myself a sports fan by any means, but there’s just something about the Olympics that makes my heart all fluttery, and I promise you it’s not the annoying sound of Bob Costas dragging us through yet another mindless highlight reel.   (sorry, Bob.) Over the next few days, my brain will be playing the Olympic theme song non-stop, and I’ll probably catch myself humming it under my breath in the office, in which case ... Read More
Rosie the rat has made a comfortable living as a model, and she is effortlessly good at it. Before you have horrible flashbacks to the subway rats that infest your nightmares, take a gander at this mini diva and her many mini things.Rosie is a rat of many trades, thanks to her owner/photographer Ellen van Deelan who creates these portraits and the teeny items in them. SO LOVING.Is it just me or does she look a like a pudgy old man in that ... Read More
On January 3rd, at the Cake Shop on Ludlow Street in NYC, the 15th Mr. Lower East Side was crowned. This annual pageant (and freak show) was begun by Reverend Jen, an author, artist, and legendary fixture of the Manhattan neighborhood. The Reverend, a self-described feminist, says she started the pageant in response to all the female flesh on display in the Lower East Side. (And, of course, the world.) As in any other beauty contest, participants were ... Read More