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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

OMFG the New York <i>Times</i> Said "Fuck"!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

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The clean, objective hard-news voice is an art, one perfected in American newspapers like the Times, where it still clings to life. It eschews vulgarity, and that's fair, I guess; reporters and the rewrite desk needn't let loose with a few emphasizing expletives to make their points. On the other hand, though, fuck shit motherfucker pussy shit cunt fuck. When the Times's refusal to say fuck or anything like it really bugs me is when foul language is part of the news or even the news itself. Like in 2004, Dick Cheney told Senator Patrick Leahy "go fuck yourself" on the floor of the US Senate, and the Times printed 650 words about the incident without ever once identifying what had actually happened. (The headline mentions "Salty Language.")

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<i>Law & Order: SVU</i> is About to Make a Lot of People Angry

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

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If there were ever an appropriate time to quote Samuel Jackson's famous line from Jurassic Park, it would be now. Hold onto your butts. When "Law & Order: SVU" returns with its 15th season on September 25th, the show is set to air an episode where a character based on Paula Deen shoots a character based on Trayvon Martin.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Best MTV VMA Brooklyn Shout-Outs: Twitter Edition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

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As you probably heard/read/watched/absorbed through osmosis, the MTV Video Music Awards took place in Brooklyn last night and oh! fun was had, you know? There was twerking, and foam fingers, and Taylor Swift mouthing "shut the fuck up" to that guy in that boy band, and Will Smith and family looking scandalized at Miley Cyrus's performance, and Jimmy Fallon declaring his undying love for Justin Timberlake, and a brief 'NSYNC reunion that was reminiscent of the Destiny's Child reunion at the Super Bowl in that Justin is 'NSYNC's Beyoncé and all anyone really cared about was JT. But who was the biggest star of the night? Was it Katy Perry? Was it Jared Leto? (haha...of course not) Was it Lady Gaga? No. It was none of those people. No, the biggest star of the night was Brooklyn. That's right. Brooklyn was as big a part of this year's VMAs as Kanye West. So, in honor of Brooklyn, here's a round-up of some of the best BK-related tweets about the VMAs last night. Some of which are pretty spot-on, and some of which are clearly by people who learned all about Brooklyn from the New York Times Styles section.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

10 of the Greatest New York <i>Post</i> Headlines of All Time

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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Capital New York reported today that New York Post writer V.A. Musetto was dropped from the paper, where he has worked in some capacity for 40 years. Musetto is best known for coining what might be the greatest Post headline of all time: "Headless Body in Topless Bar." Capital New York notes that "Musetto, who once presided over the newsroom but was most recently a film critic, retired from the Post two years ago following a long career there." However, the Post has declined to continue its relationship with him, even in freelance form. So, in honor of Musetto, here's a list of some of the greatest Post headlines of all time.

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The 3 Best Brooklyn Dates This Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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If you're single and hating it, leave it to your friends at The L to help. We've teamed up with the minds behind HowAboutWe to create Brooklyn Dating, a service that will (hopefully) help change online dating and find you the Brooklynite of your dreams. If you're trying to go on some dates, instead of spending all of your valuable time filling out compatibility tests, just go on some dates. We know this sounds scary, but we make it easy. Just visit Brooklyn Dating, pick the outing that sounds the most interesting to you (or come up with one of your own), make an account (if you haven't already), and go! Just go.

Every week, we'll post three of our favorite Brooklyn dates to aid you in your search for a soulmate. So get off your laptop, (or your iPad or iPhone or iPod or whatever) and go fall in love. Click here to get started, and you can find the three best Brooklyn dates of the week after the jump.

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The All-Star Cookout Comes to Taste Talks, Plus Cook It Raw Brooklyn

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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Taste Talks is pleased to announce the All-Star Cookout on Sunday, September 15 at East River State Park in Williamsburg. We've paired top chefs from New York City and abroad to collaborate and create an exclusive Taste Talks tasting menu. Ever wondered what April Bloomfield would cook up if she shared a kitchen with Nate Smith of Allswell? Or what sort of dessert the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck could create with the help of Dan Barber of Stone Barns? The All-Star Cookout is your chance to sample from a totally unique, collaborative menu that will be available for one day only featuring chefs like Sean Rembold of Reynard, Eli Sussman of Mile End Deli, Dave 1 of Chromeo, the Mast Brothers, and more. Click here for the All-Star Cookout lineup and to get your tickets.

And we've added more panels and speakers to the Saturday conference lineup including Allison and Matt Robicelli, Brad Thomas Parsons and Christopher Lee. They're joining Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, ?uestlove, Andrew Tarlow and more. Have you ever wanted to make your own bitters? Trying to land a cookbook deal? Taste Talks has got you covered. Click here to check out the entire lineup.

Plus, we're proud to host Cook It Raw Brooklyn at Taste Talks, a collaboration in food hosted by Cook It Raw. We've invited chefs from across North America including Alessandro Porcelli (Cook it Raw), Roberto Solis (Nectar Restaurant; Merida, Mexico), Scott Vivian (Beast Restaurant; Toronto, Canada), David Santos (Louro, NYC), Connie DeSousa & John Jackson (Charcut Roast House, Calgary), Anthony Lombardo (1789, Washington DC) and Kevin Patricio (San Sebastian) to curate a community dinner at the newly opened Fitzcarraldo in Bushwick's 3rd Ward. Guided by Taste Talks' founding principal—collaboration—these chefs will work together to prepare an impromptu, outdoor meal using locally sourced Brooklyn ingredients and as little electricity as possible, all in matter of six hours. Cook It Raw Brooklyn is available only with the Taste Talks Premium Pass; the Premium Pass will get you into every panel, the All-Star Cookout and Cook It Raw Brooklyn. Click here to get yours.

To see the Taste Talks conference schedule, click here. To buy tickets, click here. And be sure to stay tuned because we'll be adding more events and dinners over the next few weeks. For information and updates, follow Taste Talks on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Taste Talks is proudly sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Esquire Networks.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

WBAI in Crisis: A Brief History of Seminal NYC Radio

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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Radio in NYC was a wild place during the 60s and 70s, full of late-night rants, avant-garde arts and other signs of the counterculture. By the 21st century, most of that was gone from the airwaves, but it still lived on 99.5 FM, WBAI, an anarchically programmed (and, by most accounts, run) station on which often unpredictable shows informed by fiercely progressive, community-focused politics were the norm. But is that model proving untenable? The station has laid off two-thirds of its staff, including its entire news division, the Times reports. It's been "operating at a loss" since 2004, is in serious debt for rent on its transmitter, and unable to meet its payroll. (This comes after a few years of contention between staff and new management.) "The Pacifica network"—the non-profit company that owns WBAI and several other stations around the country—"had repeatedly drained its finances to cover WBAI’s expenses," the Times reports; the layoffs are meant to protect the station from having to sell its broadcasting license. But it doesn't bode well for the station's future. As WBAI possibly heads toward its end, let's look back at the contributions it's made to media and the US since getting on the air in 1960.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Talking About Vaginas With Kat George

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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Did there really need to be another book about vaginas? Uh, yes. There will always need to be more books about vaginas. And women's bodies in general, really. And when it's a book of funny, relatable essays written by Kat George, then we need it even more. Pink Bits, an e-book published by Thought Catalog, is an autobiography of sorts, kind of a walk down memory lane for George, only "memory lane" is, um, a vagina. Aahh! It's hard not to read this book without obsessing over vaginas for quite some time after. But that's kind of the beauty of it, I think, because the closer you look at something, the more comfortable you become with it, the less stigmas you attach to it, and the more capable we can all be to feel good about our bodies and less judgmental about those belonging to the women around us. And feeling good, as we all know, is never a bad thing. But so, I talked with George about her book, being a woman, and, of course, VAGINAS.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

This Week at SummerScreen: <i>The Craft</i>!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

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Hail to the watch towers of the North; SummerScreen returns this Wednesday with The Craft!

Get there early because you'd have to be even crazier than Nancy to miss this week's musical selections. We're starting the night off with sets from La Misma, Potty Mouth and Divorce Money, presented by 285 KENT AVE and AD HOC. Thank you to Todd P and SHOWPAPER for bringing music to this year's SummerScreen! And don't miss the pre-show entertainment either; before the movie, we're showing a preview of Aqua Something, You Know Whatever presented by Adult Swim, plus 55DSL will show the short film Italy, Texas.

Meet us at Bedford Ave and N. 12th St (right next to the tennis courts). Gates open at 6, the bands start at 6:30, and we'll have the movie started by sundown. As usual, we'll have food from Pizza Moto, Handsome Hanks, Landhaus, Coolhaus, V Spot and Selamat Pagi. Plus, Sixpoint Brewery and City Winery will be there all night to quench your thirst. Even better, Starbucks® Iced Coffee, vitaminwater and Crunch Gym will be serving up complimentary treats.

For the full SummerScreen schedule, click here. Have you cast your vote for the final film of the summer? Time's running out! Click here to help us choose which film to play in front of 5,000 of your closest friends and neighbors on Wednesday, August 14.

Thank you to our sponsors for keeping SummerScreen free: 55DSL, Adult Swim, Starbucks® Iced Coffee, City Winery, Sixpoint Brewery, Crunch Gyms, vitaminwater, East River Ferry, Squarespace, Enterprise Car Share, Cinedigm and Zipcar.

See you Wednesday!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

<i>Post</i> to Gandolfini: Drop Dead!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

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There's a way to report that someone struggled with addiction problems that suggests sympathy and maybe influences others with similar problems to seek help, and there's another way to do it that suggests superiority and shames the dead. There's even a neutral way to do it! Now guess which way the Post went? I get reporting on James Gandolfini's last day, but the paper's itemizing of what he had to eat and drink before he died reads like the tabloid thinks the movie star got what was coming to him. "Gandolfini first ordered a pina colada with two additional shots of rum on the side. He followed that up with an identical round—a pina colada and two shots—and then downed two beers." (Was he at an L Magazine editorial meeting? Just kidding, we don't drink pina coladas.) "Gandolfini also enjoyed back-to-back orders of fried prawns slathered with mayonnaise chili sauce—as well as a heaping portion of foie gras. He ate the entire meal himself." AND THEN HE DIED.

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Stillness is the Move: Northside Portraits

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM


If you really give yourself over to it and fully embrace all the possibilities that four full days of the music portion of the Northside Festival, it can seem like everyone, yourself included, is in perpetual motion: you run from venue to venue, party to party, trying to take advantage of everything. The bands, too, are on tighter schedules than usual, many of them playing multiple times in one day, frantically loading in and loading out just a little while later. Photographer Beowulf Sheehan slowed things down a bit, stealing a few moments with some of the artists and producing some really great portraits.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Maybe Laughing at Fat Diabetics Makes You an Asshole?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

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It seems a stretch to file news about diabetes death rates under "food and drink," but that's the category where Gothamist stuck its recent post "Someone Dies from Diabetes Every 90 Minutes in NYC." I mean, yes, the disease affects a metabolic process, but is it of a piece with updates about lobsters, ice cream, cronuts, and glazed donut breakfast sandwiches? If peanut allergies became endemic in Brooklyn, and swaths of children started dying, would Gothamist post it next to "Science Says Cheese is Good for Your Teeth"? Well, maybe, but there's also the fact that diabetes is also kinda funny, because it's for fatties, thus Gothamist's tastefully chosen photograph of two morbidly obese children in a fast-food restaurant. Lulz! Those two definitely have diabetes amirite?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Talking With the Creator of <i>Park Slope Family Circus</i>

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

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A few days ago, Erin Bradley started a blog called Park Slope Family Circus, posting one-panel Family Circus funnies, their captions replaced with something particularly Park Slope-y. People love to pick on Park Slope, and the jokes about it can be predictable, but Bradley eschews the broad cliche for specificity, which makes it work. We got in touch to find out, who is Erin Bradley?

Do you live in Park Slope?
I've lived in Park Slope off and on since 2002. When I wasn't here, I lived in the East Village. I actually like Park Slope for as much I make fun of it. I'd rather dodge strollers than fixies and sidewalk vomit.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Walking in New York: The Video Game

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

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Remember that Simpsons episode in which Marge asks Bart to go for a tandem bike ride, but he says no because he's playing a video game about going on a tandem bike ride with your mom? Soon New Yorkers may fall down such a rabbit hole of Meta in which the annoying people walking like idiots on the sidewalk will have their faces buried in an iPhone, playing a new video game about walking down the sidewalk in New York. The game, for Apple devices, is called Sidewalker—Late to Work, in which you play as a guy trying to walk to work, weaving between other guys in suits, between taxi traffic in the streets, between orange cones and tourists with cameras around their necks, whom you can kick!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Does New York Need Dog Obituaries?

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

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A new website Dog Spin aims to be a comprehensive resource for New York dog owners, at least Manhattanites: it maps dog runs, offers info on daycare, dog walkers, vets, and city laws. It also offers information like, where are the dog-friendliest bars in the city? (Spoiler: most of them are in Williamsburg!)

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Times to Bike Share Critics: You're Stupid!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

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Ginia Bellafante may not be our favorite Times columnist. But she did write a chucklesome column over the weekend about the Bike Share program, subtly skewering the critics of its infrastructure (who often come across like the critics of the Prospect Park West bike lane, which is to say unfavorably, though a handful of them probably do have legitimate gripes). "Is this really the time to complain?" she asks. "This, a moment when progressive policy has had such an obvious victory?" Here are her three sickest burns. [photo]

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Should We Care What Kim Gordon Thinks About The Sex On Girls?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

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Well, insofar as we should care what anyone has to say about a TV show with a deceptively small viewership, yes. We should. Gordon is, after all, a feminist icon to legions of women, and a measured adult with a track record of not behaving like an idiot. Which is more than a lot of people inserting themselves into the conversation about Girls can say.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

The Post Wasn't a Bad Paper... Until Now

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

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Remember that scene in All the President's Men in which Woodward and Bernstein are desperately trying to track down a source to confirm the story they already have? And they can't, so Ben Bradlee won't run the story? How quaint! All week, the New York Post published scoop after scoop about the Boston Marathon Bombing. How'd they beat all the other outlets? Because every time they were wrong—it'll be a great case study for journalism schools in how not to do journalism: the poorly sourced rush to publish first. It's fashionable in New York to despise the Post, and I will agree that its editorials are reprehensible, and that its editors often work questionable language into headlines and hard news stories. But I've long respected its reporters (several of whom I know from J-school and elsewhere); ordinarily, the Post reports the hell out of New York City and beyond. This week, though, it "found itself sewed to the far end of an informational Human Centipede," as Gawker put it (in a superbly headlined post: "Is the New York Post Edited by a Bigoted Drunk Who Fucks Pigs?"). Here're the biggest stories it got wrong.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Best Anthony Weiner Headlines: Mayoral Edition

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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When your name is Weiner and you get caught in a sex scandal, well, the fine headline writers across this great nation will do what they do. Some of my favorites from 2011: "Weiner's Pickle" and "Weiner: I'll Stick It Out." Now that the former congressman has expressed an interest in running for the mayoralty of New York City, the press is at it again. I mean, if you do this sort of thing for a living, your immediate thought is "Weiner Enters!," right? And then you get cleverer from there, as evidenced by these news outlets.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The L Magazine Turns 10!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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Way back in 2002, brothers Scott and Daniel Stedman returned to the United States after a stint in Paris. They brought back with them an idea, based on a French publication called Pariscope, for a free, digest-sized biweekly listings guide that they hoped would become integral to the lives of young New Yorkers looking for things to do. A small staff was assembled, a name was agreed on—a name, it must be said, that would guarantee constant confusion, even ten years down the road (Oh, you mean Elle, like, the fashion magazine? Ah, yes, of course… The L Word, HBO's popular show about lesbians in Los Angeles). A year or so later, on April 3 of 2003, the first issue of The L Magazine hit the streets, in pristine orange boxes that would just days later be covered in stickers and graffiti like all the others in the lineup: The Village Voice, The New York Press, uh… The New York Sports Express. It hurt to see them vandalized, but it also felt a little bit like like a badge of honor, like we'd officially arrived.

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