For all my pen-pushers out there: N+1 Magazine and Faber and Faber have recently teamed up to bring you a stellar new resource, particularly for those in early-career crisis mode: MFA vs. NYC. This essay collection spiritedly debates the merits of studying creative writing at a university-level versus essentially creating one's own discipline (/opportunities), here in the city. The book, edited by award-winning author Chad Harbach, offers sage advice to ... Read More
  Looks like the fierce ladies of Reductress have done it again. In the video below, an actually real and bona fide author (Maya Michaels) explains how she won the prestigious Featherton Award by inscribing her entire novel on...her fingertips. Take a look at the clip below for the outlandish results:      Consistently on-point, Reductress remains a brilliant source for faux-feminews -- we still consider it our very own Onion. ... Read More
  Turns out, February's lousy with unheralded holidays. Beyond Valentine's and Galentine's and Anna Howard Shaw Day, savvy citizens should note National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (happening right now; see our recent coverage), Black History Month (ditto) and the even lesser-known National Condom Awareness fest. Sponsored in part by the American Social Health Organization, Condom Month is dedicated to promoting safe sex. Because as we all oughta know by ... Read More
Cheyenne Randall, a Seattle-based mixed media artist, has knocked the socks off Instagram and Tumblr with his latest project. In the images below, Randall takes classic photos of Hollywood icons and glazes the figures with home-spun tattoos. Ever wondered what Lady Di would look like with a sleeve? Your quest is over.      Ms. Marilyn Monroe...had she lived on Bedford Avenue, circa 1999. Audrey Hepburn, had her Roman Holiday been more of a Roman ... Read More
Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a lot of intelligent things to say about the troubling new "anti-gay" legislation up for debate in her home country. As all democratic civilizations bend towards our generation's central civil rights debate, it's refreshing to hear a writer speak out with such conviction. Here's an excerpt from her speech: The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our ... Read More
  Qozop, an Asia-based photographer who describes himself as "nothing special...just an artist who has caught a picture-making sickness," rocked the fashion world this week when he styled a photo series concerning the intersection of age and fashion. His collection, aptly called "Spring - Autumn," first showcases hipster (grand)children standing besides their (grand)parents — then, in a sequential image, the artist has his subjects exchange clothes. ... Read More
We already know the results of this ever-Sisyphean exercise: no. Surprise, everyone! Neither Martin Scorcese, Scott Rudin (and I wanna say technically) Spike Jonze managed to make films this year in which two even vaguely compelling female characters talk to one another about something that isn't a boy. On the other hand, two other Best Picture nominated films that this snarky viewer considered problematic-re-their-female-portrayals-at-best (Dallas Buyers Club and ... Read More
Yaya Alafia, veteran of America’s Next Top Model (S3) turned actress (catch her in Lee Daniels’ The Butler) recently lent her intelligent voice to an NPR segment celebrating Black History Month. In this short interview, Alafia expertly side-skirts that ever-infuriating-for-a-natural-haired-woman-question ("Is that your real hair?"...her answer is priceless), and discusses her vantage as a woman growing up bi-racial and bi-national; she has both ... Read More
In our increasingly image-driven world, it's comforting to know that photojournalism continues to be a significant and powerful conduit for all the stories it's easy to neglect. In this round-up of winning and running-up submissions to the annual World Press Photo Contest, award-winning photographers have captured the heartbreaking, the stunning and the sometimes lovely. Pictures span a spectrum from the politically suggestive ("Contemporary Issues" category) to ... Read More
...he’s offered his services to the superhero movie machine, slyly claiming in a recent Vanity Fair shoot that he’d make a good Superman. One question remains: where can I sign this petition??? Elba also shows some roasting chops in the interview clip below, when he calls out fellow heartthrob George Clooney for his "probable" inability to beatbox. Elba then proceeds to...oh, I won't spoil it. Watch him continue to be adorable in this video. You're ... Read More
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