Over the phone from her home in Bozeman, MT, Sarah Vowell talks like she writes: in fast-moving, information-packed passages with a quotable zinger thrown in every few minutes. The 45-year-old author of seven nonfiction books, Vowell is known for her sharp, funny insights into such topics as presidential assassinations, New England Puritans, and the annexation of Hawaii. Her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, covers the “bickering and infighting” of the Revolutionary War through the lens of George Washington’s pal Marquis de Lafayette. Read More
Add a subtle dash of creep to your everyday decor with this easy-to-make mirror. Looking glass spray paint is just the about the only black magic you'll need to turn a picture frame into a faux-antique mirror with a spirit trapped inside. Start by getting a frame the size you’d like your finished “mirror” to be. Find an image of a face you want to use as the ghost (I found a vintage photo of a girl using Google image search), and blow it up so the face is life-size. Print the image out in black and white. Read More
Q: I’m the mom of two boys, ages four and eight, and I want to be open and honest with them about sex—when the time comes. I feel like my eight year old is close to ready, but I’m nervous about starting a conversation he may not be ready for. Should I wait for him to ask me? I’d also love any recommendations about this conversation in general. I want to make sure that we can always talk openly and respectfully. I definitely want to educate them beyond the norm. Read More
From “conscious climaxes” to watching strangers get fingerbanged—my curious time in a transformational erotic society It was a pretty typical Wednesday evening for me: I was huddled with a dozen or so men and women in a brightly lit Los Angeles bungalow for our weekly Divination of Love and Existence meeting. Our guru himself, Sandoval, stood at the front of the room next to his wife, Brianna, who lay on her slightly arched back, a soft pink bathrobe splayed open to reveal her naked torso. Read More
When you want to feel like a natural woman, throw on one - or two, or three - of these ten accessories inspired by the world around us. Equally perfect for a bohemian earth goddess or a stylish science lover, these nerdy necessities put the "fun" in "fungus."  1. The magic of the moon, screen printed on recycled paper. Luna Moon Phases Screenprint, $20 2. These socks put the “fun” in “foot fungus.” Magic Mushroom Socks, $36 3. Get a buzz in the bathtub. Wish Bubble Bath, $49 4. Look gneiss and sharp in this rockin’ tee. Read More
Dewey-Hagborg collected DNA from this gum to create this face Chicago-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, 33, has loved science since she was a child. And her ongoing project, Stranger Visions, is an eerie and surprising intersection of these two passions. Read More
Everyone has watched Abigail Breslin grow up, it seems. Not long after we sit down in New York’s venerable Italian bakery Veniero’s, an admirer approaches us. She’s not a fellow teen—as many of the 19-year-old’s most ardent fans are—but a middle-aged woman who has known the actress/writer/singer since she was a kid. Breslin was born and raised on the Lower East Side, and she’s been coming to Veniero’s for years. Unlike this woman, you’ve most likely never watched Breslin eat pastries. Read More
Who says suds are just for dudes? These lady-owned craft beer companies are brewing up some of the tastiest small-batch ales around. Jackalope Brewing Company  This Nashville, Tennessee-based brewery was founded by BFFs Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball. Spaulding is the brewmistress behind the delicious Lovebird Wheat Beer (4.4% ABV), a hefeweizen crafted with heaps of strawberries and raspberries. It’s light, crisp, and not too sweet; a perfect choice for lazy Sunday sippin’. Lovebird, $9.99 for a 6-pack of 12-oz. cans, jackalopebrew. Read More
  You may remember 29-year-old actress Sonequa Martin-Green as Alicia’s assistant on The Good Wife, or perhaps as Once Upon a Time’s anti-magic villain Tamara. But it’s her role as badass Sasha on AMC’s comic book-inspired series The Walking Dead that has finally made her a famous face. I caught up with Martin-Green between the show’s devastating winter 2014 finale and the birth of her son, for which she was full of anticipation. Read More
For some enlisted men, The War Between the States involved a struggle between two identities. Hidden among the ranks of both the Union and Confederate armies were women in disguise, who fought and died for the cause—or lived to tell their incredible stories. In May 1862, a young, grey-eyed, black-haired soldier was discharged from the 17th Ohio Infantry in Corinth, Mississippi, despite having served well since signing up soon after the Civil War began in 1861. The reason for the soldier’s rejection from the regiment? Regardless of the fact that Pvt. Read More