In 1922, Ellen Welles Page sat down and penned a letter for the weekly New York magazine Outlook. “If one judges by appearances,” she wrote, “I suppose I am a flapper. I am within the age limit. I wear bobbed hair, the badge of flapperhood. (And oh, what a comfort it is!) I powder my nose. I spend a large amount of time in automobiles. I adore to dance.” But, she went on to explain, there was a reason why folks her age were given to frivolity. “We are the Younger Generation. The war tore away our spiritual foundations and challenged our faith. Read More
At the time of her death in 2009, Vivian Maier was known only as a lifelong nanny and secretive loner. Today, she is hailed as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. It's a miracle that street photographer Vivian Maier’s remarkable work ever saw the light of day. A career nanny who worked primarily in the affluent suburbs of Chicago for 40 years, starting in the 1950s, Maier took hundreds of thousands of pictures with her Rolleiflex camera. Read More
Patty Griffin’s latest album American Kid was released a year ago. Since then she’s been touring to promote. Patty and her kick ass band came around again to NYC for 2 shows and I was lucky enough to go to her Music Hall of Williamsburg gig this past Friday night.  Ms. Griffin and company held the audience captive for 90 minutes with selections from Patty’s catalogue as well as a few surprise numbers. If I had to use one word to describe Ms. G. it would be eclectic. Patty and band performed at least 5 different styles of music through out their set. Read More
Sculpt your locks by following these awesome tutorials and insider tips! Ah, spring: the season for spring cleaning, spring breaks, and best of all, spring fashion. And there’s no better way to accent your new duds than with a new ’do. These four braids will change your whole style game, and we’ve upped the ante by including a bunch of tips and tricks, as well as a list of must-have products that hair gurus are obsessed with. So read these tutorials and plait on, plaiter. Read More
As recently as 2012, Mary Lambert was working as a bartender in Seattle. But these days, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter is signed to Capitol Records, which released her EP Welcome to the Age of My Body in December and has slated her full-length debut (tentatively titled Burn Bright) for this summer. She’s been written up in The New York Times, appeared on Good Morning America, and sang at the Grammys with Madonna. “It happened so quickly,” Lambert says. “That’s a phrase you hear all the time—but it did. I was changing beer kegs when the song was released. Read More
The zeitgeist of the '90s riot grrrl scene has come to life in present-day to the delight of new and aging riot grrrls alike. In true DIY fashion, Priests - not to be confused with The Priests, a group of actual Catholic priests who record religious classical music - have issued their previous releases via cassette tape and 7" on the band's own Sister Polygon Records.  This release, their fourth overall and first for Don Giovanni Records, was recorded in legendary DC punk producer Don Zientara's (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Jawbox) Inner Ear Studios. Read More
I think that women should be proud of and identify with women who do things at a very high level of excellence, and not criticize them for not expressing a feminine sensibility or a feminine sense of sensuality. My idea is to desegregate everything. —from Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview April 11th, 2014 Again. Again, today, I was asked if I read. Considering I sit behind the cash register of a small independent book store, day in and day out, surrounded with literature, poetry and philosophy, this question baffles me. It’s baffling but also incredibly insulting. Read More
Have you heard the recent news that electrical brain stimulation can trigger lucid dreams?  Super cool- but until someone Kickstarts a cheap frontotemporal transcranial alternating current, check out these tips for recognizing you're in the dream state! What exactly is a lucid dream? It’s one in which you become aware that you’re asleep—a sudden epiphany of, “Wait a second... Read More
Retta, the comic powerhouse behind Parks and Rec’s indomitable Donna, schools us on everything from owning Twitter to surviving V-Day. If someone asks you who Retta is, and you reply “my imaginary best friend,” you’re pretty much in step with the rest of the world right now. The New Jersey native and hilarious triple threat (actor/comedian/trained opera singer) first became a household name with her portrayal of Donna Meagle, the uber-competent, luxury-loving, romance-adept Pawnee government employee on NBC’s long-running sitcom Parks and Recreation. Read More
Are you obsessively checking Netflix to see if "Orange is the New Black" has secretly released episodes from the new season early like we do? Well, even if you don't do that, we know you can't wait for it to start. Check out an interview we did with OITNB star, Danielle Brooks, to get you pumped for season 2, which premiers on Friday, June 6, 2014! By the time Danielle Brooks got the phone call that changed her life, the working stage actor was starting to doubt her dream of an onscreen career would ever be realized. “I had auditioned for a lot of TV and film. Read More