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David Foster Wallace on Ambition | Blank on Blank

60 Free Film Noir Movies

During the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood entered a “noir” period, producing riveting films based on hard-boiled fiction. These films were set in dark …

Cannes Film Festival

Zagat

FlipTip: Now you can "Read Later"

FlipTip: Now you can “Read Later”<p>Inside Flipboard / September 23, 2010<p>Good news! Now you can save articles you see in Flipboard.<p>We use a great …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

Levon Helm's Last Years Captured in 'Ain't in It for My Health'

One night in August 2008, Levon Helm sat in his kitchen in Woodstock, New York after playing a Midnight Ramble gig in his barn, smoking some …

Music

Sean Penn: What I've Learned

Say what you will, but Sean Penn is a man you'd want on your side. Why? He knows how to fight. He's fighting his own renegade war to save Haiti. He's fought battles over money and creativity in Hollywood for decades. He fights for any idea he believes in. Will he ever stop? Music: "Ballad of the …

Yoga Poses For Beginners: 8 Moves For New Yogis

<i>By Beth W. Orenstein</i><p>There are many great reasons to add yoga to your exercise routine. Yoga improves muscle tone, flexibility and balance, and it helps you relax and reduce stress, thanks to its signature pranayama breathing (which just means steadily inhaling and exhaling through your nose). Some …

Join Cartoonist Lynda Barry for a University-Level Course on Doodling and Neuroscience

Cartoonist Lynda Barry, who has helped legions of adults grope their way back to the unselfconscious creativity of childhood, is teaching at the …

The Week in Pop: My pop-culture faves

Before you begin your weekend funtimes, check out a few pop-culture items that made my week worthwhile:<p>1. <i>The Freddie Stories</i> by <b>Lynda Barry</b>. Drawn & Quarterly has published a lovely hardcover version of the book with 30 pages of never-before-collected comics. Lynda Barry rules.<p>2. <i>Diana Vreeland: The</i> …

Groundbreaking cartoonist / author Lynda Barry to discuss imagination at Penny Stamps lecture

A Lynda Barry self-portrait<p>Writer-artist <b>Lynda Barry</b> has always been intrigued by unconventional perspectives—or, at least, by alternative …

Graphic Novels

To Do Tonight, Santa Barbara: Lynda Barry

An Evening with Lynda Barry<br>THU, MAR 7 / 8 PM / CAMPBELL HALL<br>University of California, Santa Barbara<br>$15 / $10 UCSB students<br>Presented by UCSB Arts & …

Santa Barbara

Marlo Meekins: Caricature as Character

Marlo Meekins is a legendary creature: the continuously and gainfully employed artist, illustrator, and cartoonist who’s worked on everything you love, but you still somehow haven’t heard of. Unless you’re into illustrators on Tumblr of course, in which case it’s hard to miss her distinctive line.<p>Hailing from the cluster of suburbs on the New Jersey side of Philadelphia, Meekins wanted to learn animation in college, but settled for illustration and design. That turned out not to be settling at …

Jeff Bridges Makes a Decision

When you're at the top in Hollywood, as he is now, you can do anything you want. Including doing what you want.<p><i>Music Issue</i><p><b>Jeff Bridges</b> is walking in his backyard, which consists of nineteen acres on top of a mountain overlooking the Southern California town of Montecito. Beyond Montecito, the …

Tom Cruise: The Fixer

Deep inside the high-speed, hilarious, exhausting, tragic, and ultimately happy world of a forty-seven-year-old American actor<p><b>I wanted to be a dad at a very early age.</b> I always loved kids — but it was more than that. It was this thought: What would it be like to be a father? Being the kind of guy …

John Hawkes: The ESQ&A

The actor talks about privacy, books, The Sessions, the Oscars, and keeping a low nut<p><i>Published in the February 2013 issue, on sale any day now</i><p><i>Lunchtime, Crosby Street Hotel, downtown Manhattan.</i><p><b>John Hawkes:</b> I've been lookin' for you, man.<p><b>Scott Raab:</b> Been here since Tuesday.<p><b>JH:</b> There's moss growing …

300 Things We Didn't Know About Gerard Butler

We sent one of our most open-minded reporters, a man largely unsullied by any familiarity with our Hollywood-obsessed world, to interview this guy. We gave him a first name and an address, nothing more. We were pretty certain Cal had never heard of him. This is what happened.<p><b>I send</b> a quick text to …

Fred Armisen: The ESQ+A

The actor/writer/comedian talks about season two of Portlandia and SNL, Steve Jobs and feelings<p><i>Published in the January 2012 issue</i><p><i>Monday night, late dinner at Quality Meats, a steakhouse in midtown Manhattan.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> One of the wonderful things about <i>Portlandia</i> — and I'm not just blowing smoke, …

John Goodman: The ESQ&A

The actor talks about Argo, the Coen Brothers, New Orleans, and never quite getting it right<p><i>Published in the October 2012 issue</i><p>Late lunch at Palm Too restaurant, midtown Manhattan.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> The mayor made them put the calories on the menu.<p><b>JOHN GOODMAN:</b> Somehow it doesn't faze me. But let me get a …

Sarah Silverman: The ESQ+A

The actress and comic talks about her new movie and her nude scene and "female comics" and Joan Rivers and the evolution of her act<p><i>Published in the August 2012 issue</i><p><i>Monday lunch at Peels restaurant, East Village of Manhattan.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> I see you're still brave enough to wear a hoodie, even in …

John C. Reilly: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about Carnage and We Need to Talk About Kevin and his unique mug and keeping a low profile anyway. Also: where to get a good hat in Chicago.<p><i>Published in the December 2011 issue</i><p><i>Lunch at the restaurant at the Bowery Hotel in downtown New York.</i><p><b>JOHN C. REILLY [Walking in a little late]:</b> …

Louis C.K.: The ESQ+A

A conversation with the stand-up and actor (and writer/director/producer) about Louie and failure and money and burgers and Bill Clinton<p><i>Originally published in the June/July 2011 issue</i><p><i>In Louis's Infiniti G35, on the way to get a bite to eat at the Comedy Cellar in New York.</i><p><b>LOUIS C.K.:</b> I love this …

Chris Rock: The ESQ+A

A conversation about LeBron, Obama, the Tea Party, the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, his new play, and fear<p><i>Originally published in the March 2011 issue</i><p><i>Nick & Toni's Café, Upper West Side, lunch, December 3, 2010.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> <i>Is that your iPad?</i><p><b>CHRIS ROCK:</b> Why would you go anyplace without your iPad? This is …

The Hard Luck and Beautiful Life of Liam Neeson

Actor, ass-kicker, widower, philosophizer, big man, funny man, capable drinker of pinot noir: may we introduce to you, the man you've known for all these years<p><i>Originally published in the March issue</i><p><b>Liam Neeson and I</b> last spoke a week before I wrote this sentence. At that time, I asked him what he …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

Patton Oswalt: The ESQ&A

The actor/comic talks about epic TV, The Return of the Jedi, the blessings of early failure, and a dirty animal joke<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><i>Breakfast, Olives restaurant at the W Hotel, downtown New York City.</i><p><b>PATTON OSWALT</b> [<i>To waiter</i>]: I'll get a black tea. Thank you.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Relax. Take …

Secrets That Women Need to Know When Buying Shoes

<b>Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall</b><p>What's the biggest secrets woman need to know about making their shoes comfortable for 2013? Women need to buy comfortable shoes that fit properly. This may be obvious to most, however many women who see a pair that is a "must have" buy whether it is their correct size …