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Hanna Rosin: Hookup culture is changing

The “End of Men” author talks to Salon about women, work, and the “third kind of relationship” we’re inventing<p>"Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind," Hanna Rosin wrote in an Atlantic cover story in 2010. "But for the first time in human history, that is changing — and with …

“Buck”: A teen drug dealer finds solace in words

M.K. Asante’s memoir, “Buck,” marks the debut of a remarkable talent almost lost to drugs, crime and violence<p>Memoirs, especially memoirs about hard childhoods, have somehow gotten a bad rap, but there's still no story quite as universal, in its pain and/or its exhilaration, as the story of growing …

Jesmyn Ward's 'Men We Reaped' is a tale of young men lost too soon

Jesmyn Ward's heart-wrenching new memoir, "Men We Reaped," is a brilliant book about beauty and death. The beauty is in the bodies and the voices of the young men she grew up with in the towns of coastal Mississippi, where a kind of de facto segregation persists.<p>There is C.J. Martin, one of her …

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“Bleeding Edge”: Thomas Pynchon goes truther

Pynchon’s latest is a story of geeks, the Internet, New York, and 9/11 — and, of course, conspiracy theories<p>"Bleeding Edge" started out all fun and games. Before cracking the spine, I grinned at how aptly Thomas Pynchon's title worked for a historical novel set during the fin-de-siècle dot-com …

Banned books that changed your life (or will)

This week here in #nerdland, we were appalled to learn that Ohio schools leader Debe Terhar has called for banning Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel <i>The</i> …

Ernest Hemingway’s Favorite Hamburger Recipe

Earlier this year the food writer Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan stumbled across an article in the <i>Boston Globe</i> describing a trove of digitized documents from …

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Russia in New York

“In Russia, you couldn’t be completely open about being an artist,” says Leningrad native Tate Osten, who can remember a time when the KGB burned down her friend’s father’s art studio (neither he, nor his paintings survived). “I settled here [in the United States] for freedom.”<p>An art consultant and …

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India in New York

<i>By Megan Snedden</i><p>On the corner of Broome and Crosby in SoHo, a quiet sanctuary celebrates one of India’s spiritual traditions: the Broome Street Hindu Temple. Inside, the community recites the Bhagavad Gita, practices pujas, meditates, connects with the divine. Days after September 11, Eddie Stern …

Italy in New York

On April 10, 1912, John Brescio’s grandfather boarded the <i>Titanic</i> with forged embarkation documents to come to America for the first time. Before setting sail, however, authorities kicked him off the ship. Though he was furious at the moment, he managed to make it to New York City on another boat. …

Lean + Green: The New Empire State Building

<i>By Denver Nicks</i><p>The traveling spirit tends to seek out unfamiliar, untrammeled places, so as a denizen of New York who sees the Empire State Building almost daily, I wasn’t sure what to make of my invitation to take a “behind the scenes” tour.<p>But I had never seen it like this.<p>The iconic Art Deco …

I Heart My City: Annie Fitzsimmons’s NYC

When star blogger and licensed New York City tour guide <b>Annie Fitzsimmons</b> started to fill out this questionnaire, she was reminded of a saying from her alma mater, Texas A&M University: “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.” That’s …

24 Hours in Manhattan: Hotels with More Than Beds

Manhattan’s hyper-competitive luxury hotels are always trying to outdo each other. But they’ve been taking it to a new level lately.<p>How else would you describe a museum-quality art collection, a 3D movie theater, or the finest indoor pool this side of Central Park?<p>At the Peninsula New York, that’s …

The Best Holiday Treats in NYC

I ducked into Jacques Torres’ chocolate oasis and came face to face with a police officer. I love the NYPD, largely because of their help in silencing the ear-splitting music from Madame X nightclub near my first apartment, so I welcome the sight. But I wonder if he’s there to investigate a candy …

Warm Up: 10 Cozy Spots in NYC

“I hate hazelnuts,” I said to Chef Kyle McLelland as my boyfriend Andy and I prepared to tuck into the tasting menu at Prospect in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He smiled and asked, “Can I change your mind?” Feeling gutsy, I said “Sure, why not?” Though I wasn’t born one, my extensive travels have made me …

5 Must-See Pieces at the Met

The next time you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you must say hello to “William.”<p>The small blue statuette has been the museum’s unofficial mascot since he made his debut in 1917. But don’t let his youthful looks fool you; he’s been around for almost four millennia. Today, …

Behind the Scenes in Central Park

It has been said that Central Park was the first place in New York City where people from all walks of life could gather and relax together. This still rings true today, with the 843-acre park drawing 40 million visitors a year.<p>More than any other landmark, Central Park reflects the brilliance of …

The Best of the West Village

The West Village is a labyrinth of shady brownstone-lined streets, hidden gardens, corner shops, and a mix of sophisticated culinary temples and casual downhome joints. It’s also a place I’m proud to call home.<p>I often find myself thinking <i>I feel like I’m on the set of a movie</i> while wandering this …

Hyper-Local Tours in NYC

Having recently played “tourist” in my own hometown (see previous post), I felt inspired to explore more of New York from an out-of-towner’s perspective. I’ve already done the Circle Line cruise, all the major museums, a city bus tour, and even a bike trip through Harlem, so I was looking for a new …

NYC by Pizza

On a typical day, Scott Wiener teaches children about the science of pizza at the New York Public Library, researches his forthcoming book on pizza boxes, and leads at least one of the pizza tours for which he’s most known. As Adam Brija, manager at the legendary Patsy’s Pizzeria, said of Scott, …