Maureen Sebastian

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David Foster Wallace’s importance of being earnest: Irony, Generation X and the sheer joy of language

DFW was exceptional in so many ways — and the root of his distinction might be his sense of Americanness<p>Today, we think of the 1920s as a golden age of American fiction. But to Edmund Wilson, looking back from the vantage point of 1944, the most striking thing about this modern generation, which he …

Attention, First-Time Filmmakers: Here’s All the Advice You’ll Ever Need

Attention, First-Time Filmmakers: Here's All the Advice You'll Ever Need<p>Jill Soloway’s 7 Tips for First-Time Directors: In a rousing keynote address …

12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story

It's official — the popular podcast <i>Serial</i> has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.<p>This …

Your Mashed Potatoes Are Good. These Are Better.

Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center.<p>Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center. Follow these <i>BA</i>-approved tips and we guarantee your potatoes will be a Thanksgiving table hit.<p>Pick Your Spud<p>We use …

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Detox Soup to Make You Feel Awesome

Detox Soup is a great way to kick the new year off. This gluten-free recipe can be used during an official "cleanse" or to kick-start a conscious eating plan for 2015!<p>Ok, so if you’re going out on New Year’s Eve, do yourself a favor and make this soup one or two days before the festive first, and …

Gluten-Free

Peeling Butternut Squash Just Got Infinitely Easier, Thanks To Your Microwave

Butternut squash is one of the great joys of the fall, but peeling it is also one of the worst chores. The rock hard skin is basically impenetrable. Trying to slice through the squash and peel the skin off is so difficult, we're all too often tempted to just buy pre-cut squash at the store.<p>Pre-cut …

21 Thanksgiving Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

Whether it's a turkey-filler or served on the side, a bready, savory stuffing or dressing recipe is a must in every Thanksgiving spread.<p><b>You don't sit down to Thanksgiving dinner because you're psyched about Aunt Lou's turkey</b>. You're in it for the stuffing. It's okay—we are too. Because, whether …

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Homemade Marinara Sauce Is Easy to Make—If You Avoid These Common Mistakes

Jarred marinara sauce can't hold a candle to the homemade version. Avoid these common mistakes and whip up a batch tonight.<p>Is there any dinner that's easier to make and more satisfying than pasta and marinara sauce covered in a flurry of shredded Parmesan? We think not. But before you reach for a …

Italian Food

Recipe: Boquerones Toasts

<b>Boquerones Toasts</b><p><b>Makes 24</b><p><b>Butter, fresh horseradish, ikura</b><p>Prep Time: 15 Minutes // Total Time: 15 Minutes, plus time to make toasts<p><i>1 cup (2 sticks)</i> …

Recipe: Dominique Ansel’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

<b>Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies</b><p>Time: 15 minutes one day before, rest overnight, 20 minutes the day of<p>Yield: 20 cookies (about 50 grams</b> …

Here’s Why We Need More Women and Minority Filmmakers

Here's Why We Need More Women and Minority Filmmakers<p><i>At the conference presented by IDA and AMPAS, Porter talked about how she transitioned from</i> …

Recipe: Pickled Shrimp with Cilantro and Fennel

<b>Pickled Shrimp with Cilantro and Fennel</b><p>Serves 6 as an appetizer<p><b>Pickling Liquid</b><p><i>1 large Vidalia onion, shaved as thin as possible</i><p><i>1 small fennel bulb</i> …

Love Your Pan: What to Cook (and What Not to) in a Cast Iron

Steak is made for cast iron cooking. A bolognese? Not so much.<p>If we could, we'd shout it from the mountain tops: We love cooking with cast iron. They're durable, efficient, endlessly useful, and make a pretty photo to boot. And yet, for so many, cast iron pans remain tucked away in the furthest …

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85 Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipes That Aren't Marinara

These non-marinara, creative pasta recipes will come in handy when you want to give red sauce a rest.<p>We'll always love marinara, but it's time we started seeing other sauces. From vibrantly green pesto to fiery chili oil, these pasta toppers are perfect for when you need a break from the red sauce.

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How to Make a Comforting Fall Soup—Without a Recipe

When the weather gets colder, we're all about these fall soup ideas—no recipe required<p>As far as we're concerned, sweater weather actually means fall soup weather. While we love a refreshing chilled gazpacho, once the mercury drops there's nothing quite like curling up with a hot bowl of homemade …

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The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross

The ring has been sized, the dress tailored, the venue booked, and the RSVPs accounted for, but, as a bride, you still have one more major decision ahead of you: What to do for with your Wedding Hair. We capitalize this in George Saunders–ian acknowledgement that the desire to express one’s whole …

easy ways to hook up your apartment

thanks to these sweet etsy shops<p>Not sure if this ever happens to you, but sometimes when I enter stores, especially independent shops around Brooklyn, I'll feel like I've entered a dream world. Usually I stay longer than I should, probably creeping out the sales associates. A lot of times, though, …

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Dvorak - Romance for piano and violin, Op.11

Jessye Norman Sings Je Te Veux

Translation

Franz Liszt: Liebestraum cello and piano

Mendelssohn Cello Sonata no.2 Natalia Gutman & Viacheslav Poprugin

Understated Elegance at Malibu's Saddlerock Ranch

From Nancy Neil Photography...<i>The Great Gatsby meets Jennifer and Brian’s Understated Rustic Elegance.</i><p><i>Jennifer had her favorite movie, The Great</i> …

On the Street…White Linen, Florence

Pink Peonies in the South of France

Loads of peonies in the South of France is a dream scenario no matter how you spin it. It easily lends itself to a wildly beautiful affair ripe with …

Maniamania Fine Jewellery Collection "Immortalia"

<i>Ritual Solitaire Ring. White Gold V-shaped Solitaire Engagement ring with 8x6mm Pear-shaped rose cut Champagne (or Cognac) diamond (0.75ct), nine 2mm</i> …

Married In Marfa: Inside One Brooklyn Couple's Epic Affair

Maybe you've been to enough neighborhood bars to be skeptical that any guy or girl you meet is not going to be the one you'll spend the rest of your …

Swooning over our 27th Edition of 12 Stunning Wedding Bouquets http://www.bellethemagazine.com/2014/03/12-stunning-wedding-bouquets-27th.html Matt And Lena Photography // Floral Design: Martins Alves

Natural, organic Parisian wedding ideas

Mar <i>18</i><p>Categories Wedding Inspiration<p>Parisian inspired anything always gets our hearts a flutter, but this styled shoot was actually shot in Paris, in …

Ideas & Advice

Photo<p>26 Must-Have Wedding Photos You Don’t Want to Miss<p>Trust us—you’ll want to capture all of these moments.<p>Flower Arrangements<p>Your Complete Guide to …