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The Polish Embassy in Ottawa responds to Jan Grabowski

The government of Poland challenges a recent article written by the University of Ottawa history professor—and Grabowski responds<p><i>Last week, Jan</i> …

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How Star Wars Changed the Way We Dress

The original 1977 film anticipated a radical moment in the fashion world.<p>In the nearly four decades since <b>George Lucas</b> unleashed the universe of Star Wars on the world, Darth Vader masks and Princess Leia donut buns have been Halloween-costume fixtures, and <i>Star Wars</i> logo T-shirts have become …

How Apple’s super-secret Industrial Design team really works

<i>This feature is adapted from my book,</i> Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products. <i>It offers a rare look inside one of Apple’s most secretive institutions: the Industrial Design studio.</i><p>Where do Apple’s great products come from?<p>For the last 18 years — since Steve Jobs returned to the …

Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening

Are we helpless to stop mass shootings? Is anyone even trying to stop them? The good news is that the answers are No and Yes. The bad news: The person loading up hasn't gotten the news.<p><i>Editor's note: This story was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Esquire.</i><p>Nobody knows who he is and …

A Hollywood Mis-Education

After four decades in Hollywood, the author—a director, screenwriter, actor, and producer—has learned that you can’t: (a) stay mad at Robert Downey Jr., (b) go wrong with Robert De Niro, or (c) swear when you lose the Oscar. Plus: why he and Alec Baldwin decided to color outside the lines.<p>Why make …

A Fundamental Fight

When Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or death sentence, on Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses, 25 years ago, the novel became more than literature. Talking to Rushdie and those who stood beside him—Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, E. L. Doctorow, and others—Paul Elie assesses the …

The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light

Whether hero or traitor, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the most important whistle-blower of modern times, one whose disclosures will reverberate for decades to come. With extensive input from Snowden himself, Suzanna Andrews, Bryan Burrough, and Sarah Ellison have the …

A(nother) Study in Scarlett

Despite her screen-goddess superpowers—that voice (Her), those eyes (Under the Skin, out this month), the action-ready body (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)—Scarlett Johansson can also play real, talking to Lili Anolik about her recent endorsement controversy, her foxy French fiancé, and her …

Million Dollar Arm Star Jon Hamm Moves Into Leading-Man Territory

As he films the last season of Mad Men, Jon Hamm is also starting his post-Don Draper career. Fade out, for now, on that creative triumph of dark deception, and cut to next month’s Million Dollar Arm, in which Hamm puts on his heartwarming good-guy hat. In L.A. and New York, Jim Windolf gets a …

Shame and Survival

She tried public appearances. She tried being reclusive. She tried leaving the country, and she tried finding a job. But the epic humiliation of 1998, when her affair with Bill Clinton became an all-consuming story, has followed Monica Lewinsky every day. After 10 years of self-imposed reticence, …

The Making of Ghostbusters: How Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and “The Murricane” Built “The Perfect Comedy”

From a potential lead who died of a drug overdose to a marshmallow man suit that went up in flames, Ghostbusters looked like anything but a slam-dunk when Columbia Pictures made it. How Dan Aykroyd’s big idea led to an all-time comedy classic.<p>For the record, <b>Dan Aykroyd</b> really does believe in …

Jeff Koons Is Back!

Getting a massive retrospective this month at the Whitney, preparing to install his balloon sculptures at the Louvre, lecturing at the Frick—has Jeff Koons, taboo-busting rebel, become a pillar of the art establishment? With a look back at the simultaneous implosion of Koons’s career and personal …

The New Jet Age

Dubai International Airport has surpassed Heathrow as the world’s busiest global hub, while three Gulf airlines—Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad—are scooping up passengers. Boarding a lavishly appointed Airbus A380 at Dubai’s $4.5 billion Terminal 3, Graham Boynton examines the tectonic shift in …

Inside the Viper Room: Hollywood’s Most Exclusive Poker Game

“Poker Princess” Molly Bloom, in an adaptation from her new memoir, details how she went from a 26-year-old cocktail waitress to the hostess of Hollywood’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the July issue of <i>Vanity Fair.</i> Luring A-list names (“Tobey,” “Leo,” “Ben”) and taking home upwards of …

Christieworld

New Jersey governor Chris Christie looked like the G.O.P.’s brightest presidential prospect on September 9, 2013, when the orange safety cones on the George Washington Bridge were mysteriously re-arranged, closing several toll lanes. The massive, four-day traffic nightmare that resulted may end up …

Showdown at the Four Seasons

In February, New York preservationists and power-lunchers were aghast to learn of Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen’s plan to remove a beloved Picasso curtain from the Four Seasons restaurant, where it had hung for more than half a century. Talking to Rosen and his critics, Suzanna Andrews charts …

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Peanut Butter Eggs

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>Here's a question I ask each year when Easter candy hits the shelves: why are regular Reese's peanut butter cups gluten-free but the seasonal shapes, like eggs, not gluten-free? While I'm sure it has something to do with how the …

One-Pot Wonders: Greek-Style Rice Pilaf With Chicken Thighs

You'd figure that I'd know about a dish that's been around for over a thousand years. And yet, I didn't know what pilaf was until very recently.<p>Strike that. What I <i>meant</i> to say is this: I've been making pilaf for years without even knowing it. Though the details of its preparation vary from country …

The 10 Commandments of Adventurous Eating

<b>Editor's note:</b> Welcome back Joe DiStefano, a.k.a. "The Man Who Ate Queens" and the chief writer of Chopsticks and Marrow, where he explores food all over Queens and beyond. After decades of adventurous eating around New York, Joe's here to share his wisdom on how best to eat off the beaten path. — …

Falafel Waffles = Wafalafels

This week, in our continuing quest to answer the all-important life question "Will it waffle?", we've had a number of deep failures, a couple of <i>meh, I'd eat that</i>s, and one rousing success.<p>A couple failures: frozen pierogi (they end up tasting like pierogi, only dryer and harder) and White Castle …

Quick and Easy One Pot Hungarian Chicken and Noodles With Cabbage

Cabbage and noodles is a classic Eastern European dish. Poke around and you'll find recipes for Hungarian cabbage and noodles, Polish cabbage and noodles, not to mention Czech, Slovak, and so on, all with very few variations. And it's no wonder—it's a soothing, comforting dish made with inexpensive …

March Madness with Mrs. T's Pierogies

Looking for a recipe that'll score a slam-dunk with your friends at your March Madness get-together this weekend? Share Chef Dale Talde's delicious Reuben Pierogy recipe, featuring <b>Mrs. T's Pierogies</b>.<p>The big flavors of <b>Mrs. T's Potato & Cheddar Pierogies</b> will definitely hit the spot. Real, quality …

Just 1 Bottle: 14 Cocktails to Make With Tequila and a Trip to the Grocery Store

Most of us wish we had a more fully-stocked bar; a stash with all the major spirits plus essentials like Cointreau and Campari, sweet and dry vermouth. But sometimes you don't have a ton of bottles at the ready, so many cocktail recipes are out of reach.<p>If your bar is down to just one bottle of …

Grilling: Foil-Wrapped Potatoes With Shallots, Lemon, and Thyme

I've prepared potatoes in more ways than I can count, but no matter how deep down the recipe hole I go, it seems like there's always something new to explore. Lucky for me, I can't think of many main courses that wouldn't be made just a bit happier with a pile of spuds sitting alongside.<p>On the …

The Food Lab: Maximize Flavor by Ultra-Smashing Your Burger

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>By now we all know that the old piece of burger wisdom "never press on your burger!" is either patently false or, at the very least, wildly inaccurate. Heck, there's an entire successful burger chain <i>devoted</i> to using the technique. While a more traditional griddled …

What Does the Word 'Chef' Even Mean Anymore?

These days it refers to a lot more than just people who appear on Top Chef.<p><i>This is The Spill, a new series on Eat Like a Man where chefs, food writers, restaurateurs, policy makers—anyone who has something vital, incendiary, or earth-shattering (or just kind of amusing) to say about the food world</i> …

Cheesy Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Creamed corn, with its sweet-and-salty flavor and comforting richness has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I'll admit it: I even like the canned grocery store variety. That said, homemade is abundantly better …

Tales of the Blue Plate Special: Stories From New York's Short Order Cooks

There's plenty to love about a classic diner: the familiar and cheap menu of course, but also the cast of characters you'll find around you. A diner puts its clientele on even footing, and there's always someone to talk to, customer and employee alike.<p>But all too often we don't get the chance to …

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch

<b>Ken Ham is the genius</b> behind the Creation Museum in Hebron, Kentucky, which is just about my favorite place in these United States of America. Ken is displeased with Bill Maher because Maher keeps badmouthing God. Sadly, Ken concludes that Maher will be going to hell. And why?<p>So why does God allow …

Renaming Names, or Welcome to FDR

Apart from hopeless dysfunction, K Street excess, and mindless Republican nihilism, the most annoying thing about Washington, D.C., is its airports. Not the facilities—they’re all right, pleasanter and more navigable than the sprawling, Mumbai-like chaos of New York’s. The names.<p>The other day, …