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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

Books

Listen to Bizarre Voicemails from New York City's Kookiest Landlord

Yikes.<p>"Hello, Brian, this is Rita." This refrain would haunt New York City residents Brian Bolster and Thomas Harrington, as it signaled another voicemail from their kooky, annoying, unintentionally hilarious landlord with another strange request.<p>It starts innocently enough, with Rita calling up to …

New York City

Check Out the Lost Cheers Scene from the 1983 Super Bowl

It was seen by 80 million people when it aired, then disappeared.<p>On Super Bowl Sunday in 1983, the Miami Dolphins were about to take on the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII, and 80 million people were watching on TV. But just before the game, a special Super Bowl scene from <i>Cheers</i> played that …

NFL

How to Bring Up Sex Without Making It Weird

A lesson on sex talk from sexologist Shan Boody.<p>Conversations about sex often have the strange ability to revert us back to our pubescent selves, which is unfortunate, especially when the timing for a sex talk seems just about right otherwise. Good thing clinical sexologist, author, and YouTube …

Lifestyle

Willow Smith Goes Full Folksinger With This Joanna Newsom Cover

The Smith kids have never stopped being oddballs and making music. Trying to chart the path that Willow has taken since breaking through at the age of 10 with “Whip My Hair” is difficult. And trying to predict her future moves based on what she’s done is a fool’s errand. All we know is she has a …

This Dad Narrating His Daughter's Makeup Tutorial Is the Laugh You Need Today

The careful and precise narration of makeup tutorials can be difficult . . . especially if you don't know anything about makeup. Recently, many beauty bloggers have taken to asking innocent bystanders — say, their 5-year-old daughter, or even their drunk boyfriend — to narrate a tutorial for them. …

The Best Liquid Foundations, According to Reddit (and Allure Editors)

Thanks to new advances in the beauty market we can now find foundation formulas in all forms, including cushions and sprays. However, a good liquid foundation will always be my go-to. There's something so satisfying about the way a liquid formula blends seamlessly onto your skin, and provides an …

Makeup

3 Bartenders on How to Find a Perfect Bar Anywhere in the World

You don't have to resort to Applebee's.<p>Everyone has a fantasy of rolling into an unfamiliar city, walking into a nondescript bar, and discovering it's the coolest, chillest place within a 50-mile radius to swig beer. Unfortunately, very few ever find that bar, instead spending nights on the road …

Hospitality
Fashion Shows

The OA: Brit Marling already knows how season 2 would begin and end

If you’ve been taken with Netflix’s new sci-fi drama <i>The OA</i> — co-created by and starring Brit Marling as a young blind woman who disappears and …

This Gin Tasting Chart Is Here to Help You Make the Perfect G&T

Know your botanicals!<p>Gin and tonic might be a simple drink, but when it comes to the taste, there's a fine art to getting the flavors right. So, to help fans of the spirit become G&T connoisseurs, the Gin Foundry has come up with a handy chart.<p>The "gin tasting wheel" matches types of gin with the …

Flavors

Here's How to Order Wine Like a Pro

The go-to tips for choosing the perfect bottle–in any restaurant.<p>Everyone knows the feeling of being handed the wine list at a restaurant with the daunting task of choosing a bottle for a group of friends. In order to relish the opportunity (rather than wanting to slip under the table), Jennifer …

Sparkling Wine

Illustrator Explores Femininity Through Modern Cave Paintings

Louise Reimer has dreamt up a ‘feminist paradise,' populated by Shelley Duvall and embellished motorcycle jackets.<p><i>All images courtesy of artist</i><p>If cave paintings were able to kaleidoscopically cartwheel through a contemporary femme lens, the results would probably end up looking like Louise Reimer’s …

Art

This Behind-the-Scenes SNL Video Is Impressive as Hell

So much happens when you're not looking.<p>The opening credit sequence for <i>SNL</i>—the one that shows the cast members doing various fun things around New York City while smiling and looking cute—lasts about a minute and 40 seconds. For those watching at home, or the next morning on Hulu, it feels long. …

Comedy

The 25 Best Books of 2016

A collection of the best novels, non-fiction, and memoirs from the past year.<p>At a time when politics have dominated the national conversation in a way that can often feel overwhelming, the best books of 2016 so far have provided escapism and comfort. They've shown us that empathy is a great virtue, …

Books

The 25 Best Movies of 2016

With just days left before we turn another page in the calendar, here's a look back at the year's best films.<p>The movie year is just about over, and a review of the past twelve months makes clear that cinephiles have been spoiled with sterling movies, from blockbuster superhero sagas and low-budget …

New Orleans Saints

The Sustainable Fashion Site Where One Vogue.com Editor Is Doing All of Her Holiday Shopping

Fashion might be an industry that’s slow to change, but on the sustainability front, a lot has happened in a few years. Not so long ago, designers might have felt uncomfortable talking about their production practices, or they may have thought eco-conscious fashion had an unglamorous stigma. Now, …

‘Wizardhood’: Watch All 8 ‘Harry Potter’ Movies Condensed to a Single 90-Minute Film in This Fan-Made Supercut

Richard Linklater, eat your heart out.<p>If your first thought upon seeing Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was that what the world really needs is a …

Film Industry

How Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, More Celebs Style Velvet Boots

Blue suede shoes? Try velvet — and in every color under the sun! <b>Kendall Jenner</b>, <b>Gigi Hadid</b>, <b>Taylor Swift</b> and <b>Hailey Baldwin</b> are the latest street style …

Footwear

How to dry your hair without heat damage: Plop it (yes, really)

Hair plopping is the new heat-free hair styling technique that has taken the curl community by storm.<p>Read more<p>The comeback curl: This season it’s all …

Hair

The 25 Best Movies of 2016

Have you seen them all?<p>As 2016 draws to a close, you might find yourself scrambling to catch up with the year's stand-out films. In the past couple of months alone, there's been an embarrassment of must-see cinema, and as we near awards season, you'll want to be all caught up.<p>Here are the 25 best …

Celebrities Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Wearing the Knit Dress—and Neither Should You

Dressing for the cooler months can be challenging enough, but throw in a well-timed paparazzi shot to the mix and things get even trickier. A major sweater may seem like the obvious answer at first, but it runs the risk of feeling a tad bit overdone if taken to the nth degree. When it comes to …

20 Movies You Should See Before Awards Season

This is your movie cheat sheet for the rest of 2016.<p>After a summer of mediocre blockbusters and a lot of (unnecessary) sequels, awards season is finally upon us! Theaters will be flush with top-notch films and you'll be able to spend Friday nights watching something more worthwhile than <i>Suicide …

Blockbusters

Net-a-Porter Now Selling Cool Jewelry Starting at Just $30

Chic jewelry is not easy to come by. You either invest your entire paycheck into the timeless, high-end designer stuff or you spend a couple bucks on of-the-moment baubles at fast fashion retailers that barely last a season. Luckily, Net-a-Porter.com is now offering a happy medium in its newest …

The 7 Most Gripping Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

Subgenre: "Netflix and Learn."<p>Documentaries so often get a bad reputation for being dull, slow-paced, and snooze-inducing, but the best of them will keep you on the edge of your seat, move you, and maybe teach you a thing (or three). Below, the best doc films that are available to stream on Netflix …

Netflix Original
Horror

There Is Now a Cookbook of Everything Brad Pitt Has Eaten in a Movie

Wait, what?<p>Type the words "Brad Pitt" and "eating" into Google, and you'll find hundreds of people asking the same question: Why does Brad Pitt eat so much in his movies?<p>Food scenes are notoriously hard to shoot – and you'll more than often find movie characters tapping and skidding their forks …

Brad Pitt

Here Are All the Coolest Sneakers From Movies

Featuring sneakers in movies is a fun way to blend fiction and reality and adds another layer of geekery to any film (what are those?). But the best …

A Guide to Google Flights: My (Not So Secret) Weapon for Booking Any Flight

I am fortunate enough to be able to travel in premium cabins once in a while, using point and miles. We’re social animals—when I find something good, …

Air Travel

13 New Books to Read This Fall

<i>A look at fall’s most anticipated books, from blockbuster novels to must-read biographies.</i><p><b>Girls, Interrupted</b><br>The friendship epic continues its reign, from Jacqueline Woodson’s Bushwick-in-the-’70s-set <i>Another Brooklyn</i> (Amistad) to Brit Bennett’s debut, <i>The Mothers</i> (Riverhead), which explores a love …