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Santa Pictures Not Picked Up

In 2013, an archivist at the Oregon Historical Society came across a beat-up cardboard box of negatives marked “Santa Pictures Not Picked Up.” The box, which had been donated to the O.H.S. in 2001, contained hundreds of photographs taken in the nineteen-fifties and sixties by a man named Earnest …

Candy Canes

The Best Drinks of 2015

One dilemma faced by the Bar Tab contributor is how to consume largish quantities of booze while also remembering its specific attributes. I use the iPhone Notes app for future prompts to soggy memory, but this means that I often look like I'm on a bad date: my companion fiddles with a napkin while …

Warren Beatty

The Sea Nomads of Southeast Asia

For hundreds of years, nomadic groups known as Badjao have lived on boats in the waters of Southeast Asia, heading to shore only to trade or to take shelter from threatening weather. They are free-diving fishers by tradition, swimming many metres underwater, without equipment, to harvest seafood …

South-east Asia

The 2016 Golden Globes Get Weird-Drunk

At their best, the Golden Globes feel like a celebrity wedding we’ve somehow had the opportunity to crash, bringing together two fun-loving families, movies and television. Compared with other awards shows, the Globes tend to be looser and more spontaneous, mostly because the attendees get to …

Golden Globes

The Authentically Pleasurable Nonsense of Predicting Oscar Nominations

Predicting the Oscar nominations (which will be announced this Thursday) may be nonsense, but it’s authentically pleasurable nonsense precisely because of the peculiar impersonality of the awards, in contrast to my own—and to each viewer’s—wishes and preferences. The performances and creations that …

Mad Max