F. Scott Fitzgerald

Shake It, Baby: The 6 Best Cocktail Shaker Bar Sets Under $25

If, like Ian Fleming’s famous debonair secret agent, you prefer your cocktails shaken, not stirred, then a well-sorted cocktail bar set is a must. …

Shopping

'Siesta Key' Is MTV's Latest Escape From Reality for White America

Whenever times are tough, there’s a show like ‘Laguna Beach’ or ‘Jersey Shore’ to offer a uniquely American approach to mythmaking.<p>In 2004, three events took place that forever changed American identity, both politically and socially.<p>In early February, the CIA officially admitted to there being no …

Racism

The Famous Women Writers Whose Friendships We’ve Forgotten

People often tell us they find our friendship strange. We do all the usual things: treat each other to birthday meals, trade secrets over glasses of …

Literature

The Great American Sex Panic of 2017

I confess to being troubled rather than elated by the daily rumble of idols falling to accusations of “sexual misconduct,” the morbid masscult …

Al Franken

It’s Thanksgiving. Be happy.

<i>For evolution, the Constitution,</i><p><i>And the ATMs of banks,</i><p><i>The Times and Post and the whole West Coast,</i><p><i>I want to give sincerest thanks.</i><p><i>A Mozart sonata, my inamorata,</i><p><i>And a first-rate BLT.</i><p><i>For Silverman (Sarah) and the Obama era,</i><p><i>I give thanks most thankfully.</i><p><i>I’m a fraud, a fake, a big mistake, a creep.</i><p><i>I’m</i> …

Opinion

F. Scott Fitzgerald Had Some Ideas for What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

And yes, he has a recipe for a turkey cocktail.<p>F. Scott Fitzgerald encapsulates the essence of a sophisticate's America. His taste—in words, in houses and people, and in a good cocktail—has set the velvet standard for American culture. It's no surprise, then, that he should have extraordinary …

Thanksgiving

The Suite Life: Inside The Plaza Hotel's 110-Year History

<b>NEW YORK’S ICONIC</b> Plaza Hotel is actually the second Plaza Hotel to occupy the prime Central Park South location. The first, built in the 1880s, was torn down in 1905 to create something even bigger. The new hotel took 27 months to complete, and its construction went 50% over budget, costing some …

Hotels

Lois Smith Refreshes Her Memory

The actress, who got her start as James Dean’s co-star, reflects on “Marjorie Prime,” and remembering.<p>In the foyer of Lois Smith’s apartment, on the Upper West Side, where she has lived since the seventies, hangs a Joseph Cornell box containing a picture of her from 1955. It was the year she …

Culture

Come Join The Punisher's Book Club

When he isn't busy slaughtering the Marvel Cinematic Universe's crooked, street-level criminals, Frank Castle actually enjoys quiet nights in his …

Literature

Lincoln at Gettysburg

Lincoln at Gettysburg<p><i>Spring 2014</i><p>The most obvious problem in approaching Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is that we know it so well. If you've …

Abraham Lincoln

The Punisher Is Rooted in American Trauma

The Netflix show, more than any other Marvel product, explores the idea that the country’s systems are fundamentally broken.<p><i>The Punisher</i>, Netflix and Marvel’s new 13-episode drama about a superhero whose superpower is killing people with guns, is debuting in a very different environment to the one …

Comics

'Passing' for Lower Class Is Manipulative—and a Favorite Tactic of Duck Dynasty and Trump

<i>The following is an excerpt from the essay “Class Acts: Ways to be Something You’re Not” by Clarence Page, from the new book</i> We Wear the Mask: 15 …

Donald Trump

9 Fictional Cities You’ll Want to Move To Right Now

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to live in it? I know when I was finished reading <i>Gilead</i>, by Marilynne Robinson, I yearned to be a …

Literature

Kellogg Mansion Crunches Competition to Finish as This Week's Most Popular Home

Decked out in over-the-top decor, a Mediterranean Revival–style estate in Florida made this week's biggest splash on realtor.com®. It's no surprise, …

Luxury

These Are The Most Popular Books From The States They Were Based In

They always say "Write what you know", so it's no wonder that some of America's best writers came up with their most successful works after setting …

Literature

Why You Should Work with a Publicist to Promote Your Writing

Every author wants his or her book to be a success. Dreams of best-seller lists, grand book tours with sold out speaking engagements, and that …

Publishing

Bookstores: A Love Story

We’re giving away $500 to spend at the bookstore of your choice! Click here, or on the image below to enter:<p>Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, …

Barnes & Noble

Pettis’ Interests Go Way Beyond Football

Related Links<p><b>By Rich Myhre</b><p>If you follow the University of Washington football team, then you already know aboutDante Pettis, the Huskies' dynamic …

Washington Huskies

This photographer creates ridiculously elaborate freeze frames of wild pool parties and bowling alley brawls

How L.A. artist Ryan Schude shoots his captivatingly chaotic tableaux

Lifestyle (Canada)

Recreate the Over-the-Top “Home Alone 2” Experience at The Plaza Hotel This Holiday Season

“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” features scenes that have gone on to play a prominent role in pop culture long after the film’s 1992 debut -- the …

Hotels

Is Taylor Swift a Character From The Great Gatsby?

Listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, <i>Reputatio</i>n, it seems Swift—a hopeless romantic with a carefully curated image who throws extravagant parties …

The Great Gatsby

The night the .22-Caliber Killer was born - Salon.com

<b>MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1980</b><p>The gunshots were <b></b>so loud, one of the witnesses said later, and so fast, the four cracking pops coming rapidly one after the other, it sounded as if someone were setting off firecrackers on her front lawn. Kids around here sometimes did that, especially around the Fourth of …

Crime

The Story of Jordan, the Frontwoman of Punk

<i>With her peroxide beehive, Cubist face paint and Kohl-eyed stare, Jordan Mooney provided punk with some of its most enduring – and provocative –</i> …

For Men

New Music: G-Eazy – ‘The Plan’

It’s a big week for G-Eazy. Yesterday, the Bay Area rapper unleashed the artwork and trailer for his album <i>The Beautiful & Damned</i>. Now, he unveils …

Cardi B

Ring in 2018 With These New Year’s Eve Instagram Caption Ideas

Our New Year’s resolution? To provide you with cheers-worthy Insta captions.<p>There’s something special about New Year’s Eve. No matter where in the …

Travel

G-Eazy Reveals 'The Beautiful Damned' Release Date, Film Trailer

Eazy season is upon us. G-Eazy has unleashed the cover art and trailer for his fifth studio album, <i>The Beautiful & Damned</i>.<p>The minute-long trailer for …

Movie Trailers

Billionaires compared with the rest of us, by the numbers

The very rich really are very different from you and me, as author F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote. How different? A new report breaks it down by the financial numbers.<p>The three richest billionaires in the U.S., as measured by the annual <i>Forbes 400</i> ranking, now own more wealth than the bottom …

Money

Eat the rich: When wealth became a wedge issue

It sounds like a conversation about tax policy, but don’t be fooled by the current political debate over taxes in Canada.<p>What we’re actually hearing …

Andrew Scheer

Baltimore's famous literary figures and their favorite local haunts

A surprising number of Baltimore’s ghosts have ink-stained fingers. The list of former Charm City literary figures, which includes the likes of …

Frederick Douglass

The ACLU defends blogger who linked Taylor Swift with white supremacy

Swift’s lawyers demanded the article be taken down<p>The ACLU of Northern California issued a press release today saying it intends to defend a blogger who has drawn the ire of Taylor Swift.<p>On October 25th, writer Meghan Herning received a letter from Swift’s legal team demanding the removal and …

Taylor Swift