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Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
Critic-at-Large, T Magazine — New York Times

Critic-at-large for T, the New York Times Style Magazine. Book-in-progress: Two Wheels Good: A Bicycle History of the World (2016-ish).

Same Trailer Different Park — "Merry Go 'Round," the spectacular gut-punch single from 24-year-old Texan country singer Kacey Musgraves, dropped out of the clear blue sky in September. Same Trailer Different Park proves Musgraves is for real. Although she sings just fine, she doesn't have a powerful voice; like all Nashville bands, hers can play, but the music is careful, meticulous, midtempo.

The Apple Watch: More Than Just a Bracelet — There is a famous photograph, taken sometime in the 1950s, of Frank Sinatra at Capitol Studios, the recording studio of Capitol Records in Los Angeles. The photo catches Sinatra at the time and in the place of his artistic zenith - in the laboratory where he cooked up his greatest music.

Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang — Urban fiction, or street lit, has been snubbed by the publishing industry and scorned by black intellectuals. Yet these authors may just be the most successful literary couple in America. THE WRITERS ASHLEY AND JAQUAVIS COLEMAN know the value of a good curtain-raiser.

Grandmaster Sachs — With his handcrafted, fully functioning boomboxes, the artist Tom Sachs celebrates a bygone analog era, and reflects on what's been lost now that all the world's music can reside in our pockets.

The Colossal Strangeness of China's Most Excellent Tourist City — Ordos, like so many of the country's hundreds of new towns, is famous for being empty - a symbol, some would say, of the hubris of rampant urbanization. But the few people who live there see it differently. ORDOS, A MAGICAL LAND in the just north of China, is a dazzling pearl in the world history and culture.

Her Highness - The New Yorker — "Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream," a documentary that débuted Saturday on HBO and airs dozens more times over the next month, is, as the opening credits inform us, "A Beyoncé Knowles Film." This is an understatement. Beyoncé is the film's star, narrator, and only talking head; she's billed as executive producer, co-director, and co-writer.

The Knowledge, London's Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS — The examination to become a London cabby is possibly the most difficult test in the world - demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine city's 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself?

Bhutan: A Higher State of Being — In the vertiginous mountains of the South Asian nation, where happiness is akin to holiness, bicycling has become much more than a national pastime. It's a spiritual journey. In Bhutan, there is a king who rides a bicycle up and down the mountains.

In Praise of the Humble Knot — They're as old as humankind and used by practically every person on the planet every day, so how come they're so underappreciated? Knot enthusiasts like to say that civilization is held together by knots. It sounds like a wisecrack - but if you take a look around, you may begin to see the truth behind the quip.

Animal Traffic — The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and there's one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab (and curiosity cabinet) in a hippie town in Oregon. At about 12:45 a.m.
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May 21, 2015

"By the Book" Q&As are foolproof: even a great writer gets exposed when she lapses into fluffy fussy lit-crit-speak.…

May 21, 2015

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May 20, 2015

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May 20, 2015

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May 19, 2015

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