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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).

The Colossal Strangeness of China's Most Excellent Tourist City

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — 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

newyorker.com — "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

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — 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

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — 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

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — 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

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — 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.

Welcome to the Integratron

nytimes.com — Go Back to Home In the wee hours of Aug. 24, 1953, George Van Tassel, a 43-year-old former aviation engineer, was awakened by a man from outer space. Six years earlier, Van Tassel had moved with his family to Landers, Calif., a place of stark beauty and rainbow sunsets in the southeastern corner of the Mojave Desert, 40 desolate miles due north of Palm Springs.

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The Playlist | The Best of Queen Bey

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — Jody Rosen, T's critic at large, interviewed Beyoncé Knowles for the cover of T's culture issue, which hits newsstands June 15. "The way she sings, her approach to rhythm and harmony, her dancing - it's all very strange and sui generis," he says of the singer.

The Woman on Top of the World

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com — A few years ago, Beyoncé Knowles was like any other record-breaking pop star in an already crowded field. Then something changed. Photograph by Juergen Teller. Styled by Poppy Kain. If you've ever seen Beyoncé Knowles astride a concert stage or a red carpet, you know she is a woman with a flair for dramatic entrances.
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Mar 06, 2015

Move over, Spaceman Bill Lee. Top Blue Jays pitching prospect has mountain man beard, lives in VW van. Throws heat. espn.go.com/espn/feature/s…

Mar 06, 2015

RT @gabrielroth: here’s the next best thing: a picture of a man named Caroll who’s too busy to take off his Big Bird feet pic.twitter.com/Ra6dBtBfVU

Mar 06, 2015

Greatest simulated seagull caw in musical history: guitar solo between second chorus/third verse of "Boys of Summer." Nobody on the beach...

Mar 06, 2015

Peevesdrop (verb): to hate-listen surreptitiously. [I'm doing it now.]

Mar 06, 2015

True story: my stepmother once asked record store clerk for new Hollow Notes LP MT @BoingBoing Hall & Oates sue Haulin' Oats granola company

Mar 06, 2015

Things I'd forgotten RE TRADING PLACES: 1. Young Giancarlo Esposito (horrible acne) 2. Ackroyd blackface/rasta turn youtube.com/watch?v=l8UI2I…

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