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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).

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.

Welcome to the Integratron — 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 — 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 — 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.

The forgotten 1909 hit that introduced adultery to American popular music. — In the spring of 1909, American popular song got sexy. Of course, love and courtship, and by extension sex, had been Topic A in pop music for decades. But while songwriters had long trafficked in euphemisms and innuendo-coy talk of "sighing" and "spooning" beneath the old oak tree and by...

The 150 Greatest Schlock Songs of All Time -- Vulture — This is one listener's schlock canon, a list of great schlock songs that covers a lot of territory. There are Civil War anthems, parlor songs, and jazz standards. There's rock and soul and hip-hop; there's Bing Crosby and the Bee Gees and Beyoncé.

In Defense of Schlock Music -- Vulture — Mad Men: How Much Money Did Each of SC&P's Partners Make This Week? From Journey to Beyonce: The 150 Greatest Schlock Songs Ever When Journey's " Don't Stop Believin'" first rumbled into earshot in the summer of 1981, few presumed it would have much staying power.

Meet Songwriter Benji Hughes -- Vulture — Musicians often boast, or complain, about the long hours they log in recording studios. But the singer-songwriter Benji Hughes has studio-rat bona fides few can match. Hughes, 38, is from Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Oct 24, 2014

" neat an instance of hubris and nemesis as ever I heard of."

Oct 24, 2014

"...and one of us in the back (never ask me who) was sick all over Boothby's new suit and Boothby's new car and Boothby's quacking head,..."

Oct 24, 2014

" Bob reached a crescendo of self-applause, there was suddenly that well known choking noise..."

Oct 24, 2014

Shadows in the Grass, Simon Raven's memoir of cricket and debauchery, is very well-written and very, very mean.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @tnr: What @mattyglesias doesn't understand about the publishing industry could fill a published book

Oct 24, 2014

@VictorianLondon Bought your book at Museum of London today. Handsome volume!

Oct 23, 2014

Glasgow-London train. Mountain greenery/grazing sheep out the window and I'm about to put this new @serial podcast ep on blast. #swag

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