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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).

Robin Thicke on ‘Blurred Lines’ and Learning From His Mistakes — Not long ago, Robin Thicke seemed an unlikely candidate for pop stardom, let alone pop infamy. He was a curio: a white Canadian-American showbiz scion (his father is the 1980s sitcom actor Alan Thicke), who, over the course of the 2000s, transformed himself into a midlevel R&B star with a sound steeped in suave '70s soul and a core fan base of black women.

Larry King's Internet Afterlife — Larry King has looked like a retiree for at least three decades - like the snappiest dresser at a Boca Raton assisted-living facility - but he only stopped working in 2012, and not by choice. First, in 2010, King was eased out of his post at "Larry King Live," the nightly talk show he had hosted on CNN since 1985.

What Was Mad Men About? — Now is the right time to at last regard Matthew Weiner's muddled but mesmerizing masterpiece for what it truly was: a novel. As much as Mad Men was about the golden age of advertising and the brilliantly twisted mind of Donald Draper, it was also about the introduction of new ideas into a world stagnating in its own decaying ideologies.

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?
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Jul 01, 2015

"Possibly Fingers" is the name of my twee-rock octet. Cease and desist notice from my lawyers TK within the hour.…

Jul 01, 2015

RT @HorribleSanity: We have a new entry in our Victorian Children's Book Body Count: KILLER PARROTS!!!

Jul 01, 2015

DOJ subpoenas airlines over "possible unlawful coordination" to keep ticket prices high.…

Jul 01, 2015

RT @kathrynvarn: This tribute to Larry King by @jodyrosen is the best thing you'll read this morning DO IT

Jun 30, 2015

Been alive decades & only just realized crucial importance of glowering, not smiling, at camera. Result is 200% less demented Yeshiva bokher

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