by John Herrman The first episode of Steven Soderbergh's The Knick, which is streaming for free, is worth watching just for the street scenes in turn-of-the-century New York.
by Megan L. Wood Brought to you by Heineken In France, most of the country shuts down for the month of August as its citizens escape the heat and humidity for their annual beach vacations.
by Tom Scocca ★★★★ The morning was gray and dripping, even as the information online declared that there was a zero percent chance of rain.
1. Hey-hey Nothing lasts forever. Take me: I used to be a medium-funny guy. You could count on me to bring a reliable number of chuckles to social occasions.
by Matt Buchanan Here is a weird thing about the technology section of the most important newspaper in America: A number of its biggest stars have left in recent months.
by Heather Havrilesky Dear Readers, I need to tell you a story. That means this will be just like every other Ask Polly column, except this story is a little longer than usual, and at first, when you read it, you'll ask, "Where's the tepid dude of the week?
“A girl told me today that I would be a lot prettier if I got my eyebrows threaded. So I told her she’d be a lot prettier if she got surgery to turn her fivehead into a forehead!
by John Herrman A nice counterpoint to Weaver's "Promises" and "OctaHate." Never quite an anthem but not nearly a downer.
by John Herrman Can you imagine reading a story like this about yourself? A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man… Asked how he felt about the record, Momoi pushed his back upright and said he wants to live longer.
by Tom Scocca ★★★★ Sun found the splinter or stray cactus spine in a finger, a tiny golden spark for the tweezers (turning to avoid the tweezer-shadows) to surround and snuff.
by Matt Buchanan The two-way path between government, politics, and private industry, densely shaded by lush money trees, is so well-worn it seems to have been carved by the finger of God, a well-known capitalist, long ago.
We dudes can be a confusing, emotionally constipated, nearly-illiterate group of horndogs with smartphones.
by John Herrman There's a rat. The intercom woman speaks: "The next stop is 47th–50th Streets, Rockefeller Center." The rat is walking in your direction.
by Mae Rice Michael Lansu has been a crime reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times for the past decade. Since October 2013 his role has been more specific: editor of the Sun-Times’ Homicide Watch blog, where he reports on every homicide in a city which had five hundred murders in 2012.
by John Herrman Kelela, sounding pained but calm. Le1f, floating easily in P. Morris's murky production.
Part one of a series, wherein the author attempts to answer the question, "Can I produce A NYC burlesque show without losing my shirt?
by John Herrman The Post has come out boldly in favor of catcalling. Some of the essay's core points, adjusted for clarity: I realize most women with healthy self-confidence don’t court unwanted male [THREATS AND VERBAL ASSAULT].
by John Herrman NowThisNews was started a couple years ago as a "brand new video network built from scratch for people who get their news on mobile devices and through social streams." It was given five million dollars.
by Michael Eisenbrey People often say that their hometowns or favorite cities are unique. "There’s no place like New York," they declare.
by Tom Scocca ★★★★ Blue gaps opened in the cloud cover. The little glimpse of ocean off through the pines was gray.