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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.

Off the Beaten Path: Adventures in NYC

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.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, August 19, 2014

by Tom Scocca ★★★★ The morning was gray and dripping, even as the information online declared that there was a zero percent chance of rain.

What Happens When 'The Simpsons' Becomes Dad Humor?

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.

The Lost Section

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.

Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?

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?

On Hair, There and Everywhere, and Intra-Cultural Shame

“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!

Ryn Weaver, "Stay Low"

by John Herrman A nice counterpoint to Weaver's "Promises" and "OctaHate." Never quite an anthem but not nearly a downer.

Questions We Ask the Oldest People

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.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, August 18, 2014

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.

"It’s Uber, but for Golden Parachutes"

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.

Dude Text Decoded

We dudes can be a confusing, emotionally constipated, nearly-illiterate group of horndogs with smartphones.

Subway Rat Goes Big

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.

The Body Counter

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.

Kelela with Le1f, "OICU"

by John Herrman Kelela, sounding pained but calm. Le1f, floating easily in P. Morris's murky production.

Producing a Beyoncé-themed Burlesque Show on a Budget

Part one of a series, wherein the author attempts to answer the question, "Can I produce A NYC burlesque show without losing my shirt?

Say What You Mean, New York Post

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].

The Weird Near Future of News

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.

Three Lost Days at the Biggest Architecture Show in the World

by Michael Eisenbrey People often say that their hometowns or favorite cities are unique. "There’s no place like New York," they declare.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, August 17, 2014

by Tom Scocca ★★★★ Blue gaps opened in the cloud cover. The little glimpse of ocean off through the pines was gray.