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New York City, May 21, 2015

★★ The gray had yellow undertones. A few drops of rain flicked down. Downtown there were more but smaller drops, then more and fatter ones.

A Guide to Defending Your Industry

In Fortune, Dan Primack wrote a defense of Silicon Valley: [W]hat about the countless networking and software companies that are, at their core, trying to improve the efficacy of communications?

Do You Still Feel Dissatisfied?

Baptism by Song

There are many ways to take a bath, and just as many ways to perform a baptism. Some Christian traditions sprinkle a little water on the foreheads of infants or adults, drop by holy drop, and call it a day.

'Let Me Down Easy' in Order of How Easiness

40. Sheppard 39. Saving Jane 38. Ronnie Laws 37. Rob Baird 36. Richard Page 35. The Bleachers 34. Nat Dunn Free EPK from 33.

The Startling Humanism of 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

The story of Mad Max: Fury Road centers on the escape of a harem of young women in a “war rig” driven by the unstoppable Imperator Furiosa, a splendid Amazon played by Charlize Theron, with the aid and counsel of Mad Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy, glorious as usual).

New York City, May 20, 2015

★★★★ The air conditioner had drowned out the soft buzzing of the phone alarm for an hour or more. Ivory-colored clouds drifted from west to east, separating till bright white light slapped the surfaces on Broadway.

The Plan to Save Public Housing

On Tuesday, in a gymnasium at the Johnson Houses in East Harlem, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced a new plan to revitalize and expand New York City’s public housing stock.

Ass So Fat…

I might take a vacation1 You would’ve thought it was bogus2 I seen it with my pimp view vision3 Need it softest4 She need lipo5 I’m crying anti-depressants6 Her cheeks were jolly7 It tipped over the Aston8 It was built in a factory9 No butt pad10 Should’ve YOLO’d twice11 Make me wanna dive in it12 It’s popping out my jeans13 Let’s make a baby14 You can ride me like a stable horse15 Man, I swear I can’t even speak16 I just wanna hocus-pocus abracadabra that17 Make a player wanna smash that18 How you support all that?

The Episodes of 'SNL' Season 40, Ranked

With SNL‘s 40th season wrapped up, we’re taking a look back at the past year to recall the highs, lows, and other memorable moments as the show ended its fourth decade on the air.

A Poem by Catie Rosemurgy

In Which Blame Like Formaldehyde Is an Attempt to Preserve the Dead In which composite of bad things In which grown up huge from seed In which I don’t know who is speaking In which why do you think I would?

Old New York, Mapped

The New York Public Library’s massive collection of historical city photography has been mapped: This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL’s incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection.

36, 'Sine Dust'

Sine Dust by 36 I know nothing about this act but sometimes that makes thingseasier to appreciate.

Jamie xx, "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"

An easy summer playlist candidate; a track that sits well between almost any two others.

New York City, May 19, 2015

★★★ Fog again, a chill again. Birds had sung, loudly, through the open window in the dark hours of the night.

How a Lazy Person Cooks Indian Food

For the person who wants to cook Indian food but doesn’t have the patience, time, or wherewithal to learn all the spices and wait for the pot to boil, from an expert in lazy cooking.

Friedan's Village

Long before Betty Friedan gave voice to American women’s discontent in her groundbreaking classic, The Feminine Mystique, she was a young mother and wife living in Parkway Village, a tiny, planned garden apartment complex in Queens, New York.

Read an Excerpt of Kirsty Logan's 'The Gracekeepers'

Presented by Penguin Random House. Purchase The Gracekeepers here. The first Callanish knew of the Circus Excalibur was the striped silk of their sails against the gray sky.

The Quantified Baby

Last week, I was sitting on the couch at the end of a long day. I had an itch. I pulled out my phone.

Feeding Yourself When You Have Two Jobs

Feeding yourself while running between multiple jobs is tricky. Convenience is key, but you also have to be at least somewhat budget-conscious because hey, you’re working two jobs for a reason.