If you’re a reader, you understand. For the holidays, all you want is a stack of books, so sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to get for your less literary-minded loved ones. Well, you can still give them books. But you have to choose carefully. Just as we did last year, this holiday season we’ve put together a helpful guide of new books that even your most prose-averse friends will love — whether they admit it to you or not. Click through to check out the gift guide, and let us know what you’re giving the nonreaders on your list in the comments. … Read More
1. Earlier today Tina Brown announced that after 80 years as a print publication, Newsweek will move to an all-digital format beginning next year. The new incarnation of the magazine, Newsweek Global, will be available to readers through a paid subscription model. [via Media Decoder]
2. There’s not a whole lot to see… Read More
The idea of another posthumous Joey Ramone album may trouble us, but a new music video for a track off “…yaknow?” has forced us to admit that it’s not all bad. Directed by Greg Jardin, “New York City” is a stop-motion homage to Ramone’s hometown, juxtaposing more than 100 locals wearing the band’s signature leather jackets with over 1600 photographs taken throughout the boroughs. Among the participants are a whole lot of famous New Yorkers, from Anthony Bourdain and Andrew WK to Kristen Schaal and Reggie Watts. Music fans will will recognize members of Les Savy Fav, the Dictators, Matt & Kim, and The Drums. And, of course, Ramone’s band mates and collaborators — including Tommy Ramone, producer Ed Stasium, and Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh — also appear. However you feel about the album, the video is a loving tribute that’s sure to strike a chord with New Yorkers and Ramones fans alike. … Read More
1. Transcendental Youth, The Mountain Goats’ 15th studio LP, is due out on October 2nd! According to the John Hodgman-penned press release, it’s “full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won’t stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them.” Also just announced: the details on Grizzly Bear’s fourth album Shields,… Read More
In the soap opera that is life, one of our greatest small pleasures is perusing the latest Yelp reviews to see what fabulous new eating experience we need to get out and have. In the words of our favorite badboy culinary explorer, Anthony Bourdain, “your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
From a table suspended 165 feet in the air to a cafe in a waterfall to a restaurant you can eat, here are our picks for doing just that. Let us know in the comments what bold, beautiful, or bizarre dining experiences we might have missed! … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we were amazed by the wealth of Perfect Strangers fan art to be found on the Internet. We discovered that Charleston has more hot people than any other American city, at least according to Travel + Leisure. We were surprised that Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, … Read More
Make no bones about it — life in a restaurant is difficult work. The hours are long, the pay isn’t much, and the work is ultimately thankless. Or at least, that’s how it used to be. The past few years, we’ve watched “foodie” culture explode into prime time, elevating many chefs to celebrity status. It’s no wonder, then, that the chef memoir has become as much of an art form as cooking itself. As many of you know, Gabrielle Hamilton, owner and chef of New York’s Prune restaurant, recently released Blood, Bones & Butter, a book that many are calling just as beautiful as her simple, impassioned food. Using Hamilton’s book as a starting point, we examine ten chef memoirs — from the newbies to those seasoned with experience — that we’ve found particularly enjoyable. … Read More
We love us some Anthony Bourdain, but we’ve gotta say this: the list of his five favorite foodie films that he offered up to Entertainment Weekly is about as spontaneous as a Domino’s Pizza delivery capping off a long night of weed smoking. Yes, Big Night, of course. And Eat Drink Man Woman, yawn. In Bourdain’s defense, we couldn’t think up that many other ones — maybe there just aren’t that many rhapsodically hunger-inducing movies. More often than not, movies use food for a more insidious reason: to gross us out. So we’ve compiled something of a reverse to the Bourdain list — ten movies that put us off of the foodstuffs in question. Take a look (hopefully on an empty stomach) after the jump. … Read More
As the mercury drops to a sometimes depressing, sub-Siberian level, it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating easy (often caloric) foods like creamy soups, macaroni and cheese, or maybe a lovely pizza, just for you. These are the comfort foods we know, love, and indulge in over the holidays, and beyond (perhaps a bit too much). But why not investigate something off the beaten path and take an Epicurean tip from some other cultures with some of their tried-and-true (and sometimes outlandish) dishes, from rich, hearty stews like the hot pot to the very French Bouillabaisse, and everything in between. … Read More
You may have noticed the Big Brother Book Club was missing last week. Your faithful spy went out of the country. But never fear, book lovers, for there is no better place for people watching than the international airport system.
A middle-aged woman who shared our row on the first flight spent three hours putting a death grip on the arm rest and her copy of Ice Bound. We had to pull some tricky maneuvering to catch sight of 2666 while waiting in the line for customs. It had been a while, Bolano.
A middle-aged woman who shared our row on the first flight spent three hours putting a death grip on the arm rest, which gave us plenty of time to scope out her copy of Ice Bound and wish she had taken a tranquilizer. We had to pull some tricky manuvering to catch sight of 2666 in the line for customs. We hadn’t hear of it before, but after looking it up, it has joined the ranks of our ever-expanding reading list.… Read More