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Margaret Eby

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Montgomery, Alabama’s nickname locally is “The Gump,” and its rhyming implications are not accidental. It’s the capitol of the state, sure, but it doesn’t have much going for it: neither the relative bustle of Birmingham, where I grew up, or the slow, swampy beaches of the coastline. But anyone in Montgomery will cite a succinct, convincing, one-word answer why it’s worth visiting: Hank. https://open.spotify.com/track/54G86fa3eaMsq2sxIUTcMT Technically there are three Hanks: Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr., and Hank...
The first house party I remember throwing in New York was before I even had a proper apartment. Sometime circa 2006, in the Barnard College dorms on 116th street, my suite roommates and I banded together to throw a Halloween rager with the open-to-interpretation theme of “historical bitches.” Cleopatra, Eve, and Schrodinger’s Cat were all in attendance. A girl dressed in a facsimile of Bjork’s swan dress puked in the common room. I remember it...
If you’ve browsed through headlines on any major food publication lately or, if you, like I do, have a Google alert set for “Japanese food craze,” then you already know: The war on cake is real. In the last two months alone, two different clearly non-cake substances, have been touted as a new cake trend. The first, salad cakes, are actually artfully layered vegetables “frosted” with tofu or cream cheese, and nimbly decorated with...
Look, we're all upset about the fare hikes, the overwcrowded trains, the delays, and the general soul-suckingness of our commute. But this is not the solution: Two teenagers slapped an MTA conductor when she stuck her head out of the subway window at the Livonia Avenue L stop. The New York Daily News reports that the 49-year-old conductor put her head out the window to do a safety check when a teenager slapped her on the...

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