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Like so many others around the country, Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham were in shock the morning of Wednesday, November 9. The night prior, Donald J. Trump was elected the next president of the United States. But Morris, of Philadelphia, and Wortham, of Northern Virginia, both writers for the New York Times Magazine, got out of bed the next morning and met with one another. Through tears, the pair took to their microphones to...
Through the years, almost like clockwork, Julian Koster’s creations have provided warmth for crisp seasons. I first became familiar in December 2011, when Koster and his band The Music Tapes—featuring Ian Ludders, Robbee Cucchiaro, a fleet of oddball instruments (musical saws, superbone, xylophone, bowed banjo), a singing snowman, and a tape deck—squeezed into my bedroom as part of their semi-annual Caroling/Lullaby Tour. With his youthful charm and signature blue knit hat, the Tapes spun...
Last month, Tom Meyers and Greg Young, aka The Bowery Boys, published their first book, Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan’s Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots, and Colorful Characters. Loosely based on their popular podcast—without the accompaniment of which it long ago became impossible in our household to wash the dishes or sweep the floors—the book offers a rich assortment of stories about the city’s always-disappearing past and the many visible...
Tickled Directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve Opens June 17 A deep dive into a remote pocket of internet weirdness, Tickled is the first feature by two enterprising Kiwis, journo David Farrier and post-production engineer Dylan Reeve. In 2014, when Farrier discovered and blogged about bizarre videos purporting to document feats of “Competitive Endurance Tickling,” he found himself the target of a barrage of harassment and intimidation. His film follows his efforts to uncover the source...

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