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Lace Crater Directed by Harrison Atkins Opens July 29 In the tradition of the best genre fiction, Lace Crater addresses a real problem fantastically, thereby intensifying its emotional impact. Lace Crater is an STD drama but not a sulking Sundancer—it’s also a low-fi ghost story, produced by Joe Swanberg (who plays a small, classically Swanberg role: the jerky ex). When the ghost appears, he does so clad in burlap, head-to-toe—not just a baghead but a bagbody. He’s...
Few should-be common purse items are as ugly and scratchy as condom packages. (They also happen to be the one common purse item that, until last year, could be used against you as legal evidence of prostitution.) It’s about time those helpful little things that protect us against pregnancy and STDs became less of a Big Deal to carry around. Lo and behold, one super-cool Brooklynite is on it. 28-year-old Janice Chan dreamed up the...
Frightening news for anyone who's ever moseyed into, say, Manhattan Inn or Call Box Lounge on a Saturday night in hopes of getting laid: 85.8 percent of Greenpoint residents polled in a just-released Department of Health survey from 2012 hadn't bothered to use a condom the last time they'd had sex. Well, um, points for honesty? The neighborhood had New York's highest ratio of non-condom-users, but city-wide, the numbers aren't much different; 68.2 percent of...
"It's 2013," I recently overheard a woman say at a Brooklyn bar. "Who uses condoms anymore?" And I was like, what? Are you fucking crazy? I mean, sure, if you're in a stable, committed relationship, you can rely on other means of pregnancy prevention for family-planning purposes, but if you're a single person just out there picking up strangers, or even just sleeping through an established stable of partners, protecting yourself is as important...

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