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Independence Day comes at more or less the halfway point of the year. It's a nice time to take stock of the things that you hate, or are annoyed by in this great sprawling metropolis we share. Here are a few suggestions of things that you should declare yourself independent of on this glorious, patriotic long weekend. Normcore In February, New York magazine publicized the term “normcore” to the world to describe a trend of aggressively hip...
If you've ever walked down Flatbush Avenue, then you know the telltale clownish honking sound that means a dollar van is approaching. The dollar vans—an informal network of thirteen-seat buses that operate in areas of New York largely unserviced by public transportation—are periodically under scrutiny by the NYPD and the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Since they are largely unregulated, there is no way to learn about their routes except from people who drive or...
Yesterday morning, just before the hub-bub over the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court verdict broke, Noah Berlatsky published a piece in The Atlantic about, the title declared, “Orange Is the New Black’s Irresponsible Portrayal of Men.” It was ill timed, to say the least, and it seemed designed mostly to generate clicks through a tidal wave of fury. The piece itself hinges on Berlatsky’s assertion that, in a show designed to tell the stories of a...
If you’re unfamiliar with late rock n’roll terrorist GG Allin, born Jesus Christ Allin, suffice to say that almost nothing that dude did is safe to Google at work. Allin, who died of a heroin overdose in 1993, makes Iggy Pop look like Katy Perry. During his notorious stage shows, Allin would regularly strip naked and defecate on stage, get in violent tussles with his audience, drink his female’s fans’ piss, and roll in...