Nothing says Halloween like a gutted teenager, or some other urban legend told around the candy bag. But hasn’t everyone already heard the ending? THE WRITERS band together for a dozen new ways to finish your story.
The bastard child of Mr. Wizard and Amy Sedaris, online provacateur ROB COCKERHAM talks about busting Herbalife, Bounty towels, and spending $25,000 at Safeway.
Since the great Columbia University scandal of 1984, paranormal investigations have had a bad rap in the United States, at least on the East coast. Seattle writer MATTHEW BALDWIN joins up with A.G.H.O.S.T. for a night of spirit seeking.
It’s nearly Halloween, time for ghosts, treats, and hours of time invested in what invariably winds up splattered down your block. Yes: the season-o-Jack. Here’s how to cut your gourd.
Once the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Howard Dean has lost a lot of ground to Clark and his free candy bars. Can the campaign recover? Our reporter hitches a ride on the Dean bus and reports on the new political strategy.
In a city of unexpected fates and constant change, it’s hard to pin down the state of things. Drawing can help, especially after a traumatic accident. An excerpt from Danny Gregory’s new drawing-diary, Everyday Matters.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week we go back through our priest’s record collection to find out when the music died.
Urban character is easy—Chicago has architecture, New York has culture, Los Angeles has a six-hour flight to New York—but what about cities with zero personality? Let’s say, Washington?
Today’s story is a great conversation between our frequent contributor Robert Birnbaum and writer Julie Orringer. Robert’s shared a number of his interviews with us so far, and...
To the woman on the train wearing flip-flops: I’m sorry I almost stepped on your toes. I understand that the danger may have warranted the mock look of pain,...
American literature may over-adore the short story, but that doesn’t mean some great stories aren’t being written. A conversation with writer Julie Orringer about New Orleans, snarkism, and the relative ease of brain surgery.
Hearing about Howard Stern and a bevy of strippers is no big surprise for the radio-savvy, but David Brancaccio and a goat getting clinical? Here are the clips not included in your regular broadcast.
Oh, oh, oh, Oh, Inverted World was nothing short of mind-blowing, which means the follow-up from The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow, is going to be under some pretty serious scrutiny....
What happens when a ten-year-old enters the ranks of ham-radio enthusiasts and Dirty Old Men? Our writer remembers his friends, his call letters, and his place in broadcast history. No ham or ham-product punnery included.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week we ruffle some whiskers when we investigate the truth behind feline insanity. We may also get scratched pretty bad.
Illustrator, artist, and all-around winner Carson Ellis tells us about her work with the Decemberists, collapsed mining towns in Montana, and what’s stuck in her head.
In the first of her series of letters from Scotland, our writer moves into her flat, learns the Scottish hoedown, and goes on a countryside jaunt that turns out to be anything but Withnail & I.
Poor fan seat 11, row 9. The story’s everwhere by now: a Cubs fan sitting by the left-field wall reached out for a foul pop-up, deflected the outfielder, denied the Cubs...
Mega-selling pop music may seem to be more about navel-sculpting than song-writing, but that won’t cut it for a stadium full of Shania Twain fans. What it takes to sell 19 million records.
A city’s orphans are the furniture on its streets, left out for garbage or an enterprising upholsterer. San Francisco photographer Heather Champ examines her town’s left-behinds.
Our dreams often help us understand ourselves, who we love, or how we look naked. Other times they’re simply worth ignoring. Artist Sam Brown offers his interpretive talents.
We depend on our troops to protect our shores—shouldn’t our troops be able to depend on their weapons? A look at 11 deaths attributed to bad equipment.
Recently overheard:On the L train, 3pm, near Union Square, train packed with high-school girls going home after school, in blue and white uniforms: Girl 1: See white girl laughing at...
Driving at least once from Connecticut to California should be required for all Americans, but how to survive the trip is less understood. Timeless advice for a tiring journey.
With budget crises, unemployment, and wild animals on the loose, New York can be a difficult place to navigate. Luckily, we have some tips on how to make contemporary Gotham life more bearable.
It’s meant to be an ironic title – I’m a terrible businessman, and really I have no idea what to do when it comes to numbers, selling, or any...
Forget worrying over book contracts, alcoholism, or unwanted kidswhere do Nobel laureate authors turn for advice on their hair? KEN KRIMSTEIN discovers the lost correspondence between two great authors.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week we explain how to get the raise you deserve using the only appropriate method for today’s terror-ific world.
Author of The Tipping Point and a connoisseur of RonCo products, Malcolm Gladwell talks about his writing habits, the war effort, and the glory of being confused for Tommy Lee.
The Peace Corps has ambitious goals for its programs and participants, though setting a pueblo on fire isn’t one of them. Former Corps member Matthew Baldwin recounts the early days in San Pedro, Bolivia, before his infamy.
“Sincerely, Help?” Having trouble finding the right words to thank your Cousin Sal for that mango slicer? Should you even bother? Oh yes you should.