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Playing ‘The Sims’ Is Better Meditation than Meditation

In 2006 George Saunders wrote, of “The Incredible Buddha Boy,” who had allegedly been meditating without food or water for seven months: “It seems impossible he’s not dead. He looks made of stone, utterly motionless, as impervious to the night as the tree he appears to be part of. Can I see his breath? IContinue Reading “Playing ‘The Sims’ Is Better Meditation than Meditation”

Style

Gucci and Dapper Dan Are Officially in Business

Back in May, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele found himself the subject of some snippy online chatter—and just as quickly turned a potential problem into a genuinely exciting solution. While showing Gucci’s Resort 2018 collection—one of those between-seasons collections stuffed with new luxury wares tasteful rich ladies love, like caftans and gigantic hats—Michele marched aContinue Reading “Gucci and Dapper Dan Are Officially in Business”

Style

These Are the Fashion Designers You Googled the Most This Year

Google’s annual Year in Search report is always a great opportunity to acknowledge all the weird, miraculous, and frightening stuff that transpired over the past twelve months—and the fact that we still don’t really know how to spell “beautiful” or use scissors. This year’s most Googled fashion designers and brands—the ones that had the highestContinue Reading “These Are the Fashion Designers You Googled the Most This Year”

News&Culture

5 Best Streaming Services that Aren’t Netflix

Netflix is great. It’s cheap, it’s probably sitting there—easily accessible—snugly in your top sites right now, and unless you are an insane superhuman who doesn’t need to eat or sleep, you’ll likely never run out of something to watch. It’s easy to get complacent with something like Netflix, happy to spoon-feed you as many episodesContinue Reading “5 Best Streaming Services that Aren’t Netflix”

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Mario Batali Thinks Sexual Harassment Is Like Eating Too Much Pasta

In an incredible report from Eater, four women have accused celebrity chef Mario Batali of sexual harassment. The women, three of whom worked at Batali’s restaurants at some point, allege Batali touched them inappropriately, and in response to these and an official complaint lodged by a B&B restaurant employee, Batali has announced that he isContinue Reading “Mario Batali Thinks Sexual Harassment Is Like Eating Too Much Pasta”

News&Politics

A Couple More of Jared Kushner’s Ideas for Fixing the Middle East

“There are a lot of real estate issues to it.” — Jared Kushner, on the Middle East peace process If 2017 has taught me anything, it is that Jared Kushner, through sheer force of sort of just existing at the periphery of important things, is definitely going to fix the Middle East. It’s been aContinue Reading “A Couple More of Jared Kushner’s Ideas for Fixing the Middle East”

Style

Jake Paul Wants to Sell You a T-Shirt—And Everything Else

Forget the million dollar smile. Hell, forget the ten million dollar smile. Jake Paul has perfected the 10 million follower smile. He uses that smile—goofy, slightly menacing—like a weapon, deploying it strategically to send his army of fans, most of whom are between 13 and 18 years old, into an alarming frenzy. This weekend, heContinue Reading “Jake Paul Wants to Sell You a T-Shirt—And Everything Else”

Entertainment

The Walking Dead’s “Oh S#!t!” Moment Was a Great Cliffhanger

Well, it’s over. At least until February: The Walking Dead slumps into its midseason break at appropriately zombie-paced speed. Tonight’s midseason finale, “How It’s Gotta Be,” was a 90-minute slog, whose extended running time only served to emphasize just how comfortable this show is spinning its wheels. A normal runtime would only have improved theContinue Reading “The Walking Dead’s “Oh S#!t!” Moment Was a Great Cliffhanger”