Arts & Culture

Do I Believe In God Today?

Do I Believe In God Today?
By January 14, 2008

Every day, like Rod Stewart, I'm going to look to find a reason to believe. That's right: I'm questioning the existence of some kind of higher intelligence behind the workings of the universe … based on things I find on … Read More

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How to Sound Smart This Week: Teen Angst Edition

How to Sound Smart This Week: Teen Angst Edition
By January 14, 2008

  Wait, you mean you didn't spend the weekend reading the latest issues of The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, the Sunday New York Times, Harpers, The Nation, The New Republic, and New York Magazine? No worries! Here's how to … Read More

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Hey Judes: Dylan and the Beatles Transformed

Hey Judes: Dylan and the Beatles Transformed
By January 1, 2008

When poet-provocateur Allen Ginsburg pulls up in a golf cart on the side of the highway and asks, “What now?,” Jude – one of six versions of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ film I’m Not There – looks at the … Read More

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“Socially Responsible Tourism” Comes to Israel

“Socially Responsible Tourism” Comes to Israel
By December 14, 2007

Israel is trying to sex up its image. The July issue of Maxim led with a spicy photo spread of the “Women of the Israel Defense Force“—an idea pitched to the magazine by the Israeli consulate in New York. And … Read More

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The Friday 5: Top Jewish Breakfasts

The Friday 5: Top Jewish Breakfasts
By December 7, 2007

Breakfast. Mothers, nutritionists, and teachers alike tell us that it’s the most important meal of the day, and we Jews have a handful of unique breakfast dishes all our own. Have a killer recipe for one of the dishes listed? … Read More

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Another Place, A Foreign City

Another Place, A Foreign City
By December 1, 2007

Maya Arad’s novel in verse, Another Place, A Foreign City appeared in late 2003 and quickly became one of the most successful books of the year, despite it being entirely composed of 355 rhyming sonnets. Like Vikram Seth’s The Golden … Read More

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The Hipster Beard: Creepy or Essential?

The Hipster Beard: Creepy or Essential?
By November 8, 2007

[Note: The following is an opinion piece on the creepiness of hipster beards, those scraggly face-warmers sported by young, underemployed, flamboyantly-dressed men in cities across the nation. For a defense of these beards, see Andy Selsberg's response.] One of the … Read More

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The Friday 5: Top Alternative Bagel Toppings

The Friday 5: Top Alternative Bagel Toppings
By November 2, 2007

Don't get me wrong: a bagel with cream cheese is one of the most perfect foods. But sometimes I just want something more…substantial. Sometimes I feel like getting creative, and there's nothing wrong with a little experimentation! So if you're … Read More

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