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The Worst of the Worst

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Year-end lists are not just about remembering the best. Where there's the good, there's always the bad. Here are some "worst of the worst" lists that remind us of what we loved to hate in 2009.


We Scoured the Internet for the Quirkiest Lists

Friday, December 18, 2009

Best-of lists for 2009 and all of the "aughts" have been coming in for weeks. To make things a little easier, we've decided to make a list of the lists. Our criteria:  quirky. We surely haven't found them chime in with yours!


Writer Amanda Stern Exposes her Shelf

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The writer Amanda Stern is a self-proclaimed recovering comic. But she let the self-deprecating humor fly during her episode of Stacked Up.


Weekend Roundup, Dec. 18-20

Friday, December 11, 2009

A selection of events for the weekend of Dec. 18 to 20.


What You Loved (and What You Missed) In 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Book blogger and bibliophile Maud Newton told us her answers. What about you?


Get Stacked: Authors on their Bookshelves

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Late-night cocktails with adult children of psychotherapists led Jill Bauerle to the idea for Stacked Up, a web-based video series about authors and their bookshelves.  She described it as a cross between "Cribs"  and "The Paris Review." WNYC's Janaya Williams had a few questions for her.


Arts & Culture Weekend Roundup, Dec. 11-13

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A selection of cultural events to populate the weekend.


Brooklyn Cartoonists Make A Scene

Friday, December 04, 2009

 This weekend, cartoonists will get to escape their drawing boards for a day of artist signings, discussions and live music.


Witty Women Take Center Stage

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Take a break from arguing whether Colin Firth or Matthew McFayden was the hotter Mr. Darcy. You can get a huge dose of Jane Austen love at the Morgan Library.


Jonathan Lethem Talks Mysterious Chocolate Smells, The Upper East Side

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The BK gets no love in Jonathan Lethem's latest novel. Not even a paragraph. With the exception of two quick mentions, the born-and-bred Brooklyn author sets his sights on Manhattan in Chronic City.


The City Out My Window: 63 Views of NYC

Friday, November 27, 2009

Architect and illustrator Matteo Pericoli says that we don't choose our window views, they choose us.  In his new book,  "The City Out My Window - 63 Views on New York," he meticulously draws the window views of 63 New Yorkers, both famous and ordinary.


Susie Essman's Tips To Avoid Getting The Flu

Friday, November 13, 2009

Susie Essman is not a doctor.  She doesn't even play one on TV. The comedienne is better known for her bossy "f@#K #$&" smackdowns on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as "Susie Green."