What's more American than the Statue of Liberty? How about a sexier version of the famous statue, outside a casino in Las Vegas, which is now the subject of a lawsuit with the US Postal Service?
This week's small talk is about some big food. Our friend Richard Lawson - currently with Atlantic Wire, just named the new Hollywood columnist for Vanity Fair - pops in to talk about a new mutant food.
Reyhan Harmanci, executive editor of the food/culture magazine Modern Farmer, tells us about love, walking, and the evolutionary justification for spending Friday night at home with Netflix.
Writer and "gentleman miscellanist" Ben Schott turned to the linguistic flexibility of German to create his own glossary of new words for very specific modern states.
Reyhan Harmanci, Deputy Editor of the food culture mag Modern Farmer, lays out the results of the coveted “Spider of the Year” awards.
Sadie Stein of The Paris Review shares a new BBC report which names Iceland's 300,000 residents the most bookish population in the world.
Richard Lawson, senior writer for The Atlantic Wire, gives us a little writing workshop. New studies reveal that that a person's use of the pronoun "I" says a lot about them.
Wearable technology to enhance the senses - and make humans look like creepy robots - developed at the Royal College of Art.
Marah Eakin, music editor of The A.V. Club, tips us off to a crime story from her pop-music beat - a minor scandal involving R&B star Rihanna, a selfie, some shady Thai gentlemen, and the cute (and legally protected) mammal known as the slow loris.
Reyhan Harmanci is the senior editor of Modern Farmer, so it makes sense that she brings us news of some very modern farming: growing food in space.