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Fake Restaurant Abbrev’s Satirizes Food Trends

Comedian brothers Danny and Anthony Palumbo found themselves laughing at the over-earnestness of many in the dining world (along with the popularity of both small plates and cutesy abbreviated slang) and decided to parody all those trends at once with a meticulously-crafted website for a fictional restaurant, Abbrev's.


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Kelly Link Introduces Her Ghost Boyfriend

Kelly Link's magical-realist stories have earned comparisons to Kafka, the Brothers Grimm, and Alice Munro. She has won a slew of sci-fi literature awards and the O. Henry Prize. She reads an excerpt from a story in her brand-new collection, "Get in Trouble."


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Marion Cotillard Explores the Isolating Nature of Society

French movie star Marion Cotillard may be best-known to U.S. audiences for her roles in "Inception" or Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." She won an Oscar for playing Edith Piaf in 2007's "La Vie en Rose," and now she's up for another Oscar, for "Two Days, One Night."


Picking Through the Story of a Historical Brainstorm

The story of a clever businessman mass-produced toothpicks and popularized them using intimidation tactics that, remarkably, had nothing to do with shaming people for food caught in their teeth.


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Corin Tucker – “Insta Gram”

Corin Tucker, one of the dual singer-guitarists of seminal rock band Sleater-Kinney shares a joke about staying connected to family in modern times. They are currently on tour supporting "No Cities to Love," their first new album in a decade.


Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. Courtesy of The Emily Post Institute.

Making the Distinction Between Etiquette and Ethics with The Posts

Just in time for Valentine's Day, we invite back our etiquette loves, Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. They remind us that, in ethics and etiquette, it is not enough to not look bad, the goal is to actually be good (even if it might be easier said than done).


Our Perfect Party Tips in LA Mag

In Los Angeles Magazine, Rico and Brendan give some party-hosting tips to, as they say, "get the small talk bubbling like a bottle of Veuve Clicquot." Among them, Brendan's go-to conversation starter, and number one thing that will make a celebrity to want to stop any conversation with you.


‘Multi-Love’ for Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The Oregon-slash-New Zealand based band Unknown Mortal Orchestra are set to release their third album in late May of this year, right in the midst of an extended world tour. The record will be called "Multi-Love," and the title single hit the blogs this week, offering a taste of the psych-tinged indie rock to come.