• I love retro and regional sodas, like Dad's Root Beer, Ale 8, Bubble Up, the list goes on and on. These quirky beverages are rarely found among the rows of Coke and Pepsi at supermarkets, but Old 52 boasts more than 550 types of sodas from across the country, and they ship directly to you. A bonus-- at least for me-- is that many of these sodas have killer bottle caps. [1 of 3]
 

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food 25 Feb 2015

Lauren Walles is an avid collector of bottle caps. She lives in New York City. TWITTER

 
  • Sprecher, a microbrewer of premium sodas (and beers) in Milwaukee, WI, has perfected old-fashioned flavors such as cherry cola, root beer, and ginger ale. Take my word for it: Sprecher makes the best root beer in the US by far! [2 of 3]
 
  • Belgian-style beers are quickly becoming a favorite for me. One of the best breweries out there today is Ommegang, in Cooperstown, NY. For Game of Thrones fans, they even make a line of themed beers. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 23 Feb 2015

Alexa Jaccarino shares her Oscars-night highlights.

design 20 Feb 2015

Interior designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller connect people and places.

lit 18 Feb 2015

Stephanie Kent tells stories about books.

 


  • To promote Xfinity's first talking guide for visually-impaired viewers, this ad--which ran last night during the Oscars-- features a blind little girl describing the Wizard of Oz characters as she imagines them. EmilysOz.com has a short documentary and more behind-the-scenes. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 23 Feb 2015

Alexa Jaccarino is the editor of Very Short List, and she loves to hear from you! TWITTER  INSTAGRAM

 
  • In 1988, two guys snuck into the Oscars and interviewed the likes of Patrick Swayze, Nicolas Cage, and a 14-year-old Angelina Jolie. [2 of 3]
 
  • New Yorker cartoonists Liza Donnelly and Bob Eckstein live-drew the night's events. Much more fun than your standard live-tweeting. [3 of 3]
 
 

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Interior designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller connect people and places.

lit 18 Feb 2015

Stephanie Kent tells stories about books.

culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom wants to save kids indie films.

 


  • Mark Urio is a favorite decorative painter of ours and we are still obsessed with the faux-agate walls he executed for the Mish New York jewelry shop on Broome Street. It makes the real jewels pale in comparison. [1 of 3]
 

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design 20 Feb 2015

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the husband/wife design duo behind Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd, have created rooms for famous names like Anna Wintour, Jerry Seinfeld, and Annie Leibovitz. Recently, they designed residential spaces for Carnegie Park, a new luxury building on NYC's Upper East Side.

 
  • We respect how Ralph Lauren is always able to update classics, and his new restaurant, The Polo Bar, has a fantastic posh and clubby atmosphere with an equally appealing menu. We’re so excited to have it here in New York! [2 of 3]
 
  • When the weather is this cold and Central Park is covered in snow, a visit to the Frick Collection’s enclosed Garden Court, complete with ferns and fronds, is more like a quick vacation to Palermo, it’s like time travel. [3 of 3]
 
 

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lit 18 Feb 2015

Stephanie Kent tells stories about books.

culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom wants to save kids indie films.

culture 13 Feb 2015

Sandhya Nankani minds the diversity gap in kids digital media.

 


 

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lit 18 Feb 2015

Stephanie Kent is the curator of Call Me Ishmael, a digital library of anonymous stories about books. TWITTER  INSTAGRAM

 
  • Here's one of my all-time favorite TED Talks in which graphic designer Chip Kidd explores "What do the stories look like?" to create unbelievable art for book packaging. (image) [2 of 3]
 
  • NPR's Book Concierge has my vote for best book browsing online. The site has cheeky categories, expert recommendations, large cover art photos... The only thing missing is the delicious book smell. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom wants to save kids indie films.

culture 13 Feb 2015

Sandhya Nankani minds the diversity gap in kids digital media.

food 11 Feb 2015

Heather Greene shares a few at-home cocktail making essentials.

 


  • Based on Celtic folklore, Academy Award nominated Song of the Sea is breathtaking, magical storytelling at its best, and shows that hand-drawn animation is still alive and well. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom is the Programming Director for Facets Children + Youth and is responsible for year-round film programs as well as the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Facets is a Chicago-based nonprofit whose programs use thoughtful, stimulating approaches to inspire critical thinking and expand kids’ worldviews through film. TWITTER  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM

 
  • The Boxtrolls from Laika, the studio who brought us Coraline and ParaNorman, is a funny, surreal stop motion film that is both entertaining and socially conscious. [2 of 3]
 
  • Winner of both the adult and children’s jury prize for Best Animated Feature at the 31st annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Giovanni’s Island tells a heartwarming story about a turbulent point in Japan’s history, where we learn about the importance of family bonds. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 13 Feb 2015

Sandhya Nankani minds the diversity gap in kids digital media.

food 11 Feb 2015

Heather Greene shares a few at-home cocktail making essentials.

food 8 Feb 2015

Reggie Milligan finds some artisan chocolate gifts for this Valentine's Day, minus the heart-shaped box.