• Terrence Malick’s 2011 film The Tree of Life: It's like watching the violent joys and aches of my childhood move across a flatscreen TV. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 29 Apr 2015

TORRES is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. Her second album, Sprinter, will be released on May 4. FACEBOOK

 
  • The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood: There's freedom to, and there's freedom from. [2 of 3]
 
  • Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger: This book brought me some spiritual peace. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 27 Apr 2015

Trivia host Tony Hightower lays some good ol' fact-based entertainment on us all.

lit 22 Apr 2015

VSL editor Alexa Jaccarino reads the Brothers Grimm.

culture 20 Apr 2015

Diane Pham maps it out.

 


  • There may be such a thing as too smart... We Put A Chip In It showcases all the everyday items that someone, somewhere, decided to stick a microchip in. We apparently now have smart socks, smart deodorant, smart rocks, smart basketballs, and other smart things that worked just fine when they weren’t. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 27 Apr 2015

Tony Hightower hosted his first trivia night in early 2006, after his last band broke up. 9+ years later, he heads TriviaNYC, and he’s also the organizer for the Trivia Championships of America (TCONA), which happens every August in Las Vegas, and you should seriously consider attending. TWITTER  FACEBOOK  SOUNDCLOUD

 
  • Every year, the Overthinking It podcast puts on a video series breaking down the Eurovision Song Contest in excruciating detail. Every country gets their own episode with national statistics, demographics, political status, how they’ve done in previous years at Eurovision, and what their song entry is this time around. It's a fantastic way to bone up on this odd, amazing competition before it starts on May 19. [2 of 3]
 
  • On Saturday, May 2nd, literary-themed events will be happening across the country as part of Independent Bookstore Day, and what better way to learn trivia than reading books? I may be partial to Wait Wait, I’ve Read That, an NPR-ish live panel trivia show with celebrity guests at the Astoria Bookshop in Queens, but as long as you get out to your local bookstore, you’re good. [3 of 3]
 
 

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lit 22 Apr 2015

VSL editor Alexa Jaccarino reads the Brothers Grimm.

culture 20 Apr 2015

Diane Pham maps it out.

style 17 Apr 2015

Negative Underwear cofounders Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab practice self-love every day.

 


  • I'm excited to check out this exhibit of artist Natalie Frank's work at The Drawing Center in NYC. When I first read about this, I fell down a small Brothers Grimm rabbit hole... [1 of 3]
 

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lit 22 Apr 2015

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

 
  • First I thought back to this article from a couple of years ago that explores the lure (and intention) of the fairy tale... [2 of 3]
 
  • ...and I eventually discovered The Brothers Grimm Lunch Break, individual recordings of over 100 of the Grimm tales. Eric Wagoner spent his lunch breaks recording them; I'll spend my lunch breaks appreciating them. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 20 Apr 2015

Diane Pham maps it out.

style 17 Apr 2015

Negative Underwear cofounders Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab practice self-love every day.

culture 15 Apr 2015

Ashlene Nand explores peoples and cultures.

 


  • Railfan Atlas is a worldwide collection of the coolest train photos from Flickr. The images are geotagged, and there’s even a heat map that shows the hottest spots for train porn. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 20 Apr 2015

Diane Pham is the founder and editorial director of 6sqft.com, a new site tracking NYC's architecture, design, and real estate news. Diane created the blog as a way to document and celebrate the city's rich history, vibrant present, and exciting future. See more awesome maps on 6sqft. TWITTER  FACEBOOK

 
  • According to this map by Martin Prosperity Institute, London, Tokyo, and Singapore are the top favored cities for the .002 percent-- who by the way, have balances of $30 million or more in net assets. [2 of 3]
 
  • There have been many proposed subway lines in NYC that were never built, as well as stations that were taken out of service. Check out this fun interactive map on 6sqft of everything that could’ve been. [3 of 3]
 
 

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style 17 Apr 2015

Negative Underwear cofounders Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab practice self-love every day.

culture 15 Apr 2015

Ashlene Nand explores peoples and cultures.

tech 10 Apr 2015

Ashley Manetta celebrates National Robotics Week!

 


  • Mind - Dan Harris' personal journey and take on meditation in 10% Happier is refreshing, relatable and useful. He makes a pretty compelling case for making the time/space for a daily practice - even if it's just a few minutes each day. [1 of 3]
 

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style 17 Apr 2015

Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab, co-founders of Negative Underwear, believe that good underwear is a form of self love - something you do to celebrate you every morning, something that should make you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. Across mind, body and spirit, here are a few more of things that make them feel good, inside and out. INSTAGRAM

 
  • Body - The lovely ladies behind Sakara Life are on to something - uber healthy, supremely delicious plant-based food delivered straight to your door. The best remedy for the over-worked, on-the-go New Yorker who'd otherwise be lost in a sea of takeout. [2 of 3]
 
  • Spirit - Intentional indulgence is most definitely a part of our personal self love mantra. The raw hot cacao with homemade almond milk from The Butcher's Daughter in Nolita is shared obsession (the most rich, delicious hot chocolate ever) or, when we're lucky enough to find ourselves out in L.A., the 'I am Immortal' tonic at Cafe Gratitude in Venice Beach is a must. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 15 Apr 2015

Ashlene Nand explores peoples and cultures.

tech 10 Apr 2015

Ashley Manetta celebrates National Robotics Week!

lit 8 Apr 2015

Jacqueline Suskin makes lists as a meditative practice of daily gratitude.