• Maine: I no longer live in my home state of Maine, but I reminisced about it (and the concept of home) on my new album, AFTER. The final song on the album, ‘Atlas,’ showcases my love for Maine with lines like "funny how a good thing opens your eyes, makes you feel the branches, leads you to the pines.” [1 of 3]
 

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culture 6 Mar 2015

Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro) has just released her newest work, After, an album exploring dualities; giving equal attention to both the internal and external, the before and after. You can stream the album here. TWITTER

 
  • Incorruptibility: There has been a story on my dad's Italian side of the family of a great-great aunt whose body was exhumed years after burial and found intact. After a second exhumation, her body was deemed to be incorruptible and she was canonized and reburied in The Vatican. I felt compelled to sing about it on 'Billions of Eyes!' [2 of 3]
 
  • The Great Pyramids: Both 'Heretic' and 'Spat Out Spit' have moments inspired by reading a theory that the great pyramids were not burial tombs, and that they are aligned with the stars of Orion's belt. [3 of 3]
 
 

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Writer Victoria Law explores zine libraries.

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Kyle Studstill is in pursuit of virtue.

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  • Looking for something to read that's short, sweet, and not on a screen? Peruse the tables at this weekend's Feminist Zine Fest in NYC. Meet the people behind the print, pick up some zines, and perhaps get inspired to make one of your own. [1 of 3]
 

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lit 4 Mar 2015

Writer/editor Victoria Law is a strong believer in the power of the written word. She’s edited the zine Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison since 2002, is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, and continues to write about intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. TWITTER

 
  • Looking for more? Check out the POC Zine Project, which (as its name indicates) spotlights zines by people of color across the country. And what a wide range there are—from political zines like Black Women Matter to food and recipe zines. [2 of 3]
 
  • And if you really really want more, check out the thousands upon thousands of zines at the ABC No Rio zine library on NYC's Lower East Side. If you're not sure what you're looking for, the zine librarian can help you navigate the bulging shelves and overflow boxes. [3 of 3]
 
 

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Kyle Studstill is in pursuit of virtue.

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culture 23 Feb 2015

Alexa Jaccarino shares her Oscars-night highlights.

 


  • Calm: Slow Games are modeled after video game classics, but with a very low frequency of interaction the skills required to succeed are radically different. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 2 Mar 2015

Kyle Studstill is the designer behind Composure: quality scarves in a rare balance of silk and wool, handmade in NYC. Alongside each scarf, the vision and virtues that foster creative independent business. FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM  TWITTER

 
 
  • Empathy: From the MIT Dalai Lama Center For Ethics & Transformative Values comes 20 Day Stranger, an elegant platform for seeing the world through other's eyes. [3 of 3]
 
 

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Lauren Walles has a killer bottle cap collection.

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design 20 Feb 2015

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

 


  • 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

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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.

 


  • 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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culture 16 Feb 2015

Ann Vikstrom wants to save kids indie films.