Archive for September, 2016

The First Presidential Debate: Live Blogging All The Action

Posted by melissa kandel on September 27, 2016 in In the News, Politics | No Comments

With an audience of more than 100 million, the first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump has already been deemed the Super Bowl of politics. (If only Donald’s hair or Hillary’s pant suits could be the half-time act …) But which candidate will commit the first meme-worthy gaffe? Who will give us that […]

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Fall Fiction: An Interview Near Signal Street

Posted by melissa kandel on September 22, 2016 in Fiction | No Comments

It’s the official first day of fall and that means change is whistling through the air—from the snappy winds to the browning trees—and with change comes a distinct sense of newness blustering around town. Whether it’s a new school, a new job, a new shirt or just a new pumpkin spice latte Snapchat filter, the first day of […]

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Harry Potter’s Home At Four Privet Drive Is Up For Sale

Posted by melissa kandel on September 20, 2016 in Fiction, In the News | No Comments

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” It seems to be Harry Potter week on little word studio but when the childhood home of Mr. Potter is up for sale, you can’t NOT write about it. I describe, of course, Four […]

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Harry Potter As A 90s Sitcom Is Exactly As Good As You Think

Posted by melissa kandel on September 19, 2016 in comedy, Television | No Comments

Harry Potter: The 90s Sitcom will make your day … your month or even your year. And, it’ll do so with a level of ferocity that could only otherwise be obtained by receiving a cloak of invisibility after winning your Hogwarts Quidditch Cup because you alone caught the snitch. (Or something.) Complete with cheesy theme song music, overreactive highlight reels and […]

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Bill Murray Is Bartending in Brooklyn This Weekend (And No, You Can’t Go)

Posted by melissa kandel on September 17, 2016 in beer, drink, nightlife, things to do | No Comments

Bill Murray is no stranger to plugging liquor. He helped the Japanese sell Suntory Whiskey in Lost In Translation. He surprised tipsy hipsters during the 2010 SXSW festival when he walked behind a downtown Austin bar with the Wu Tang Clan and started serving patrons nothing but shots of tequila. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that this weekend, […]

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These New York Fashion Week Looks Are Just Plain Weird

Posted by melissa kandel on September 16, 2016 in fashion | No Comments

I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about high fashion. Middle-of-the-road fashion, sure. T-shirt-and-jeans fashion, you bet. Unwashed yoga-pants fashion, definitely.  But the mystifying outfits, the befuddling silhouettes, the sexually glazed hairstyles … that I just don’t understand. So, when New York Fashion Week rolls around every September, I watch the […]

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Fifty Shades Darker Might Be OK

Posted by melissa kandel on September 15, 2016 in entertainment, Fiction, Film, Hollywood | No Comments

The thing I remember most about reading Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James’ follow-up to the insanely successful Fifty Shades of Grey, was how trite and strange the story had become, as if James took the best of what she recalled from random Bond movies and Law & Order episodes to craft the central conflicts for her […]

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Yma Súmac: Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Late Peruvian Songbird

Posted by melissa kandel on September 14, 2016 in music | No Comments

If you’ve gotten a head start googling Game of Thrones-inspired Halloween costumes for your dog today—Does that Jon Snow get-up come in size small? Uh, asking for a friend.—then you’d know that Yma Súmac, famed Peruvian soprano, is the subject of the latest Google Doodle, arriving front and center to your search homepage on what […]

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Ryan Lochte: Deep Thoughts and Dancing With The Stars

Posted by melissa kandel on September 13, 2016 in entertainment, Hollywood, Sports | No Comments

Brazilian bandit, Olympic gold medal swimmer, professional Tinder enthusiast … call him what you want but tonight at 8/7c, Ryan Lochte will officially become a competitor on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. As the show unfolds, we can no doubt expect the famous (infamous?) swimmer—who found himself at the center of controversy at the […]

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J.K. Rowling’s Detective Series Names Its Leading Man

Posted by melissa kandel on September 9, 2016 in entertainment, Television | 1 Comment

Tom Burke // Image via In The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first of three novels in a detective series penned by J.K. Rowling—writing as Robert Galbraith—private investigator Cormoran Strike is called many things: a massive grizzly bear; a man of general hairiness coupled with a gently expanding belly; a bruised, battered and perpetually disheveled male; a creature bearing the […]

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