Published: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00ZCopyright: Copyright 2006 CondeNet Inc. All rights reserved.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00ZAdam Levine rolled into the Electric Lady recording studio on a tide of smooth. When one of his waiting handlers asked, “Do you remember me?,” he cooed, “How could I forget?” When another inquired, “You need anything?,” he purred, “Just your love.” . . .
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00ZA few years ago, Kathryn Tucker, a film producer and app developer, was writing what she describes as “a romantic comedy about net neutrality.” She got stuck and, in what sounds like a plotline from a romantic comedy about net neutrality, sent a late-night e-mail to . . . (Subscription required.)
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00ZWhen a fellow-passenger asks Norman Beck, a more than frequent flier, what he does for a living, Beck has two standard replies. If he’s not in the mood for conversation, he says, “I’m in the claims business.” If he’s feeling chatty . . . (Subscription required.)
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00ZOn a Saturday evening ripped from the nightmares of New York City deliverymen—pelting rain, flooding—Guido Venitucci, the manager of Atlantic Cellars, a Brooklyn liquor store, packed bag after bag of bottles, to be shuttled out into the squall. Venitucci, who is from Rome and has a . . . (Subscription required.)
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-13T04:00:00ZAli is a self-described “agnostic Shiite” who lives in Baghdad. Karim lives in Sinjar, the badlands between Mosul and the Syrian border, in a town made up of Yazidis—believers in an ancient faith related to Zoroastrianism. Ali and Karim (they asked to be given pseudonyms . . .
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00ZBill Paxton keeps seeking a better vantage point. As he raced through the Museum of the City of New York—“C’mon!”—the actor grabbed his companion’s arm to point out curiosities, mimicked Alan Arkin’s put-upon growl and Richard Burton . . . (Subscription required.)
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00ZLast year, Dave Bry, a writer in New York, published a book called “Public Apology,” a memoir in the form of a series of apologies to various friends, family members, strangers, and celebrities. The cover was an image of a small airplane towing a banner that read “ . . . (Subscription required.)
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00ZThe past few years have been very good to Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and C.E.O. of the Blackstone Group, the giant private-equity firm. His industry, which relies on borrowed money, has benefitted from low interest rates, and the stock-market boom has given his firm great opportunities to cash . . .
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00ZThe Sunday before last, Paul Van Haver, the Belgian dance-music star who, as Stromae, plays to multitudes in Europe but is largely unknown here, was in a taxi, passing through Times Square on his way to watch a World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia. At a red . . . (Subscription required.)
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-29T04:00:00ZSatao, a bull elephant who lived in the arid plains northwest of Mombasa, had tusks so long that when he walked they nearly scraped the ground. Mark Deeble, a filmmaker who spent weeks curled up in a box by a watering hole, waiting to catch a glimpse of Satao, described . . .
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00ZFor many Americans, the World Cup is a little like a family Thanksgiving: a feast of reënacted arguments that lie dormant the rest of the year. Nothing seems to annoy international fans of the futebol more than Americans’ objections to the players’ widespread practice of diving . . .
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00ZOne night this spring, Amanda Burden went to see the new Broadway musical “If/Then.” She had recently returned from a “psychic healing” retreat in Arizona, having spent twelve years as Mayor Bloomberg’s director of city planning. One of Bloomberg’s aides had . . . (Subscription required.)
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00ZA garden in Kent—willows, buff roses, bumblebees on a salted wind. Next door, a pair of builders stood on a scaffold, hammers prattling. “Sandwich is getting rather smart,” the writer Jane Gardam said, setting a ramekin of potato chips on an iron table. “It’ . . . (Subscription required.)
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00ZA lot of people are grossed out by cockroaches. They think they’re dirty and disgusting, and if they see one scuttling across the floor they reach for a can of Raid, or maybe they roll up a magazine and whack it, so that its innards spill out through . . . (Subscription required.)
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-22T04:00:00ZPresident Obama won the White House in part by promising to end the war in Iraq, and since then he placed his faith in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to help him do so. It was Maliki who would hold together the state that the Americans had helped build. Obama . . .