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Churchill Downs is like no other sports event, considering sports are barely involved. Our writer attended her first Derby last year with a family of committed fans and survived to tell the tale.
Welcome to wedding season, when lovers and their kinfolk celebrate true love and go into debt. We rounded up a panel of experts—authors, academics, and the recently betrothed—to discuss the current state of the Great American Wedding.
To celebrate the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s cruise to Albany, a new series about the Dutch colonies’ origins in America—no publicity cover-ups allowed.
Though the people Barkley Hendricks paints are attractive, laid back, and worldly, don’t be fooled: These images have none of the indifference coolness implies.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week we demonstrate to a wary customer how best to maneuver the purchase of a new car, while keeping accidental singes to a minimum.
Carson Ellis mostly divides her time between book illustration and art for the Decemberists. Here she illustrates an imaginary trip Russia, after a trip to the real one.
I haven’t read T. Jefferson Parker’s books for a while, though when I spoke with him in the mid-’90s I was favorably impressed with his writing. Along...
There is much anecdotal evidence to support the view that despite America’s vast riches (yes, even now) we are still in thrall to a lifeboat mentality. On the other...
This month's Of Recent Note topic is: Your Favorite Print Periodicals The ones you love--whether thriving, surviving, or recently defunct. Tell us about your morning coffee with the New York...
In the pantheon of free computer games included with Windows, one strikes fear into the hearts of competitors: Spider Solitaire. In the first installment of a new series, the student addresses the master.
Our man in Boston talks with novelist Joseph O’Connor about writing historical fiction, the role of the Irish in the American Civil War, and the trouble of trilogies.
The Dirty Projectors sound weird. Not weird like never letting your children celebrate their birthday, or like an extensive collection of Beanie Babies. The Dirty Projectors are weird like people...
Beethoven said Handel was the greatest who ever composed—so why do we only seek him out at holidays? Marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death with a guide to all the life in his music.
TMN is looking for an intern for Summer 2009. The internship is unpaid and done where you like. You’re required to supply your own computer, web connection, and green visor....
Andrew Bush combines performance with portraiture and a disconcerting measure of intimacy in a series where he took portraits of other drivers—often at 70 miles per hour—with a medium-format camera attached to the passenger side of his car.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week we counsels a reader on the beauty of frames.
Latvia’s economy is in peril and its government a mess. Reporting from Riga, our writer feels more comfortable than most, knowing Latvia from a childhood in suburban Connecticut.
For those of you with a guilty conscience looking to sit out the battle between the record labels and the maniacally shortsighted (though preciously so) "everything should be free" people,...
Ingesting a wily particle is no laughing matter. Ten steps of concrete advice to consider before your hands grow to the size of large cities.
I recently noted British bad-boy photographer Martin Parr’s slip-cased, two-volume Parrworld: Objects and Postcards, the latter volume of which displayed Parr’s 5,000-strong postcard collection. Now comes a (relatively)...
While debt and credit were replacing cold hard cash as the dominant form of global capital, Mark Wagner was doggedly turning forsaken dollar bills into smart and playful collages.
Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. This week we contribute copywriting ideas to help a reader sell Super Viagra Soft-Tabs.
Times are tight—but must they necessarily be bad? We asked our readers and writers to find the upside to the downturn.
Though his hair frequently resembled mid-‘70s Rob Reiner, his gaze was more erratic. On the occasion of Gogol’s 200th birthday, tracking the evolution of his visage.