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Adventures of Justin, the Most Interesting Man on Instagram

I’m on the phone with Justin Alexander. He’s calling from the roof of a Mexican restaurant where he’s bivouacking (sleeping under the stars) somewhere in the American Southwest. He explains that rooftops are ideal for urban camping. They provide safety and concealment and tend to pick up free wifi–tonight he’s getting his from the chain… Read more »

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Breakup Therapy: 15 Backhanded Love Songs

The best love songs are about mixed emotions because the best loves mix you up. Contrary to healthy relationship wisdom, the person we can never forget tends to be the one who has us pulling our hair out. People don’t write songs about emotionally available non-jealous types. Here are a few backhanded love songs for… Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Kimberley Chambers Swims from Farallons to SF

When Kimberly Chambers set out to attempt her epic swim, her crew received some ominous news: a freshly decapitated seal carcass had been spotted out at the Farallons, near her starting point. This confirmed what she and her support crew already knew: she would be sharing the water with great white sharks. At 11:10pm that… Read more »

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7 Bay Area Adventures on a Budget

Remember that ad for herpes medication with the woman in a canoe announcing ‘I have genital herpes’ on a mountain lake? Or this CITI Bank ad where professional climbers put their gear on a credit card? We’re supposed to believe that these are the faces of adventure: good looking white people (some of whom may have herpes)… Read more »

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‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Review of the Netflix Porn Documentary

Stella May and her mom are having the birth control talk. Stella is visiting home for the first time since she left Texas to do porn in Miami. She tells her mom she isn’t on the pill, but she is taking precautions, ‘Don’t worry, mom,’ she says, ‘The guy does it on you instead of in you.’ Welcome the frustrating… Read more »

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Lester Bangs Back Catalogue

I found my happy place this week over at Rolling Stone where they have all of Lester Bangs’ reviews from the 1970s. Bangs is the controversial rock journalist who inspired Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s character in Almost Famous.  He was a master of the rant. Reading him is an emetic to the measured, too-reader-friendly, prose of today’s… Read more »

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Life Unlubricated– a Guide to Going Out Sober

I recently celebrated my first birthday. Like a lot of recovery metaphors, ‘birthday’ sounds a little dramatic, a little too close to ‘born again.’ Looking back at my first year clean and sober, I get it. This does feel like a second life I’m living, and sometimes I feel like an emotional toddler. Growing up… Read more »

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Eat Cheap in NYC with PareUp

The founders of PareUp saw an opportunity to save food from going to waste by putting it on the plates of people looking to dine well on a budget. At first they imagined a service where users open their fridges to one another, but decided it would be uber creepy (pun intended) to apply the model of… Read more »

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Top 10 TV Themes at Broke-Ass Stuart

TV themes don’t matter like they used to. Nobody watches Game of Thrones because they hear the theme song playing from the TV room and realize it’s their favorite time of week again. The future of the TV theme song is unclear, but its past is undeniable. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your… Read more »

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If I Had Just One Pen…

It’d have to be the Uniball Signo Um-151. I’ve recommended fountain pens here before, and here. But I have to admit, the Signo (a gel pen) is more practical and reliable without compromising on smoothness. Lately it’s become the pen I won’t leave home without, which makes me a lot less paranoid about loosing my gold nibbed Sailor,… Read more »