A buddy and I used safety pins to drunkenly tattoo each other in Edward Albee’s barn in Montauk, and it came out so bad he tattooed ‘Sorry’ underneath. It’s my worst one, but I find myself looking at it a lot, so maybe it’s my best one.
As Burger King pursues a global market, will Tim Hortons lose its Canadian image? Vauhini Vara considers:
"The Canadian image hasn’t done much to help Tim Hortons win over customers in the U.S. And one imagines that it would be even less likely to translate in farther-flung countries whose residents know—and care—little about Canadian culture."
Photograph by Richard Drew/AP
In the few brief years since I arrived in Newfoundland, I’ve lived in plenty of different places throughout St John’s. From Quidi Vidi to Grovesdale Park to the downtown core, each location has had its own particular atmosphere. But my favourite neighbourhood of all is the one I’m currently…
In 1987, the Southcott Awards committee made a departure from their normal application criteria to select a rather unorthodox winner. Curiously, this winner was not a building at all; it was a Victorian iron fence connected to Howard House on 7 Garrison Hill.
Built directly after the…
You can live in a house designed by Shigeru Ban only if you are recently homeless or exceedingly wealthy.
In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray, South Carolina. Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of purple martins come streaming towards the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour of wheeling and singing they settle down on a small island.
For the past 25 years, Lake Murray has boasted the largest purple martin roost in the United States. The birds gather there in the hundreds of thousands before beginning their epic migration to South America. Every year hundreds of boats full of purple martin admirers crowd the waters around the island. Every year 500,000 birds put on a breathtaking aerial performance.
But not this year.
This year, the boats went out as usual. But the birds didn’t show up.
And so Skunk Bear (NPR’s science tumblr) has gone mobile in search of the missing martins. We – that’s photojournalist Maggie Starbard and science reporter Adam Cole – have vowed not to return to HQ until we’ve located the errant flock … or until Tuesday morning. Whichever comes first.
We’re starting our search where the birds were last seen: in American backyards. Purple martins on the east coast rely entirely on human-built dwellings to breed, and thousands of humans have taken it upon themselves to provide these nesting colonies. We’re hoping this slightly crazy fellowship of purple martin “landlords” (that’s what they call themselves) can point us in the right direction.
Maybe we’ll find out where the birds went. Maybe we’ll find out why they are so dependent on humans. And maybe we’ll find out why all these people are so invested in their survival. Stay tuned.
The Borowitz Report: Congress Blocks Obama’s Attempt to Order New Office Supplies
The House panel that mandated the office-supply freeze denied that it was politically motivated, citing “budgetary concerns.” “It’s time President Obama learned a tough lesson,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. “Being President does not entitle you to a spending spree at Staples.”
Read more: http://nyr.kr/1jZvseS
Photograph by Pete Souza/The White House.
I can do everything at ninety that I could at fifty, which shows just how pathetic I was at fifty.
Architect Philip Johnson, as quoted by Austin art philanthropist Michael Klein during Klein’s address to the University of Texas School of Architecture graduates. Read the whole, rather remarkable speech here.