1. I’m beginning to feel as though I’m the only person on earth who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones.

     
  2. What Flappy Bird can teach journalists about mobile, from a presentation I saw today by David Ho, who manages mobile and tablet/emerging technologies for the Wall Street Journal.

     
  3. The surprising complexity of creating a beer-flavored jelly bean. Jelly Belly pulled through for us.

     

  4. Uh-oh, uh-oh. Is the Amtrak Residency just a scam? Diane Duane reads the fine print.

     

  5. "Having been born a freeman, and for more than thirty years enjoyed the blessings of liberty in a free state—and having at the end of that time been kidnapped and sold into Slavery where I remained, until happily rescued in the month of January, 1853, after a bondage of twelve years—it has been suggested that an account of my life and fortune would not be uninteresting to the public."
    — 

    Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave


    Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week

    (via classicpenguin)

     

  6. Great podcast about women in the workplace. Smart, honest, curious. Met the creator at a Narratively contributors party in DUMBO last week.

     
  7. I interviewed a graffiti artist, SHARP, in an exhibit called "City as Canvas" in the Museum of the City of New York. SHARP told me about his glory days tagging buildings and trains in the 70s and 80s. He hasn’t done that in a long time though— he mostly works on canvas now.

    A German tourist asked him to sign his Moleskine.

    SHARP needed to borrow a pen. “I never carry a marker,” he said. “I think it indemnifies you.”

    I wrote a little bit about this moment on Hi.co (my new favorite website). 

     

  8. "Baroque music struck Gwen as the auditory equivalent of trying to fold origami in your mind."
    — Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
     
  9. The Museum of Uncut Funk has a show going on right now, "Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution," featuring the very first positive black characters ever to hit Saturday morning television. They’ve got dozens of original cels from shows like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Jackson 5ive and Billy Jo Jive. Here’s my article on the exhibit, on Voices of New York.

     
  10. The Rockettes previewed their new spring spectacular, “Heart & Lights” in Grand Central today. It’s kickline-free but has all other sorts of modern chorepgraphy: one handed push-ups, flips in the air, dance numbers with puppets.

    "I’m kicking more than I’ve ever kicked in my life," one of them told me afterward. "This show is much more athletic than the Christmas Spctacular."

     
  11. Gotta say, Bryant Park is gorgeous in all seasons. 

     

  12. “It’s one of those topics that unfortunately is a conversation that won’t be over until we get over our weird puritanical obsessions with sex and the female figure,”

    -Gaby Hoffmann

    She’s right.

     
  13. These two entrepreneurial French expats started a site that helps fans of obscure sports teams find bars playing their games. Here’s my article on their startup, SportChaser. 

     

  14. Only recently discovered Press Play, where The New York Times debuts new music. Didn’t even know Jenny Wilson had a new album out and now I do. Love her. Thanks, Grey Lady!

     
  15. Happy birthday, dear blog. Tumblr sent Everything But Animals a birthday greeting this morning. Couldn’t be more excited.

    Forlorn pigtail-girl birthday photo courtesy of exfordy (Creative Commons).

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