Posted on April 16th, 2013

The accessibility of production software and Internet resources has opened the floodgates to a tidal wave of bedroom producers, musicians and DJs. The thriving amateur community presents a new challenge for rare talents — how to worm their way out of the wash of self-taught artists and into the league of professional electronic music. It … (More →)


The Dinner by Herman Koch

Posted on April 9th, 2013

The back of my copy of Herman Koch’s The Dinner has a flattering blurb written by Gillian Flynn, the author of the bestseller Gone Girl. It’s an apt choice to have Flynn provide a review since both The Dinner and Gone Girl tell the tales of psychologically troubled characters. Like Flynn, Koch excels at … (More →)


Fresh Off the Boat

Posted on April 2nd, 2013

Let’s start by stating, yes, we are in love with Eddie Huang – the food media world that is. There is something about the “Human Panda” that we collectively can’t seem to get enough of at the moment. In fact many are touting the baby-faced Taiwanese-American as the next Anthony Bourdain. And we all know … (More →)


The Next Day

Posted on March 26th, 2013

There have already been a slew of high profile albums released in 2013, most preceded by splashy announcements and cryptic Twitter updates designed to build anticipation and interest. Yet perhaps the most exciting – and wildly unexpected – came from David Bowie, the godfather of glam rock and epitome of 1970s cool. On his 66th … (More →)


An Extraordinary Theory of Objects

Posted on March 19th, 2013

It’s impossible for me to be objective about Stephanie LaCava’s book An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris; after attending her reading at Shakespeare and Company I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on this beautiful little book.

The book is a series of painfully honest essays exploring the … (More →)


Philip Treacy

Posted on March 12th, 2013

Grace Jones on tour, 1998

Naomi Campbell dressing for Ascot, 2002

Hat maker for royalty, models and movie stars, and some of the world’s most renowned fashion houses including Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Valentino, there is no milliner working today with more panache, celebrity or dedication to craftsmanship than Philip Treacy. Conceptual and sculptural, his … (More →)


Edward Durell Stone

Posted on March 5th, 2013

Today the name Edward Durell Stone may have little meaning beyond the worlds of architecture enthusiasts and mid-century preservationists, yet there was a time when he was one of the most well-known, and controversial, architects working in the United States. His idiosyncratic buildings, which fused Beaux-Arts formalism with a modernist aesthetic, were unlike anything else … (More →)


The Art of the Restaurateur

Posted on February 26th, 2013

As avid restaurant-goers we’ve often wondered just what it is – that magical mix of tasty food, special ambiance and attentive but not overbearing service – that makes a restaurant feel right. This elusive combination is what’s explored in Nicholas Lander’s excellent book The Art of the Restaurateur which focuses not on the chefs … (More →)