Is It War? Rebellious Uptown Scribes Vs. Bohemian Downtown Writers

There's a literary fault line that bisects Manhattan horizontally through midtown. Above that line — a connect-the-dots path made up of all the magazine offices and tony Ivy League clubs plunked down across West 44th — is uptown's writerly camp. It's filled with the wizened, the erudite, the elder statesmen. The… » 3/04/14 4:03pm 3/04/14 4:03pm

Here Are the Stories Behind Three Famous Futuristic Cars in Film

In the mid-20th century, 2014 seemed so impossibly far off. Surely by then cars would no longer be driving on roads but instead ascending to the skies. But the unfortunate reality is — apart from a few prototypes very much in development — we have no flying cars, no coupes with metal appendages coming out of the sides, … » 2/19/14 4:44pm 2/19/14 4:44pm

An Incomplete Guide to Geniuses Who Perfected the Art of Spite

Let's say you're working on a project, and it's the worst experience of your life. The only silver lining is your name not being attached to the thing. Wouldn't you want to stick it to your bosses and be sneakily subversive? Of course you would. And as it turns out, you're not the first person with that impulse. It… » 2/07/14 3:49pm 2/07/14 3:49pm

On Driving in New York City

I live in New York, but I rarely drive here. In fact, I know very, very few people with a car here. It's a town reliant on other transportation — subways, taxi cabs, your own two feet. So driving was a treat and a challenge. Could I adopt a new transportation culture in my home city? » 2/04/14 8:25am 2/04/14 8:25am

Cars, Kicks, And Colin Kaepernick: Inside Deadspin's Jaguar Party

On Wednesday night in New York City, three very, very loud cars were parked outside Skylight West. You can probably guess what cars they were. That's right, they were Jaguars — specifically, tiny little Jaguar F-TYPEs bathed in the red, white and blue of the Union Jack. » 2/03/14 4:00pm 2/03/14 4:00pm

Wyclef Jean and Others Celebrate New York's First Super Bowl

Now that New York's first stab at hosting the Super Bowl has come to an end, it seems like the actual peak of the frenzy happened on Saturday, not Sunday. How can a few parties out-Super Bowl the Super Bowl? Well, only when parties and performances hosted by Diddy, Drake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Foo Fighters and more are… » 2/03/14 3:41pm 2/03/14 3:41pm

A Twitter Survival Guide for Watching the Year's Biggest Sporting Event

Because Sunday's game is such a spectacle, there's a good chance everyone you follow on social media is watching. And we all know what that means: hilarious, astute commentary on every over-the-top play and mildly humorous commercial. JK, no. » 2/01/14 12:00pm 2/01/14 12:00pm

​The Best Not-Quite-Sports Bars in NYC for Watching Sunday's Game

ICYMI, there's a big game/national ritual in the New York City area this Sunday. It's likely you're without tickets. There are plenty of down-and-dirty bars where you can swig watery beer and divide your attention among oddly angled big-screen TVs (assuming you've made the great call to skip the 40-person party held at … » 1/29/14 3:00pm 1/29/14 3:00pm

Surviving the Scandalous Awards Season in LA

Being in LA on the night of an awards show can feel a bit like being in Vatican City during a papal conclave. Streets shut down, banners flag buildings, and a fantasia of light bursts forth from where the trophies are distributed. The city's collective consciousness is focused on one thing — a parade of stars arriving… » 1/29/14 1:40pm 1/29/14 1:40pm

Real-Life Locations That Would Make Badass Supervillain Lairs

If you're a supervillain, one thing you need to think long and hard about is real estate. Where can you store all of your evil gadgets? How can you stay off of a superhero's radar while remaining comfy? Where will the minions live? We have a few ideas based on real places from around the world. » 1/28/14 11:08am 1/28/14 11:08am

A Dictionary of Old School Highway Lingo

You know what's better than swearing like a sailor? Talking like a trucker. No, I'm not kidding. Maybe you recall the Burt Reynolds flick Smokey and the Bandit, wherein Bandit manages to bootleg 400 cases of Coors and evade the law by communicating with his partner, Snowman, over CB radio. That's citizens band radio to … » 1/27/14 3:59pm 1/27/14 3:59pm

People We Should Bring Back To Life: Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe, playwright, poet, rapscallion, and William Shakespeare's more dastardly contemporary (as well as his biggest influence), should be high on the list of people whose DNA we ought to sniff out for cloning purposes. Or, we could invent time travel to rescue him from getting fatally stabbed in the head… » 1/27/14 11:59am 1/27/14 11:59am

A Guide to LA's Surfer-Friendly Startup Hub, Silicon Beach

Silicon Valley may still be the reigning tech capital of California, but there's another tech hub in the state nipping at its heels. I'm talking about Silicon Beach, a stretch of Venice in Los Angeles that has become a juggernaut in the last ten years. The biggest Internet overlords have enormous offices there, and the … » 1/24/14 5:30pm 1/24/14 5:30pm