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…

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…

A Guide to Classic Animated Getaway Cars

Given the hijinks and bad behavior associated with many an animated character, it makes sense that they all own vehicles that help them get away from the scene of the crime — fast. The sequence is a classic one: the tires spin but the car stays in place, the sound of screeching mixes with the vrooming of the engine,…

Here are 2014's books with the baddest villains

Mad scientists, gangsters, con artists, hitmen, vixens, megalomaniacs, and supernaturally evil foes — where would literature be without them? Hundreds of thousands of books will enjoy publication this year, but let's be honest: the most alluring are the ones with awesome bad guys. To save you some clicking around…

The Chateau Marmont Was Designed to Keep Secrets

As Sunset Boulevard curves left — with West Hollywood's strip malls segueing into the haute cottages and restaurants of Beverly Hills — the road dips and you pass a hill on the right. On top of this hill sits a hotel with a reputation that puts it squarely at odds with the strip joints and liquor stores just steps…

How It Feels to Drive in Los Angeles As a New Yorker

When I swung a right onto the ramp to the 101 freeway in Los Angeles, my first time behind the wheel in the City of Angels, I wasn't scared. Despite the fact that I live in New York and rarely drive, I was convinced I could handle myself alongside the depraved Angelenos burning rubber down endless pavement, through a…

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Four Devious Female Archetypes in Film (And How To Act Like Them)

Femmes fatales don’t need to learn to say no. They needn't think about having it all. No, the naughty women of the silver screen are too busy acting like they’re better than everyone else, threatening anyone who questions their god-given authority, and crushing the pesky civilians who happen to stand between them and…