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Why you need to stay stoked in 2014

Why you need to stay stoked in 2014

OF COURSE there’s no real intellectual defense of the word “stoked.” But in a quick response to Esquire blogger Stacey Woods’ inclusion of “being stoked” in her list of things we need to leave behind this year, I just wanted to mention a few things about the “state of stoke.”Like all terms that enter the mainstream vernacular, the original meaning gets diluted, co-opted, commodified.

Limoncello tiramisu: A memory of Italy (with recipe)

Limoncello tiramisu: A memory of Italy (with recipe)

Eating dinner in Italy is a religious experience that lasts longer than most church services, sometimes as much as four hours. You need all that time to consume your antipasto, pasta, a main course, salad, and maybe, if there’s still room in your bloated belly, some fruit or small dessert.But even after all these, there’s still one final choice left to face: that of an after-dinner liquor.

Win a trip ‘Around the World’

Win a trip ‘Around the World’

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? What if you could go everywhere?Around the World in 80 Days is an Off-Broadway play by Mark Brown, directed and designed by Rachel Klein. Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel, it’s “a dazzling fast-paced play with 39 characters comedically portrayed by 5 unparalleled actors.

33 hilarious signs found in the London underground

33 hilarious signs found in the London underground

33 hilarious signs found in the London underground - Our SiteGENIUS is probably the best word to describe whoever is responsible for making and applying these fake signs on the London tube system. What did you think of this story?More onLondon, United KingdomWe use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience.

What it’s like to be gay in Russia

What it’s like to be gay in Russia

Being gay in Russia is now a criminal act, and journalist Jeff Sharlet spent several weeks profiling a group of Russians who have increasingly gone underground or even into exile. His research culminated in a GQ article: Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia.Sharlet describes how Putin’s government, along with the Russian Orthodox Church and what he calls a fringe element — mostly tough-guy homophobes — work together in an “unholy trinity” to crack down on the country’s queer population.

On the ritual and romance of mate

On the ritual and romance of mate

El Rosedal is in the centre of Montevideo’s Parque Prado. It consists of a long, iron arbour draped with vines and roses and leads to a marble pergola. Doric columns encircle an old brass fountain.Juan has brought me here. A tall, lanky boy with a shy smile, he’s a salsa dancer I met last night. It had taken an hour of coy eye contact before he ushered me onto the dance floor.