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Steam dream

Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities
The All-in-One Victorian PC is the perfect little black dress of computer modifications.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  May 19, 2008


Fashion gamut

SFD students strut their stuff
Near the end of the first act of the School of Fashion Design–run Collection 2008 show, I tensed in my seat, waiting for an emaciated little man in an unbelievably angular haircut to materialize from one of the wings of the stage and shriek, “Oh, no you didn’t!”
By: SHARON STEEL  |  May 08, 2008


Seven should-be habits of highly effective T-riding people

Keep your hands on the pole and not on your neighbor’s ass, bucko.
One person’s peaceful commute on the T is another person’s journey to the gaping maw of Hell.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  May 02, 2008


Bad news?

MTV puts out The Paper
“Basically, the state of the paper is that we’re screwed,” says a wry Alex, sounding for a moment less like an adolescent hack than someone who may well be defining the future of the industry.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 28, 2008


Drawing a bead on misery

Mission to Uganda
It’s not uncommon for documentary photographer Karen Sparacio to get phone calls from Uganda at 3 am.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 23, 2008


M83: Saturdays = Youth

Saturdays = Youth is M83’s version of a high-school yearbook — aural snapshots documenting gilded angsty awkwardness in all its glory.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 15, 2008


Told right

Sloane Crosley gets her cake
One thing is certain in publishing: your chances of survival in the industry are much better if you have a good sense of humor.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 07, 2008


Yael Naim

I can’t understand half of what Yael Naim is singing on her homonymous sophomore release, and her inscrutability only adds to her charm.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 08, 2008


Confessional record

Let’s talk about sex, baby?
You don’t have to be best friends with Giulia Rozzi to find out that she hooked up in her Jersey Shore beach house with a guy who stole her fake ID.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 02, 2008


Crafty retailing

Making it by making stuff
Keara Sexton was born to make stuff.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 03, 2008


Bring the drama

High School Confidential ’s missed opportunity
In the current œuvre of celluloid adolescent misadventures, it’s difficult to find a show that stands apart.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2008


Minimal man

José González at the Paradise Rock Club, March 13, 2008
The notes José González coaxes out of his nylon-stringed guitar are bright and dry.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 21, 2008


Same to you, fella

Find your vituperative voice
Snarking back at self-righteous, passive-aggressive, thick-skulled dimwits isn’t as easy as you might think.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 05, 2008


Less is best

The spare science of José González
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 04, 2008


Publish and Perish?

Blogging Harvard courses could revolutionize open education — if its contributors aren’t expelled first
Professor Tal Ben-Shahar is a resident rock-star lecturer on Harvard’s campus.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 28, 2008


Web lore

Sarah Boxer’s best of the blogosphere
Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web outs itself on the back cover: “A book of blogs? WTF!!!”
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 25, 2008



The Millionaire Matchmaker  delivers
Patti Stanger, a “third-generation matchmaker,” describes her work as a service to God.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 25, 2008


Who I am

Paris speaks
She answers my questions in a Valley Girl vixen voice, with a languid aplomb that characterizes the way she approaches life.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 13, 2008


The Hottie and the Nottie

Total makeover madness
It’s a shame you can’t auto-tune acting talent the same way you can manufacture vocals in the recording studio.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 06, 2008


High school memories

Spice Girls at the TD Banknorth Garden, January 30, 2008
Tweenagers in 1998 didn’t have Hannah Montana or High School Musical . We did, however, have five British ladies who sold us on Girl Power.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2008


The cuteness surge

Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008

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