The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

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Inside Manhattan's Underground Laser Laboratory

Dr. Laser has been crafting holograms for four decades.

Columbia Pictures

In 'The Stepford Wives,' Community Kills

The 1975 thriller riffed on the anxieties of suburban life.

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Finding the Soul of America in Small-Town Iowa

The photographer Cody Weber turns his lens on economic decline in his home state.

Tell Us What Locals Love to Eat

Here’s your chance to write a culinary love letter for our new CityEats series.

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Chicago's Most Famous Greek Dish Isn't All That Greek

Flaming cheese caught on in the mid-century Windy City.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

A Walk Through Philadelphia's Haunted Past

Ghost tours illuminate the spookier side to a city’s history.

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Uber's Latest Offer: Free Flu Shots

In 15 U.S. cities, users can get vaccines (and a subtle lobbying effort) delivered on demand.

San Francisco Can't Escape its Past in 'Vertigo'

History haunts the city by the Bay in Hitchcock’s 1958 film.

Seoul's Inequality as Violence in 'Oldboy'

The horrifying 2003 South Korean film shocked viewers, but scholars say the violence is actually a critique of global capitalism.

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In Sleepy Hollow Country, a Fictional City Embraces Its Destiny

Jack-o-lanterns are big business in the Hudson River towns that Washington Irving dreamed of.

The Gangs of L.A.: 'Assault on Precinct 13'

John Carpenter’s cult gang-siege flick made sunny Southern California scary.

Magnolia Pictures

Vampires of Stockholm: 'Let the Right One In'

The undead invade a Scandinavian suburb, where the Swedish dream turned sour.


The Channel for Wonderfully Boring Videos

Welcome to the real Netflix and chill.

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Sharing Food Traditions Across the Globe

A new book, Far Afield, details rituals and recipes from some of the world’s most remote cultures.

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Do Japan's Futuristic Toilets Help Working Women?

The government crowned the country’s best communal loos to help female employees feel more comfortable in the public sphere.

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You Should Be Cycling With a Boombox

The joys, pitfalls, and etiquette of cycling with a portable stereo.

UC Press

Mapping 26 Kaleidoscopic New York Cities

Rebecca Solnit’s third and final urban atlas reminds the reader that maps are not facts, but starting points.

Beirut's Queens of Roller Derby

This short film follows the women who’ve brought the sport to Lebanon.

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Beer Fits Seattle Like a Well-Worn Flannel

The Northwest is America's capital of hoppy beer.