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How do commercialized sex parties ensure consent?

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For people who are entering into uncharted waters by hosting commercialized sex parties — where someone can buy an online ticket and enter into a sex-welcomed room full of strangers — rules and guidelines of consent must be outlined and expressed to guests. This is in order to keep their […]

 
 

Sex Parties: The Free Love Era 2.0

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A late April Saturday night at 9 p.m, and about 250 people, ranging from their mid-twenties to mid-forties, gather in a former textiles wa rehouse turned event venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The walls are exposed brick, and the ceilings are tall. In the spirit of the theme, people are dressed […]

 
 

Mapping the City: What Was and What Will Be

Mapping the City: What Was and What Will Be

The dawn gently drapes itself over this vast and bountiful landscape. Each lushly overgrown valley, each palatial peak and rolling river – the silver sunlight awakens even the farthest corners of the island. Sparrows flutter between tree branches as a peckish black bear plods through the old growth forest. Here, […]

 
 

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

Pedro Rodriguez isn’t afraid to smile despite years of drug addiction and homelessness that have left his teeth eroded and discolored – the only indication of his past that remains. On this brisk March morning, he is running around the basement kitchen of the New York City Rescue Mission like […]

 
 

Whispers in the Crowd

Whispers in the Crowd

Ilse Blansert rearranges her stick-straight brown hair so that it’s out of her face and puts on a couple of dabs of makeup to even her pale complexion out. Satisfied after checking her appearance in her webcam’s display, she gingerly attaches her binaural microphones to her blouse lapels, careful not […]

 
 

I Can Haz Vicarious Fame?

I Can Haz Vicarious Fame?

             

 
 

A “Sweet Genius” on Roosevelt Island

A “Sweet Genius” on Roosevelt Island

  Chef Alyssa Gangeri is used to offbeat requests from customers through her specialty business,  “Ally Cakes.” She has made custom confections in the shapes of guitars, basketballs, and even boxing gloves. While there’s an occasional special request for a unique filling or icing, most are the usual chocolate and […]

 
 

Enigma

Enigma

Alan Turing has just been robbed. Sitting outside his U.K. apartment in 1952, Turing is questioned by the police. During their conversation he acknowledges a sexual relationship with a 19-year-old Arnold Murray. Homosexual acts are considered criminally indecent in England at the time. After inventing the computer, and shortening the […]

 
 

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Fifty years ago, one new PBS show opened with a high-pitched voice, sounding on the verge of a girlish giggle, warmly announcing, “Hello, I’m Julia Child. Welcome to the ‘French Chef,’ and the first show on our series in French cooking.” In that very first episode, Child cooks boeuf bourguignon, […]

 
 

Selena: The Famous Life and Death

Selena: The Famous Life and Death

In early 2010, actress/singer Selena Gomez stepped foot on the grandiose revolving stage of Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas—the same venue the late Selena (Quintanilla) entertained to a crowd of 62,000 nearly two decades ago.”My family named me after a Tejano singer,” Gomez prefaced before belting her rendition of “Bidi Bodi Bom Bom,” […]