How To Succeed In A Most Puzzling Business

Photo: Alexis Lambrou

Photo: Alexis Lambrou

“Sebazco recognizes the ENI Puzzle has undeniable similarities to the Rubik’s Cube, which has been called the world’s best-selling toy with more than 350 million sold while making a millionaire out of its inventor, but he disapproves of the comparison. ‘I’m sick of hearing it,’ he says. ‘The beauty of [my] product is that it has no solution. It teaches kids both math and how to be creative. They can conceive their own patterns, but they also have to figure out how to line the tiles up to make the pattern look right.'”

Read the full article on Narratively here

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Toy Stories

Photo: Alexis Lambrou

Photo: Alexis Lambrou

As the Christmas season commences, enjoy some “Toy Stories,” Narratively style. The four features representing my fourth editorial effort for the site can all be found here.

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One Very Select Sunday Brunch DJ

Photo: Bradley Hawks

Photo: Bradley Hawks

“As it turns out, the typical brunch playlist is not completely punk rock. Select might start off light at 10am with a Louis Armstrong 45, ‘Northern Boulevard Blues,’ and find his way into his soul catalogue. But by about noon when the dining room is at full capacity and at least one person from the waiting crowd on the sidewalk has crossed the street to document the scope of the mob on Instagram, the Clash’s ‘Rudy Can’t Fail’ or the Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ will likely add to the reverie that is Sunday Brunch at Queens Comfort. ‘I didn’t know what might work there,’ Select says of the restaurant, ‘but I knew something would work.’ After thirty-five years in the DJ business, his instincts are clearly intact…”

Read the full article on Boro Magazine’s website here

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The Astoria Character

Photo: Bradley Hawks

Photo: Bradley Hawks

“Her subjects just live in her neighborhood, and might simply be seen as ordinary folks. But to Ruhling, they are ‘insanely interesting.’ ‘Regardless of who the person is—they all have stories that are inspiring,’ Ruhling explains.  ‘They all have hardships that they get through, and at the end of the day, they’re all very happy with their lives.'”

Read the full article on Boro Magazine’s website here

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After School for Adults

Photo: Bradley Hawks

Photo: Bradley Hawks

“With Q.E.D.—an abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘quod erat demonstradum,’ which translates to ‘that which was demonstrated’—Crews is composing a new chapter in her life. It’s one that has no clear ending, though it certainly appears as though it will get off to a good start. She says with a huge, infectious smile, ‘All the people who live and work in the neighborhood who’ve come to see the place say, ‘Oh! Something different for the neighborhood…'”

Read the full article on Boro Magazine’s website here

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5 Reasons Everyone Should Get Divorced In Their Twenties

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“My divorce was, and still is, the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Surely, my life would have turned out completely different if I hadn’t chosen to get married. But, now at thirty-five, I can’t imagine it being any better, and I have my divorce to thank for that…”

Read the entire essay on Thought Catalog here

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I Wish I Was in Dixieland

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“Director Roman Stills’ latest short ‘Dixieland’ was filmed in New Orleans, and takes a metaphorical look at the city’s relationship with early jazz music. There are no cityscape shots and there is very little jazz in the black-and-white, 98-second piece. Instead, the film concentrates on a lone, shirtless African American male in a field with shoulder-high cotton plants making sparse appearances…”

Read the full article on Portable.tv here

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