In 1980, Richard Pryor doused himself in rum, lit himself, and streaked though the streets or Northridge in a ball of flames. He would go on to live another 25 years.
Wednesday, January 16
Starlee Kine is a contributor to This American Life and the New York Times Magazine.
"There's a fearlessness I had when I was younger that I don't have now ... It threw me into a crisis, the Internet in general. You're more cautious about what you kind of have out there. There's that, that I just don't want people to know every single thing anymore, but there's [also] an inner fear that did not exist before, an inner censoring that was not there."
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From pinball prohibition in 1940s NYC to Dave & Buster’s, the rise and fall of the American arcade.
On the casting process for New York’s cult leader-like spin instructors.
Tuesday, January 15
Why parties, love, kids, conversation and more are so miserable (at least to Phillip Lopate).
Monday, January 14
Sunday, January 13
A bookkeeper’s $9 million swindle, her lavish second life, and the boss who didn’t notice.