Everyone has a ghost story, or at least that’s how it has always seemed to me. My mother’s best friend used to tell a doozy about a soldier she met when she was a bookkeeper in the Air Force. He claimed to be a ghost, then proved it by walking into the middle of a moonlit airfield and disappearing before her eyes….
Plenty of restaurants draw a crowd, not because of their cuisine but because of their star-studded clientele. At trendy Bang in the Surry Hills neighborhood of Sydney, a message atop the menu announces that the place is a “favourite of celebrities.” But that does not mean diners are in for great people-watching at the risk of a lackluster meal.
A restaurant with a foosball table doesn’t exactly conjure visions of inventive Provençal cuisine served in a picture-book setting. But Aux Ateliers Chez Franck et Flo, nestled in a former ceramics shop on the outskirts of historic Maussane-les-Alpilles, has been drawing locals and tourists for myriad reasons, from foosball to formidable food.
My first day as an intern in the books department at Cosmopolitan also happened to be the day the O.J. Simpson verdict was announced. The buzz among the editorial staff was that at one o'clock, we would meet to watch the decision in “her office…”
“What are you going to be for Halloween?”My eight-year-old niece called to ask me that question this morning, and it made me remember the way I used to interrogate people on the same topic every October when I was a kid.
Nick, the novel’s 20-something narrator, is a musician turned industry drone who lives with his girlfriend, Hannah, in Queens. It’s only three years into their relationship, yet they’re stuck in a rut…
CLYDE, my stylist, told me to spread my legs and look straight into the camera. I tried, but the photographer still seemed frustrated. ''Wider!'' Clyde instructed, then placed his hands on my knees and forced them east and west. ''Remember, it's all about your mind-set. You have to stare into the lens and give a look that lets them know what you've got…''
Mention Sydney, Australia, and the mind conjures images of the city's opera house, glistening harbors and stunning bridges. On a first trip there recently, I managed to take in those worthwhile sites in a matter of days. With time to spare, I began exploring more in-depth excursions in and around the area…