Caught Reading: Magazine Edition, March 2017

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In previous months, we’ve caught you reading books all over the city, and we're happy to report you appear to be fans of magazines, too. This month we caught you reading everything from fun to informational titles—about food, current events, celebrity gossip and more. And this is a perfect time to remind you that not only is […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Aretha!

For Throwback Thursday, let’s wish the Queen of Soul a happy 75th birthday! Aretha Franklin started her career singing gospel in churches as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her career as a pop artist catapulted when she left Columbia and signed with Atlantic in 1967. I Never Loved A Man […]

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Top Picks: Retail Therapy at the Movies

Illustration of woman with shopping bags next to Christmas tree

The holiday season and shopping go hand in hand: a visit to Santa at the department store, finding that perfect gift, or, if you’re working retail, contending with frenzied shoppers. So it’s no surprise that many of our favorite holiday movies have retail settings or memorable retail scenes. Whether you’re gearing up to go shopping […]

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Top Picks: 5 Dreadful Dads

Literature has its fair share of bad dads. There are those who drink, beat, meddle, belittle and steal, among far more horrifying acts. To celebrate Father's Day, I've picked five dreadful dads featured in some great books and one play. You'll be thankful these awful guys aren't your pop. Jack Torrence in The Shining. What could go […]

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#TBT: Lady Gaga Is Born

For this Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look at the stratospheric rise of Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who turns 30 on Monday, March 28. In less than a decade since her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music, even drawing comparisons to Madonna. There has […]

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5 Articles: Grown-Ups Color, Too!

Over the past year or so, interest in coloring books for adults has exploded. Many trace the popularity of adult coloring to the publication to Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford's The Secret Garden, an intricate coloring book aimed at adults, published in 2013. The recent popularity of The Secret Garden led to Basford creating two other coloring books, The Enchanted […]

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#TBT: 50th Anniversary of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

I was a Beach Boys fan from a young age, but it took me a while to appreciate Pet Sounds. Once I connected to the album, however, it became one of my all-time favorites. Although it was met with a lukewarm reception from American critics and audiences, it’s considered one of the most important, influential and, […]

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#TBT: The Day the Music Died

For Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with their pilot, were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. After the musicians endured numerous colds, flus and freezing bus rides while on tour, Buddy Holly decided […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Downton Abbey?

For the past six years, Downton Abbey fans, myself included, have followed the rising and falling fortunes of the Crawley family and their household staff, and we’ve been charmed, moved, shocked and saddened. In the final season, I’m hoping Bates and Anna finally have the child they so desire. Will Mary find love again? And […]

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#TBT: History of Billboard Hits Quiz

The first Billboard music chart was published 80 years ago, in January 1936. A number of charts were consolidated, and the first Hot 100, which is still around today, appeared in 1958. The modern Hot 100 not only takes into account sales and radio play but has added digital downloads and streaming to the equation. The […]

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