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5 reasons we wish cities could be nominated for Oscars

5 reasons we wish cities could be nominated for Oscars

THE MOVIES NOMINATED for Academy Awards in 2014 distinguished themselves not only through remarkable acting performances, smart screenplays, and groundbreaking visual effects — but also by their attention to place.Many of this year’s nominees made their key settings into characters as vivid, beautiful, and emotional as the humans living and acting within them.

5 essential tips for hosting an Oscar party

5 essential tips for hosting an Oscar party

FEW TELEVISION EVENTS capture international attention like the annual Academy Awards ceremony. It seems the whole world is enraptured on Oscar night, but that feeling of excitement — so fleeting — can be crushed painfully by a bad awards party.For many years now, I’ve hosted or been a guest at awards parties that have ranged from jubilant to pleasant to downright weird and uncomfortable.

<i>101 Places</i> available for preorder!

101 Places available for preorder!

Matador’s first major book, 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 7th, and is available now for preorder.WE GAVE OUR contributors at Matador a guerilla mission to “assess” how and where people get fucked up all over the globe, and to write about it as transparently as they could.

Yes they saw you naked: Ex-TSA screener confirms all your worst fears about airport security

Yes they saw you naked: Ex-TSA screener confirms all your worst fears about airport security

BASICALLY I’ll JUST GIVE YOU THE HIGHLIGHT REEL below, or better yet, just skip directly to Jason Edward Harrington’s confessional over at Politico.Most of the absurdities Harrington describes, like viewing bodies “of overweight people, their every fold and dimple on full awful display,” aren’t all that surprising:I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security.

What the 9/11 Memorial is helping us forget

What the 9/11 Memorial is helping us forget

THE REVIEWS ARE IN for New York’s latest tourist attraction: The 9/11 Memorial is a hit!“Powerful as a punch to the gut,” says The New York Times.“For the next generation and those that follow, this will be a museum and memorial that will last forever like the blood-soaked field in Gettysburg,” raves the New York Daily News.

9 things you’ll miss after leaving Charleston, SC

9 things you’ll miss after leaving Charleston, SC

1. Oysters from Bowens IslandI am a strong believer in the aphrodisiac quality of oysters, and I have yet to top the sensual experience produced at Bowens Island. This place serves the freshest genital-esque morsels to ever go down your throat (that are not actually human genitalia). If you’re not Kosher and love seafood, you will miss this no-nonsense establishment located en route to Folly Beach.