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Midday Drama in Hell's Kitchen on My Date With The Bachelorette

VERY FAR AWAY, NOT NEAR ANYTHING, New York. — Security in the Hell’s Kitchen club where I have come to observe and participate in the filming of an upcoming episode of The Bachelorette is as lax as the code of conduct in the show’s “Fantasy Suite”—the magniloquent name applied to an anonymous hotel room… »4/15/15 1:25pm4/15/15 1:25pm

Body Ritual Among the Swimsuit Models in the Horny Hell of SwimCity

SWIMCITY, U.S.A.—The climate of SwimCity is humid subtropical, with temperatures hovering around an equatorial 78 degrees between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. It is a small city, boasting about 60 full-time residents, though quadruple this number in tourists and drifters clog its thoroughfares at any given time,… »2/13/15 2:29pm2/13/15 2:29pm

Rush After 'A Rape On Campus': A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road

It's a blue, cold Thursday in January and I'm walking down Rugby Road on the first night of fraternity rush at the University of Virginia, brushing past groups of identical gossiping boys in matching preppy outfits: fleeces, checked oxfords, khakis, boots. "Excuse me," they say politely when our coats touch, then… »1/28/15 11:10am1/28/15 11:10am

The New Year Is the Oldest Thing: Inside Philadelphia's Mummers Parade

The New Year, or South Philadelphia's share of it, was being assembled in a warehouse with a bright yellow Cottman Transmission sign at the entrance, right on the corner of 13th and Reed. "You don't want to get a screw in your foot," Jinks warned me. All around us were the raw materials and detritus of fun: brightly… »1/19/15 2:29pm1/19/15 2:29pm