Carefree Highway: A Mixtape for the Long Way

When the road calls, set aside the GPS, pull out the Road Atlas, and take the long way home. These three mixes are comprised of the tunes I reached for this year when I felt compelled to exit The Interstate and examine my inner-state. And while, admittedly, my road map was not always within arm's reach, I did find myself

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Condé Nast Traveler Editors’ Favorite Bars

I was asked by my editors at Condé Nast Traveler to weigh in on my favorite bar, and no surprise, it's a place where I actually tended bar. P.J. Clarke'sNew York, NY "I worked here in the summer of 2007," says CNT contributing editor Max Wastler. "The first time I stepped foot in here, I loved everything about this place. It's the only

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They Call Us The Seekers

In honor of National Running Day, here are a handful of my favorite images from my favorite Tumblr, They Call Us The Seekers.    

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Letterman: Paul Newman

Before I considered devoting a week's worth of posts to David Letterman, I intended to share this story. For some time, I have been fascinated by the evolution of Dave's relationship with a personal hero of mine, Paul Newman. For the uninitiated, I wrote a lengthy piece a couple years ago about Mr. Newman, and I have for many years prior

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Letterman: Signature, circa 1981.

"I think I'm just nervous all the time. I'm never really relaxed." Late in 1981, Dave Letterman was the age that I am now, 34. His nationally televised morning show, The David Letterman Show, had been cancelled by NBC. When he sat down for this intensely personal interview on a short-lived CBS Cable program called Signature, he was a few months away from

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Letterman: Bill Murray

It's about a three hour drive on I-65 from Indianapolis to Chicago, but with brands of humor so similarly absurd, affable, and audacious, Bill Murray and Dave Letterman might as well have grown up in one another's backyards. Over the past thirty-three years, before our very eyes, the two have developed an incredible rapport, one that inherently grew from an

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Letterman: Kennedy Center Honors

"For David Letterman, this is unquestionably the single worst night of his life. Look at him, I know he's smiling, but that medal hanging around his neck: there's a 40% chance he'll hang himself with it." - Jimmy Kimmel At the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman was honored for his Herculean television achievements. There are so many fat pitches in this seventeen

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Letterman: Tom Waits

Before I knew anything about Tom Waits, I knew Dave was a massive fan. Waits has appeared on one or the other of Letterman's shows ten times. It wasn't until I saw Down By Law, Jim Jarmusch's pulp fiction, jail break picture starring Waits, that I understood Dave's fascination. From watching Jarmusch's black-and-white, soupy bayou yarn about three escaped convicts, I could

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Letterman: Julia Roberts & The Roses

Who cares if this was staged? It is awesome to watch Julia Roberts flatly call him out for failing to send flowers, and then like clockwork, watch as Pat Farmer strolls in with roses. Then at 6:45, all hell breaks loose. Part One of her first appearance on Late Night. Freshly turned 22, she was there to promote Steel Magnolias

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