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E.L. James on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: ‘It’s all about fantasies’

As part of Metro's annual sex issue, we explore today's hottest trends both locally and nationally. For more of this year's theme — kink — check our 2012 sex poll and an interview with a New York City dominatrix. Writer Erika Leonard, better known as E.L. James, is a...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:38pm

A new approach to tackling race relations around the globe

It's no secret that the oppression of black people is alive and well, on both a national and global scale. Metro caught up with clinical psychologist Jerome E. Fox, Ph.D. to discuss his new book: Addicted to White: The Oppressed in League with the Oppressor. You’ve described your book as...

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 1:21pm

Julia Turshen says it's OK to cook with canned beans

While you might not recognize her name on first glance, Julia Turshen is the voice behind the recipes in some of your favorite celebrity cookbooks like “It’s all Good” which she co-authored with Gwyneth Paltrow and “Spain: A Culinary Road Trip,” with Mario...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:25pm

Dennis Lehane on missing Boston, Megyn Kelly and more

"Mystic River" and "Gone Baby Gone" author Dennis Lehane has mastered the art of crafting a story set in the Boston area. However, for his upcoming 14th novel, "Since We Fell," the acclaimed author is trying something a little different. In Lehane's latest...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:57am

Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day with these 10 super-timely J.R.R. Tolkien quotes

Long before it inspired one of the most successful movie franchises in Hollywood history, “The Lord of the Rings” was a book beloved by millions — which is why the Tolkien Society created Tolkien Reading Day in 2003.The educational charity and literary organization wanted to promote the life and...

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 1:13am

Ex-NAACP head Rachel Dolezal is ‘unapologetically black’ in new memoir

Remember Rachel Dolezal, the controversial former NAACP activist who identifies as black though she was born white?She’s back — and she’s penned a memoir. “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World” comes out next week, and in it, Dolezal details her “oppressive” upbringing in...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 5:49pm

One Book, One New York wants to get city readers on the same page (literally)

On the subway in New York City, it’s not uncommon to notice riders reading similar titles on their commute. Come March, you might actually see the same book again and again. That’s because One Book, One NY, an initiative from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in partnership with...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 2:52pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'The Handmaid's Tale' is terrifyingly relevant

When I was in college, I read Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve surely seen the posters and the Super Bowl trailer for the Hulu series starring Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men." If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s set in a dystopian future where...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 8:49pm

Want to energize your career in 2017? Think like a startup

When Anna Akbari received her Ph.D. in sociology in 2008, she felt like she was on top of the world. And then the Great Recession began.“As a lot of people did, I became acutely aware that the system that we had become used to seeing as a security blanket wasn’t something that we could rely on,”...

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 5:05pm

New York Public Library initiative unites book lovers all over the globe

After the divisive presidential campaign and the many other tumultous events of 2016, the New York Public Library this week unveiled a campaign that aims to bring people together through a shared love of reading.“It’s a therapeutic way to be more open with each other around how they’re feeling and...

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 8:26am

Blame the 'attention merchants'

Do you feel like you’re in a constant state of distraction? You are.And you can thank the “attention merchants.” These tech-age sales agents — they include everything from TV networks and newspapers, to companies like Google and Facebook — are explored in Columbia University professor Tim Wu’s...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:06am

It's Chicken Soup for the Soul Day: 10 facts about the best-selling series you've probably never read

Chicken soup, whether from a can, Grandma, Seamless or the diner down the street, is arguably the poster child of comfort food. And don’t we all need a huge bowl of comfort right about now?Because chicken soup conjures up such pleasant, soothing feelings is the very reason the creators behind the...

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:00pm

LOOK: Emma Watson goes 'book fairy' on the city's subways

Hermione Granger has traded her magic wand for a pair of wings as “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson slyly deposited books here and there in the New York subway system on Wednesday.Watson is a book fairy with the London-based group Books on the Underground, an organization that typically stock...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:35am

Barnes & Noble, the Bronx's only bookstore, to close

After the holidays, there will be no more leisurely leafing and coffee sipping at the Barnes & Noble at the Bay Plaza shopping complex in the Bronx. A Saks Off 5th outlet will open in its place.The Bronx is losing its only bookstore.A spokesperson for the store said that their closing sale—up...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 2:30pm

Winnie the Pooh is turning 90

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:22pm

Take a hidden Brooklyn walking tour with the author of 'The Brooklyn Nobody Knows'

The obsession with exploring New York City started with a game called “Last Stop.” Beginning at age 9, William Helmreich and his father would hop on a random subway line and ride it until the very end, where they would get off to walk around for a while.“We did this for years,” says Helmreich, now...

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 9:11pm

B*Witched's biggest fan made a coloring book of your childhood

You could make the case that the dream of the ‘90s is still alive for Patrick Sullivan, but not in a “Portlandia” way. It’s more that he just likes ‘90s stuff. The 27-year-old Brooklyn-based graphic designer still bumps “C’est la Vie” by B*Witched and believes that Britney Spears is “carrying the...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 1:20am

Being right is "boring," says Sophia Amoruso

At just 32 years old, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has quite the résumé: she built a fashion empire from the ground up, wrote a New York Times best seller, "#Girlboss" and is working on a Netflix show about her life that's being produced by Charlize Theron.Now, she's back with "Nasty Galaxy," a...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 2:30pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: How to complain about your Patronus

Everyone is talking about the debates and frankly, I just can’t today. I needed repeated palate cleansers of cat videos while watching … and I couldn’t even look at the orange ones. So today, I’m writing about the national obsession that was going on before the debate. Let’s talk about the Patronus...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 9:51am

Who is changing American food?

Before our current obsession with all things organic and local, Americans tended to value convenience when it came to food.“A lot of American [culinary] history has been avoiding taking food seriously,” says Paul Freedman, a Yale professor and author of the new book “Ten Restaurants That Changed...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:53am