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We Want It: GoFit's Agonizing Massage Roller

Although the GoFit Extreme Massage Roller ($40; gofit.net) looks—and feels—like a medieval torture tool, a few sessions with it will turn even the most pain-averse into a masochist. Its rubber spikes break up the knots in your muscles and fascia like the dexterous fingers of a hulking Swedish masseuse. Just 10 minutes (of yes, agony) on the stretch mat can banish soreness and tightness after a tough workout. see more
Celebrity

The Shins' James Mercer on His Childhood Shyness and Why He Never Went Solo

Mr. Mercer, how do you write a song? It depends on what the song needs or wants. I try to interpret what the music is already saying. I listen to the music and try to figure out what emotions are being expressed by that music. Often times it'll remind me of something I've been thinking about and I'll go down that route. If that doesn't work, I think it's cool to just try to come up with some sort of hypothetical scenario that gives that emotional feeling that's being expressed by the music. There are different ways of doing see more
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Food + Drinks

8 Lessons from the World's Largest Booze Convention

More than 15,000 of the world's most hardcore mixology fans—and professionals—flew into New Orleans to experience this year's "Tales of the Cocktail". The five-day-long marathon is filled with pool parties, pairing dinners, special theme nights, and many nerdy seminars (I spoke at one called "A Better Understanding of Bitter Flavors"). I learn a ton of useless facts throughout the event. This one, which ended dramatically on Sunday with a sudden monsoon, proved full of unanticipated insights into our drinking habits. The oddest factoids are below. see more
Celebrity

Fred Armisen on Social Experiments, the Upcoming Johnny Ramone Tribute, and Sexy Elbows

Fred Armisen recently did the unthinkable: He got random New Yorkers to pick up a ringing, public payphone and come and meet the caller across the street. Little did they know that the voice on the other end of the phone was Armisen's—or that they'd be walking into his comedy show. see more
Movies + TV

Have You Seen the Ridiculously Sexy Trailer For Saint Laurent?

The preview for the second of this year's biopics about designer Yves Saint Laurent is here, and we're not entirely certain that it's safe for work. see more
Music

Budding Musician Cris Cab on Working With Pharrell, His Off-Stage Style, and His Favorite Store

Big news for Cris Cab, whose song "Liar Liar" saw north of 27 million views on YouTube as of this post: The 21-year-old Miami native will be the opening act for his mentor Pharrell Williams during the upcoming Dear G I R L tour. So if the name didn't ring a bell for you, it may very well enter prime buzz territory soon. see more
Health

The Case For Eating Sardines

With the ascent of food culture and its importance in today's zeitgeist, it's no wonder that "it" ingredients have come to be. Goop recently declared carrots to be having a moment. Turmeric, meanwhile, is virtually ubiquitous. Curious what to order/serve/eat this minute? Joe Isidori, the Michelin rated chef of local and organic-focused Chalk Point Kitchen in NYC, let us in on 5 good-for-you foods to try right now. see more
Design

Hot New Homes: A Snapshot of the Astronomical Price-Per-Square-Foot in London, New York, and Paris

You can get a lot of bang for your buck—in the middle of nowhere anyone wants to be. In the world's most influential urban centers, however, the price per square foot is steep. Below are some of the most valuable pieces of property put on the market recently in London, Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. You wish you lived here. Location: Refurbished maisonette in London, England Price: $5,040,517 Size: 1,088 square feet Price per square foot: $4,633 Key selling points: Though it's short on space, this ground floor 2-bedroom maisonette in Chelsea has a killer conservatory, private garden, and see more
Food + Drinks

How Global Warming Is Changing Wine—and Which Bottles to Snap Up Now Before They're History

Ever since a massive heat wave hit Europe's vineyards in 2003, winegrowers there have been racing to fend off the effects of global warming. Yet even they were stunned by a report last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which predicted that by 2050— well within many of our lifetimes—most of the great wine regions of Europe will have totally lost their charms. see more
Health

10 Celebs Who Got Buff For Their Superhero Roles (And How They Did It)

Actor Chris Pratt is only the most recent Hollywood hunk to join a long tradition of handsome stars bulking up to play superheroes on the big screen. For his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, which premieres on Aug. 1, the 6-foot-2-inch actor lost 70 pounds—quite the shift from his last big role in Delivery Man, in which he played a doughy lawyer. Pratt showed off his new, ripped physique in an Instagram selfie, which he called "douchey." But if you ask us, his body transformation—and others like it—is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Herein, a look at flab-to-abs transformations from see more
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