Books

SURPRISE, FROM VISIONAIRE

Photograph courtesy of Visionaire Visionaire's 55th limited-edition work, Surprise, out this month, takes the shape of a pop-up book. Mario Testino and Sølve Sundsbø are among the 11 photographers, artists, and fashion designers who created three-dimensional scenes for the book. Katie Hintz
Movies + TV

60 SECONDS WITH MIA KIRSHNER

Photograph by Robert Zuckerman/Sygma/Corbis Got a minute? The L Word's Mia Kirshner opens up about working on her latest project, I Live Here, a collection of the stories of refugees from four countries (the proceeds from which go to Amnesty International), while playing a less-than-philanthropic character on TV. Q: What made you want to create the book? A: A feeling of being creatively disconnected. I've always written, but the acting happened to come first. Putting books together should have been my job. The L Word was funding the book, but eventually I had to get a bank loan to see more
Movies + TV

KEVIN SMITH

Photograph by Andrew Bush Kevin Smith made a porno—or at least the MPAA thought he did. But with his first movie since Clerks II, the 38-year-old director isn't looking to give you wood, just a few more laughs. Q: How did you convince the MPAA to change the rating of Zack and Miri Make a Porno from NC-17 to R? A: For the sex scenes, I cited Taking Lives. I may be the only one to ever cite Taking Lives for anything, but that Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke sex scene on top of a dresser? That was engineered see more
Sex + Relationships

The Top 10 Online "Outings" of Details

For years, gossip bloggers have tried to coax—or thrust—Details out of the metaphorical closet. Keep it coming. Each new post says more about them than it does about us. 1. It's Here, It's Queer, We've Been Used to It for a While Gawker [July 29, 2005] 2. In The Details Queerty [September 29, 2005] 3. Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut Gawker [November 30, 2005] 4. Jonathan Rhys Meyers In Details Holiday Issue I'm Not Obsessed [October 29, 2007] 5. It's In The Details Queerty [March 17, 2008] 6. Seacreast On The Cover Of Gay Magazine Perez Hilton [March 17, Details">see more
Health

Guy-Friendly Alternatives to Yoga

Photograph by Frederic Lagrange/Trunk Archive If you have trouble keeping a straight om-face or aren't interested in mastering downward dog, here are three substitute classes that offer your body—and mind—comparable effects. Katie Hintz BUDOKON What It Is: Blending yoga, martial arts, and meditation, this class combines a flowing series of poses with kicking and punching exercises and—once you've worked up a good sweat—combat sequences. Benefits: Burns fat, improves balance and focus Who Should Do It: Guys who want cardio, love push-ups, or need a release Who Shouldn't: Anyone with weak wrists or an aversion to sweat Where You Can see more

60 SECONDS WITH BILLY THE KID'S JENNIFER VENDITTI

Got a minute? First-time director Jennifer Venditti talks about Billy the Kid, her award-winning documentary about a talkative 15-year-old misfit in rural Maine. Q: How did you find Billy? A: I was casting for another project on location in Maine. I'd brought actors from New York, but we were looking for extras. I like to include nonprofessionals, so I asked for access to the high-school lunchroom to observe kids. I couldn't believe the same cliques existed. I asked them why they sat where they did and if they ever tried sitting with anyone else. Some tough guys told me see more
Music

THE MATTHEW HERBERT BIG BAND, THERE'S ME AND THERE'S YOU

The Matthew Herbert Big Band, There's Me and There's You [K7] Our rating: 4 out of a possible 5 Herbert combines his trademark bizarro samples with a 17-piece band and vocals by U.K. jazz singer Eska for a symphonic-electronic blend that is more sublime than overpowering. Matt Hendrickson
Wheels

2009 RANGE ROVER: AUTOBIOGRAPHY EDITION

Is it ballsy to introduce a lavishly appointed SUV in the midst of an energy crisis? Perhaps. But Land Rover's safari-chic styling has always appealed to off-road diehards. This month the British 4x4 leader introduces a new flagship: the over-the-top Autobiography edition of its Range Rover. The interior is wrapped in leather—right down to the door bins, the console, and the borders of the floor mats—that lets the natural flaws of the hide show, like vintage boots. MPGs be damned. Ian Daly
Music

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS, ALPINISMS

School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms [Ghostly International] Our rating: 3 out of a possible 5 Former Secret Machine guitarist Ben Curtis trades psychedelia for something with more thump. At times, the bass-driven sound fights with the cooing vocals from Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, but if ethereal rump-shakers are your thing, you could do worse. Matt Hendrickson The band performs "Sempiternal" at a concert in New York City. see more
Health

How Hard Can You Play?

Photographs by Craig Cutler. Styling by Ed Gabriels for Halley Resources. You can't pop multivitamins and sip green tea all day. Here's how to keep your four least-desirable vices from beating you. JUNK FOOD Worst-Case Scenario: The fat from all those potato chips goes to your liver and blood vessels, which puts you at risk for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and strokes. Time Frame: It takes about 10 years on a high-fat diet to really clog arteries but less time if you're overweight to begin with or if your family has a history of any of the above see more
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