3 Must-See Fall Exhibits

October 1 Los Angeles "Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship," A+D Museum; An examination of Ray and Charles Eames' creative process, annotating iconic furniture and objects they loved (tumbleweeds, a keg of nails) with their own words. October 12 New York City "Crafting Modernism: Mid-century American Art and Design," Museum of Arts and Design; A look at post-WWII designers who rejected the machine-made for the hand-hewn, as seen in Sam Maloof's carved-wood rocking chair. October 22 Minneapolis "Graphic Design: Now in Production," Walker Art Center; The largest museum show devoted to graphic design in 15 years, see more

Fall's Most Luxurious Weekend Bags

These attractive carryalls are richly hued, sturdily built, and as pleasing to the touch as to the eye. They'll elevate your look no matter where you're headed. Clockwise from top: Globe-Trotter ($1,200). Dior Homme ($1,800). Burberry ($1,195). Prada ($2,550). Mulberry ($1,650). Valextra ($2,660). Also on The Most Stylish Bags and Cases for Traveling The Five Canvas Bags You Need Now How to Pack the Ultimate Carry-On see more
Movies + TV

Missing Links: A Visual History of Literary References on The Simpsons, Life-size Lego Cars, and MTA Introduces "The Weekender"

A Visual History of Literary References on The Simpsons— The Atlantic Three Bands Everyone Pretends to Like More Than They Actually Do— Thought Catalog Watch a Full-Size Ford Explorer Built Out of 380,000 Legos— Jalopnik The Biological Basis for Behaving Badly— Huffington Post Monkeys on Typewriters "Close to Reproducing Shakespeare"— Gawker See Amy Poehler as 30 Different Alter Egos— Vulture Seventy-Five-Year-Old Chair Is Turned Into Steampunk Nerf Gun— Gizmodo MTA Introduces New Subway Map to Make You Less Angry on Weekends— Village Voice — Maggie Mallon Also on The Missing Links: Limited-Edition Protest Posters Missing Links: Alternative Wedding see more

Best of the Week: Armie Hammer, Fashion Week, and the Rise of Gay Divorce

Armie Hammer: Hollywood's New Prince Charming—The man who played the Winklevii prepares to conquer Hollywood. Editors' Picks From Fashion Week—Our fashion editors dish on what you'll be wearing next spring. Q&A With Ethan Hawke—Who says a slacker icon can't be the hardest-working man in show business? Neutral Country—A restrained wardrobe in colors that complement rustic surroundings. Where There's Gay Marriage Comes…The Rise of Gay Divorce—What happens when the honeymoon's over. A User's Guide to Protecting Your Privacy—Keep your digital identity safe with these six tools. Heard on the Runway: The Bespoken Playlist—All the killer tunes Interpol's Sam Fogarino played see more

Three Novels to Read Now

New books by Haruki Murakami, Neal Stephenson, and Russell Banks. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Knopf; $30) The latest behemoth from Japan's surrealist master, about (among other things) a woman who walks down a freeway emergency staircase and into a parallel dimension, is being hailed as his masterpiece. REAMDE by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow; $35) In Stephenson's first cyberthriller since 1999's Cryptonomicon, a pot smuggler discovers the perfect way to launder money: through the shadow economy for digital gold in a massively multiplayer online video game. Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks (Ecco; $26) The author of The Sweet Hereafter see more
Food + Drinks

The Pros' Go-To Spice Markets

The best chefs turn to two shops for superlative seasonings. New York City's La Boite a Epice ( creates spice blends used by Lyon's Chris Leahy and Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert, whose favorite is the Salvador, a mix of pimenton, saffron, and seafood essence. San Francisco's Le Sanctuaire ( is stocked with berries, barks, peppers, and pods. Comme Ca's David Myers and Thomas Keller's pastry chef, Courtney Schmidig, are regulars. The French Laundry uses the store's Tahitian vanilla beans to flavor desserts and the saffron-and-vanilla sauce it serves with butter-poached lobster. Also on Spice Market The World's 5 see more
Movies + TV

The Other Grunge 20th Anniversary

Pearl Jam finally get their due in a new doc. Pearl Jam handled sudden superstardom better than some of their Seattle brethren, but that doesn't mean that Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty lacks Almost Famous-worthy moments. Working from 1,200 hours of backstage footage and interviews with Eddie Vedder and his bandmates, Crowe, a longtime friend of the group, captures the turmoil of their meteoric rise, their war with Ticketmaster, and their rivalry with Kurt Cobain. Out now. Also on How Music Is Changing the Clothes You Wear The Kills' Jamie Hince Q&A: Lenny Kravitz see more

Burn Notice

Cycling is one of the best ways to burn calories. Here's how an intense hour of riding stacks up with other fat-blasting sports. Surfing: 239 Dancing: 358 Basketball: 636 Martial Arts: 795 Running: 915 Cycling: 955 The Healthier Energy Booster It's time to try GoGo SqueeZ, a 3.2-ounce pouch of applesauce that is free of gluten, artificial flavors, and refined sugar. It's as good as having an apple in your pocket without actually having to pedal with an apple in your pocket, and it will zap post-workout fatigue. $20 for 12; Also on The Stylish Man's Guide see more
Movies + TV

60 Seconds with MTV's Awkward Star Beau Mirchoff

Beau Mirchoff may have gotten his big break from Desperate Housewives, but MTV has made him a heartthrob to teen girls with its darkly hilarious high school comedy Awkward., which chronicles outcast Jenna's rise to popularity when her classmates think she attempted suicide. (He's just one of the school's dreamiest guys who take notice, but he's the one she's been pining for.) As the show—already renewed for a second season—approaches its first season finale the native Canadian tells us what it's like to work with Housewives, why he doesn't mind being a teenager on the small screen, and what see more

Missing Links: The End of DADT, Ryan Gosling Speaks Canadian, and Roseanne Barr Takes On Wall Street

We scour the Web to find you the best intel you might have missed this week. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Ends in Quiet, Personal Ways — Washington Post Nirvana's Nevermind: Hear 3 Unreleased Tracks — Spin Warner Bros. Releases a Full-Length Trailer for J. Edgar — YouTube Ryan Gosling Says "Hey, Girl" in Canadian — Jezebel Will Netflix Hand Over 6 Figures for @Qwikster Twitter Feed? — PC Mag Watch: Roseanne Barr Pops Up at Occupy Wall Street — Death and Taxes Starving Artists Can No Longer Afford Williamsburg — Gothamist Things You Learn After a Lot of Time Spent see more
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