The best time to read The Secret History is probably while you're still in college, because it is about a secret society at a small liberal arts college gone horribly awry, but it is also worth picking up a few years later to be reminded about the intensity of college friendships, and also Ancient Greek.
These interwoven narratives (some of which were published as stand-alone stories in magazines such as the New Yorker) are brilliantly crafted, wryly tender portraits of life and love and the small tragedies of everyday modern life.
All of this is good news for the 42 million nature-starved people who visit each year.
Or as my colleague Matt put it: "I couldn't keep my eyes open for more than five pages of Hemingway growing up, but for some reason I picked this up in my post-graduation haze and was mesmerized." How is it possible that a novel written in 1963 about a group of post-collegiate friends in New York City IN THE 1930S could still be so relevant?
To help weed through the the tourist traps and last-season spots, we've compiled a guide of the essential things to do, see, eat, and buy while you're visiting the Big Apple.
Let's break it down by the numbers: Central Park covers 843 acres—including 250 acres of lawn and 136 of woodlands—26,000 trees, over 9,000 benches, 58 miles of walking paths, 36 bridges and arches, 21 playgrounds and 7 bodies of water.
“10 years later and I still can’t stand these guys…. HNY @imsebastianstan Toby and Kitsch,” Chace captioned the same photo.
The movie follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).
Long before her famous boyfriends, Taylor Swift wrote a song about a guy named Drew and found mainstream success with her ballad "Teardrops on My Guitar." Now when Swift writes a tune, while she may not confirm who she's singing about, her muses are a lot more high-profile.
And with the news of her breakup with Jake Gyllenhaal, fans will be waiting to hear what she'll sing about the Hollywood hunk in the future. Just as she was emerging on the pop scene, rumors began to surface that the blond chanteuse and Joe Jonas were an item.
It's been five years since Taylor Swift released her pop-country song, "Mine" -- a.k.a.
one of the best songs EVER to sing along in the car to.
New York City may not actually be that large in scale, but with thousands of stores, restaurants, museums and attractions packed into every block of every borough, it certainly feels like a lot of ground to cover.
Sifting through it all, especially if you're just in town for a short while, can be a daunting task.