This Guy Knows How to Make TED Talks Interesting: Get the Speakers Drunk

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Stephanie Koch courtesy of Eric Thurm
Eric Thurm has a plan to make TED Talks bearable.
Depending on who you ask, TED Talks are either a treasured vehicle for the exchange of ideas or a sad representation of our generation's inability to pay attention to things.

Brooklyn writer Eric Thurm is trying to settle the question once and for all: He's getting eight experts drunk before putting them on the podium to talk about everything from city pigeons to Jane Austen to "conscious uncoupling."

It's all happening on November 29 in Williamsburg, where Thurm will host an event that he's calling TEDxxx: Ideas Worth Dreading -- an offshoot of similar "talks" that he held as a student at the University of Chicago.


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Want to Find Love in NYC? Put a Bag Over Your Head

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Photo credit: Irene Chidinma Nwoye
Monica Siu has never been in a relationship.

The 23-year-old is not unattractive. In fact she is quite beautiful -- quick to laugh, with long black hair that falls past her shoulders, and cheeks that flush pink easily.

But in high school, while "everyone else was dating and getting all those feelings," Siu, the oldest of her siblings, was saddled with adult responsibilities because of problems at home.

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Window Washing Is A Terrifying Gig: A Brief History

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Cleaning windows in New York City is a tough, thankless, and, quite frankly, terrifying job. The city saw that last week when window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama found themselves trapped on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For more than 90 minutes, the two were suspended hundreds of feet in the air outside the tallest building in North America, to the horror of onlookers below, before they were rescued by members of the FDNY and Port Authority police department.

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The Third Rail: How It Feels to Support New York City FC, the Team That Doesn't Yet Exist

The Third Rail is the name of the supporters group for New York City FC, a team that has yet to play a game, put together a full squad, or find a permanent stadium. And up until the 11 a.m. hour on Thursday, they didn't know what their team's jersey would look like.

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Here's Late Voice Theater Critic Jerry Tallmer Doing a Proto-Takedown of the Times

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Jerry Tallmer in 1962.
Lately, it's fashionable to eviscerate the establishment's status quo (see: The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, what Keith Olbermann used to do), either on television or in blog-post form, and then after that decimation, there comes another blog post recapping it, thus continuing the cycle.

Well, consider this annihilation recap blog post 57 years late: Below is Village Voice co-founder and theater critic Jerry Tallmer dismantling a review of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in the New York Times.

The production at the Barrymore Theatre on 47th Street west of Broadway, was an encore to the prior year's blockbuster New York premiere that starred Bert Lahr. It was helmed by the same producer, Michael Myerberg, and touted in the Voice (and, presumably, elsewhere) as "Negro Godot": Under the direction of Herbert Berghof (who'd also directed the original), all the cast members were black, from Earle Hyman as Vladimir and Mantan Moreland as Estragon to Rex Ingram (Pozzo) and Geoffrey Holder (Lucky).

Tallmer, who left the Voice for the New York Post in 1962, created the Obie Awards in 1956. He died Sunday in Manhattan, just a few weeks shy of his 94th birthday. Read more about Tallmer's impact on the downtown arts scene and the Voice in Michael Feingold's obituary.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Cam Girl But Were Afraid to Ask

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Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Stoya at Exxxotica. See more Exxxotica 2014 photos.
At the end of a winding road within a nondescript corporate park in Edison sits the New Jersey Convention and Expo center, a grim gray building with an illuminated quick-change sign out front, the kind that usually shouts "GO TIGERS" or "2 FOR 1 WELL DRINKS." This one reads "WELCOME TO EXXXOTICA 2014." The building seems like the sort that hosts SATs -- until you open the doors and are hit by a wave of deafening techno and ass cheeks as far as the eye can see.

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How to Shop for the Holidays at a Porn Convention

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All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
A stocking-stuffer spotted at the Exxxotica expo in Edison, New Jersey.
The holidays are fast approaching, with the accompanying seasonal joy, department store stampedes, and mommy-on-mommy assault charges. To help you avoid disappointing everyone you love with boring gift cards, we went to the Exxxotica love and sex expo in Edison, New Jersey, over the weekend and found a perfect gift for everyone on your list.

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Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Nov. 7-9, 2014

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Be dazzled at the first annual New York Festival of Light.
This weekend, food and art intersect in three different galleries, one of which involves the actual French fries of 100 different New York restaurants. Also: Megan Amram of Parks and Recreation explains science to the modern woman, enormous sculptures made out of canned food occupy the Financial District, and the first annual Festival of Light illuminates DUMBO.

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Photos: Halloween on the Subway

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All photos by Skyler Reid for the Village Voice

On his way home from shooting the Twin Peaks-themed costume party Friday at the Glasslands gallery in Williamsburg, photographer Skyler Reid couldn't resist snapping a few photos of costumed revelers riding the subway.

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Let's Try to Guess These Internet Meme Costumes From the 2014 HallowMeme Party

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All photos by Emily Tan
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Is your meme game slipping? It's OK, because unless you're just skating by at work or school, you likely aren't all spending your free time on the internet, chortling at viral videos and photos, your eyeballs filled with snark spelled out in 48-point Impact font over some photo. So, together, let's try to guess some of these costumes and their accompanying memes from the annual HallowMeme party, which went down on Thursday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn. We'll go first. (If you can name one, leave a comment.)

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