Brain disease took my dad, David Canary, in 2015. That was 56 years after his last blow to the head as a University of Cincinnati Bearcat — and 62 years since his first concussion as a Massillon Tiger. Had he not turned down a professional bid from the Denver Broncos to head to New York City and become an actor, the years may have been fewer.

Consider that blessing counted. Keep reading.

Did Football Kill My Father?

New York Daily News

10 Time-Management Tips from Ernest Hemingway

Birchbox Man Guide

Ernest Hemingway’s mastery of sparse-yet-compelling prose is a treasure of American literature; his technique, deemed the “iceberg theory,” was to surface only the immediate facts and leave symbolism and supporting details out of sight. As we optimize our approach to work and life, we’re looking to Papa for a little inspiration. Keep reading.

Prepare Yourself for the Inevitable Cuban Cigar Boom

Birchbox Man Guide

President Obama recently made the historical announcement that, after 52 years, the U.S. will “normalize relations with Cuba.” In addition to its positive implications for the the island nation, this move will allow Americans to embrace Cuba’s cultural riches for the first time in decades. Keep reading.

So, We Tried Roasting Chestnuts on an Open Fire. Here's What We Learned.

Birchbox Man Guide

One iconic song lyric aside, chestnut roasting is a bit of a nebulous holiday tradition. Can you actually roast them over an open fire? Do they really pop? Can we just have cookies instead? We had no choice but to dive in and see for ourselves. And, while smoldering charcoal doesn’t technically constitute an “open fire,” it seemed a perfectly fine alternative to having a fireplace at home.  Keep reading.

R.I.P. Colbeard: We Hardly Knew Ye

Birchbox Man Guide

It seems only yesterday that Stephen Colbert debuted a robust beard, just two months after his old show went off the air. Needless to say, we were shocked to learn that the soon-to-be Late Night host had already shorn those wondrous whiskers—but not before bidding a fitting internet farewell. Keep reading.

ADHDS 2014: Spotlight on Ethan Abramson

To a Manhattanite, stepping into the Architectural Digest Home Design Show feels like crossing over into another world (or borough, at least)—one in which limited space is no longer a factor. It’s no wonder urbanites flock here to live out all kinds of furnishing fantasies. Filling the sprawling 200,000+ square footage of Manhattan's Pier 94, the show houses over 300 of the world's top interior designers, whose crafts range from lighting to textiles to carpentry and beyond. Keep reading.

Happy HAY Day: Continuing the Legacy of Danish Design

Fab Blog

Form and function. These two words tend to be widely overused in furniture design discourse. But no other phrase so succinctly summarizes the hugely influential design movement known as Danish Modernism.

Famous for manipulating materials into clean-lined creations that embraced the human form, this style reigned supreme between 1940 and 1960, and is still emulated today in everything from furniture to textiles. Keep reading.

Wood That Works

Fab Blog

“What would you work for?” It’s the question LA-based organization Would-Works asks local homeless people people every day. The answer—new eyeglasses, a bus pass, first month’s rent—is no plea for charity; it’s a goal. Enabling them to achieve it, Would-Works transforms these people into contracted artisans. Their craft? Hand-finishing and packaging the maple and oak cutting boards you see today on Fab. Keep reading.

In Defense of One World Trade

Personal Essay

Making the rounds last week was an article purportedly written by Bansky for The New York Times and rejected before it went to print. This piece capped off the enigmatic street artist’s month-long residency in a city that, not surprisingly, welcomed him with open arms. Bansky’s work is one of few things that can still surprise us. Keep reading.