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Sweet and Sara: A Bittersweet Tale

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in On The Street | 0 comments

Sweet and Sara: A Bittersweet Tale

Marshmallows: they’re usually a treat to be enjoyed with a steaming cup of hot cocoa, between crunchy graham crackers and ample slabs of almost-melted chocolate, or roasted over an open campfire. But traditional marshmallows contain gelatin, an animal-derived substance that had long prevented vegans like Sara Sohn from enjoying even a single bite of the fluffy confection. “It’s a whole nostalgic thing: the sensation that brings out the kid in all of us,” she said. “Marshmallows are edible bliss; they’re supposed to make you happy. And a lot of people were not happy for a long time because...

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With a Push and a Picture, A Headline is Born, A Father is Mourned, Humankind to be Scorned.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

With a Push and a Picture, A Headline is Born, A Father is Mourned, Humankind to be Scorned.

I’ve always considered subway fatalities to be one of the most demeaning ways of leaving this mortal coil. Sure, you could argue that automobile accidents are just as feckless– but I beg to differ. Your average crosswalk won’t have people lined up, patiently waiting for a ride to the next block, who are probably in most respects dithering away in a particularly thrilling round of bejeweled, reading the latest E.L. James sequel, or chowing down on some freshly-fried falafel. Therefore, there would be no one to save you if you did get pushed into oncoming traffic. But...

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Justin Bieber, Over-all the Etiquette Schmetiquette

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

Justin Bieber, Over-all the Etiquette Schmetiquette

Recently, this abominable photo made the rounds on the ‘nets, and the collective cracking of neck muscles could be heard around the world as people shook their heads in mock repulsion. I mean, just look at it. It’s strange how a singular image can arouse so many distinct emotions, like how the right contact between two specific wires can jumpstart a car. Except, in this case, the car backfired and instead ejected its passenger into the stratosphere. It’s not about the fact that Bieber decided to don a stylized Joe the plumber ensemble (actually, the outfit quite suits him and his onstage...

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Hostess Declares Bankruptcy, But There’s Twinkies Galore on eBay for all you Ding-Dongs

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

Hostess Declares Bankruptcy, But There’s Twinkies Galore on eBay for all you Ding-Dongs

One of my greatest regrets (not that I have many) about turning vegan was that I wasn’t able to indulge in any of the many delectably diabetes-inducing, freakish concoctions that the Hostess baking company produced by the millions every day. But now I guess I don’t even have anything to regret on. Except that maybe there are now a gaggle of eBay trolls offering an unopened box of Twinkies for the reasonable price of $500 USD. Early this Friday morning, Hostess declared it would be shuttering all business and liquidating their stock out of their bakeries, after union strikes, low...

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Is K-Pop South Korea’s Blessing, Or a Curse?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

Is K-Pop South Korea’s Blessing, Or a Curse?

It’s been a great year to be a member of a Korean boy/girl band. Because “Gangnam Style,” the viral, extremely catchy and extremely cochlea-aching single by South Korean singer PSY has been dominating the airwaves since this past summer, K-pop singers have the golden ticket into the hearts and wallets of their now burgeoning American fanbase. And it isn’t an accident. Before being cast out into the limelight, “accepted” k-pop auditionees pretty much have to make a deal with the devil– the devil of unabashed vanity. It isn’t uncommon for a k-pop...

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