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The Last King of New Jersey: The Suburban Life of Napoleon’s Brother

As Napoleon Bonaparte expanded his new French Empire and conquered much of Western Europe, he doled out the spoils of war to his friends and family, whether they wanted it or not. Napoleon’s older brother Joseph, described by historians as “idealist, mild mannered, and lacking in vigor,” had wanted to be a writer, but was [...]

Artisanal Ice Cubes

What? You’re still using ordinary ice from a freezer? How gauche! Proper people only drink cocktails mixed with gourmet ice. Fortunately, there’s a who slew of companies that now prepare and sell luxury, hand-crafted ice: Gourmet ice, often heavily filtered and hand-cut to guarantee the optimal amount of dilution, has officially become part of cocktail [...]