October Isn’t Just a Month Anymore. This is a Whole Szn.

October marks the start of countless unofficial seasons: spooky season, pumpkin spice season, handcuff season, casual season, hoodie season and of course decorative pumpkin season. (Or “szn” for those who want to shorten it.) But this fall season somehow feels even more seasonal than in years past. Searches for “season” are high on Google, and …

Masks Aren’t Just For Fun Anymore At New York Comic Con

As the event industry struggles to get its footing this year after a disastrous 2020, conventions face smaller crowds and stricter security protocols. It opened at New York Comic Con on Thursday. Javits Convention Center In Manhattan, attendees celebrated the return of face-to-face meetings. But the masks at this year’s pop culture event aren’t just …

To Survive the Pandemic, A Secret Nintendo Cafe Is No Secret Anymore

TOKYO – Toru Hashimoto ran a cafe that he almost hoped no one would find. The little hideout is a nostalgic repository for the objects he hid during his decade as an engineer at Nintendo in the 1980s and ’90s: the original soundtrack to the Mario theme song, jerseys from the company’s baseball team, a …