Junkies on the PTA Board

“Heroin is coming back in a big fucking way,” says Eric Stoltz’s open-robed Lance in Pulp Fiction. Like everything ’90s, heroin is in again. Is it just a matter of time before we start seeing its glamourized return in fashion and film? Pulp Fiction wowed me (and disturbed my mom) when I saw it 20 years ago. Kate Moss summed up ‘heroin chic.’ Molly, in her furry boots and neon lingerie, is tired. Maybe it’s time for the opiate of all opiates to reclaim the spotlight.

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Love, Literarily

Curbside book clubs come to L.A.

E-readers and tablets may be showing up in ever more shapes and sizes, but we think the most exciting new way to read books is even more creative--free curbside lending libraries.

These little wood-and-glass huts stand on dozens of front yards across southern California (as well as nationwide). They operate on the honor system, with people contributing beloved tomes for others to borrow. The Little Free Library system began in Minnesota in 2009; now it’s a national organization seeking to promote literacy by encouraging the building of free book exchanges.

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bkr: Anti-Plastic Beauty in a Bottle

Everyone knows that Coke tastes better in a glass bottle. Mexican Coke, as it's most commonly referred to. So it makes sense that water tastes best in a glass bottle too. This was only one idea behind bkr, a San Francisco-born reusable water bottle company that outshines the rest.

Taking the anti-plastic reusable bottle crusade a step further, bkr has fused saving the planet and smart design into one 16 oz silicone wrapped, dishwasher safe bottle. Klean Kanteens and Nalgenes are cute, but bkrs are beautiful.

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CRAVE's Sensual Technology Brings Titillation Into Modern Times

San Francisco is a hotbed for technology. But technology is sizzling at CRAVE, a luxury pleasure start-up assembling sensual products for women in SOMA. Led by two product designers combining smart design with quality and environmentally aware materials and manufacturing practices, CRAVE is upgrading sexy time. As co-founder and lead designer, Ti Chang, puts it "If anything deserves good design, it's the things we bring to bed with us."

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