• Permanent Vacation?

    December 16, 2012 by in Rascalism

    Due to exciting opportunities in other parts of our lives, the editors of Take the Handle have decided to put the online magazine on hiatus for the time being. Who knows - it could return some day in a form that has not yet been invented. For the past five years TTH has been a source of inspiration and laughs for us and we'd like to thank everyone who contributed their time, writing and artwork over the years especially Ben Smith and Sam Axelrod who worked tirelessly as co-editors and constant contributors.

    Love always,
    Alex and Stefan

    PS please check out our proudest moments in our 10 semi-quarterly "Mag-A-Seen" Issues:

  • The Case of the Chung King Tongue

    January 3, 2012 by in Rascalism , Recreation

    In this piece, writer Alex Milsom tells of a Sichuan adventure with veteran TTH contributor Nathaniel Rich, who previously interviewed Sichuan John of New York's own Grand Sichuan with our Ed. Stefan Marolachakis.

    “Right now, at this moment, there isn’t a single other place I’d rather be in the entire world,” Nat had said to me when we arrived at the unatmospherically over-lit restaurant we’d driven 26 miles to visit.

    As if he was concerned I’d interpret his statement as hyperbole, he added, “Sometimes, I’ll be in another really good restaurant eating good food, and I’ll be thinking about this place and wishing I was here instead. I compare like everything I eat to the food here.” read more

  • A Great Holiday, Overlooked: 1-2-12

    January 2, 2012 by in Rascalism , Recreation

    Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, President Obama, et al:

    I was born in this fair city nearly thirty-two years ago. Since that day, a number of new jack area codes have popped up -- 917, 646, and 347, to name a few -- but one has always loomed large as the Big Apple's undeniable three-digit identity: 212. read more

  • Happy New Year Striptease Snafu!

    by in Rascalism , Recreation

    Our friends over at Howling Hearts have posted this year's definitive New Year's Eve video. It's a subway striptease for the ages, and words cannot do it justice. So, without further ado, Happy 2012! read more

  • Distract-o-Vision

    December 22, 2011 by in Recreation

    I'm always a sucker for a new gimmick so when I heard about the Smurf-O-Vision: Second Screen Experience, I knew I had to get involved. Every Blu-ray copy of the new rehash of The Smurfs comes with a free app for your iPhone or iPad which you can sync with the movie. It caters to the multi-task generation where even a recreational activity like a movie requires supplemental distractions like bubble popping and fly swatting. read more

  • Santa Rages Hard at TTH Holiday Party

    December 21, 2011 by in Rascalism

    Thanks to everyone who made it out to the TTH/Lemonade holiday party last week. Our party photographer dropped his camera down Santa's outhouse, so we're stuck with these lousy photos from our editor's phone. They might have turned out a little better if it hadn't been for the 40 cases of Asahi washed down with a couple Hot Drams. Check out nine absurd party pics below, none of which capture the true beauty of a blackbox theater decorated in tinsel and snowflakes by four men: read more