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Hometown glory

Houston — America's "coolest city" — gets another stamp of approval from style magazine

By Tyler Rudick

While many of us joked about Houston's recent designation as "America's Coolest City" — let's face it, the statistics were compiled by Forbes — the Bayou City ...


Beardos vs. boyzilians

Does the rise of manscaping mark the end of the beard craze? Boyzilians hit the mainstream

By Tyler Rudick

As the beard reigns supreme in male grooming habits, one would think the "natural look" was making a comeback, right? Well, not according to a recent article in The Daily Beast. ...


The Year in Culture

The best Internet comments ever: It's not a world for chickens or Hitler

By Jennifer Patterson

At CultureMap we pride ourselves in our intelligent readership. Generally reader comments encourage discussion and even make points that articles might have missed. But for every 10 instructive, in ...


The Ikea Challenge

Is that IKEA furniture or a Rubik's Cube? The assembly contest continues

By Fayza A. Elmostehi

Remember that contest we had, where you were supposed to guess how long it took CultureMap writers-turned-design-savants Caroline Gallay and Steven Thomson to put together an Ikea couch and a table ...


The Ikea Challenge

How long does it take two healthy, young adults to assemble IKEA furniture? Guess and win fabulous prizes!

By Fayza A. Elmostehi

You watched them as they prepared to put their friendship on the line for the sake of creating a comfortable home away from home. Caroline Gallay and Steven Thomson are remaking ...


Most viewed stories of the week

Reality sets in for CultureMap readers with NJ housewives, American Idol and gay Houston actors who tell it like it is

By Clifford Pugh

CultureMap readers love our contributors' take on pop culture phenoms. Theodore Bale and Joseph Campana's reports on The Real Housewives of New Jersey are attracting more fans every week. T ...


Trendysomething in SoMo

A station wagon to Coachella: Road tripping with drug mules

By Steven Thomson

A puddle of brackish brown water drained down my bathtub at midnight on Monday. I had just returned from five days sans shower — two 24-hour drives to California and three days camping in the ...


The battle rages on

A CultureMap green flashpoint: Why is everyone determined to drive solo?

By Rachel Hanley

It’s early in the environmental revolution at CultureMap and while we have a ways to go, I feel good about our progress. In a nod to our Green Living series, I was given the challenge of maki ...


Trendysomething in somo

Vanity 101: A crash course in taking narcissism to the nines

By Steven Thomson

If there's one thing I learned in rehab, it's that I can only rely on myself. Because when shit hits the fan, all of us twentysomethings are drifting about in our own self-involved states. ...


Trendysomething in somo

Held up: A hiatus for Fresh Prince of SoMo

By Steven Thomson

Five months have passed since the launch of the hit CultureMap column, Trendysomething in SoMo. What began as a tiny blip about life in a vaguely made-up neighborhood called South Montrose erupted ...


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