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Obsessions, by EDGE

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Welcome to Obsessions, by EDGE: a monthly feature where the editors of EDGE share a few things they've be fawning over the past month, new or old or in between.

In this feature, travel and style editor Matthew Wexler, women and health editor Winnie McCroy, arts and entertainment editor Robert Nesti and national news editor Jason St. Amand pour over their love for a new shaving product, NBC's thriller "The Blacklist," the heat some hot celebrities are packing and the incredible "Nathan For You."

The J. Paul Travel Razor

Matthew Wexler: As EDGE's travel editor, I've been hitting the road (and the friendly skies) all summer long, which means the last thing I want to do is think about packing... or shaving. Fortunately, I discovered the J. Paul Travel Razor. I can't believe somebody didn't think of this sooner!

The two-in-one travel accessory is both a disposable blade as well as shave cream dispenser. The gel is formulated with vitamin E, aloe vera and jojoba oil, while the six-bladed razor provides a smooth shave for the guy on the go. Best of all, it's TSA compliant and compact. Available in a three-pack online or at select Nordstrom's stores.

The "Blacklist"

Winnie McCroy: Improbably one of the best new shows on TV, NBC's espionage thriller "The Blacklist" begins its second season on Monday, September 22. It stars creepy/sexy James Spader of the S&M love story "The Secretary" as Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, who travels around the world, brokering shady deals for criminals.

So what are the Feds supposed to think when he turns himself in to them, promising to catch a terrorist under the condition that he works only with Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico? As the season progressed, Red and Liz worked together to bring down one after another target on his "blacklist" of spies, mobsters, politicians and terrorist just aching for a comeuppance. But just how does Red really figure in to Liz's life? Is he her long-last father? Is her husband a spy? Is everyone a homicidal killer?!?

You'll love finding out, just as much as you'll love seeing Red be cold as ice under mounting pressure, and stay a true gentleman through it all. He's like Hannibal Lecter, only with less Chianti-fueled cannibalism. Plus, he's kind to animals! Check out Season 2 next week.

Celebrity Big Dicks

Robert Nesti: I've been obsessed with celebrity big dicks since the 1980s when a friend was working with a well-known actor who took him aside, telling him it was true - he had a big dick, then promptly showed him (He did).

We all know, size does matter; which is why the latest flurry of actors and musicians showing off their junk in running shorts or work out pants or tight jeans only enhances their celebrity. Who doesn't know that Jon Hamm is hung? Or that the rumors about Jared Leto are true? And wasn't the water cooler talk after a recent episode of "The Leftovers" all about what was bouncing around in Justin Theroux's running shorts? We are still waiting for James Franco's dick selfie to make the rounds, but maybe he's hesitating because he's not in the big leagues.

"Nathan For You"

I spent most of last month binge-watching the Comedy Central sensation "Nathan For You," starring Canadian comic Nathan Fielder. It's easily the funniest summer show and its second series finished up last month. If you haven't heard of the show you'll probably remember "Dumb Starbucks" - the stunt the show created that went viral earlier this year.

While "Dumb Starbucks" was a riot, it isn't indicative of the show's typical episode. Its basic premise is that Fielder, who plays a "business expert" in a docu-reality set up, meets with local mom and pop shops in California and comes up with ridiculous business strategies to improve their company. His plans to bring in more customers, or make more money, leave you in stitches but you also find yourself thinking, "Well, that's actually not that bad." A great example is when Fielder helped a funeral home, telling its owner she could get more customers if she was the only funeral home to offer a special service: provide actors to attend the funeral so the deceased looked more popular.

But its Fielder's deadpan delivery, his serious attitude, and lack of self-awareness a la Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from "The Office," that makes the show. Both seasons are just eight half-hour episodes, making "Nathan For You" an easy show to consume, but leaves you wanting eight more episodes.


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