For I have SALUTE YOUR SHORTS news! Alright, well I was reading up on what the cast of one of everyone’s favorite 90’s tv shows, Salute Your Shorts, was up to and most of them were pretty boring. One chick went to Law School and the others have random acting gigs on Lifetime from time to time, BUT one such character has done EXTREMELY well for himself. And which character is it and...
In this time of armed wheat stalks armed birds armed culture and armed religion you can’t buy a loaf without finding a gun inside you can’t pluck a rose in the field without its raising its thorns in your face you can’t buy a book that doesn’t explode between your fingers. Nizar Qabbani, “A Lesson in Drawing”
Petrarch, "Sonnet 310"
et cantar augelletti, et fiorir piagge, e ‘n belle donne oneste atti soavi sono un deserto et fere aspre et selvagge. - - - - - - - - - - and the singing of little birds, and the flowering of meadows, and virtuous gentle gestures in beautiful ladies are a wilderness and cruel, savage beasts.
Neil Gaiman, "American Gods"
No man, proclaimed Donne, is an Island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each others’ tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature, and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived,...
“What If I Leave” Rachel Yamagata I...
"The most beautiful suicide"
On May 1, 1947, Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Photographer Robert Wiles took a photo of McHale a few minutes after her death. The photo ran a couple of weeks later in Life magazine accompanied by the following caption: On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. ‘He is much better off...
How Can I Tell You-Cat Power
Polaris Music Prize 2008
The shortlist for the third annual Polaris Music Prize has been announced. For those who don’t know, the Polaris Prize is the canadian equivalent of the Mercury Prize. It is for best canadian full length album regardless of sales, success, etc. it is solely based on artistic merit. The List: Black Mountain — In the Future Plants and Animals — Park Avenue Basia Bulat — Oh,...
Can You Hear My Kids Now-ABX mashup
Lisbon Comes Alive, by Seth Sherwood (NYT)
FOR its 99th birthday last year, the decrepit Fábrica Braço de Prata factory complex underwent the real estate equivalent of a Saul-to-Paul spiritual conversion. A manufacturer of weapons during the dark years of dictatorship in Portugal, the long-disused facility was reborn as Lisbon’s most ambitious new cultural venue. Guns and grenades were replaced by concert rooms, exhibition spaces, a...
I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. ...– This has always been my favorite passage of all of Plaths’ works. After reading more of Nin’s journals I have been feeling quite attached to the genre and more forgiving when it comes to spoiled, manic-depressive writers.
Dolce & Gabbana Quad Strap Mary Jane Pump $695.00 Miz Mooz $189 ASOS 28 Euro (must find on ebay!)
What has happened to good TV?
So this morning on “The View”, Joe Cocker was on. Joe Cocker, the Woodstock performer and of course the singer of “The Wonder Year“‘s introduction, so all day I have been watching “The Wonder Years” episodes which really got me thinking. What has happened to good, wholesome television? Growing up, of course I watched the 90’s Nick cartoons, but...
Human Mirror from ImprovEverywhere on Vimeo The lastest mission by the famed, Improv Everywhere, consisted of a creating a human mirror on the 6 train in New York. I love these things! (Too bad I’m not a twin)
Does America Have Any Culture?
by Chuck Klosterman Due to a collision of seemingly unrelated events, I now live in the former republic of East Germany. Were I so inclined, I could use this column to explain how this happened, but that process does not interest me and would not interest you. I suppose I could also write eleven thousand words about why the rotisserie chicken is substantially more delicious over here (!), or...
Marc Jacobs as Andy Warhol
Mikael Jansson for Interview
Bob Lefsetz wishes us something better this 4th of...
The End Of The Innocence They said life would never be the same after 9/11. But somehow it was. Sure, the government kept telling us to be aware of terrorist attacks, but despite some anthrax being mailed around in the weeks after the Twin Towers fell, nothing ever happened. Sure, we ultimately had to take off our shoes as we went through airport security, but life was surprisingly just like it...
On the last leg of her tour, Stevie Nicks, hit PNC Bank Arts Center, and boy was it something. Having worked a handful of concerts already, I can pretty much tell whether the concert is going to be hit by the attitude of those walking to their seats. Never have I worked a concert where every single person within eyesight was standing up, dancing with their fellow concert-goers. The entire time...