“It hardly mattered, though, to the now-early-teens who’d been raised on Williams’ movies. For them — for me — Williams has a place in the pantheon simply by virtue of being that rare star who seemed excited to work on projects we cared about. Giving joy is as important as evoking tears or provoking thought, and Williams’ legacy, perhaps, can be measured in the imprints his movies left in rec-room carpets, as kids parked in front of the TV rewound his movies again and again.”—Dan wrote a really excellent tribute to Robin Williams. This paragraph made me cry a little.
I spent the weekend with my parents in suburban MD in advance of the DC Politics and Prose reading tonight, and I made Ruth come too though she had to go back to NY today for work. We had a fun weekend exploring DC’s cultural riches. Jk, we didn’t, instead we ate excellent free food, drank a lot…
Hi Tumblr! I’ve been away for a couple months!
I had a conversation yesterday with my boyfriend, one where he literally almost got angry at me, after I outed myself for having spent money on Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. I tried to defend myself describing how the game actually is really smart about the way it monetizes around simple wish fulfillment, the underestimated value of cosmetic modifications to avatars, and how it’s made me think Kim K. is a brilliant business person. Essentially his argument came down to his distaste for the Kardashians, and there was no cultural analysis or undergrad level “highbrow meets lowbrow” thesis I could conjure that excused the fact I spent a dozen bucks on the game, and supported her empire, to purchase cool shoes for my game avatar.
And then Emily wrote this thing expressing a similar experience and articulated it very well. So click through for all of Emily’s blogging thoughts on the Kim K. game.
(P.S. my game progress mysteriously deleted itself the other week and I still can’t get support to respond, so I’ve taken a hiatus from trying to make it to Calabasas)
“Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit.”—
"ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox’s memoir, chronicling her personal journey from a misunderstood and socially unaccepted child to an acclaimed actress, speaker and advocate widely recognized by LGBTQ organizations for sharing her empowering message."
“I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.”—Jill Abramson talks to John Seigenthaler about Edward Snowden, secrecy, and the media. Read more. (via aljazeeraamerica)
“What we’re in the business of doing is building addicts, of building video addicts. The way we do that is by exposing our product, our brand, our shows, to more and more people.”—HBO CEO Richard Plepler, speaking at a BuzzFeed event in New York, when asked if he views HBO Go password sharing as a problem. (via parislemon)
“In 2007, Ketchum successfully lobbied Time magazine to name Putin its “Person of the Year,” according to U.S. Justice Department lobbying disclosure filings that show repeated meetings between Ketchum representatives and Time staffers.”—
Two days ago, The New Yorker’s Daily Comment blog published an essay by Michael Specter titled “What Young Gay Men Don’t Know About Aids,” in which Specter points to the increase of “unprotected anal intercourse among gay men,” claims that “the rates of HIV infection will surely follow,” and…
“What began as a great American experiment in democracy has evolved into an oligarchy of corporations whose sole interest is their own profit. America needs to follow the model set by the rest of the developed world and put “public” back into the mix.”—Eugene Danker on Opinion: Public universities should be free (via aljazeeraamerica)
At some point time in their lifetimes, more than 50 percent of Americans will spend a year in poverty or near poverty, according to new research by Washington University in St. Louis professor Mark Rank. In other words, poverty is more mainstream than you might think, experienced by a majority of Americans. And counter to the stereotype of the poor, most of them have worked extensively.
We’re launching a new series, #TheOtherAmerica, exploring the stories of people in America who try to play by the rules, work hard and raise their families, but still have trouble making ends meet. Tell us your story.
I’ll be sharing your stories, and what we’re learning from them, on air and online as the series continues. Find out more.