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  In 1919, E.E. Cummings impregnated his lover, the separated wife of his beloved friend Scofield Thayer, Elaine. Unfortunately, Cummings left Elaine and the child alone and abandoned, and Thayer took on the role of the girl’s father until he and Elaine officially divorced one year later.      But this story isn’t a tragic one; it’s a poignant one about doing the best we can for those we love. After that year apart, Cummings could no longer refuse to acknowledge his daughter. The struggling writer expressed his paternal...
Last night’s Communion Records gathering at the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall brought together a plethora of indie rock/folk bands of varying popularity, including Brooklyn’s own Savior Adore. Other fine acts included Tennis, On an On, Poor Remy, The Districts, Belle Mare, Salt Cathedral, Great States, Night Sweats, Tor Miller, Michael Daves, and Leif Vollebekk, whom we had the pleasure to meet outside the venue. Each band had space to spread out in between three stages, and each played for just under an hour, though...
  Kim Gordon’s recent show at White Columns, titled Design Office with Kim Gordon-- since 1980 has been viewed and critiqued mostly as a tribute to the 1980s and 1990s art world. A 1970s student of the Otis Art Institute in LA, the Sonic Youth lady has been making visual art continuously throughout her career.    The updated version of her 1981 show ties her experimental design work with references to her own work. In her Noise Paintings, she features the names of noise bands like Weak Sisters,...
  It’s Wednesday; you need some spice in your day. Well, here it is. This adorable group of people figured out that New York City’s subway conductors have a tedious and somewhat pointless task: when they arrive in the station, they must point at a sign to prove they’re awake. And they decided to make their day, and this video just might make yours too!   Video via YouTube Image via LM&M Railroad ...
  Oh dear. Just when we thought we had covered all of the fields in which women are discriminated, we churned up another: air travel. In a study by English travel agent sunshine.co.uk, 51 percent of travelers expressed a preference for male pilots over females. Shockingly, it was mostly women who felt unsafe with lady pilots behind the wheel.    Not only did the study reveal prejudice, but it also aimed to explain why people feel this way. 32% of those suspicious of women pilots cited “male pilots...