BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 24, 2014
“Sarang” is the Korean word for “love.” It is also the name of the 3-month-old baby who died from malnutrition in 2010 while her parents were out on a 10 hour online gaming binge. The couple, a Mr. and Ms. Kim, spent 6-12 hours every day playing the online game Prius which, ironically, involves raising a virtual child named Anima. Unfortunately, Anima took precedent over Sarang, their real-world baby.
“The couple didn’t realize that the baby will starve to death. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Jul 17, 2014
There’s a special place in my heart for comedy that is so true it hurts. We got a taste of it when Lizzy Caplan deadpanned through a magnificent bit about how men can be funny.
Now we’re getting it again with Feminist Bros, a new YouTube duo that voice their opinions on movies on the YouTube channel Citizen Radio. They’re so right on with their assessment of horror films that it’s impossible to watch without cracking a smile. Just to give you a sample, here’s a quote from their video about horror movies:
“Men can cry! I cry all the time. Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 11, 2014
You may or may not be familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. If you aren’t, it was a thing on Twitter recently where people tweeted pictures of themselves or their loved ones holding signs that said why we need diverse books. However, it’s sort of lost momentum, and I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed a change in the literary landscape as far as representation is concerned. In fact, other than Orange is the New Black, I haven’t seen much of any representation in any form of media recently. And as a consumer, that makes me livid. Read More
BY Sonia Edwards
on Jul 09, 2014
Tired of seeing free movies? Nope. Interested in seeing kick-ass women in lead roles? Hell yes. Lucky for you, Videology’s Strong Female Lead series kicks off this August, and they’re celebrating women in cinema by screening a different movie every month, each with a powerful female at the center of the action.
The Williamsburg video store/bar/screening room is host to all kinds of fun screening parties and themed bingo nights, and it begins its Strong Female Lead series on August 7th with Slums of Beverly Hills, starring Natasha Lyonne. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jun 27, 2014
In the 1920s and 30s, the twins Violet and Daisy Hilton were as close to being vaudeville royalty as any two people could get. They were talented performers: they could sing and dance, they played any number of musical instruments, they were witty and charming and crowds of fans flocked to their shows every night. They also had one other appealing factor: a small piece of flesh on their backs that had conjoined the sisters since the day they were born.
Growing up with such a visible physical handicap, their eventual success was not necessarily expected. Read More