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If you're writing a book, try and make friends with a quasi-famous person to make fun of you when it comes time to promote that sucker, because apparently this trend is still cresting that wave. The tendency first came to my attention last May at the Mobys, an awards show concocted by the industry to bring attention to the latest craze in publishing–book trailers, short films meant to market works to wider audiences (like movie trailers, but for books). In John Wray's Lowboy, Zach Galifianakis plays an incoherent (if hilarious) version of the author. Read More
Dear Frida Kahlo,  Google has informed me that it is your birthday. Happy birthday. I’m must say that you have become quite accomplished since your death. You’re on a U.S. postage stamp, your 1943 painting "Roots" set the record for the highest-selling portrait by a Latin-American artist, you’ve even had an Academy award nominated film made about you! With Salma Hayek no less! (The movie made me tear up darnit, Frida. Read More
There was some warning that the Met was trying to link fashion to female empowerment–the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation, reads their promotional material –but I can't say I bought it. C'mon. Fashion is pretty nearly universally a symbol of entrapment. The high heels, the bras, etc. Sure, we can revel in being pretty and sexy and still be liberated, but by and large this is not how it works. Read More
 Katrina del Mar admittedly, and obviously, influenced by Russ Meyer, likes to make movies with tough girls.  Dubbed "Charles Manson, with giant boobs" by a Hell on Wheels cast member, she is surrounded by wicked-cool, smart & talented women, lots of them, and she puts them all in her movies. Girls that roll, surf, skate, drive and canter - if it moves, her girls are doing it in skimpy leathers and heavy eyeliner. Someone's going to get hit, there's gonna be at least one great girl on girl makeout scene and, oh yeah, a kick ass soundtrack. Read More
Though it seems to have been left in the dust, what with all the other natural disasters these days, the story of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans is still unfolding. Few have captured the aftermath as well as Getty Images photographer Mario Tama. Come check out his new exhibition, Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent, at the Umbrage Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from July 8th to September 14th. Tama's photos showcase not only the interruption of a culture and ruin of a landscape, but the optimism of a people with hope to rebuild. Read More
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