I grew up listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary--my sisters and I belting 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' dramatically in our kitchen on many a rainy afternoon. While an enduring obsession with sixties culture and folk music grew out of this, so did a lifelong admiration for Mary Travers, the magnetic, intense, immensely talented soul of one of the biggest folk acts of all time. Travers passed away yesterday, at 72. Check out this video--how incredible is she? She was a ... Read More
At long last, Diablo Cody's much anticipated horror flick Jennifer's Body is hitting the theaters this weekend, and I have two words for you: See. It. Don't rely on the infamous 'red band' trailer to inform you. It was obviously put together by dudes for other dudes, as were the smattering of negative reviews the film has already gotten by guys complaining that it's not scary enough or not funny enough or whatever. The fact of the matter is, this film is so ... Read More
By Tao Lin Melville House Publishing Tao Lin is notorious for being a writer who enjoys a good gimmick. He has delighted in making his fans uncomfortable at book readings by repeating the same word or phrase over and over for six minutes, and for storming Brooklyn with viral marketing campaigns such as plastering any found surface with stickers that simply read, 'Britney Spears.' However, the fact that he chose to title his fifth published novel, Shoplifting ... Read More

Hump-day Treat Time!

BY Web Intern in General

I think it's funny my hump-day treat is right after a post featuring an almost naked dude (oww oww!). But anyways, enjoy these pups, especially the one that makes the cutest mini growls ever! nicole! thank you youtube for the ... Read More
All news sources are having a field day with the supposed results of a gender test on 18-year-old track and field athlete Caster Semenya. It has many jaws dropping, but I think what is more important is the discussion of gender classifications. Many were suspicious of Semenya because of her masculine build and appearance, and when she dominated an 800-meter race caused enough questions from officials that she underwent gender testing. The tests found that her ... Read More

LIONESS.

BY Web Intern in General

As much as I respect and support the men and women in our military, US military policy is sometimes a silly one. For example, it forbids women from serving in military units whose primary object is direct ground combat. Whaaaaat?! I would assume there are some women who join the military thinking they'll be able to serve their country in the exact same way men do. It turns out a group of female support soldiers got around this policy and ended up fighting ... Read More
Have you ever tried tracking what you spend your money on? It seems like every financial planner suggests keeping track of the number of lattes you buy, as well as keeping your receipts so you know exactly where your $$$ is going. Well, Kate Bingaman-Burt takes this financial tracking to a whole new level--she draws what she purchases and then posts the images on her blog Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? She also prints out a zine with these same ... Read More

I Love My Fart Party

BY Web Intern in General

I can't remember how I discovered Julia Wertz's comic Fart Party but I do remember my old coworkers looking over my shoulder and saying, 'What the hell is Fart Party? What kooky business are you looking up?' The answer was simple, it's a comic put out by this girl from San Francisco who now lives in Brooklyn and she shares little stories from her childhood, as well as the crazy/odd/hilarious happenings in her life now. Anywho, if you're a fan you should lend her ... Read More

Go Alanis!

BY Web Intern in General

On October 11th, in Susanville, CA, Alanis Morissette is going to run the Biz Johnson Trail Marathon to raise money for the National Eating Disorders Association. I don't know if you've see Alanis lately but she is kicking ass. Last year she started a new health regime, which focused on changing her diet and her lifestyle. While training for the marathon and changing her relationship with food, she decided to share this information with others and pair up with the ... Read More

CREEPY!

BY Web Intern in General

Remember Bianca in Lars and the Real Girl? When I first found out you could order that lovely female companion with your choice of hair, eye, and silicone (skin) color, I was flabbergasted. What sane person would pay hundreds of dollars for this?! Go to the Bunny Ranch in Nevada if you have a difficult time with women and want the 'girlfriend experience.' Well, a German company called First Androids wants you to get just a bit closer to actually being with a ... Read More