"[cougar] is a little more trendy right now than I think it should be. Men have been doing it for so long. If a man’s 40 years older than a woman they’re dating or married to, it seems De rigueur, but if a woman dates someone five or ten years younger, it becomes such a big deal. I find that to be really distasteful." Lucy Liu in Schon magazine 2014
Hari Kondabolu analyzes a Matthew McConaughey interview about gay rights in The Advocate where he outs one of his college friends, talks about how popular he was in high school and comes up with a program to help “the nerd, the gay kid, the fat girl and the kid with the hairlip.”
Tim Walker’s Pastel Cats
"A lot of people get confused when they see this image. They think it was done by computer, but we actually took pigment powder, mixed it with talc to get the right ice-cream pastel colours, and brushed it into the cats.
The owners were two proud members of the Persian cat club. I can’t remember how I found them, but they turned up in a van, covered in cat fur, and stood breathing down my neck as I took the picture. We were worried about putting all that powder into the animals’ fur, but they said, ‘Oh no, they absolutely love it.’ The cats were such vain creatures - they adored being touched and pampered.
We didn’t really think about which cats, or how many, should be done in which colours. We just did each one, and then they had to go back into their cat beds in the owners’ van. I think I lost count of how many were pink and how many were blue, but when we were finished they all came out and looked great together. There wasn’t enough light to do the picture indoors - but, by a fluke, all the cats seemed to gravitate to this clematis at the bottom of some steps. I didn’t arrange them. This is just what the cats did, and they all pretty much stayed where they were throughout. So it’s actually quite a naturalistic portrait - apart from the colour.
At the time, in May 1998, I had no idea how the picture would resonate with people. But it has been the image I’ve been asked about the most. For some reason, people are just fascinated with it - more than any model, house or celebrity I’ve ever shot. Everyone wants to know about the pastel cats.” -Tim Walker
Interview by Leo Benedictus
Inherent Vice (Official Trailer)
voice-over/narration by Joanna Newsom.
Opening in limited release on December 12, 2014 and expanding on January 9, 2015.
steal his look: Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park
$1,151 Hunter Gather Black Leather Blazer
$275 Phillip Lim Dolman Button Up Shirt
$155 Gucci Rectangular EyeGlasses
$545 David Yurman Silver Box Chain Necklace (add pendant for maximum result)
$159 Dolce & Gabbana Leather Belt
does he not wear pants in the movie
When Stewie jumps in on Bart’s prank phone call to Moe’s with a gleeful, “Your sister’s been raped!” When Meg, seeking companionship from Lisa, shows her gratitude for Lisa’s kindness by capping off a litany of her personal grotesqueries by carving Lisa’s name bloodily into her arm. When Stewie tries to get in good with Bart by ball-gagging and torturing Nelson (and Principal Skinner, Apu, Jimbo, and Sideshow Bob). When Peter and Homer’s fight ends up offhandedly injuring children and culminates in a bloody, tooth-detaching climax. When, in its very existence, the episode allowed Family Guy’s sensibilities to seep into The Simpsons’ universe, I felt myself growing genuinely angry.
Look, The Simpsons isn’t what it used to be, and has lost some of its heart over its quarter-century. And there’s a place for deliberately provocative dark comedy predicated on intentional offensiveness (even if Family Guy remains a shoddy example of same). But the two shows are incompatible for one central reason—humanity.
For all its accumulating faults heading into its second 25 years (or however long), The Simpsons’ Springfield has room, amidst all the wackiness, for character, and heart, and growth. These shows have different styles of comedy, fine. But only one of them is diminished for having been associated with the other
- The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom would definitely have pro-China sentiments)
- University students held a week-long boycott of classes to protest for true democracy in Hong Kong
- Today riot police were deployed against peaceful protesters. Equipped in full riot gear the police used pepper spray to deter the protesters, mainly students and youths but also some elderly people have reported being sprayed point blank
- It is estimated that over 50,000 people have joined the protest and this number continues to grow
- This is the largest political protest in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997
- Although the protests remain peaceful, police have now started to use tear gas and have brought out long guns loaded with rubber bullets (there hasn’t yet been a report of any bullets being shot)
- Over 80 arrests have been made including students as young as 16 for taking part in these protests
- They are cutting cell phone receptions in the protest area so that people can’t share any information
- Violence is increasing as police continue to instigate protesters
- All this comes right before the October 1st celebration of the 65th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China
- There are rumours that the PLA (the Chinese army) are going to be brought into the city tonight
More facts about Hong Kong:
- We run under a one country, two systems policy with China meaning that we are part of China but have our own government and laws.
- Protests for universal suffrage have been held throughout the summer but these are the biggest yet
- Anti-China and anti-government sentiments are at their highest levels yet. Survey results showed that 1 in 5 people are thinking of emigrating from the city.
- In June, China issued a white paper essentially telling Hong Kong to remember their place and re-asserting their authority over the city
The scenes from the protest look awful. In my 17 years in Hong Kong I’ve never seen anything like it. The world needs to know about this and say something before we get a recurrence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
I hope everyone stays safe. Hong Kong stay strong.
Reaction photoset for the rest of my life.
A baby has a better grasp on race relations than a full grown adult
This should tell you all you need on a number of levels
I believe that children are our future