“I married a thug,” said the street lit author Wahida Clark, addressing the issue as if she were listing the bullet points of accomplishments in her life. “I said, ‘Wow, he’s locked up! I want to meet this brother.’ Then it ended up being forever.” Ms. Clark is high up in a boardroom at The Read More
Now you can have your morals and eat them too.
Buycott is a new app that removes the potential of cognitive dissonance from consumer brand decisions.
Created by 26-year-old Ivan Pardo, it allows you to swipe product barcodes and peruse the product’s corporate family tree before making the decision to purchase it.
If demanding Read More
A new thrill ride on the Jersey Shore will be named Super Storm, so that riders can remember how much fun it was when Sandy ravaged the coastline and destroyed their homes.
The spinning, pendulum-shaped ride, which is slated to be open sometime before the Fourth of July, will help replace some of the iconic Read More
This art history professor might be a little too interested in the female form.
Medieval Art expert and NYU professor Ross Finocchio, 34, was arrested for spying on two women, ages 26 and 28, in the dressing rooms of Beacon’s Closet, a West Village boutique. He is accused of hiding his iPhone in his shoe and Read More
It wasn’t designed this way, but suddenly Bunty Berman Presents…—well, Bunty Berman. Since the fifth preview of this loony, tune-y movie spoof, an insert has been stuffed into the show’s program announcing in the bluntest boldface possible that “The role of Bunty Berman is being played by Ayub Khan Din”—and not just “at this performance,” either. Forever and a day, it would seem. Read More
Very attractive couple-about-town Dennis and Coralie Charriol Paul’s film group and initiative React to Film is having its first film award party/fund-raiser, hosted by Lily Johnson White, Richard Farley, Henry Bodmer, Helene Comfort and Jasper van Santen. React to Film’s motto is “Expose. Engage. Inspire.” and it has done this through screenings of documentary films Read More
On the Trail of the Next Great Crime Novel: After ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ Will Readers Flock to a More Exotic Noir?
Detective Fabio Montale is having a rough week. His best friends are dead, he keeps getting beaten up, and his city is descending into, as the title of the novel he stars in suggests, Total Chaos. But he still has time for a little bass. Fennel-stuffed and grilled, maybe, with a lasagna sauce and peppers, “gently fried.” Some friends are coming over for pastis and Lagavulin and gin rummy by the sea, and they expect the copper to cook.
“I was finally calming down,” Montale thinks. “Cooking had that effect on me. My mind could escape the twisted labyrinth of thought and concentrate on smells and tastes. And pleasure.”
In 2011, Janet Malcolm underwent the literary rite of a Paris Review interview. As part of its tradition, the magazine permits interview subjects to reread and revise their words: they have an impressive degree of control over their self-presentation, which presumably makes the whole exercise more appealing. Often the effect is of a long chat on a porch in the Berkshires between an elder statesman and a respectful apprentice, who nods sagely at the importance of rising early to write.
But most interview subjects have not spent their careers contemplating the treachery of the interview. Most interview subjects have not made their names dissecting flattering self-presentation. Most interview subjects are not Janet Malcolm.
There are readers who will never pick up a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (Knopf, 496 pp., $26.95), perhaps scared off by the premise—a Nigerian couple whose love for one another is dwarfed by their infatuation for Anglo and American culture—or from reading the blurb by Dave Eggers on the back cover (“Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently,” etc.). It does not scream “beach book.”
Well this was quite the turn of events. If anyone was going to leave SNL in-between seasons, we knew it would Seth Meyers, who is taking over Jimmy Fallon’s old spot. After him, we would have put our money on Jason Sudeikis saying goodbye, since he’s always trying to negotiate his way off the show in order, we assume, to spend more time banging Olivia Wilde. (Can you blame him?) Or what about Fred Armisen, who already has one foot out the door with his IFC show, Portlandia? (Which, it should be mentioned, is produced by Lorne Michaels.)
If we had to think of a fourth person to leave, we’d probably guess Keenan Thompson, whose perpetually youthful appearance belies the fact that the 35-year-old has been working on the NBC variety sketch show for a decade now.
We just weren’t expecting today’s news that our favorite male performer (okay fine, tied for first with Taran Killam,) Bill Hader would be announcing his departure. Why, Stefon, why??? Read More