House of Cards
These questions regard last night’s episodes of HBO’s GIRLS. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. One of Marnie’s stated goals for the weekend is to “Prove to everyone we can still have fun as a group” — which seems an awful lot like she is talking directly to viewers of the show: “Look, we know the characters have been interacting less and less with each other, on this show that is ostensibly about the relationship between four women, so we made a beach house episode for you! Now they’re all in one place, interacting!” Does it work as a narrative gambit? Does this episode make GIRLS feel more cohesive? Or does it feel more fragmented?
“Dogs are so predictable, aren’t they?” drawls former South Carolina Majority whip Frank Underwood, taking a moment from his favorite pastime — shouting over the fourth wall — to address an actual adversary in House of Cards. Netflix dropped all of 13 episodes as a poisoned Valentine/President’s Day salute on Friday, a dysphoric 8.6 hours of television comprising the second season. It was consumed, Clockwork Orange-style, by politicos, TV-literate junkies, and masochistic media types, demonstrating that we must be very sick people to binge-watch a show presenting the inherent evilness of mankind as the most predictable thing of all.
Scandal: Oh my god, I have the craziest thing to tell you.
You: Hold on. First of all, hello.
You: It’s polite to start a conversation off with a little introduction.
Scandal: IF I WERE YOU, I WOULD BE TERRIFIED!
You: What does that even mean?
Scandal: NO REPEATS! INSANITY!
You: You cray.
Because the ultimate question in our lives right now is not “What do we get our significant other for Valentine’s Day?” but “How do I avoid reading House of Cards spoilers? Wait, shit, it’s Valentine’s Day??” (It’s official: Netflix is trying to undermine your relationship.)
Good catch, guy! Several sharp-eyed Twitters managed to freeze-frame a second of Jake Tapper’s CNN segment about the making of the actual Academy Awards this week, where you can see the nameplate clearly read: “Leonardo DiCaprio Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role For The Wolf of Wall Street.”
It was cold and dark on a recent Thursday at 5:47 a.m. when Brian Carey was making his most important delivery of the day. He had to get each of the major New York papers to CBS President Les Moonves and a Washington Post and Boston Globe to CBS Corporate Communications. Newspapers bound in his lap, Mr. Carey was remembering the CBS account of years past. “This stop used to be two hand trucks of stuff,” Mr. Carey said. “Now it’s one freakin’ bundle.” They used to order 100 Washington Posts every morning; that day, Mr. Carey had six.
Mr. Carey, a stocky 46-year-old, and his bespectacled uncle, Art Hotaling III, 63, are the current generation and staff of Hotaling’s News Agency. In 1905, Mr. Hotaling’s grandfather and namesake Arthur Hotaling opened a store specializing in out-of-town newspapers. Friends with Times Publisher Adolph Ochs, the elder Hotaling soon moved his newsstand right in front of the old New York Times Building at 1 Times Square. It was a smash hit. The newsstand and its companion storefront thrived without selling a single local paper or domestic magazine. New York’s homesick immigrants and curious locals depended on Hotaling’s for the rest of the 20th century.
Fashion Week Observed
We’d say “They wish,” but the implications are too disturbing. Especially since Rep. Kevin McCarthy here on the left is actually the House Majority Whip, and everyone else in the video (save Congresswoman Donna Edwards) is actually from South Carolina.
As much as we love Fashion Week, anyone who has ever been to the shows will tell you that it’s not an easy stroll down the tents. Instead, you have to contend with late start times, harried ticket scanners, dying electronics (due to lack of outlets at Lincoln Center/Eyebeam), and a myriad of other FW-related crises. In that spirit, we’re covering this season’s Fashion Week with YOU in mind, sending our intrepid reporters out to cover the important aspects of the shows…well, the ones that have nothing to do with the clothes.
After the jump: Son Jung Wan, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui and J. Mendel!
Sure, you need to start binge-watching House of Cards so you can spend the entire weekend just going to fucking town on season two, and it’s always a good time to catch up on Quality Programming, but as we all stumble through this snowy Hellmouth together, let’s just take a moment and consider our options. Maybe this stuff isn’t a good idea after all.
Canada’s biggest emo rapper is furious about being misquoted, and also having his cover stolen out from under him by a dead man.