Afghanistan has no film industry, which makes a new movie called The Black Tulip, about good people seeking some kind of normal life in modern Kabul despite the constant threat of violence, destruction and despair, doubly dangerous to have made and inestimably valuable to watch. Filmed entirely in a country where women’s rights are still tested daily and cameras are so verboten that even a tourist’s throwaway Instamatic is an invitation to trouble—and produced, written and directed by a woman, no less!—this is a gripping experience as politically enlightening and emotionally involving as it is educational and beautiful to look at.
Is the viewership of the Fox News Network really so delicate that they must be shielded from an exclamatory remark invoking the name of a guy worshipped by a decent-sized slice of the human population?
The existence of “Kidz Bop”–a series of albums with an anonymous, Menudovian band of children covering today’s top pop songs–always seemed a bit unnecessary, as original hit songs by actual kids (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at the moments, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers in years past) have historically not been hard to come Read More
In a blog post published Friday the Obama Administration signaled measured opposition to both the House-sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its kissing cousin in the Senate, the Protect IP Act of 2011 (PIPA). With fairly clear language (for government officials), impossibly-titled administration officials Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and Howard Schmidt authored the response to two petitions directed at the legislation, stating:
Wet pearls against red lips. Sparkling high heels walking through filthy water. A tongue encased in silver.
Before she became famous, Marilyn Minter was a product of much of the same “nightclub kid” scene of the 1970s and 1980s that begot Madonna. And the artist’s works–hyperrealistic close-ups of gleaming body parts–were as censored and controversial Read More
Last Thursday morning, the publisher John O’Brien put out a cigarette and walked into the Washington Square Hotel for breakfast, where he greeted William H. Gass. The novelist was reading The New York Times and eating a bagel and fruit with his wife, Mary.
“You never know who you’ll run into,” Mr. O’Brien said. They Read More
Air Force personel who try and sign on to The New York Times website see a page that says “ACCESS DENIED. Internet Usage is Logged & Monitored,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Turns out that the Air Force is blocking Wikileaks, aiming to keep its personel from accessing more than 25 sites Read More
Four weeks after it was submitted to Apple, the November issue of Esquire still hasn’t been approved for the iPad. Mashable reports that the app was deemed too risque, and that Hearst has resubmitted a less sexual version.
Meanwhile, British tabloid The Sun introduced page 360 for the iPad, displaying topless Read More