Maja Cule is a New York-based artist whose work breaks down the ways that online information and content influence offline actions. Recently, she collaborated with the fiercely interrogative "post-Internet" DIS Magazine on a project called DISimages: a fully functional stock image library aimed at "manipulating the codes and trends in stock photography." Her photo series, titled “Laughing Alone with Salad," is a series of acute, mesmerizing examinations of the Hairpin's favorite meme, invented and brought to life on-site by Edith Zimmerman. Last week, I interviewed Maja on Skype.
Hello! Where exactly are you right now?
I’m in Croatia, home on vacation. It's [...]
Rebecca is a 24-year-old web designer who lives in New York City.
So, let’s talk about your mom! What was her story growing up?
She was born in 1960 and she grew up in a Catholic family in New York, not super religious but culturally so. She told me that she thought maybe she was bisexual, and she also definitely wanted a family, and at that point the way to have a family was to get married to a man. So that’s what she did.
How did your parents get together?
She met my dad in college—he’s nine years older than she is—and they got married a few years after that. She was the one to propose, which is [...]
Layne is a graduate student at the University of Michigan. She was adopted from South Korea as a baby.
So, what do you know about your birth parents?
Not much! I know she was 17, he was 19, and they weren’t married. I think my biological father had just joined the military service, and it was sort of a fork in the road—either they could get married and raise the child, or he could stay in the service, but not both.
How old were you when you were adopted?
I was born in September 1985, and I got to America on January 15, 1986.
Did your adoptive parents fly [...]
Our boundless curiosity about the ability of a human to raise three tiny lifeforms at once led us to sit down with our own commenter, iceberg, who has survived the first few years and emerged unbroken. She'll be in the comments to answer any other questions you might have!
"HOW DID YOU HAVE THREE BABIES?" I ask with a meaningful glance!
For that, you'll have to wait for my upcoming feature, "Bake-at-Home Babies."
We're very excited! For the record, let's state I deliberately got clearance to ask that super-rude question for humorous purposes.
Oh, girl, that's not EVEN close to the rudest. People have straight up asked if we [...]