Posts Tagged: parody

Mad Libs: New York Times Real Estate Edition 

Inspired by the "The Hunt."

After 18 months in a Hell's Kitchen sublet where the doorman charmed but the dining options were largely "unsuitable now that I've committed to a ketogenic Jainist nut-free vegetarian lifestyle," [name of special person A] and her spouse [name of special person B] were ready for a change.

[Special person A] took an [unbelievable number of weeks] paid leave from her job as a performance art archivist and digital [string of four arbitrary letters that suggest a marketing-related acronym] strategist to commit to the search. "It was scary," she whispered, "My apartment was well below market rate at $8,000 a month—how was I going [...]


My Beauty Regimen

It turns out that the Montreal bathroom cabinet of Jane Hu, age 25, looks sort of like a CVS shelf in the midst of a hurricane warning.


I get up a couple hours before I’m supposed to leave in the morning and I’ll practice piano. Sometimes I moisturize before going outside. I like grabbing whatever is closest to me—usually body lotion, which I take to mean can be used for the whole body, including face. Lubriderm fulfills the same function.

I slather myself with body lotions. It’s pretty easy and cheap, but it works.

On a recent plane ride, I rubbed hand lotion over my face. [...]


"Is this a new pelt?"

The historical improv comedy series (wait, keep reading!) that is PERIODS. is back with a new short film, "Viking Wives." ("Being a viking is tough, being a viking wife is tougher.") If you enjoy this, I'd also recommend "Pilgrims," "Forefathers," and "Edith Wharton's Ethan Fromme." They're exactly like reading books; if you're in high school, feel free to stay home today.


The Revolution Will Not Be 'Liked'

"Why does it matter who is eating whose lunch on the Internet? Are people who log on to their Facebook page really the best hope for us all?" — Malcolm Gladwell, "Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted," The New Yorker, October 4, 2010.

It was a warm November day in downtown New York City. Jerry Hinks, a pale, wiry, middle-aged man with shoulder-length, visibly dyed black hair, was sitting in a booth in his favorite pizza place, where he had just ordered a thin-crust 12” with asparagus and prosciutto. I had ordered a plate of antipasto because I don’t like the way melted cheese [...]


Anthony Lane Profiles James Franco

"Would it be construed as trespass, therefore, to state that Johansson looks tellingly radiant in the flesh? Mind you, she rarely looks unradiant, so it’s hard to say whether her condition [pregnancy] has made a difference." —The New Yorker, March 2014.

Poised on the edge of adulthood, James Franco is somehow all things at once, hard and soft, weathered and barely able to grow a beard, famous but quotidian, like a dumpling. Sitting by the fireplace in the Bowery Hotel and listening to the scruffy actor/ writer/ poet/ teacher/ artist/ intellectual provide meta commentary on his own celebrity, the intense glow on his face accents the sharp cheekbones that have [...]


Lily Allen, "Hard Out Here"

Lily Allen's back after a four-year hiatus, during which she gave birth to two children, with the track "Hard Out Here." The song title is a play on Three 6 Mafia's Oscar-winning "Hard Out Here for a Pimp"; the video is a satire of just about every viral music video of the summer, including Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop." It's getting plenty of deserved side-eye, in part for the lyric, "No need to shake my ass for you 'cause I've got a brain" and in part because she's using black dancers in much the same way that Miley did in her video and [...]


Drew Droege as Chloë Sevigny Is the Best

Parasol picnics with Helmut Lang, Helmut Newton, and a helmet.

Quail egg salad on zwiebach.



"You look in the mirror and what you see is a disgusting zoo animal"

This is Above Average's parodic response to Dove's "Patches" campaign from earlier in the month: the "real beauty mirror test," which has women confront how they see themselves when they look in the mirror. I, for one, tend to see sort of an amorphous blob. (Need new glasses.) [Via]


Shame the Children

In the fatherly fashion do – and don't – taking social media by storm, Utah dad Scott Mackintosh turned a pair of his own jeans into short-shorts to demonstrate his unhappiness with his teenaged daughter's skimpy wardrobe.

"I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving [for dinner]. She said NO!" Mackintosh wrote on his wife's blogBecky Mack's Blog of Mild Chaos.

"Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle, I decided to make a 'small' statement on how her short-shorts maybe aren't as 'cute' as she thinks!"


Mom of 30-Year-Old Man Spends [...]


A Different Kind of Black Swan Makeup Tutorial

Gloria Shuri Nava aka glowpinkstah does makeup tutorials, but she doesn't just do makeup tutorials. Makeup tutorials are just one means to an end for Gloria. This particular video may be the first time you're thinking about serious matters while laughing while doing something that has do to with makeup, which is difficult, but she'll show you how to do it right. [Via]