TLC is one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, second only to the Spice Girls. They have sold 65 million albums, clocked 10 top-ten Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B singles (bested in girl-group zone only by Destiny's Child), and changed so many of their fans' lives they had to drop an entire album essentially responding to the buckets of inspirational letters they were receiving about it. (Fanmail, you know—"I get lonely tooooo.") Their personal style and spiritual estiílo totally altered the culture; they popularized Cross Colours clothing to a mainstream audience, condoms as accessory (and, by extension, sexual empowerment and maturity), and fused rap and R&B when the twain [...]
If you talked to most of the people who went to Nick Thune’s comedy special taping at The Bell House, they would say things like, “what a really great show!” or, “I really liked his accent!” or, “he was really too tall!” I would be like most people, too, but unfortunately I burned my right eye with a considerable amount of battery acid the morning after I went to his “really great” show. Now I must live with singular heat beam vision, so if you talked to me, unlike most people I would say, 'screw the guy,' in a really funny accent.
Most people don’t know this, but I’ve actually met [...]
Your books editor recently reviewed some reviews over at Electric Literature, and talked a bit about what makes a good book review:
Stepping back, though, I believe it is very difficult to succeed with a book review if you lack generosity of spirit and a genuine love of books. There are plenty of terrible books, there are far more mediocre books, there are many good ones, and there are some that are great. Books that are terrible or mediocre are rarely worth your time to review. Which is not to say that a negative review has no place in your arsenal, but when I am reviewing a book, I [...]
Last week, an email leaked from the writer-director team behind Lola Versus, that complained about possibly sexist reviews from male critics that hurt the opening box office of their single-gal-finds-herself flick. Comments were made ‘round the internet alleging that the movie was just plain shitty and they were playing the sexism card as an excuse. I headed to the multi-plex to see just who was zooming who — why were male critics hating so hard and was the reaction to the leaked email gaslighting the Lola Versus folks?
The movie starts like a typical Hollywood rom-com about a betrothal, with a dreamy proposal from a hunky man [...]
The Cut's Kat Stoeffel thought to ask a few of them:
Orange Is the New Black walks the tightrope of making incarcerated life accessible to outsiders — through the touristic, writerly lens of Piper — without condescending to demographically representative insiders. When a fictional prison guard loses track during daily “count time” and must begin his prisoner head count anew, the women from Fortune Society groaned in unison. Another correctional officer’s salty “Good luck with that” — that being Piper’s non-incarcerated fiancé, Larry — was met with head shakes and one loud “too true.” The scene that got the loudest laughs was one that revealed the versatility of maxi pads, which the [...]
America was originally a spinoff of the long-running England. Airing from the 1776-77 season through today, America focuses on a small ensemble of white people using things in the ground to become rich or kill brown people. A sprawling dramedy, it combines all of the loose plot points of a Tyler Perry sitcom with all the fun of being white.
It has widely focused on the themes of war, freedom, sitting, Fenway Park, maps, the one true Christian god, rugs, pregnancy tits, Vice magazine, butterfaces, coal, butterdicks, “Where’s the Beef?,” Chicago, Larry Flynt, colonialism, Terri Schiavo, NBC single-camera sitcoms, toddlers, suicide pacts, Atari, penny farthing bicycles, SpaghettiO’s (Cool Ranch flavor), tiny dolls, the TLC show Sister Wives, H1N1, television, [...]
"The idea of a patron saint of sock-puppetry is more than a little incoherent (perhaps St Bernardino of Siena pretending to be St Francis de Sales?), but if the practice did want at least an honoured ancestor, then I'd propose some form of monument to Esdras Barnivelt. Esdras Barnivelt was writing in the period when reviewing, publicity and the widespread discussion of literature in broadsheets, newspapers and magazines was just emerging. He wrote a pamphlet called A Key To The Lock, subtitled "a Treatise proving, beyond all Contradiction, the dangerous Tendency of a late Poem entitled The Rape of the Lock to Government and Religion", claiming that Pope's witty mock-heroic [...]
"Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!"
“My husband thought I was crazy all these years [...]
But why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me, but what a sound it is, all gussied up and processed. I can't figure out why he would do that. It's like farting. It's another dare — I dare you to like this. Very perverse.
We're trying all the mascaras.
For our first installment, I selected a pretty good cross-section: many of the #1 hits at Sephora and the drug store. If you're wondering how I got my hands on all of them, here's a secret: go to every party you're invited to in Los Angeles. People give you mascara at parties here. I'm not kidding! Also, buy those multi-pack mascara boxes at Sephora.
Method: We chose the blackest colors available and applied each mascara following manufacturer instructions. A crimping curler was used beforehand because it's pointless to wear mascara otherwise. No measures were taken to remove lumps or separate lashes after application; [...]