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RIP, Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, the famed actress and singer, died today at the age of 89. The clip above is her performing "The Ladies Who Lunch," from Company; this clip of her struggling to record the perfect take for the cast recording is worth watching, too. Shoot Me, a documentary about Stritch that came out last year and is available for streaming on Netflix now, includes this perfect anecdotal tribute from the late James Gandolfini:

I first met her at a Sopranos premiere. Somebody was behind me and said, "I think you're wonderful!" And I turn around and I look down and I [...]

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Mavis Staples on "The Weight"

I have a tendency, which I think is good, to just sing from my heart. I want to feel it myself. Pops taught me that, to sing from my heart. I can’t just sing from the top of my head. I gotta get into the song. I see it like a movie, in my head, when I’m singing. I got Chester, I know what he looks like. And when Pops says, “Go down, Moses,” I know Moses. I took it as Moses in the Bible, you know. I just make up my own vision to make the song feel good for me, and make it my own.

Elon [...]

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What’s Essential: A Conversation with Nona Willis Aronowitz About Her Late Mother’s Work

Ellen Willis was born in 1941 in the Bronx, grew up in a middle-class family, and, for a while, did what was expected of her: she married “a nice Jewish boy from Columbia while majoring in English at Barnard,” writes her daughter, journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz, in her introduction to her late mother’s recently published compendium of essays, The Essential Ellen Willis. At 24, though, Willis divorced her husband, got an apartment in the East Village, and started writing about rock, politics, culture, feminism, and sex. She went on to become the first rock critic for The New Yorker, an editor and columnist at the Village [...]

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The Return of Orange Is the New Black

The girls are back June 6. What will be Natasha Lyonne's personal tagline after this season?

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Rosie Perez On Her Do the Right Thing Dance Sequence

The weekend before last was the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing, and Sarah Larson's New Yorker dispatch from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's celebration included this wonderful Rosie Perez reminiscence, on her iconic dance sequence in the film's opening credits:

"It was supposed to be Cool Jerk," she said. "We were doing sixties-style dancing. At the last minute, Spike said he changed his mind, hiring Public Enemy. We had to come up with a new deal in a day and a half." When it came time to shoot, she said, "Spike didn’t tell me he needed anger and angst and exhaustion. Instead, [...]

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These Hoes Ain't Heard: On the Women Who Remixed "Loyal"

If there’s a genre of song more insidious than the Song For Women, it’s something like the Song For Men About Women. The Song For Men About Women is a song that tells men what is wrong with female behavior, in language that the majority of men, one would hope, would never dream of using in front of the woman whose behavior is being criticized.

In this week’s New York Times, music critic Jon Caramanica takes on The Song For Men About Women, in a piece that admittedly tries to go beyond the Man Explains trope, but ultimately falls victim to it. (Criticism of The Song [...]

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Amy Schumer's Appreciation for Sam Cooke, Among Other Things

Amy Schumer's speech at the Gloria Awards and Gala last Thursday night got some deserved pickup over the weekend, because in the space of about 1,900 words the comedian managed to hit on a unique element of female shame that tends to accompany particularly awful adolescent sexual experiences, and to expertly flip the whole thing into a power ballad about learning self-worth and confidence. Oh, and Sam Cooke:

I could feel I was losing myself to this girl in this bed. He stood up and put a new CD on. "Darling, you send me, I know you send me, honest, you do …" I'm [...]

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The 2014 Thelma & Louise Selfie

Post by Susan Sarandon.

What is time, anyway? [Vulture]

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Tegan And Sara on "How It Got Better"

The always wonderful Tegan And Sara for the It Got Better project, a new video series featuring "LGBT stories of struggle and success": "I choose to be a visible minority every day," says Sara. "I come out every day. I actively look for ways now to talk about who I am because I want to live as openly as I can, but I also want to inspire those [for whom] living and being themselves is a tremendous effort, and takes a tremendous amount of courage."

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"Did you know that you are hot?": An Affirmation From Ilana Glazer

This is the latest installment of Chronic Gamer Girl, a perfectly bizarre web series from Broad City's Ilana Glazer. NSFW, as this episode starts out with Glazer naked (but with bars!), delivering a draft for your future daily affirmation: "Did you also know that 100 people within 10 square miles of where you are, right here, right now, would kill to fuck you? Yes, you, Chronic Gamer Girl viewer, you know it!" Hopefully we get more of these to tide us over until the return of Abbi and Ilana.