Here is a montage of young people at some sort of drug-snorting rave at the UK's Nottingham Trent University as they wait for their picture to be taken. It reminded me of this video Dean Fleischer-Camp (Mr. Jenny Slate) made of his friends and family smiling like obliging idiots. This is a glorious prank. Why haven't I used it on everyone I know yet? [via Digg]
She hoped it would somehow be like the Lana Del Rey song. I will love you till the end of time. But there was something different about his face— it was squishier like— he was almost fat. But she didn't know quite how to get out of it They wound up going inside a Pottery Barn and making out on a couch.
My little cousin she's 13 and she posts such inappropriate pictures on Instagram and boys post sexual comments and she's like, "Thank you."
The cum shot in the [...]
Since my friends aren’t 12-year-old girls with a tsunami of hormones coursing through their bodies, it took me a full week to con someone into being my “plus one” at a screening of the new One Direction documentary, This Is Us. I tried the “Morgan Spurlock directed it and he’s cool!” tactic. Didn’t work. Then I went the “It’ll be fun!” route, which wasn’t super creative but I was having a tough time finding legit reasons to see this movie when there were so many more interesting things you could be doing with your time, like watching Orange Is the New Black or ironing your socks. Finally, I resorted to [...]
Graduation season has, mercifully, just passed, and yearbooks—which capture for eternity the earnest sarcasm and sarcastic earnestness of our 18-year-old selves—are tucked away, to be cherished and cringed at for decades to come. What do the undimmed hopes of our teenage years, inscribed on the gravestones of our youth, say to us now, 10 or 20 years later? How accountable are we to our adolescent selves? What can we learn from our own time capsules, these postcards from the past? And what the hell were we thinking with all the abbreviations? The Hairpin reports.
MIKE DANG of The Billfold:
We didn't have quotes or anything like that in my [...]
"Why should I wait for someone else?": Malala Talks to Jon Stewart on Her One-Year "Shooting Anniversary"
A year after the Taliban shot her on a school bus for promoting girls' education, Malala Yousafzai is still going after it. The Atlantic posted an interview where she addresses some weird conspiracy theories (that she never actually blogged for the BBC, that she was never actually shot):
Adnan Rashid, a Pakistani Taliban commander, recently wrote an open letter to you. He alleged that your campaign was not aimed at promoting education and was really targeted [...]
Miley Cyrus brought giant stuffed teddy bears and a foam finger to the VMAs this year. She stuck out her tongue indiscriminately, she slapped the asses of some anonymous black women, she stripped to her underwear and bent over in front of Robin Thicke, and and we all pondered again this ancient transition from “good girl” to pop vixen and wondered how we’re supposed to feel. What of this ephemeral existence—and why all the goddamn teddy bears?
Initially, watching the video for “We Can’t Stop,” I couldn’t decide if Miley was at all ironically self-aware; if she was conscious of the messages her reinvention was sending, of the way her [...]
At the New York Times, the saddest piece: about the severe underreporting of accidental child gun deaths, and the way these incorrect statistics are deployed to support pro-gun positions, such as the opposition of safe storage laws, which less than 20 states currently have in place.
Compiling a complete census of accidental gun deaths of children is difficult, because most states do not consider death certificate data a matter of public record. In a handful of states, however, the information is publicly available. [...] The Times sought to identify every accidental firearm death of a child age 14 and under in Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina [...]
I taught my first college class yesterday, and it made me think about all the times I've ended up teaching almost accidentally, like when I stumbled into an amazing gig doing weekly creative-writing workshops for third-graders, through Writers in the Schools in Houston. One of my students, Darius, was super quiet, and he consistently turned out these lovely, clear, absurdist poems. Here are two of my favorites: this first one was prompted by the green colors in the Cy Twombly painting to the right.
The Strangest of Them All
There I lay, strangest of them all. I don’t have anything, not even a little ball. Oh, [...]
Fader's got an interview up with Raphael Jones and J.T. Evans, the former "real-world producers" who now serve as the co-directors of the truly inspirational Minneapolis after-school program Beats & Rhymes, which has blessed us with 2012's instant hit "Hot Cheetos & Takis" (above) as well as the sizzurpy, Dre-lite "My Bike" and more. Jones and Evans had never worked with kids before, but have arrived at a few solid take-aways:
Gauge Skills EVANS: Some kids come in with experience writing verses, and some kids are just really interested in rapping. If a kid’s never made their own verse, I’ll ask them to rap their [...]