I will be #TeamSineadOConnor forever. Sinead’s a bad-ass feminist thriving in the music industry from way, way back. So much so, in fact, that she’s named her upcoming album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss — and that’s the very sexy cover image above. You may remember the phrase “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss” coming out of Beyoncé’s mouth in a PSA for Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In Foundation’s “Ban Bossy” campaign. It turns out that Sinead was so inspired by the “Ban Bossy” campaign that she named her album after it. As she explained on her website:
Just a note to explain the title of my forthcoming album IS taken from Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign.
Originally I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss’ and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one. Keep reading »
There should be some sort of adult lady merit badge for sitting through four hours of “The Bachelorette” in 48 hours. I’m just saying. Let’s review last night’s episode, which featured the most emotionally manipulative date I’ve ever witnessed on this stupid show that I just can’t quit, not to mention an unexpected departure. Keep reading »
Not even Peggy Olsen could have come up with an advertising plan like this: how could anyone resist thinking about rescuing a homeless pet when their cute faces are planted right into a catalog? Green Wood Animal Shelter in London teamed up with British company Furniture Village put together an online brochure that includes the addition of special guests to their usual catalogue photos of household decor: dogs and cats who are looking for forever homes. The pets-to-be, who currently reside at the shelter, can be adopted with just a few clicks. I clicked on a few of the catalog stars to learn their stories, and it kind of melted my heart to see “Reserved” next to some of their names in bright letters. Lots of the animals featured in the brochure aren’t even listed on the shelter’s site anymore, which means they’ve been placed with loving humans! You can check out the brochure photos here and if you’re in Green Wood’s area, think about offering a home to sweet little fuzzballs like kitties Boudicca and Gunner, who still need families of their own! [Furniture Village] [Image via Wood Green]
There’s a reason people will still pay an arm and a leg to see the ballet in the age of Netflix and the internet – it’s totally mind blowing. The Washington Post enlisted six performers from the Washington Ballet to show us their most difficult dance moves, and then played them back in slow motion. See the whole series here, and prepare to be amazed. Sometimes, in this busy world of deadlines and megapixels and pop stars, it’s kind of cool to just take a moment to appreciate just how much the human body can do. [This Is Colossal, Washington Post]
Most Brad Paisley songs include at least one shoutout to the joys of a cold beer. This is ostensibly why the Westboro Baptist Church (AKA the “God Hates Everyone” people) showed up to picket his concert in Kansas this weekend. Because God hates drunks, didn’t you know? Brad decided to make the most of the zany zealots’ presence by posing for a bemused selfie with them and posting it on Twitter. “Hopefully they can hear the show out here,” he wrote. “We’ll play loud.” Oh Brad, never change.
Where is the future of book publishing? In Harry Styles’ knickers, apparently. Anna Todd, 25, a first time writer who’s married and lives in Central Texas, has sold her insanely popular One Direction fan fiction e-book series, After, to Simon & Schuster Gallery Books for a reported six figures. At least she’s an adult, which makes me feel better because the thought of a 13-year-old making more money than me makes me die a little inside. Anyway, After – and its two sequels — has been read over 800 million times (?!?!) according to the website, and tells the story of Tessa Young, “an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend,” who “meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.” Tessa and Harry — Styles, OBVS — have their own Twitter hashtag couple name — #HESSA — and Todd even sells goddamn jewelry inspired by the books. I’m not hating; I’m in awe. I still have no desire to read One Direction fanfic, but shit, if Anna Todd wrote a book about starting your own fanfic empire, I would read the hell out of that. [NYMag.com]
For some reason, ABC has decided that one two-hour episode a week just isn’t enough “Bachelorette.” This week, there are two two-hour episodes of my favorite reality TV dating show, one last night and then another tonight. Yay, four hours of “The Bachelorette” — how did I get so lucky? The good news is, last night’s episode was significantly less depressing than last week’s, but it was also easily among the weirdest episodes I’ve ever seen. Let’s dole out some superlatives and you’ll see what I mean! Keep reading »
Hands down, my favorite advice columnist ever is Dear Sugar over at The Rumpus, best known as Wild memoirist Cheryl Strayed. Her collection of advice columns, Tiny Beautiful Things, sits on my nightstand and is a regular resource when I need a little inspiration, motivation or just a reminder that I can find resilience within. That’s why I’m so psyched to see that Strayed, along with producer Lisa Bellomo, animator David Polonsky, and writers Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, have launched a Kickstarter project to turn one of Sugar’s most beloved columns into an animated short. In 2010′s “The Baby Bird,” Sugar was asked by letter-writer “WTF” a simple, but difficult question to answer: “WTF, WTF, WTF? I’m asking this question as it applies to everything every day.” To many, this vague inquiry would have seemed like a throwaway, but Sugar’s advice was anything but. If you haven’t read the column, you must, and then if you’d like to see a “kick-ass manifestation of Sugar’s punk rock spirit” and “authentic, unconventional, raw and heartfelt” advice in the form of animation, donate donate donate! [Kickstarter]
Try as we might, some days we are all this baby panda. [YouTube]
Until I was in my early twenties, I was never that into comic books. See, I have a lot of trouble being a “dabbler” when it comes to things that captivate me. A coworker of mine recently joked that he’d want me to be president of his hypothetical fan club, because he knew that I’d get, and I quote, “SUPER into it.” And it’s true: Until I’ve dug myself headfirst into a universe, I constantly feel like I’m missing out on something vital. Keep reading »