Meet my new obsession, Susan Justice. She’s the singer/guitarist behind this awesome mashup of Kanye West’s “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson’s single of the same name, and her own song, “Eat Dirt.” Eat Dirt is also the name of her upcoming album, out on Capitol/Kite Records on March 26, which I will be buying and playing on repeat. But I’m also obsessed with Susan’s story: she grew up as a member of the religious sect The Family, and spent her childhood on the road with her parents and siblings, performing as street musicians in the U.S. and in Europe. But The Family banned members from experiencing many aspects of mainstream culture, including the music Susan secretly came to love. Finally, she ditched her family and The Family and struck out on her own, performing in the New York City subway. From there, her star rose. So cool. [Susan Justice]
The other day it occurred to me: some of my favorite literary heroines — beloved for their spunk, intelligence, and heart — also have really great and memorable hair. Here’s how to get their looks!
Lately it seems like the politicians and pundits with the strongest opinions about women’s reproductive health all have one thing in common: a penis. This video, starring Nick Offerman, Tim Meadows, and Judd Nelson, paints a hilarious — and terrifyingly accurate — picture of the current discourse surrounding women’s access to birth control and abortion. Here’s a quote from Nick Offerman’s character that sums it up perfectly: “What qualifies me to be an expert on women’s reproductive health? I’m a 59-year-old man. And late middle-aged men know the most about everything.” [Funny Or Die]
If you’ve been frustrated by the chronic separation of your keyboard and your pants, then today is your day, my friend. A Dutch design company has finally created a pair of jeans with a keyboard, wireless mouse, and speakers sewn right in. They’re fashion-forward too: dark denim with orange seams stitched to resemble the wiring of a circuit board. Unfortunately this particular pair won’t be available for sale to the public, but I’d say it’s a good indication that it won’t be long until our crotches are writing our status updates for us. [Discovery News]
TLC just took its bizarre reality programming to the next level with “My Crazy Obsession,” which premieres next Wednesday. Straight out of the gate, we’ll meet Pat and Joe Prosey who are obsessed with spoiling their Cabbage Patch Kids rotten. How does one spoil a doll you ask? Here’s how: They build elaborate amusement parks for them in their backyard, complete with swing sets, motorized trains and hot air balloons. In addition, they set up play dates with other Cabbage Patch Kids, whose parents are also “collectors.” These kids have come a long way from the humble patch they were born in, from the fear of being enslaved by Lavender McDade or eaten alive by Cabbage Jack. I’ll bet they really appreciate the life of privilege that their adoptive parents, the Proseys, have afforded them. I know I’ll appreciate watching their life. This show may in fact be the best thing that has ever happened to me. My sincere thanks, TLC. [Zap 2 It]
The first trailer for Lena Dunham’s new HBO show “Girls,” debuting April 15, hit a little too close to home. The second trailer is even more cringe-inducing. Oh, God, my early 20′s really were like this, weren’t they? At least I never said to my parents, “All I am asking for is $1,100 a month for the next two years,” and got laughed at. [IndieWire]