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My dad grew up a poor boy from a small fishing village, just minutes away from the site of Shakespeare’s “Othello.” He spent his childhood playing along the walls of the great Venetian fortress. His village dates back to antiquity, his childhood colonialism, and his youth decolonization. He fled his country to get educated and build a better life in New York City. And he did. With graduate degrees from an elite institution under his belt, he rose up the corporate ladder and married two times to American women. Despite all his economic progress, he held fast to tradition.
I grew up a middle class girl in a suburban town just minutes away from New York City. I spent my childhood playing soccer and hanging out at the mall. My town dates back to the postwar era, my childhood consumerism, and my youth social justice. I fled my country to get a more affordable education and build a global dream of equity in Montreal. And I did. With graduate degrees from elite institutions under my belt, I moved through the social justice industry living and working in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the South Pacific. Despite all my cultural development, I fought to change my father. Keep reading »
Sigh. This Amanda Bynes stuff just keeps getting worse. Last night, Bynes was arrested and taken in for psychiatric evaluation after she allegedly tossed a bong out of her 36th floor window. Today in court, Bynes — donning an obvious wig — told the judge that the bong in question was actually a vase. She was released and will have to report back to court in July. As for the wig? By the looks of her mugshot (which has not officially been released, but was snapped on police documents), Bynes went for the full-Britney after shaving half her head earlier this year. I have nothing to say other than I really, really hope this is the rock bottom she needs to get help for whatever her issues are. [TMZ] [Photos: Splash News]
Many astrology books include a guide to the best jobs for each sign, which is fun to read through but ultimately not super helpful. What if it says your sign is absolutely perfectly suited to being a firefighter, but you’re very happy as an interior designer, thank you very much? The truth is people can find happiness in many different types of jobs; the trick is making sure your work meets your unique needs and the work environment is a good match for your personality. We thought a more productive way to discuss astrology and jobs would be to give each sign a rundown of the qualities to look for in an ideal job. What does your sign need in order to get excited to go to work on Monday morning (or Saturday night, if you prefer)? Read on to find out! Keep reading »
Keying penises into the hoods or doors of automobiles is usually the sort of thing a jilted lover does. But not Natasha Myers, of Wesley Chapel, Florida. Natasha (pictured) is an all-purpose dick artist, willing to dick up your car for minor traffic violations, if need be.
Angered over a motorist who refused to yield to pedestrians, Myers tracked down the offending driver’s SUV. Security cameras caught her walking into a nearby supermarket and coming out with a Post-It note. She scribbled out a note and affixed it to the SUV’s windshield. Keep reading »
In case you didn’t already know, the people you meet in Los Angeles are unlike anyone else in the world. Always trying to become the next big thing, there is “the actor” (a waiter who’s been an extra on “Glee”… once), “the screenwriter” (a misunderstood blogger who lives on his mom’s couch), and of course “the agent” (an assistant who gets screamed at for 20 hours a day, all the while pretty much hating his existence). Unfortunately, starting out in the entertainment biz, I didn’t know any of this.
Something else I didn’t know: living in The Valley sucks. Remember in “Clueless” when Cher goes to the Valley party and gets held at gunpoint? Yeah, I’m pretty positive it was at the gas station on my block.
I was young and naïve and starting my first grown-up job in the film industry, (by “grown-up” I mean hourly pay, no benefits and doing someone else’s bitch work) when I met Ben* for the first time. Keep reading »
Donuts and sushi are two of my favorite foods, but I never thought to combine them until I saw this photo of Psycho Donuts’ “Psycho Sushi.” Unfortunately there is no raw fish in these donuts, only dough and frosting made to look like sashimi and caviar, but now I have a mad simultaneous craving for sushi and donuts. Well, now I know what I’m having for lunch today! [Psycho Donuts via Neatorama]
Okay, yes, some people booed Ryan Gosling’s next movie, “Only God Forgives,” when it premiered at Cannes this week. But not everyone thinks the “Drive” followup from Nicholas Winding Refn is “a defecation” — it’s gotten a few good reviews too. The Hollywood Reporter called it “wicked cool entertainment.” So there, haters! Personally, I’m down to watch any movie that refers to Ryan Gosling’s cock. In this just released scene, Gosling’s character Julian hires a prostitute to be his date to dinner with his beyatch mom, played by Kristen Scott Thomas. She’s on to him though, and seizes the opportunity to tear him a new one, by insulting the size of his manhood. Mean. Check it out above! [The Daily Beast]
When I was pregnant, my clothing had one main requirement: comfort. I was mostly concerned with what would help support my growing belly on my slight frame, especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I developed symphysis pubic dysfunction (a fancy way of saying that my pelvic joint was unstable and caused me near constant pain whenever I moved). I was fortunate that during the latter half of my pregnancy I was focused on finishing my graduate thesis, thus fashion didn’t factor much into my days spent behind a computer screen or between library book shelves. In fact, my daily uniform of yoga pants, long t-shirts, a puffy vest, and comfy sneakers didn’t seem to phase me or the number of folks I came in contact with.
In retrospect, I consider myself very lucky. Keep reading »
The fine folks at Nick Mom put together a helpful map detailing the most popular boy and girl baby names across the country. You may be surprised to learn that Liam has taken over a huge swath of the Midwest! And Washington, Maine, Pennsylvania and Ohio — among others — are mad for Mason. When it comes to girl’s names, Sophia and Emma are tops. Take a look at the whole state-by-state comparison above — and consider Noah for your next baby boy. [Nick Mom]