5 Things To Know About Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Winner Of A MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Alison Bechdel

There are plenty of people in the world who get nice things that they don’t (IMHO) deserve. So it’s especially nice when someone completely and utterly deserving is recognized for their greatness. I felt all the warm and fuzzies this morning when I heard on the news that the cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” one of the world’s most prestigious prizes. Bechdel draws the popular LGBTQ comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and is the author/illustrator of the memoirs Are You My Mother? and Fun Home, the latter of which is one of the most esteemed books in the graphic novel genre (and a favorite of mine).

As a winner of the “Genius Grant,” which is awarded to between 20 and 40 individuals who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,” Bechdel will receive upwards of $625,000 paid out over five years. The intention is for winners to use the prize money to continue doing their good work. Past winners have included people like “The Wire” creator David Simon, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adihie, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Dandicat, and critic Susan Sontag.

After the jump, here are five things to know about Alison Bechdel, her cartoons and her important mark on pop culture! Keep reading »

Stop What You’re Doing And Watch The “Ray Rice Makeup Tutorial”

ray rice makeup tutorial
"I Really Like This Color!"

Megan MacKay, can we be friends? Because your “Ray Rice makeup tutorial” (hey, watch it first before you get offended!) is the most cutting commentary of our complete cultural fucktitude over Ray Rice that I’ve seen. You can watch more of Megan’s work on YouTube for her takes on LEGO’s female scientists, Hobby Lobby and Planned Parenthood. [UpWorthy]

Benedict Cumberbatch Strips Down For Charity

Benedict Cumberbatch Strips Down For Charity

It’s not only the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that gets Benedict Cumberbatch in a giving mood. To raise awareness for cancer research through TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes For Good Drive, an exhibition by photographer Jason Bell will feature images of the “Sherlock” actor and other celebs in various states of undress. The other celebs will be Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Cynthia Nixon from “Sex & The City,” Elijah Wood, “Jerry Hal, Hugh Bonneville from “Downton Abbey” and others.  Cumberbitches can see their man doing his best Mr. Darcy impression at La Galleria Pall Mall in London from September 16 until the 20th. See the full pic after the jump! [Metro UK] Keep reading »

Meredith Vieira Shares Her #WhyIStayed Story

Meredith Vieira: #WhyIStayed

Meredith Vieira released a segment from her talk show today in which she discusses #WhyIStayed and her own prior abusive relationship. She explained that in her situation, the abuse became gradually more frequent, transformed from threats into physical violence, and made her feel as if she was at fault for it. Most importantly, she dispels some of the myths and stereotypes about women who stay in abusive relationships:

“I’m a smart woman. A lot of people say, ‘Well, who would stay in that situation?’ Somebody who maybe doesn’t have the wherewithal to get out, the means to get out – I had that. I had a job at the time. And I kept in this relationship… I think part of it was fear – I was scared of him, and scared if I tried to leave something worse could happen to me. Part of it was guilt, because every time we’d have a fight, he would then start crying, and say ‘I promise I won’t do it again,’ and I’d feel like maybe I contributed, somehow, to this.”

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Surge Is Making A Comeback And The World Is Strangely Enthusiastic About It

Surge

The good people at Coca-Cola are bringing Surge back into our lives because the internet made them. Get excited, I guess? The citrus-y 90′s soda, which was sold from 1997-2003, was marketed as a soda or a pseudo-energy drink depending on the day. It was kind of like a poseur version of Mountain Dew but “loaded with carbos” (whatever that means), and was apparently beloved enough to spark a Facebook campaign to bring it back. The Facebook page “SURGE Movement” revealed that the drink has a major cult following, and reps from the movement even flew to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta to talk with the company. Surge’s revival will be facilitated through Amazon, and for $14, you’ll be able to have yourself a dozen cans of prepackaged 90′s nostalgia. I don’t remember much about what Surge tasted like, but if it’s deliciously sugar-filled enough to inspire all this, I wouldn’t exactly be opposed to trying some for old times’ sake. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about ordering a beverage through Amazon, though. If you’re still drawing a blank on what the hell this drink even is, allow me to jog your memory with this 90′s-tastic commercial: Keep reading »

The Top 10 Episodes Of “Gilmore Girls” To Watch When The Series Debuts On Netflix In October

As a way to pass the time this weekend, I decided to take five minutes and make a list of all the people/places/things I love unconditionally. For the first 60 seconds, I couldn’t stop staring my dusty floorboards. However, once I finally focused on something other than the brood of dust bunnies huddled between my bed and my nightstand, I put pen to paper and came up with four sacred items. That might not sound like a lot, but I’m relatively proud of my choices.

On Leslie’s list of the things she loves unconditionally—and in no particular order—includes the following:

  1. My parents
  2. The family of Gund Snuffles teddy bears I sleep with every night. (Don’t hate the stuffed animal player; hate the stuffed animal game.)
  3. Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, particularly the #4 Turkey Tom with no tomato and light mayo.
  4. The phrase, “I want to go to there.”
  5. “Gilmore Girls”

Seeing that Netflix recently made the announcement that, starting Oct. 1, all seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls” will be available for streaming, you can imagine I’ve been walking on sunshine for the past week. Instead of gnawing on my cuticles and furiously cleaning my floorboards, I decided to put my Stars Hollow-inspired energy to good use and come up with a list of the Top 10 Must-See Episodes Of “Gilmore Girls.” Keep reading »

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