This week is totally upside down, I tell ya. We’ve got quiet people getting loud, and loud people getting thoughtful. All in all, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on. For one, Lil Wayne is off the chain. Sufjan Stevens starts a new age. Belle & Sebastian wanna love you, baby. Badly Drawn Boy is like a snowflake. Antony & The Johnsons look for light. The Secret Sisters tell all. And the Far East Movement will get you wired. So, get those headphones on, girl, and let’s get into the groove after the jump.
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If you need us, we’ll be in Iceland. That’s because according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, Iceland is tops for women. The Global Gender Gap Report found that women do best in Iceland, Norway and Finland. What makes these Nordic countries so much better than the rest of the world? A smaller gender gap. As the study states, “The Index rewards countries that reach the point where outcomes for women equal those for men, but it neither rewards nor penalizes cases in which women are outperforming men.”
The study evaluated four main categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment, and health and survival. The U.S. came in 19th. And at the bottom of the list — Pakistan, Chad and Yemen. [NPR] Keep reading »
If you are a fan of the novel Wuthering Heights, then you’ve imagined the Gothic landscape upon which Catherine and Heathcliff’s tortured relationship played out. You can see if your imagination syncs with reality in Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Ghosts” photo exhibit, on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this fall. The snaps were taken in 2008 within a 4-mile radius of the Yorkshire moors that inspired Emily Bronte’s fictitious masterpiece (and near Taylor-Wood’s country home); the dark skies, turbulent clouds, and windswept grasses do echo the drama of that famous story, no? The timing of this photo exhibit is perfect, not just because Halloween is around the corner, but because Sam Taylor-Wood is most certainly having a moment this fall. Keep reading »
This week, we’re spending a little time learning all about you and the awesome and unexpectedly cool jobs you do. Each one of these profiles was culled from you, dear Frisky Readers, and we’re amazed by the incredible jobs you have. This is our attempt to learn more about what you do for a living.
After the jump, read all about how Alyssa turned being funny into a career. Keep reading »
The Snuggie armchair: it appears to be an actual thing. Or is it a Slanket armchair? The website that sells this atrocity is in French, so we will defer to our Parisian correspondent Leonora’s translation. But my hunch is that the copy reads, “You stupid Americans, why would you buy a Snuggie armchair when you could just sit in your Snuggie on a chair?! Or get in bed?! Fools!” [LikeCool.com via Superette] Keep reading »