I’m just going to say it upfront: I’m a massive fan of “Game of Thrones.”
I know it’s problematic, controversial around its portrayals of women, and arguably more violent on screen than required (see last night’s rape scene for an example). And I know there’s been plenty of excellent critiques arguing that “Game of Thrones” is feminist, or isn’t feminist, or asking if it matters whether it’s feminist or not. I’ve appreciated the commentary on racism and “GoT,” as well as in fantasy in general. Through this I have learned a great deal on how to be a fan of problematic media while still maintaining a critique; there are certain ways where the book and the show differ that make the show more sexist, and in other ways less sexist, than the original material. I’m glad, actually, because if I never engaged in anything I found critique-worthy I think I’d self-destruct! Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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I have yet to see “Frozen,” but that damn “Let It Go” song is inescapable. I was on the verge of totally hating it, but then I saw this “Game of Thrones”/”Frozen” mashup, with lyrics like ”Who’s the hero on this show? / Tyrion? That new guy? Even book readers don’t know,” and I had a new appreciation. I wonder if the same approach would work with another song I’m sick of like, say, a “Happy”/”Hannibal” mashup? Hmm. [Rolling Stone]
For those of you who haven’t seen “Workaholics” on Comedy Central, you’re missing out on life. Adam, Ders and Blake are like the modern day “Three Stooges” except way dirtier, and they’re looking for a fourth cube mate. In this hilarious video, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron both try out for the spot by showing off their best “vibes,” flashing their circumcised penises and trying to sell their Judaism to the group. Zac also gives the trio a sultry lap dance, which I will now add to my spank bank for future reference. Which guy would you choose as your cube mate: Zac or Seth? Decide while you’re laughing so hard you pee a little.
I didn’t realize until this second how much I’ve missed “Orange Is The New Black,” but the new season two trailer has me seriously so pumped. Piper is in solitary! Crazy Eyes has a new bunkmate name Vee, who seems to have preexisting beef with Big Red! Tastee is still amazing! Oh look, there’s Alex, trying to seduce someone with her sexy spectacled eyes! Sophia lookin’ fierce! Ack, let’s go, June 6, let’s go!
If you read Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black or binge-watched the Netflix adaptation (and who hasn’t done that?), chances are you have wondered about the real-life woman behind Nora (in the book) and Alex Vause (the character in the show). For the first time ever, 51-year-old novelist and PhD student Catherine Cleary Wolters has spoken to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Kerman, their mutually-assured-destruction as cash smugglers for an African drug lord, and her side of their love story. Keep reading »
There are two things that get me out of bed in the morning: a cup of coffee and Hot 97, New York City’s biggest and best hip hop station. For the last, oh, four years, the “Hot 97 Morning Show” has not only been rousing my tired ass out of bed, but making me sing/rap in the shower, dance around my apartment while I’m getting dressed, and laugh ’til my sides hurt. I’m so obsessed with the morning show’s four hosts — Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds, Old Man Ebro and Laura Stylez — that I regularly tweet at them like they’re my friends and I wrote them a lengthy love letter for Valentine’s Day one year. Now, with the debut of “This Is Hot 97″ on VH1 a few weeks ago, the rest of America is going to be as in love with these four — not to mention fellow station DJs Funkmaster Flex, Angie Martinez and Miss Info — as I am. Keep reading »
HOLY CRAP. Last night’s “Game of Thrones,” amiright? Finally, after all this time, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER! And then! Can you believe they SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER?! So epic. Still, such a great SPOILER. Worthy of a tribute, I should think. Watch above and then relieve that amazing SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER are the jump. The Red Wedding ain’t got nothin’ on Purple… [NYMag.com] Keep reading »