She is either very pretty or downright beautiful, depending on your point of view, but most of all she is good-looking in an unethnic American way, like the girl from the long-ago Breck shampoo ad.
She has clear, intelligent hazel eyes and picks at her food in the manner of small-boned women who have trained themselves to eat sparingly without calling attention to it. ‘
Then again, Burch is, by her own admission, “a total perfectionist. I can see,” she adds, “if a picture’s off by a 16th of an inch.” The details, animate as well as inanimate, appear to fall in place for her, as if in deference to her force field, her cleareyed, determined idea of how things should be.
There is nothing overtly tough-seeming about her, for instance, yet her friend Gigi Mortimer tells me that Burch hits the ball so hard in tennis her nickname is “Mighty Mouse.”
”—From Daphne Merkin’s profile of Tory Burch in last week’s NYT T Style magazine, which I’ve just now gotten around to reading (it’s the one with the bizarrely photoshopped picture of Viggo on the front where he looks like a 13 year old sk8r boy). So there are a lot of problems with this “I don’t know how she does it” piece, but these quotes really stood out to me as the types of things my high school should consider putting in its recruitment materials - Burch is probably our most famous alumna. These descriptions totally embody the Irwin’s girl. You can imagine I was very happy there.
“What we see in many places is that while you can bring crime down by occupying the neighborhood and stopping everybody, what you do in the process is lose that neighborhood. … You fuel the idea that the police are an occupying, inimical force in the neighborhood. You play into these real and toxic racial memories about what came before civil rights. And you can make it work in many places, but you can’t stop. You can’t ever say, ‘We’ve won. Things are good. Things are stable,’ because you have driven them into hiding.”—
David M. Kennedy, on programs that target specific geographic areas through car and pedestrian stops in order to stop crime. (via nprfreshair)
Listening to this ep of Fresh Air, seems interesting for people who have never seen The Wire. J/K! It’s actually an interesting alternative to that show’s nihilism.
This is a Ryan Adams appreciation blog, apparently. Come to think of it, my undergraduate thesis was written on a steady diet of Heartbreaker. This version of “Firecracker” is approx. 500 times better than the one on Gold. Seriously.
Or, is this my favorite Ryan Adams song? This was from the period when his website was truly out of control and had like 70 albums by like 8 different alter ego acts up on it. I never really got into those, either, but this is a pretty nice jam to write a dissertation to. Any other “jams to write a dissertation to” suggestions?
This was definitely not my jam, but despite not having thought about this song for more than ten years, its chorus sprung immediately to mind upon reading the four words above. Pop music can be disturbing like that.
Is this what the Gayngs of 10 years from now is gonna sound like?
The steps that some major touring acts—including the Foo Fighters, Ke$ha, and Janet Jackson—have taken to control and own photojournalists’ work at their concerts have become so controversial that over the past several weeks I’ve felt compelled to blog about the subject not just once,…
Badass letter from the director of the AIGA, the professional association for design. Glad to see some pushback against the culture of free “user-generated” content.
With the women’s plus stuff, they send you a prepaid shipping label with your package.
With the regular stuff, you fill out the form and then pay for the shipper of your choice to return it. I think with the straight sizes you can return them in-store as well.
Then there is that awkward moment when you realize that Old Navy has the most inconsistent sizing ever, and they know that, which is why it is literally impossible to exchange things, and then you have to just return everything you bought at that 30% off sale a few weeks ago.
“I feel I’m qualified to work on black shows because, in a sense, I feel I’m black myself. I haven’t lived in a black skin or suffered the indignities that a black man my age would have suffered in this society, but…”—
Oh Norman, just stop. You’re embarrassing yourself.
I’m reading Norman Lear’s 1976 Playboy interview at the Minneapolis Public Library. Should I be concerned about reading the public library’s Playboys? I had to surrender my ID to obtain them.
Sometimes I feel like Shakesville is the blog equivalent of Mother Jones: I want to like it, and they do good work, but ultimately it is just too exhausting. I’ll invest my political energy elsewhere. However, after being bombarded with this fucking awful at&t commercial (“I should have married John Clark…”) like 10 times during an afternoon of football, this rant really hit the spot.
If we’re so concerned about not having a lake named after an advocate of slavery (which I have mentioned as bizarre to friends in passing before), how are suggestions that we go back to the lake’s original Dakota name - Mde Maka Ska - so absent from this conversation? Similarly, why are we not having a more serious conversation about renaming Sibley High School/Street, Ramsey County/Avenues, etc., when those are named after the biggest advocates of the genocide of indigenous people in Minnesota?
“Minnesota House Majority leader called author Neil Gaiman a ‘pencil-necked weasel’ that he ‘hated’ for earning $45K from a state arts fund for speaking at a library.” The $45K in question was specifically earmarked for bringing authors to suburban libraries, and Neil donated it to charity.
Matt Dean is a vile piece of shit who is also very, very stupid. I could add that he’s a Republican, but that would be redundant.
I tried to provide contact information, but it appears his website is… experiencing technical difficulties. Perhaps he should find some pencil-necked weasel that can fix that for him.
This is what google has for contact info:
287 State Office Bldg Saint Paul, MN 55155-5555 (651) 296-3018
You don’t fuck with Gaiman. You just don’t.
Oh sir, do you KNOW what sort of hell you’re bringing upon yourself? *shakes head* I almost feel sorry for the jerk.
That is just utterly ridiculous. I’m starting to think I need to add Minnesota to my list of states that I want to leave the Union. Between Pawlenty, Bachman and this guy, the urge is growing.
Hey now. I love Minnesota. Nobody’s asking Pennsylvania to leave because of Santorum.
THANK YOU NORTON. Minnesota is also the land of Keith Ellison, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Paul Wellstone, so…. historically we’re awesome.