Jerome David Salinger, whose novels and stories provided generations of postwar readers with a template for introspection, and whose sincere but nevertheless ostentatious seclusion did much to reinforce the mythology of the author in general and his own deeply sensitive work in general, has died from natural causes at his home in Cornish, New Hampsire, aged 91.
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These would be "green" gadgets and gizmos that seem really cool and fun, but maybe aren't entirely useful when it comes to the whole "saving the planet" thing (like, perhaps, the Dragonfly farm towers proposed for Roosevelt Island).
To bring a little common sense to green gadget reporting, David Mackay of the Guardian suggests a one percent rule for reporting on green tech: if it’s not offsetting more than one percent of the energy expended by conventional machinery, it’s not worth the valuable media coverage that could be focusing on real impact.
Why? Why do I do this to myself? I liked Obama's point-scoring, casual SOTU. Me, myself, a taxpayer. But I can't resist burrowing into every cloacal undergut of the internet to read all the crazy, automatic, spittle-flecked tirades against this Hitlerian figure in our midst. Why do I do this? Why do any of us do this? It feels bad. It makes me sad and very angry. I don't know. I guess I just hate myself, and to a lesser extent, you.
Here, then, is Sarah Palin's reaction to Obama's SOTU last night; or rather her reaction to Sean Hannity's leading questions about the SOTU. (OMFG SEAN CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT ONLY TEN PERCENT OF THE SPEECH WAS GIVEN OVER TO NATIONAL SECURITY!!1!).
Fuck me. Fuck all of us.
After the jump, a nifty little player thing we lifted from Stereogum.
For half a century, Zinn, a WWII veteran, was a thorn in the side of orthodox historians, taking an aggressively sharp eye to the "underside" of American history, unpacking this nation's foundation mythologies to reveal genocide, corruption and hundreds of years of brutality and iniquity. Not surprisingly, Zinn had his fair share of run-ins with institutional authorities, getting fired from his first job at Spelman (an all-black women's college, where he taught Alice Walker) for criticizing their non-participation in the civil rights movement, and having frequent acrimonious clashes with Boston University President Jon Silber, his boss for many years.
It was announced this morning that the Grammys, taking place on Sunday, will host a "special performance" by Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, presumably of Drake's huge, sort of stupid hit single, "Forever." The song features guest verses by both Wayne and Eminem (Kanye too, but he wasn't invited, apparently), and Barker recently released a remix of the track, replete with his insanely awesome live drumming, which you should watch, above. I don't know why his cymbals are so far apart, but whatever works. And make sure you watch the whole thing, 'cause it just gets better and better.
Last spring, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced his intention to hand over control of the very toxic island to the state of New Jersey so that it could be turned into a wildlife preserve. All of which sounds nice and cuddly, but what about the rightful owners of the land? No, not Native Americans; not local species of water fowl; not exiled captains of Philadelphia sports teams that had great seasons but bombed in the playoffs. None of the above. Once upon a time, from 1851 through the first decade of the 20th entury, Petty Island was a thriving little kingdom of immigrants ruled by Ralston Laird.
Yup, Nancy Pelosi says she can get the 218 votes in Congress if certain CHANGES are made to the Senate bill. This is good news, unless some of those CHANGES involve hookers and candy and magical fairies flying out of my butt. Which they might, so don't hold your breath. (Video below, obvs.)
In acquiescing to Mr. Leno's sotto voce demands to annex one-half of "The Tonight Show," NBC thought it could put the whole ugly controversy to rest. Wrong. Interpreting generosity as weakness, Mr. Leno began to maneuver for complete control of "The Tonight Show." Here he was again taking his cue from der Fuhrer, manipulating his outgunned adversary into a position so humiliating he literally had no choice but to surrender. Just as Edward Beneš, president of Czechoslovakia, was forced to abandon ship once he had been betrayed by his erstwhile allies, Mr. O'Brien was forced to abdicate and cede his entire one-hour program to the man he had replaced.
If you're a graying history buff who likes to stay up for The Jay Leno Show, you'll find this whole piece hilarious! (Unless you're a graying, Jewish history buff, in which case you or someone you love probably spent time in a concentration camp.) Otherwise, Conan's off the air, so let Nancy Franklin have the last word here until Conan announces a new show on Fox.
The Guardian explains:
Without looking at the unaltered image over here at the A.V. Club, of course.
Get ready to cringe, as James Mercer chases a young boy dressed in pajamas, then makes a bunch of really hilarious frowny faces.
Even though we are best known as a popular television show for yuppie lesbians, I just wanted to point out that we here at The L also love things like poetry and fashion. That is why we are publishing poetry and running photo profiles of stylish New Yorkers. You also love poetry and profiles of stylish New Yorkers. Ipso facto, you love us. And we love you.
ugh, i don't know you but i love this and i am proud of you.
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