Just when the rest of the world seems to be falling in love with
New York Brooklyn, the unthinkable has begun to happen—New Yorkers are all talking about leaving New York. At first I thought it was just something happening with the people I knew, too anecdotal and specific to my group of friends for me to turn it into any kind of larger generalization. But then suddenly, it seemed like everyone started talking about leaving New York. There was an article in Salon by Cari Luna, "Priced Out of New York," wherein Luna even recalls that, before she moved to Portland, she "became envious of every friend who’d managed to escape." There was an essay by Ann Friedman in New York, "Why I'm Glad I Quit New York at Age 24,"where she dismisses New York as being "the prom king," and the guy who"knows he's great, and he's gonna make it really, really hard on you if you decide you want to love him." And then there was an essay in BuzzFeed by Ruth Curry about how she left New York to live in New Zealand (although she did return, much later). Curry's essay is a part of a new book edited by Sari Botton titled Goodbye to All That, which is a collection of essays by writers who all loved New York, sure, but then left it. Left it! There was a time not so long ago that the idea of people willingly leaving New York would have been unfathomable, but now, when more and more people I know leave for LA or Berkeley or Portland or St. Louis, I'm having to come to terms with the fact that liking New York has become about as cool as saying the Yankees are your favorite baseball team. Which, fuck. That's not cool at all.
Hey, just in time for the weekend, did you need a reminder that people are disgusting, and more dark and disturbing deep down inside than you could ever possibly know? Done! Via Craigslist (hat tip to Becca Grimm for alerting us to the post), an open letter entitled "Lena Dunham's Dick—m4w—26" (location: the L train) that may take the top honors as the very worst thing ever written about her. A category in which there's stiff competition.
What, you thought a day of generally encouraging, game-changing election news was going to pass by totally untainted? Even on a day when the New York Post kept things relatively low key (and even got in kind of a good "Sleazy Come, Sleazy Go" dig at Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer's mercifully failed campaigns)? Nah. We've still got at least one clunky, racially-charged pun in the mix, this one courtesy of the Daily News, which splashed "WAY TO FRO" across its front page this morning.
Riddick: It's been a while since Vin Diesel appeared on movie screens in anything but a Fast and Furious movie; turns out in between driving stunts he's been laying low, negotiating the return of his would-be signature character, Riddick (first name: Richard. Middle initial: B. This is exactly how well-thought-out the Riddick mythology is, which is to say: medium). The glowy-eyed Riddick first appeared as a mysterious convict in writer-director David Twohy's Pitch Black, when the ship transporting him to prison crash-landed into a well-wrought Aliens knockoff. The positive response to Pitch Black way back in the year 2000 begat the more ambitious Chronicles of Riddick in 2004; the lead-up hype to Chronicles of Riddick begat an animated bridging tale, Dark Fury, as well as talk of a potential Riddick trilogy; the actual box-office performance and reputation of Chronicles of Riddick begat very little, least of all a series of mega-budget sci-fi fantasy adventures.
Last week, word traveled around the Internet that the Japanese government has plans to open up camps for Internet-addicted adolescents. And the name of these rehab spots? Well, the Japanese government has decided to call them "fasting camps." Yow.
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Guys, if you've ever taken post-Labor Day prognostications as any kind of serious indication for how the end of year is going to turn out, we're in for a real doozy.
Today, as we read all the reports about the joint Israel-U.S. missile test in the Mediterranean, and Obama's push for a strike against Syria, international news treated the reading public to a, um, confoundingly idiotic event: Dennis Rodman's return to North Korea.
Well, this isn't what I thought I'd see on the first day back from a weekend of not really looking at the internet. Not at all. But it's here, and it seems at least a little worth talking about (and staring at): this photoshop of Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes as a chicken, in an ad that may or may not be intended to incite murder.
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
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Here's another good drinking song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1CULMYgUfc