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Drawn from Life - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Last February, Alison Bechdel was invited to give the annual Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus. The series is sponsored by the English department, and previous speakers have included Alfred Kazin, Elizabeth Hardwick, Irving Howe, and Edward Said.
Sep 17, 2014

@lisanjutras In light of her Genius Grant win - the New Yorker profile of Alison Bechdel: newyorker.com/magazine/2012/…

Sep 17, 2014

"Drawn from Life"—Judith Thurman's 2012 @NewYorker profile of 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant winner Alison Bechdel: newyorker.com/magazine/2012/…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @pageturner: Congrats to new MacArthur "genius" grant winner Alison Bechdel! Here's our 2012 Profile: nyr.kr/1snr5Z0

Iggy Azalea and Realness in Hip-Hop

newyorker.com — "First things first: I'm the realest." This is the first line of "Fancy," a single that has dominated the hip-hop charts since June. "Fancy" is by Iggy Azalea, a white woman from Mullumbimby, Australia, whose self-presentation-Barbie-doll tresses, callipygian glamazon physique, perfectly placed beauty mark-dares us to wonder what about her, if anything, is real.

Rob Stothard at the Scottish Border

newyorker.com — Rob Stothard is a London-based photographer whose work has focussed on contested borders in Israel, Egypt, and Ukraine. Recently, he stayed closer to home, photographing Scottish towns near the border with England. There will be a referendum on independence in Scotland this Thursday, and recent polls show that the vote is too close to call.

The Income Chart That Explains American Politics

newyorker.com — On Tuesday morning, the United States Census Bureau released its annual report on income and poverty in the United States. Ostensibly, it didn't contain many news-grabbing headlines. In 2013, the number of people living in poverty edged down a bit-from 46.5 million, in 2012, to 45.3 million-and the median household income edged up a bit-from $51,800 to $51,900.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @NewYorker: .@JohnCassidy shares an income chart that helps explain “why Washington politics are so dysfunctional” nyr.kr/1qKBwKD

Sep 17, 2014

RT @NewYorker: .@JohnCassidy shares an income chart that helps explain “why Washington politics are so dysfunctional” nyr.kr/1qKBwKD

Sep 17, 2014

Best sober analysis of yesterday's poverty stats yet -- changes "weren't statistically significant" newyorker.com/news/john-cass…

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Out Loud: A Plus-Size Revolution?

newyorker.com — Plus-size remains a marginalized segment of the fashion industry, despite the fact that today the majority of American women wear a size fourteen or above. In this week's magazine, Lizzie Widdicombe writes about a community of designers, models, and bloggers who are revitalizing the plus-size fashion world and celebrating full-figured women.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @nathanheller: Here is a really stellar @widdikombe piece about plus-size fashion: nyr.kr/1BMf5Hh And an Out Loud, too: nyr.kr/XhBlt4

Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues

newyorker.com — WASHINGTON ( The Borowitz Report)-Two days after voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a law that would help women to obtain equal pay, the four female Republicans in the United States Senate co-sponsored a bill that would slash their salaries to seventy-one per cent of what their male colleagues earn.
Sep 17, 2014

Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues newyorker.com/humor/borowitz… via @newyorker @BorowitzReport

The Church of U2

newyorker.com — A few years ago, I was caught up in a big research project about contemporary hymns (or "hymnody," as they say in the trade). I listened to hundreds of hymns on Spotify; I interviewed a bunch of hymn experts. What, I asked them, was the most successful contemporary hymn-the modern successor to "Morning Has Broken" or "Amazing Grace"?
Sep 17, 2014

To whom exactly is U2 being heavily influenced by their Christianity a revelation? Come on, @NewYorker: newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Sep 16, 2014

The Church of U2 newyorker.com/culture/cultur… via @newyorker fascinating piece on the religiosity in their lyrics

Sep 16, 2014

If you grew up trying to convince your parents to let you listen to U2, this is a great read - newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

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Kerry Claims U.S. Has Found a Moderate Syrian Rebel

newyorker.com — WASHINGTON ( The Borowitz Report)-In what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a significant foreign-policy coup, the U.S. claimed, on Tuesday, that it had successfully located a moderate Syrian rebel. Though Kerry did not elaborate on how the U.S. did so, he said that locating the rebel was "the culmination of a months-long effort."

Home Improvement

newyorker.com — On a steamy morning in Manhasset, Shawn Levy's dream house shimmered like a mirage: a white-brick-and-clapboard affair on a lake of Long Island lawn. Levy, a director known for such family-friendly hits as "Cheaper by the Dozen" and the "Night at the Museum" series, stood in the street, admiring the place he rented last year as the setting for "This Is Where I Leave You."
Sep 17, 2014

RT @NewYorker: Director Shawn Levy and @tadfriend visit the home that served as the set for “This Is Where I Leave You” nyr.kr/1qKyDtg

Sep 16, 2014

RT @talkofthetown: Director Shawn Levy and @tadfriend visit the Manhasset home that served as the set for "This Is Where I Leave You:" nyr.kr/YPKuLe