If all goes according to plan, tomorrow will be the day that the weather finally catches up with the calendar. That weird sense of unease that we've all felt while waiting for the season to assert itself will finally be lifted, and we will be thrown headfirst into autumn. Finally, the feeling of promise we always have at this time of year—now we're going to get serious, this is when it's really going to happen for us—will settle in alongside the lower temperatures, the smell of smoke, playoff baseball and warm alcoholic drinks with breakfast. The feeling will last until, oh, the end of October, when the Christmas [...]
What are you still doing here? Haven't you heard? Big storm's a-comin'! You should be out right now panic shopping! Few of the preparedness guides I have seen thus far have addressed this matter with sufficient import, so I will bring it up: Do make sure you are well stocked for alcohol. People tend to forget to check the liquor cabinet while they load up on bottled water and crackers, but believe me, if you are trapped in your apartment for a couple of days the LAST thing you want to do is go into convulsions because you neglected to pick up an extra handle of Wild Turkey. Also, remember [...]
• Watch archival Woody Allen footage—starting with his first "60 Minutes" interview in 1974.
• Two films by Argentine director (and NYU grad) Martín Rejtman at MoMA!
• Go see Bridesmaids because apparently if you don't, no woman will ever be allowed to be in a movie again.
Busy week, right? Did you see these? Maybe you didn't! Just in case:
• Primate in Chief: A Guide to Racist Obama Monkey Photoshops • Passover At Guy Fieri’s House • When Barbie Came To Live With Us • The Missing Mets Fight Song • Every NHL Goal Horn • The Rap Ghostwriter • The Perplexing Final Chapter Of San Francisco's Jejune Institute • Gawker Media's Real Traffic • The Definitive Guide to Nuts
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• Consider the age of awkwardness. • Revisit the world's first advice column in English. • Marvel at the gayest fashion ad ever. • Learn how to have a good relationship with drugs. • Get on your bike. • Visit historic Richmond, VA. • Chat with Julian Schnabel. • Watch kids shooting guns. • Go to the opera. • Stop calling it hipster R&B.
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What are you doing this weekend? Sitting inside and moaning about the rain, probably. Here are a couple things to read in between your muffled sobs.
If you'll excuse me now, I'll have my face buried in 105 minutes of CGI apes and James Franco. Hello air conditioning, goodbye cognition. When you come back inside this weekend, some things to enjoy:
• "I am gonna produce a play called 'Al Pacino On A Beach' and it won’t have any actors, it will feature a different audience member reading the script every night doing that Al Pacino impression all humans have within them."
So stuff happened this week. AGAIN. What did you miss? Maybe one of these!
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Four hours ago: Farewell, L. J. Davis.
Two days ago: Us. v Them: When the Liberal Media Met in Boston.
Three days ago: In Defense of Offensive Art.
Six months ago: Cherayla Davis, Amateur.
One year ago: Is It The Duty of Every Enlightened Female To Put Out?
Eighteen months ago: The Great Annual Change Bowl Cash-In!
Photo by Andrew Russeth.
• Japan Nuclear Crisis: The Experts Weigh In • How You Can Make The Most Delicious Sandwich In New York City • Against Our War in Libya • My Life Without A Cell Phone: An Amazing Tale Of Survival • Here's Why You Need These Seven Odd Kitchen Ingredients • 41 Movie Remakes That Would Destroy What Remains Of My Youth, In Order Of Heartbreak • 21 Blasters, Ranked In Order Of Apparent Usefulness • Am I The Only One Troubled By The Growing Omnipotence Of State Farm Insurance People? • Random New Yorker: Barry Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts, [...]
Some things happened this week. These are the ones we can remember: We praised the skills of director Tom Scharpling, spent some time in police custody, read Duff McKagan's autobiography, visited with heroic dogs, examined a contentious trademark fight and explained what a Cheryl Cole is. Somebody died. Oh, yeah, and we launched a new website. It was actually a pretty busy week, all told. AND NOW IT'S OVER. Thank the Lord.
What a remarkable day it was today! All the beauty of autumn without any of its accompanying regrets, because as it's still "technically" summer you haven't had time to accrue fall's failures yet. But make no mistake, summer is over. And with the end of the season, it comes time for us to say farewell to our summer reporters. It seems like only yesterday that we first bid them hello. Time passes so quickly! Let us all applaud them for the excellent work they've done. Here are a couple of pieces you'll want to read again (or perhaps for the first time). Keep an eye out for [...]
Oh my God, what are you guys doing this weekend?
• Here comes August! Consider it proved: it's the month when real scandals grip the country and we pay attention to other things.
• And this weekend is going to be toasty. There may be cooling centers! Mmm, cooling.
We guess this is it. Goodbye forever! Here's some of what we're glad to be skipping.
• The 2012 presidential election
• Titanic 3D
• Having to stand outside a park to finish a cigarette
• Unavoidable and mostly identical essays on the meaning of Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 70th birthday
• Unavoidable and mostly identical essays on the meaning of Bob Dylan on the occasion of his demise (I mean, stay healthy, Bob, but it's gonna happen some day)
• The rap-rock revival
Your unemployed friend: A handy guide
Your right to party: It does not technically exist
Your shoes, this spring: If you're a dude
Your favorite canceled shows: Ranked by heartbreak
Your fancy downtown film festival: Notes from Tribeca
Your acquaintance who has cancer: Things not to say
Your great outdoors: If you're into that sort of thing
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Enjoy your government shutdown and your Turbotax, ladies and gents! I know I certainly am. That's right: just hanging out, measuring my "home office." Looking for some procrastination? Here, we can help, with some things you might have missed this week. See you Monday!
• "The big-step strut is usually done by female soul singers, none better than Tina Turner, who turned the big-step strut into a marketing campaign."