It's nice to know that there's no "controversy" so stupid that Abe Foxman won't be ready with a comment about it.
In eighth grade, Mary liked Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily liked Paul McCartney, and I liked Gavin Rossdale. We probably didn't say liked, though, or even loved. We were obsessed, we were crazy, we swooned, we fantasized. We liked the mall, and love was a word for grandmothers on the telephone: they loved us, they hoped to see us soon. The feelings we had were much more gigantic and upsetting. Crush was good. It implied force, and pain, and the possibility that we might not make it out the other side intact.
At the time, I was pretty sure I had every picture of Gavin Rossdale ever published taped [...]
The busy, busy Kanye West took a pretty simple approach to his much-hyped bringing together of teeny-bopper Justin Bieber and the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon: he basically recorded Rae and himself rapping over the grimy finger-snap beat from the 1993's "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit" (funny that, when Rae was so careful to write lyrics appropriate for his 16-year-old co-star), and laid clips of Bieber's vocal track overtop for the chorus. But in the way that shows how simple is so often best, it sounds pretty great. It definitely has the feel of the mid-'90s heyday of hip-hop/R&B mashups. You could almost imagine hearing it between [...]
Over the weekend, the microblogging service Twitter changed its "trending topics" feature to focus on terms that were "the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion", a la Google Trends, as opposed to those words that were steadily appearing a lot on the service. This would seem to be one way to break the trending-topic domination of the windswept Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber, who has been a steady presence on said list since before the first of this year thanks to his talent at whipping up his very devoted fanbase. "WOW," Bieber said (via Twitter, of course) upon hearing the news — it's unknown if the "wow" was [...]