Posts Tagged: No

Do You Know How To Say No?

"She has developed her own technique for declining a request that someone just keeps lobbing: She repeats her refusal—'I am sorry, I am not able to do that'—in exactly the same words for as long as it takes. 'Eventually they will get bored and defeated and stop asking,' she says."


Google's Plan To Increase The Number Of People Searching For "Ways To Die"

"Along the lines of self-driving cars and smart glasses, Google's newest venture promises to wow the tech scene. Only, it's not quite tech, at least in the traditional sense. The venture is called California Life Company, or Calico for short, and its goal is to extend human life by 20 to 100 years."


Death Cab For Youth: Getting Older With Former Sadsack Ben Gibbard

For my thirty-third birthday, my husband pre-ordered "The Barsuk Years," the Death Cab for Cutie vinyl box set. "That way you’ll only have the good ones," he said.

He said "good ones" with an uptick in his voice, almost as if he was asking a question. Neither of us can tell how much of the gift, or any part of it, is a joke. I opened up the box, and I laughed. I love these records. Or: I loved these records?

It's a time in music—or a time in music for me?—when the definition of Good Music has never been murkier. Are these the good ones? The idea of "good [...]


Worst Bus Ride Ever

A bus will be available for transport from @occupywallstnyc to the RNC in Tampa (and DNC in Charlotte!) Signup thingy:…

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 20, 2012

Would anyone like to take the Occupy bus from New York to Tampa this weekend and then not let us know what happens? That would be great.


Startup Evangelist Makes 300,000 Whole Dollars In Just Eight Years

Why don't you lazy women want to throw away your money investing in pyramid schemes startups? This man literally doubled his money by angel investing—in just eight short years. Don't you silly girls want in on this big man business?


Now Anderson Cooper Is Destroying People's Lunch Hours One by One

Anderson Cooper will come around and personally try to ruin your life now, with hidden camera jerk pranks which take up peoples' lunch hours and hours of their lives that they'll never get back. Reports one victim: "ultimately what I felt was not anger or amusement but a profound helplessness. When it was a man being awful in the back of a restaurant, I couldn’t do anything. When it was an actor being awful in the back of a restaurant, I could do less. I had been working with rules that were not rules. I had made assumptions based on experience and observations, assumptions made invalid by a [...]


Occupy Wall Street Runs Out of Ideas

Dear Occupy Wall Street,

Please invent your own 他妈的 iconography.




Black Larry King (Isn't Any Of Those Things)

Doesn't matter what town we're in, my friend Chris Tucker always knows where the best dim sum is.

— Black Larry King (@BlackLarryKing) February 3, 2014

A friend of mine suggested that BuzzFeed deputy editor-in-chief Shani O. Hilton was harboring the identity of the genius behind @BlackLarryKing, the quietly funny, under-the-radar account. “I think Shani knows but she refuses to admit it,” she told me a few days ago. My editor, when we talked about interviewing Black Larry King, wrote back: “Shani claims not to know but I dunno if I believe her.” Others think Ms. Hilton might actually be BLK. “We are onto you,” [...]


Man Terrible

Isn't it a little weird that no one on either side of the aisle apologized for, you know, shutting down the government for 16 days?

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 17, 2013

Hah, just saw @chucktodd made essentially same point I just did 3 hours before. Angry liberals ENGAGE

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 17, 2013

I hereby retract my earlier tweet. Democrats were nothing short of heroic throughout this entire episode.

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 17, 2013

The political bloggering class spent the night making sense of the shutdown, with mixed results for its dignity. Particularly in this instance.


Woman Puts Things On Feet At Work

NO RT @irincarmon: Noooooo RT @annielowrey: I can't even.…

— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) May 27, 2013

If you were vacationing super-hard this weekend, you may not have heard a thousand FEMINISTS screaming all at once, and therefore missed the story of the year. It starts like this: "It may say more about Washington than White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that she’s known in the West Wing for her fabulous shoes."

Here is a longer response than "nooooo."


Book Gay

"Among the most unusual things about How to Be Gay is that it is, at heart, a 500-plus-page work that explores a fundamental kind of gay sensibility by concentrating almost exclusively on one actress, Joan Crawford, and on a single scene in a single movie, the 1945 drama Mildred Pierce." —Man. Book publishing, what is the deal.


U2 Somehow Compared To Picasso, Mariano Rivera

"We didn't get to sit in while U2 created their songs or when Picasso painted, but for the past 17 years, we've been able to watch Rivera step into crises over and over and over, throwing the same pitch over and over and over even when hitters knew which pitch was coming, and almost always Rivera has come out the other side shaking hands and high-fiving teammates."


Cop-Taunting Is Tacky

Yeah, dear Occupy: please don't taunt the cops with donuts on a stick.


Joe Scarborough Loves America in Song, Makes 9/11 Skin Flick

"As art tends to require the passage of time, it could also be that Scarborough's song is just the first in a series of more reflective cultural examinations of the last 10 years. Such works cannot change the last decade, cannot bring back brave soldiers, but they can offer hope that the years will bring greater understanding. As Scarborough concludes: 'At the end of the hour / When I'm drained of all power / I still find the reason to believe.'" —UH, TV TALKING HEAD JOE SCARBOROUGH WROTE A 9/11 SONG. (He used to be a lawyer in a band, you know, back in the day.) And THEN [...]


Scott Walker Goes Shooting For The Presidency

Wow is it cold out. The deer must think the same thing as I haven't seen a thing:

— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) November 25, 2013

"Like riding my Harley and watching the Packers, going hunting is one of my favorite Wisconsin traditions." —The office of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The attempt to sell Scott Walker as the anti-Chris Christie has begun in earnest. One angle of this is for Walker's new best friend, Washington Post columnist and Walker biography co-author Marc Thiessen to frame the governor as of an entirely different temperament then Christie.1 (Can you guess in what way?)

But an entirely [...]


Bloomberg Cronies Desperately Trolling To Recast The Bloomberg Era As "Progressive"

Oh, the Bloomberg army is on the defensive now, after the election, and after everyone declaring themselves fed up with Bloombergianism—and also with Bloomberg running around just being a straight up dick to everyone. So Kevin Sheekey is "putting some things out there" now. Kevin Sheekey, you may not know, is a Bloomberg lifer who was a Washington lobbyist for Bloomberg LP, worked on the election, oversaw the Republican convention here (that went fairly poorly—for residents, not for Republicans), did some time as a deputy mayor and then eventually went back to Bloomberg LP. Of course. Here's what he's on about—and it's incredibly frustrating, because when you start distorting [...]


Lena Dunham, Adele, Lady Gaga, Amy Adams All Very Ugly, Says "Esquire"

OH YES. "And women no longer need to be beautiful in order to express their talent. Lena Dunham and Adele and Lady Gaga and Amy Adams are all perfectly plain, and they are all at the top of their field."

Actual words, typed consecutively, and somehow published. Despite the obvious questions—how the hell did poor Amy Adams get wrapped up in that claim!? And also "how soon is Adele going to BEAT YOU TO DEATH?"—I also… I… I don't know where to start with Stephen Marche's half-profile of Megan Fox for Esquire. I thought the mens' mags had moved on from hiring ghouls—I mean, smart ones even!—to be ghoulish [...]


Go Ahead, Blue Yourself

It is okay to drink blue cocktails again, so long as you aren't particularly concerned about concepts like "dignity" and "self-respect." [Via]


"Best Magazine Cover" in Whole Wide World Surely Not Best

Would you like to know what was voted to be the VERY BEST AMERICAN MAGAZINE COVER of the year 2011, by the editors of magazines near you? The answer may surprise you. (Or cause any other number of negative emotions, at least in part because it's, you know, fake?)


Don't Even Try to Make "Man Slippers" Happen

"Given the recent stateside popularity of the espadrille…the evening slip-on has big potential for a life outside the opera house." —GIRL. NO.