I started watching the reality show Work of Art for TV.com, but I haven’t had to write up anything for it in a while. That hasn’t stopped me from absolutely inhaling it every single week, because it is fucking amazing.
The show is basically Project Runway for artists, in that they have a challenge each week, they have to complete a piece of art and present it at a gallery show, and then they get critiqued at the end. What’s fascinating about the show is that unlike fashion designers, artistes get to throw out a bunch of huge obnoxious art terms and tell the camera that clearly their work was too avant garde for the plebeians when they are rejected. Nothing brings out pretentiousness like the art world, and the show milks it without taking itself too seriously, which I adore.
I can’t tell if it was planned or not, but the most interesting dynamic in the show is the developing chasm between the self-trained “people who make art”. The chasm is huge.
From Sociological Images, here’s a Scottish PSA for rape prevention that is *gasp* aimed at men. I remember freshman year of college, being packed into required workshops for us girls on how to keep ourselves safe, while the guys were required to…. do literally nothing. Way to really shift that responsibility where it belongs, UNCG!
More and more people are using technology and Internet memes to propose. How do I feel about this? Find out at Lemondrop.
A heart-wrenching account of a woman who grew up fat and is now skinny. She remembers, and you’ll remember too, as I did. I’m the girl who started coloring her hair with markers in middle school partially so that people would have a very concrete way to describe me that didn’t involve how Amazonian I was. (Thanks to Hillary)
A silly little thing I wrote about how to handle it if you ever catch your man…ahem…. saying hello to his little friend.
I don’t know how the Internet led me to this, but I’ve been reading all about Nitrogen Narcosis today, also known as “Rapture of the Deep”. That’s a term coined by Jacques Cousteau, and it refers to the “alterations in consciousness” that can occur when a human being goes very deep into caves or the ocean. The symptoms start with mild euphoria and can ramp up into “facial disfiguration”, hysteria, a loss of sense of time, and hallucinations. Amazing stuff.
This week’s Guyspeak/Girlspeak- Panama Jackson and I debate whether a breakup means that you lose your ex’s friends too.
Interpol was on Letterman last night with a new song, but WHERE. THE. FUCK. WAS. CARLOS. D?!?! I Googled, and it turns out their iconic, floppy haired bassist (who once kissed me on the cheek after a sparsely attended show in NC) left the band in May. Why wasn’t I informed? Ugh. Here’s the video anyway.
A theme of this post (and this week, apparently), a discussion of the issues with plus-sized clothing in NY Times. Leo Tolstoy wrote that all happy families are happy in the same way, whereas unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way. Apparently this is also true for clothing, because as skinny women are apparently all built about the same, plus-size women can carry their weight in many different places, making designing flattering clothes for them a challenge. Also, as ever, props to Glamour mag for posting this pic in 2009 and starting this whole debate in earnest.
UPDATE: Here’s my review of the season premiere of Project Runway, for TV.com!
Matt LeBlanc, yes, Friends Matt LeBlanc, is set to star in a new series on Showtime called Episodes. It’s a meta show about (now pay attention) a British TV show that is being adapted for American audiences, and the British producers in the States to oversee the production are upset at how horrible the remake is. Matt LeBlanc is the star of the American version of the show.
So basically, it’s the story of every British sitcom ever adapted for American audiences. It’s being created by the co-creators of Friends and Mad About You, which doesn’t bode well. Is it possible that LeBlanc has a sense of humor about himself? Is it possible that this could go better than Lisa Kudrow’s failed meta sitcom, The Comeback? Tune in to Showtime this January to find out for sure.
I found these fun candid photos from the original Star Wars trilogy at All That’s Interesting, and they’re charming as hell. Take a look!
Hey ya’ll! I’ve got a new perfume coming out, it’s called Radiance, and to make it look real fancy, I’m gonna put purdy jewels all over the bottle! Pink ones and blue ones and square ones and round ones and skinny round ones…just cover the bottle with them things, and put a big blue jewel right on top! That’ll be nice, right? I need to make sure I have a slogan at the bottom, sort of like McDonald’s has “I’m Lovin It”. Hmmm, what’ll work with jewels? I got it!
(I didn’t make any of this happen, she likes to crawl around in wadded-up blankets and find fun hidey holes)