Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Reading

The Broad Strokes
by Rachel Syme
The first time I met Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, they were wearing Rollerblades and Glazer was psyching herself up to simulate sex with a giant oak tree. Tucked out of view on a shady forest path in Prospect Park on a warm day in September, the stars and creators of Broad City were filming a scene for the sixth episode of the second season, called “The Matrix,” in which the best friends decide that they are too plugged in to the onanistic hive mind of the Internet and decide to go off the digital grid for a single day. The pair get separated, and without smartphones to reconnect, go on separate spirit quests — Glazer’s involves rubbing her bottom on the grass, rolling up leaves and dirt to craft (and smoke) a makeshift joint, and eating weeds from the ground on her hands and knees. For the denouement of her walkabout, Glazer has clothed intercourse — to completion — with a tree, still wearing skates, kneepads, and a bike helmet. Jacobson, who had quickly exchanged her blades for more comfortable Nike sneakers, was coaching Glazer from behind a camera monitor, the two chatting away over headsets, though they might as well have been communicating via ESP.
Read More at Grantland


Broken Rainbow Helpline loses funding
by D H Kelly
The Broken Rainbow Helpline is set to become the latest in a long list of domestic violence services facing government cuts. Broken Rainbow provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* victims of domestic abuse as well as training to other organisations. The announcement that funding would be cut comes in the same week as the news that the only refuge for gay and bisexual men in London may also have to close.
Read More at The F Word


“Charlie Hebdo”, not racist? If you say so…
by Olivier Cyran (translated by Daphne Lawless)
If it also occurred to me, in the past, to scribble out some furious lines in reaction to some of your exploits, I never dwelled on the subject. Doubtless I would not have had the patience or the stoutness of heart to follow, week after week, the distressing transformation which took over your team after the events of September 11, 2001. I was no longer part of Charlie Hebdo when the suicide planes made their impact on your editorial line, but the Islamophobic neurosis which bit by bit took over your pages from that day on affected me personally, as it ruined the memory of the good moments I spent on the magazine during the 1990s. The devastating laughter of “Charlie” which I had loved to hear now sounded in my ears like the laugh of a happy idiot getting his cock out at the checkout counter, or of a pig rolling in its own shit. And yet, I never called your magazine racist. But since today you are proclaiming, high and loud, your stainless and irreproachable anti-racism, maybe it’s now the right moment to seriously consider the question.
Read More at Posthypnotic Random Static


5 British Sitcoms Eeveryone Should Watch
by Taylah
Fawlty Towers! Extras! The Office! Ab Fab! Father Ted! Inbetweeners! Peep Show! Monty Python! Mighty Boosh! Gavin & Stacey! Sound familiar? Most likely. These are the British comedies everyone who loves a little bit of British comedy has watched and wants you to watch. But there are some unknown (or really not that unknown, but less praised) gems out there waiting for you to discover them, and I am here to get you on the right track. Here are the five British comedies I believe everyone should watch:
Read More at Taylah Talks TV


What Would J. Edgar Hoover Think of the Movie 'Selma?'
by Chauncey DeVega
If film is like "writing history with lightning", mass culture has taken Brother Dr. King's radicalism, diluted it, and then spat it out through the tip of an eye dropper across American popular memory and consciousness.
Never forget: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an enemy of the state.
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