good journalism

Posted: February 20th, 2014 | No Comments »

Pharrell Williams Reveals Secret for Looking Young

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No, Pharrell Williams is not a vampire.

As crazy as that sounds, the question of whether the multiple-Grammy winning artist is a vampire is actually a top Google search, as people have pondered how the 40-year-old seemingly doesn’t age.

Now William, himself, is setting the record straight.

“No I am not,” he told TimeOut magazine when asked point blank if he’s a vampire. “I’m willing to go on record as saying that I don’t drink people’s blood.”


trying to borrow this issue

Posted: February 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

From Rebecca Mead’s great profile of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in the new issue of The New Yorker. Didn’t know this but he’s hosting an updated version of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”.

At the age of eleven, Tyson spoke with a teacher at P.S. 81 about his fascination with astronomy. Tyson’s older brother Stephen, who is an artist, recalls “The teacher asked, ‘Why do you want to go into science? There aren’t any Negroes in the field. Why don’t you go into sports?’” One evening, when he and his father were entering Van Cortlandt Park carrying a telescope, the police stopped them. “I guess they thought it as a bazooka,” [Tyson’s mother] Sunchita says. “Just keeping my kids on the straight and narrow—and getting them not to hate people, in some instances, because of the way they were treated—was a full-time job.” On another occasion, police were called to Tyson’s building by neighbors who were alarmed by his rooftop activities. Tyson ended up showing the officers the stars.

(via mark richardson)

note: the wikipedia on him is pretty good, too: “In 1985, he won a gold medal with the University of Texas dance team at a national tournament in the International Latin Ballroom style”; under  honors: “2000 Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive, People Magazine;” and “He met his wife, Alice Young, in a physics class at the University of Texas. They married in 1988 and named their first child Miranda after one of Uranus’ moons.”


Posted: February 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

prabal gurung 2014
prabal gurung, fall/winter 2014, via ny mag

things that happened today

Posted: February 19th, 2014 | No Comments »
  • spilled an entire cup of coffee without drinking one sip
  • went home for lunch!??!?!?!?!?!? NEVER HAPPENS
  • got bored


things i’m thinking about, tuesday after film shoot edition

Posted: February 18th, 2014 | No Comments »
  • laziness
  • possibilities
  • the future
  • change
  • eating oatmeal every morning
  • how heavy my vacuum cleaner is
  • how much i enjoy comedians in cars getting coffee. i guess i am a secret jerry seinfeld fan
  • how bad admission was, not even background viewing good, really, it was not good
  • how fun the film shoot was. it was just so nice to do something different, out of the office

me too

Posted: February 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

larry and jerry

from larry david’s session in comedians in cars getting coffee:

JERRY: one of the things that the comedian mindset requires is laziness.
LARRY: absolutely.
JERRY: you don’t want to do real work.
LARRY: NO. no. i always wanted the show [seinfeld] to get canceled so i didn’t have to work.



so uncomfortable, so sad

Posted: February 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

rashida jones in the guardian:

“Every time I look at a photo of myself as a teenager, I think, this is who I feel like.” She shows me a photo she keeps on her phone of an overweight, solemn-faced girl who looks vaguely like Rashida Jones. “There I am. So uncomfortable, so sad, so much food… On family vacations, I used to wake up before everyone else and make a sourdough bread sandwich with butter, eggs, bacon and cheese, and then go back to bed and, like, one hour later be, ‘So what’s for breakfast?'” She laughs. “So sad.”


the google search box

Posted: February 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

the best thing on a computer sometimes

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what happiness looks like in life

Posted: February 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

and more from roxane gay:

I want to write happier stories, at least once in a while, but like H, I am trying to figure out what that looks like. I am trying to write about happiness in ways that aren’t cloying, in ways that engage the reader. I am also, I think, trying to figure out what happiness looks like in life. I am wondering if there is a way to choose happiness. I would like to find that way.

i might be a person who would park on a sidewalk

Posted: February 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

courtesy of roxanegay:

When I got to work yesterday, I was reminded of how people LOSE THEIR MINDS when it snows. They forget what the parking lot looks like for the other 9 months of the year. This person is parked on the sidewalk.