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Sansa needs to know more about this brush situation.

I just woke up and saw the news that David Bowie has left the planet. He was a very special man. I will hurl you at Buzzfeed’s coverage bc I have lost the will to type:

I…am not capable of talking about the El Chapo / Sean Penn situation calmly. I hate Sean Penn with the fire of a billion suns, and I am obsessed with El Chapo (WHILE NOT APPROVING OF HIM, HE IS A LEGIT MONSTER), and that piece is SO TERRIBLE and also may have gotten him captured but I also hope Sean Penn goes to jail?

UNREAL SEASON TWO UNREAL SEASON TWO (I have been introducing Mallory to the first season, and she is HERE FOR IT.)

“Pinky and The Brain”:

When it came to picking the right voice actor for the role of Brain, there was only one man for the job: Maurice LaMarche. In fact, as LaMarche recalls, he was the first and only man to audition for the role, because he had a lot of experience and his Orson Welles frozen peas rant impression was already a thing of legend. “I saw the model sheet for Brain, with that furrowed brow and dour expression and pudgy cheeks, I thought immediately, ‘Oh, this is Orson Welles,’” he tells us. “I did Welles with the dialogue and they went, ‘Oh my God, that’s genius. We didn’t think of that!’ They cast me on the spot. I was the first and last person to read for Brain.”

There is a new webseries about the lives of black girls in Rome!

Mallory and I are going to be doing a Shop Talk at Cornell on April 7th, and we would love to see you there!

This whole long piece about The Year in GOP Candidate Drama is full of gossip and horror, but the last sentence of this excerpt is a particular favourite:

With his exploration continuing in public, Romney more and more was leaning against running. Wife Ann supported the idea and wanted Mitt to be president, but their five sons were split. Tagg and Josh were for it, Matt and Craig were against it and Ben was on the fence. Romney suspected their wives were opposed, though they kept their opinions to themselves.

Baltimore public housing workers demanded sex for repairs:

M.G.’s refrigerator in her apartment in Gilmor Homes, a public housing complex in Baltimore, had been broken for years. She filed numerous work orders seeking to get it fixed or replaced, but nothing ever happened.

Until 2008, when an employee of the housing authority by the name of Michael Robertson told her that she had to have sex with him in order to get a new refrigerator.

“I was desperate,” she said in a sworn affidavit. “I am on disability and have limited means. I was consistently losing food and I was not able to afford new food. I felt that I had no choice.” She gave in and had sex with him twice. Afterward, she got two refurbished refrigerators over the course of two years.

On Friday, lawyers for M.G. and 18 other women who alleged that employees of Baltimore’s public housing agency demanded sex in return for critical housing repairs announced a settlement for all victims of sexual harassment in public housing.

This asshole:

On Friday, Mr. LePage, a Republican, characterized the statement as a slip of the tongue.

“I made one slip-up,” the governor said at a televised news conference at the state capitol in Augusta, organized after the remarks became public Thursday evening. “I made a one-word slip-up. I might have made many slip-ups. I was going impromptu, and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth. Instead of saying ‘Maine women,’ I said ‘white women.’ I’m not going to apologize to the Maine women for that, because if you go to Maine, you’ll see that we’re essentially 95 percent white.”

After saying he would not apologize, Mr. LePage seemed to do just that. “So if I slipped up and used the wrong word, I apologize to all the Maine women,” he said.


David Chang on opening a new restaurant, and wonders why Asian food has to be cheap in the US (it’s a good question! high-end sushi being an exception, of course):

It pisses me off that Asian food has to be cheaper. Why? Not one person has given me a reason why. All the ingredients that we’re getting are top quality, and just as expensive as any other restaurant. Look at the version of cacio e pepe we’re serving here. The only expensive ingredient we’re not using is parmesan—and guess what parmesan is? MSG. We’re replacing the parmesan with our own fermented chickpea paste that took us six to nine months to make. So fuck you guys. I’m not getting on the phone and ordering a wheel of parmesan. Don’t tell me that I can’t charge like Italian food.

No, I shan’t (by the way, the STILL ROBUST pending comments on Nikki’s piece are now 98% racist and 2% dripping with condescending advice, in case you were wondering):

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