Monday, December 22, 2008

The Angelina Effect

Nicole Richie is considering adopting an African orphan. But, far more shocking than the aforementioned news, which ran in China Daily today, is the photo (below) which accompanied the news story.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christy Turlington in W Spring '09

Proof that aging gracefully is not an oxymoron... (and that supermodels are aliens).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tribal Chic Is In

Says Elle UK. Good news for M.I.A.'s newly launched clothing line, Okley by M.I.A.. And, for me, as I'm planning on buying in bulk these fantastic (and fantastically inexpensive) beaded necklaces from Madison and Woodward.

This speaks to me on many levels...

From the Editorial Corrections of the Year (courtesy of Andrew Sullivan)...

Correction of the Year

One of the year’s most coveted awards goes to none other than Dave Barry. Here’s how the famous humor writer chose to correct a misspelling he made in a column published by the Miami Herald:

In yesterday’s column about badminton, I misspelled the name of Guatemalan player Kevin Cordon. I apologize. In my defense, I want to note that in the same column I correctly spelled Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarak, Poompat Sapkulchananart and Porntip Buranapraseatsuk. So by the time I got to Kevin Cordon, my fingers were exhausted.

Other Favorites

In the June 20 “Culturebox,” Jonah Weiner stated that Lil Wayne was the first hip-hop artist to fantasize about eating his competition. Other rappers have contemplated consuming their rivals.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Kubrick (courtesy of the impossible cool).

Advertising Hits New Low

Are your eyelids worth 100 British pounds? Some brands think so.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What Women Want...

hasn't changed in 80 years. According to a 1928 article published exactly 8 decades ago today, "a bottle of perfume, a scarf, a jewel, a bag, powder, rouge, a negligee, a flower, anything that is not an actual necessity, but a charming extravagance, is an agreeable gift to almost any woman."

Attention Lou Reed Fans

As if the incessant So. Cal rain weren't motivation enough, one more reason that I'm wishing I was back in NYC tonight...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cannibalistic Squids Losing Their Appetite

Another perfect example of fact reading stranger than fiction: it turns out global warming isn't so great for cannibalistic Humboldt squids (aka: Giant Squids). The increase of acid in ocean water, caused by our own cannibalistic tendencies toward Mother Earth, is making the utterly terrifying creatures lethargic. Don't think they're so scary? According to the Times, the squids "come to oxygen-rich surface waters at night in swarms of up to 1,200... and feed with such ferocity that injured members of their own species are torn apart." But, now, in most cases squids' metabolic rates have been depressed by as much as a third, and they're half as active. In other words, climate change is kind of like the South Beach diet for squids; only it's served with a side of anger management.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gossip Girl's Discount Product Placement

*Courtesy of Bryanboy
Daily Candy does someecards and they're kind of awesome. The best of the bunch below...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

According to Merriam-Webster, the top five words of 2008...

New Yorkers mark your calendars...

Lincoln Center is hosting a Scorsese retrospective from Dec. 26-31, screening classics like Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and No Direction Home on the big screen.

Booze Begot Radiohead Collaborator's Record Label

Artist Stanley Donwood--the face behind nearly all of Radiohead's inimitable merch and cover art--is launching a record label. Of the project's conception he has this to say...

'SIX INCH RECORDS' is a project that may take a little explaining. The story begins around the time of Christmas 2006, when I drunkenly decided to become a record label boss. Every man needs a hobby, or so the cliché has it, and if I was going to make a late-stage attempt at normality then that was one of the things that I should do. So, still reeling from red wine, I typed out a email to three musicians that I knew, suggesting that I release their music on my as-yet-unnamed record label.

Ah, the power of inebriation...
Alisa Gould-Simon is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.