Gen Y’s Idea of Leisure Is … Running Marathons

If runners had to sign a privacy contract before running a marathon, the number of participants would dramatically drop. That’s exactly what came to mind as I read Kevin Helliker’s article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Slowest Generation.”  In sum, the author writes that more Millennials leisurely participate in marathons “thumbing their nose at … Continued

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Picture of the Day: The Girl From Ipanema

The Girl From Ipanema: The iconic bossa nova song, which was a worldwide hit in the midsixties, turns fifty years old this summer. The Wall Street Journal has a nice write up about the story behind this perfect and breathy summer song, which is the second most recorded tune in pop-music history (surpassed only by … Continued

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The Summer of Modesty–WSJ Pin-Up-Girl glamour returns and is kind to women’s curves; bye-bye, bikini. Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to Publish Book on Fatherhood–Page Views “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball” is D-Wade’s memoir of childhood, growth, and fatherhood. What Pop Culture Favorites Do Academics Study Most?–Slate The intellectual allure of The … Continued

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Red, Blue, and Purple: Hollywood Tries Bipartisan Bashing–NY Times . . . a movie called “The Campaign,” set for release by Warner Brothers on Aug. 10, may settle one of the tougher questions confronting an inflamed political culture: Is bipartisan humor even possible in an election year? Composer John Adams New Score Provides New Take … Continued

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Ten Fictional Characters People Need to Stop Idolizing–Flavorwire We all need idols, and considering how central books, film, and TV can be to our lives, it makes sense that so many of us count fictional characters among our role models. But not every charismatic protagonist is an Atticus Finch — or even a Leslie Knope. … Continued

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Sendak Understood That Children Needed to be Terrified–Slate Jon Stewart, Religion Teacher Extraordinaire–Religion & Politics Is the Novel Dead? Hardly–WSJ “New Girl” & Awkwardness of Young Adulthood–Atlantic Monsieur Lazhar: A Film About Grief, Education–James Bowman How Gay Went Mainstream on TV–NY Times Ben Affleck’s Argo, Where the CIA Meets Hollywood–Slate The Many Looks of Fashionista Anna … Continued

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Nicki Minaj’s Schizophrenic New Album–Atlantic Mad Men v. The Artist: TV Today Is Better Than Film–Vanity Fair John Grisham’s Favorite Mistake–Newsweek The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin–Shelby Steele Damsels in Distress & The Flowers of Youth–NYT Where Are All the Normal Men?–Huff Po 10 Most Ridic Uses of Internet In Movies–CableTvProviders

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Has the Sexual Revolution Made Women Happy? Pop Culture: Yes

Has the sexual revolution made women happier? That’s the question the fiercely intelligent Mary Eberstadt addresses in a Wall Street Journal column from this past weekend: This brings us to Myth No. 4, which is perhaps the most interesting one of all: The sexual revolution has made women happier. Granted, happiness is a personal, imponderable thing. But … Continued

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The Original Frenemies: Oral History of Siskel & Ebert–Slate Hunger Games Reviewed: Reality TV, Opiate of Masses–Roger Ebert Hunger Games: A Story of Sacrifice and Survival–LA Times French Bread Spiked With LSD in CIA Experiment–Telegraph TV’s Relentlessly Negative Portrait of Men–PJ Media The Real War Is Not Against Women, but Men–Andrew Klavan Loyalty, Intrigue, Murder: … Continued

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Why Do Some Things Go Viral, Others Not?

I was planning on writing about one viral phenomenon this morning when another one caught my eye. I’ll start with the second one (Marilyn Hagerty) and then loop back to the first (a time-lapse YouTube video of pregnancy). Maybe you’ve heard, Marilyn Hagerty is an 85-year-old restaurant reviewer and columnist for the Grand Forks Herald … Continued

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