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Chances are you've heard B L A C K I E, even if the stylized name doesn't ring a bell at first. The artist--once described as a "one-man noise ordinance" by the New York Times --is the textbook definition of immersive performance art. The solo artist is completely in your face with melodic baritone ... More >>
Not to steal some thunder from Lance Armstrong before his big confession to Oprah is aired tonight--the Manti Te'o story has already done that--but I must make a confession of my own. I've got to get this monkey off my back. I've got to free myself of the burden I've been carrying around for so long ... More >>
Now we know why Tom Cruise was jumping up and down on Oprah's couch so emphatically. He was trying to rattle those aliens up inside him and get them to come plopping out! That must be the same reason he wore assless chaps in Rock of Ages. (And yes, I know "assless chaps" is a redundancy, but I like ... More >>
At a press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria yesterday, General Aladeen--aka Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator--unsurprisingly backed Mitt Romney for Prez. Explained the General: "He'd make a great dictator. He's incredibly wealthy but pays no taxes. And it's not much of a leap from firing people ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics
[Insert obligatory "And you get an Oscar! And you! And you!" joke.] Oprah Winfrey, ruler of Earth, is rumored to be a candidate to host next year's Academy Awards, although nothing is official at this stage in the game. Look, anything beats Franco and Hathaway. At the Oprah Oscars, winners won't ... More >>
Dan Weiss is the author of the blog Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks and he's profiled in this week's feature, "Guys Who Like Fat Chicks." He put together a list of ten males who appreciate larger ladies in Western mass culture because, frankly, there aren't all that many. Fat Admirers do exist, and ... More >>
Keith Olbermann, recently departed host of MSNBC's Countdown, is coming back to the 8 p.m. slot just three days after he signed off. Despite talk in this morning's New York Times of a gag order, in which Olbermann can not speak about his departure, he has promised a dispatch tonight on his ne ... More >>
The Paris Review gets a makeover
There's a new New York City drinking survey out, and chances are, you're a drinker, because more than half of New Yorkers of legal drinking age are (congrats!). We were surprised and vindicated to find, however, that New Yorkers on average (53%) actually drank less than the nationwide average ... More >>
Click to Enlarge.Via Chris Mohney.Chris Mohney -- the "Vice President of Content" at BlackBook Media [and full disclosure: my former "boss"] has proposed a way to fight Koran-Burning pastors in the press. He writes: "There's only one way to combat International Burn a Koran Day, and that's by ... More >>
Even adults think their parents are a little lame. Sure, most grown people come to terms with their adolescent authority angst, but even little Malia and Sasha will probably never think Daddy is as ice cold as the rest of the world does. So what must Chelsea Clinton think about Bill and Hilla ... More >>
God bless America. All photos via BBC.And the award for best life this week goes to N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams, who spent Monday night inducing Anna Wintour and Oprah to dance at the Met Gala after party, only to then head south on Wednesday to take part in the White House's Cinco De Mayo ce ... More >>
Second from the left, no? Credit: BBCIt's not quite Katie Couric busting the world's most unseemly move, but the above photo would seem to be evidence of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour's ability to clap her hands in a somewhat demonstrative and possibly even rhythmic way. Or is it just a lookalik ... More >>
That's what Entertainment Tonight correspondent Diane Dimond thinks. Dimond's not buying the innocent act Hunter performed on Oprah yesterday--you know, how there was already trouble in the Edwards household when she came along and sprinkled her rancid pixie dust.
The people behind the Snuggie know they are bugging the crap out of you, and it's working out pretty well for them. The cultural impact of the sleeved blanket, largely due to those unbelievably campy commercials by Allstar Marketing Group, might've exceeded that of any other "As seen on TV" produc ... More >>
Inc. magazine has a few PR pros advise (in absentia) Tiger Woods on how to "fix his image." Their advice is either too general ("Go through the short-term trauma and be done with it") or, given the world in which we live, out of the question ("I would recommend that he be real and authentic b ... More >>
Kristen Stewart, New Moon premiere. Twitpic via KriisStewart_. Our Man of the Week is Rudolph Giuliani. He started off with confused but belligerent comments about the KSM trial, making him look like a candidate for something. Then word leaked that he would not run for Governor, then that ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Creating With Macrame Author: Suzanne Stiles Date: 1971 Publisher: American ... More >>
She says his behavior is mean spirited, malicious, sickening and sad, and she doesn't like him getting naked for Playgirl. He says she's a greedy, dishonest hypocrite and a neglectful mother and he told People he's thinking of suing for custody. All the same, Sarah Palin told Oprah this wee ... More >>
Gayle King photo by David ShankboneThey deny it, and naturally one doesn't want to fall into that old stereotype about how any two powerful women who hang together must be doing it. But Stedman never seemed that persuasive a force to me, and now Rosie O'Donnell has stirred the pepperpot by s ... More >>
"I faked my own death and everybody believed me: even my mum cried when she read about it in the paper." In 2000, Australian artist Ben Frost faked his own death, sending out newspaper funeral notices that doubled as invites to his solo exhibition. Some, of course, saw this in poor taste--but wha ... More >>
Get out your tinfoil! ABC today reports a heretofore secret meeting of "America's Richest Givers", including Mayor Bloomberg, Oprah, David Rockefeller, George Soros, Ted Turner, and other illuminati, were invited by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to a "window-lined private room" -- as opposed to one ... More >>
The French spend more time eating and drinking than the rest of the world, according to a new study. Other findings include how the Turkish spend their free time: 35 percent of it is for entertaining friends; while Mexicans and the Japanese spend half their free time watching television. [CNN] For ... More >>
Al Jazeera's morning report, proving once again that it's ridiculous censorship for U.S. cable outlets to not carry the Arab world's most powerful news outlet. Dick Cheney's dream of an imperial vice presidency lording over all the world's oil fields is now officially dead. President Barack Obam ... More >>
Forbes notices that these creatures called liberals may have some influence in this Age of Obama, and dispatches Wall Street Journal conservative Tunku Varadarajan and others to compile a list of "The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media." These include Kevin Drum (without the hated name o ... More >>
A crazy quilt of Indian and Latin flavors goes flop
Sound of the City roots for the blue home team. So does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. Obviously, this was the week of the many Obama Odes. Presumably Big and Rich has been taking the last few days off. For the record, this is still where my head is. Jay-Z premiered his ode to O, "History," ... More >>
The best TV news we’ve heard since Oprah went live is that ex-Senator Alfonse D’Amato is getting his own show—as a judge! The Judge Judy-style show will feature The Fonz, who actually represented this state in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1999, wearing black judge’s robes in a courtroo ... More >>
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Beowulf, meet the Replacements! Great books from 2007 you may have missed.
Presenting gospel's modern sounds in praise and worship
To march or not to march? That is the Gay Pride Day question.
Uncle Dave's daily music enjoyment program
How Bush's faith-based say-no-to-sex sex education is failing our kids
Enough with the news anchors running the debatesit's time to give Oprah a turn
What's Behind the Sudden Surge in Spirituality?
Rohinton Mistry's 'Family Matters'
The Debut of Rosie and mary-kateandashley
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