This is so great.
Medic says Guantanamo force-feeding ‘inhuman’
As hunger strike reaches 100 days, head of World Medical Association criticises “degrading” practice.
George Takei responds to “traditional” marriage fans.
Calling race a “social construct” does not mean that the biological ancestry — and specifically West African ancestry — of African Americans is mythical. It also doesn’t mean that my ancestry has no actual implications. (See the map of sickle-cell density above.) And in the future, it may mean even more. Ancestry — where my great-great-great-great grandparents are from — is a fact. What you call people with that particular ancestry is not. It changes depending on where you are in the world, when you are there, and who has power.
Actor Greta Gerwig talks to Terry Gross about on weight and her character, Florence, in the Noah Baumbach film Greenberg:
Right before my senior year I lost an incredible amount of weight due to chain smoking and really poor personal behavior and I felt so wonderful and I wished it didn’t feel as wonderful as it does and it felt liberating and I felt great about myself and people asked me, ‘Did you get a haircut?’ and I was like, ‘No, I lost 25 pounds, you idiot.’ … I think it also gave me the confidence to kind of go make these movies and do all this stuff because I was high on some kind of thinness. And then when I read the part of Florence I almost felt ashamed because I felt like had been trying to run away from being that person because I thought that that’s what I had to do to make movies and then when I read that part I gained 15, 17, 20 pounds for the part because I knew that was right and I’ve never really lost it. I’ve just kind of stayed that weight. But I think it was like when I read the script I understood it and I also felt like, ‘Oh, you didn’t have to try to be another person to make art or to be an actress. You can be this person and someone will want to tell that story.’”
Ken Tucker likes Stories Don’t End, the new album from Dawes and thinks you might too:
I kid Dawes about their influences — I kid because I like the way these boys carry those influences with their own good humor, and with a loose assurance that their distinctiveness will shine through. On the lovely title song “Stories Don’t End,” singer-songwriter-guitarist Taylor Goldsmith talks about the ineffectiveness of talk — how words cannot express all that he wants to say about the woman he’s describing, the feelings he has for her. For that, he requires not only words, but the slightly fuzzy timbre of his voice and the gentle drumming of his brother Griffin Goldsmith. He gets closer, in this way, to suggesting how complex a story one song can tell, because as the title reminds us, the stories of a relationship, once launched, don’t end. We impose a narrative — a beginning, middle and end — upon them.
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This album is amazing.
Coming Soon of the Day: Neil Degrasse Tyson Will Host the Sequel of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
Though it’s been quietly in the works since 2011, Fox has officially confirmed that Carl Sagan’s monumental 1970 sci-ed miniseries Cosmos: A Personal Voyage will be getting an updated sequel next year, which will consist of 13 episodes produced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and hosted by one of the Internet’s most celebrated astrophysicists, Neil Degrasse Tyson. Fox is hoping the show will have as much as of cultural impact as Carl Sagan’s original series, which still remains one of the most watched PBS series in the world to this day.
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Is everything okay over there, MoJo?
Elizabeth Warren, guys.
We talked for a few minutes. She told me that she’d had a plan to join the Navy out of high school, but that fell apart because her knees were bad. She told me that she’d just finished working a 12 hour shift on a food truck. She told me that she’d moved to New York for no reason, just to get out of Kansas. “But I’m so glad I came,” she said.
“Why’s that?” I asked. Her eyes began to water.
“Because I’m so in love with a girl right now.”