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Mario Batali tells fans he’s ‘so very sorry’ for sexual misconduct. P.S.: Cinnamon rolls! - The Washington Post
"In case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite."
mariobatali  apology  cinnamonroll  food  culture 
9 weeks ago by nsfmc
In the Maze | Issue 30 | n+1
> Near the end of 2014, I remember, the right to free speech under the First Amendment had been recast in popular discourse as the right to free speech without consequence, without reaction.
> ...
> “It’s not that you can’t speak. It’s that other people can hear you. And they’re telling you what you’re saying is crazy.”
nplusone  history  losers  speech  culture  discourse 
10 weeks ago by nsfmc
The Men Taking Classes to Unlearn Toxic Masculinity
He argues that the concept of “toxic masculinity” has four main components: suppression of anything stereotypically feminine; suppression of emotions related to vulnerability, like fear, sadness, or helplessness; male domination over women and other men; and aggression.
culture  gender  masculinity  education 
november 2017 by nsfmc
The Most Interesting Curator on the Internet Knows Exactly What You Want to See - Motherboard
> No human is directly involved in deciding what gets posted on Archillect. Archillect herself is an artificial intelligence that curates her own content. Deploying a network of bots that crawl Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, and other image-heavy sites, Archillect hunts for keywords and metadata that she likes, and posts the most promising results.
design  ai  culture  internet  blog  tumblr  vice  motherboard 
november 2017 by nsfmc
Anthony Bourdain on Weinstein, John Besh, and meathead restaurant culture.
> And I’ve also been thinking very much about Kitchen Confidential. I would go to signings a few years after Kitchen Confidential came out, and people would come up to me, mostly guys, they’d high-five me over the table with one hand and slide me a packet of cocaine with the other. And it was like dude, have you not read the book? What the fuck is wrong with you?
bourdain  cooking  interview  culture  sex  harassment  introspection 
october 2017 by nsfmc
I Am Sorry for This Scraggly Mess on My Face - The New York Times
> The zombie epidemic is a very popular apocalypse scenario among middle-aged men for a very simple reason: When chaos consumes civilization, you can start over. You get to be young again.
hodgman  beards  middleage  life  commentary  facialhair  culture 
october 2017 by nsfmc
Sure Guys, It Is Awesome That We Are Shitting On Kamala Harris | Wonkette
"See, it is 2017, so now is the perfect time to libel anyone on the left who isn’t actively involved in Being Bernie Sanders, because it is important to start smearing progressive Democrats as corrupt early, so it can catch on. For bonus points, accuse her of not supporting things she supports.

It worked really well last time, and nothing bad can come of it."
politics2017  kamalaharris  senate  culture  politics 
august 2017 by nsfmc
Before the Internet | The New Yorker
“Because that’s what it was like before the Internet.”
internet  commentary  culture  media  newyorker 
july 2017 by nsfmc
David Chang: "Almost Everything We've Done Has Been a Failure from the Get-go" - Eater
"The whole idea of ugly-delicious was, how do I make food that I'm comfortable making again? As I've gotten older, I've embraced all the things that I truly love eating. I'm not embarrassed about it anymore. Now I'm just like, I don't give a fuck."
food  culture  davidchang  podcast  transcript  comfortfood 
june 2017 by nsfmc
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. “If the world ends—and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble—getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently. “Without them, I’m fucked.”
doomsday  preppers  siliconvalley  culture 
january 2017 by nsfmc
Don’t Dress Your Age - The New York Times
I have long savored the prospect of letting myself go. It’s just the most delicious concept: a balloon wafting into the ether, a raft flowing smoothly with the current. One day, I have imagined, I would find myself wandering along the street, hair askew, unkempt but cheerful, wearing a curious assortment of clothes — perhaps a vintage frock with dapper heels — that meet just my liking.

I might bump into an old acquaintance who would regard me with concern. “Oh,” I would exclaim, with an easy laugh, and, touching her arm, say: “I thought you might have known. I’ve let myself go!”

I would saunter off, dangerously liberated, feeling envious eyes on my back — having reached, finally, the age when you can reject rejection.
clothing  fashion  culture  gender  society  appearances 
october 2016 by nsfmc
Can Straight People Be Queer? | VICE | United States
I ask him if he can see why members of the queer community might take umbrage with a straight man performing in drag. "People have gotten really angry with me for being 'a straight man' dancing in the gay arena," he replies. "Women also take issue for different reasons. I have this one friend of mine who sends me endless essays by Susan Sontag." But, he says, theater gives him license to become someone else and politics has little to do with it. "For me, Dianne is a character; the idea of gender is suspended. It just so happens that the character I create on stage is a woman."
culture  drag  queer  identity 
october 2016 by nsfmc
When Everyone Can Be ‘Queer,’ Is Anyone? - The New York Times
Maybe we are relying on a single word, a single idea, a single identity, to do too much. After all, “queer” never belonged to us; it was foisted upon us, and we reconfigured it to make it ours. The future will bring new possibilities and ideas — and new terms for them. Scientists are still learning about the vast and complex components that interact to create human sexuality. An article in Nature from 2015 delved into the latest research on sex and gender among mice. Sex determination is thought to happen in the womb, but studies of mice suggest that sex can fluctuate between male and female throughout life. Someday, maybe we’ll recognize that queer is actually the norm, and the notion of static sexual identities will be seen as austere and reductive.
gender  queer  language  culture 
october 2016 by nsfmc
Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge came of age along with hip-hop—and its influence on her suitors became inextricable from their personal interactions. Form blends with content in Dated Emcees as she examines her love life through the lens of hip-hop's best known orators, characters, archetypes and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative about the music that shaped the craggy heart of a young woman poet, just as it also changed the global landscape of pop.
book  hiphop  culture 
july 2016 by nsfmc
Taste and Price: When Values Shift | Sweet Maria's Coffee Library
Here it might be a resentful “corrective” response to the narcissism of the coffee purveyor, that what they say in that ubiquitous 3 term description on the coffee bag is too self-flattering, and that the narrative of direct trade is too self-congratulatory. You probably aren’t going to get that in McCafe marketing. But you will get something else I am sure. While these resentments of high versus low culture, urban versus rural, etc seem more relevant than ever in the election year, it’s a whole different banana really. And whether blind tasting can really be an impartial measure of all the heterogenous ways coffee companies evaluate themselves and their coffees is iffy at best.
coffee  sweetmarias  blog  culture 
april 2016 by nsfmc
Professional Fake Nerd Girl — Maddy Myers
“Why don't "booth babes" get considered to be Women In Games?”
culture  games  gaming  writing  essay  maddymeyers  samusclone  cosplay 
april 2016 by nsfmc
Williams College’s Zachary R. Wood: 'Racism Is a Pathetic Excuse for Disinviting a Speaker from Campus'   - FIRE
"Some would argue that people like John Derbyshire contribute to an atmosphere in which minority viewpoints are disadvantaged before they’re even uttered or read. By this logic, until there is a level playing field, free speech can—and should—come second. From my experience, this argument is usually made by black students who feel that many white people actively resist putting racism at the center of political conversations. Many of these same students struggle to imagine change when they feel that their white peers refuse to deal substantively enough with racism. Thus, the imagination required for change seems inaccessible to them. This viewpoint, in fact, is at the very heart of what we’re seeing on college campuses around the country today."
culture  racism  freespeech  college  williams  speechoncampus 
march 2016 by nsfmc
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