“The Interior Department is in charge of salmon when they’re in freshwater, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater. I hear things get even more complicated once they’re smoked.”—PRESIDENT OBAMA, delivering a zinger during the State of the Union. (via inothernews)
“Date a girl who doesn’t read because the girl who reads knows the importance of plot. She can trace out the demarcations of a prologue and the sharp ridges of a climax. She feels them in her skin. The girl who reads will be patient with an intermission and expedite a denouement. But of all things, the girl who reads knows most the ineluctable significance of an end. She is comfortable with them. She has bid farewell to a thousand heroes with only a twinge of sadness.
Don’t date a girl who reads because girls who read are the storytellers. You with the Joyce, you with the Nabokov, you with the Woolf. You there in the library, on the platform of the metro, you in the corner of the café, you in the window of your room. You, who make my life so god damned difficult. The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that her narratives are rich, her supporting cast colorful, and her typeface bold. You, the girl who reads, make me want to be everything that I am not. But I am weak and I will fail you, because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am. You will not accept the life that I told of at the beginning of this piece. You will accept nothing less than passion, and perfection, and a life worthy of being storied. So out with you, girl who reads. Take the next southbound train and take your Hemingway with you. I hate you. I really, really, really hate you.”—You Should Date An Illiterate Girl - Charles Warnke. (via starcrossed)
On the track, released on Kanye’s Facebook page early Tuesday morning, Jay-Z complains that his competitors merely fantasize about what he does on a daily basis — including, but not limited to, schmoozing with Warren Buffet and Steve Forbes. He also cites this writer’s $450 million valuationof his personal net worth, rounding up slightly to “half a billie,” before taking a shot at a fellow Hip-Hop Cash King or two: “Really, you got baby money.” The line is a double entendre meant both as a general reference to the small amount of money that other rappers have in comparison to Jay-Z, and as a specific reference to the wealth of rapper Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter, also known as “Weezy Baby,” and fellow New Orleans rapper and record executive Brian “Birdman” Williams, also known as “Baby.”
The latter recently claimed the former had more money than Jay-Z, which is, well, simply not true. Jay-Z earned $63 million dollars last year, tops on our list of hip-hop’s top earners, while Lil Wayne banked $20 million. Birdman did not make the list.
Perhaps the best line on Jay-Z’s new track is a verifiable and, one might say progressive, boast: “(You) ain’t got my lady’s money!” Indeed, Beyoncé took in a whopping $87 million by our last annual count, more than any rapper — and more than Jay-Z and Lil Wayne combined.
“I think the people in America who are underrepresented, who are angry and who are suffering, are the unemployed, the people who are graduating from college and are taking on jobs that they never could have imagined, the people who had their houses foreclosed. I find this so-called rage among the CEOs and business class, who feel somehow ignored and betrayed, to be comical.”—The New Yorker editor David Remnick speaking at 92Y last night. Read more on NBC New York. (via 92y)
The bomb, which was defused without incident on Monday, was the most potentially destructive he had ever seen, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release information about the investigation.
“They haven’t seen anything like this in this country,” the official said. “This was the worst device, and most intentional device, I’ve ever seen.”
Very sad that I didn’t even know about the bomb threat. I need to vary my news sources.
US Skins is such a copy of UK Skins, and this makes me miss generation one way too much. The acting was bad, Tony wasn’t as epic as he is in the UK version, Maxxie is now a girl, Cassie is not the same- NOBODY IS THE SAME!!! I tried not to judge the show too much, but I couldn’t help it!
The new MTV version of Skins is bull crap. Where is the Jal character and why is Effy so trashy looking?
Maybe I’d think otherwise if I had never seen the british version. I feel ripped off. All the hype for a reenactment of something I already saw. It’s not like they just took some things and tried to portray the spirit of the original ala the Office, whose British counterpart I’ve see. MTV pretty much copied everything frame per frame but somehow made it worse.
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. Don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live.”—Bob Marley (via @moniquegabriel)