Posts Tagged ‘new york times’

Since Hedi Slimane left fashion in 2007, every few years there are whispers of his return. For what he brought to the industry, he iconized himself in less than a decade. Subsequently, he took his love for photography and made it his full-time creative outlet.

Slimane is someone who has vision because he laces everything he does with his character. When he started his online photography diary, HEDI SLIMANE DIARY, it became clear that it was still him. There is such ease in his transitions, from fashion to images, everything is seamless.

This week, his first West Coast solo exhibition, ‘California Song’ opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Slimane has often said that California, particularly Los Angeles, has greatly influenced him in his work. In his latest interview with the New York Times, he speaks of his first time in LA and feeling immediately at home. It only makes sense that his first exhibit would be a tribute to Cali: (more…)

Ah, the romance novel.  Also known as Girl Porn.  We’ve all seen the section in the bookstore, the one that’s cluttered with books titled things like, Sexy Summer Heat and My Vagina Desperately Needs Stimulation.  Many of us have laughed at and made a couple Fabio jokes in our lifetimes.  Most of these books look the same, and if you read the backs, it’s just a slightly steamier variation of the usual platitudes.  You know, like:

Mary Sue just broke up with her boyfriend Bobby, and now she doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to love again.  Then Chad, a handsome athlete, accidentally spills his coffee all over her.  She and Chad start out with playful banter that they confuse for hatred, but by page 50 they’re humping like bunnies, and it is then that Mary Sue realizes she loves his penis.  I mean him.  She loves him.

Nora Roberts deserves a medal for all the money she must have made off of lonely housewives and lusty cat ladies.  If you don’t know who she is, just take a peek into the Romance section next time you’re at a book store.  Her name should dominate at least four shelves.

It’s true that romance novels are often cheesy and ridiculous.  I’m a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon myself, mainly because neither she nor her editors seem to care about the grammatical content of her books or the continuity.  In one of her novels, Dance with the Devil,  her leading man actually undresses himself twice before pleasuring his lady.  I kid you not.  And she is a New York Times best seller. I guess you don’t need any kind of writing talent to get famous. I’m talking about you, Stephanie Meyer.

It’s no wonder romance novels have such a bad rep, but many people don’t realize that there can actually be some good stuff.  Check out my earlier post on the Sookie Stackhouse novels.  Charlaine Harris’ books are amazingly written, with lovable characters that just happen to make love every now and again.  And I respect her for that.

Don’t be afraid of the Romance section. Sometimes they are a good laugh, but other times you can find a genuinely good read.  Try it out.  You probably won’t regret it, and your libido will thank you.

– Rebecca Leviton

1. World peace
2. A book deal
3. A date with Pauly-D
4. A first edition, signed copy of “The Haindmaid’s Tale”
5. A 4.0 GPA for the semester without having to go to class or do homework
6. An Op-Ed published in The New York Times
7. A big old Syracuse win over Nova
8. People to STOP talking about the Winter Olympics
9. My deviated septum be to un-deviated without having to undergo surgery

Stay tuned to see what I actually get for my birthday.

~Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

Subcomandante Marcos, seen here conveniently not existing.

[Mexico] has no serious prospects of regional secession or disputed territories, unlike the Middle East.

-Enrique Krauze, New York Times

Dear NY Times,

I know financial times are tough and you want to trim the fat, but it is probably not advisable for you to continue to publish your paper sans an editor. Y’know, one of those people in suspenders who hold a pencil between their teeth and squint at the articles you are going to run. They usually serve to make sure you don’t print insane things.

Hell you could just hire some kid to scan Wikipedia and give him or her college credit. Spending 45 seconds visiting at the Wiks would have revealed that: “In August 2003, the EZLN declared all Zapatista territory an autonomous government independent of the Mexican state.”

[pause for any gasps or drinks spit out] (more…)