“this was a spur-of-the-moment question about a controversial topic. Mr. Sorkin can’t be expected to speak for the entire film and TV industry with one improvised answer. He doesn’t even have to write female protagonists if he doesn’t want to — but he shouldn’t pretend that the reason male-driven movies get made while women’s scripts sit in a bin is because the former are of a higher quality.”—Aaron Sorkin Says Scripts With Female Protagonists Aren’t Good Enough | New York Observer
Went to a Stephen Tobolowsky show on Friday with a friend after the Good Friday service. I assumed he’d talk about actors he’d worked with in the past, life as a character actor, or something to that effect.
Nope! He gave a long monologue (broke into segments) about his 7th grade year, growing up in Oak Cliff (Dallas neighborhood), playing basketball, and his take on JFK’s assassination that year.
I told my dad the next day, and he said, you could have just talked to me instead (He was a year behind Tobolowsky — in another Dallas school).
Well, Tobolowsky did have some interesting things to share in the Q&A portion. And it was a free ticket and we had Amy’s afterwards, so it was still a fun night. Just not what I was expecting.
“When I was pretending to be the easy-breezy single gal, I was buying in to the general cultural perception that single people occupy some developmental netherworld between goofy teenagers and sober marrieds. But as I cooked my brother dinner or grilled the urgent care nurse about his red-blood cell count, I noticed a peculiar sensation: self-respect. This was difficult, and while it would have been easier if we’d had partners, we were still managing.”—I Used to Pretend to Be a ‘Carefree Single Girl,’ But Then Life Got in the Way | The Date Report
“Records show that Florida State’s athletic department knew about the rape accusation early on, in January 2013, when the assistant athletic director called the police to inquire about the case. Even so, the university did nothing about it, allowing Mr. Winston to play the full season without having to answer any questions. After the championship game, in January 2014, university officials asked Mr. Winston to discuss the case, but he declined on advice of his lawyer.”—Errors in Inquiry on Rape Allegations Against FSU’s Jameis Winston - NYTimes.com
“It all comes down to one core value, which is that we are unequivocally for women’s rights. It’s that simple,” Cosmopolitan.com’s editor, Amy Odell, told ThinkProgress when asked about the apparent editorial shift. “We believe every woman should have access to safe, affordable health care, and when that right is threatened, we’re not afraid to tackle those threats head-on.”
“I want to remind America of how criminally short its memory can be. In theory, the good thing about this country is that we all have our own story to tell, and there exist a whole host of stories, both parallel and perpendicular to mine. Countless fragile intricacies that are sometimes unimaginable to me, other times too familiar.
The publisher of the Texas Monthly is expected to file a lawsuit against The New York Times and Jake Silverstein, the Monthly’s editor, for accepting job as editor of The New York Times Magazine, according to a spokeswoman for the The Times.
“Let me remind you. Scarlet is our heroine, Louis her common law husband, and Jackson her lover. She is between her husband and lover, but although we are already on page 33 she has still not got any further than her grandmother’s kitchen where she has brought food from the freezer. It is this sort of novel, I am afraid.”—Kehua!, Fay Weldon.
“In 2013, for the first time in years, there were more polio cases outside the endemic countries than inside Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria: 240 versus 160 cases. The surge outside of the endemic areas was due to warfare that interrupted child vaccination in Somalia and Syria — and in both cases, genetic analysis revealed the new outbreaks were caused by strains of the virus identical to those circulating in Pakistan. It is not known precisely how the Pakistani virus reached Somalia and Syria. However, there is a possible link: The militaries that were present in both countries trained inside Pakistan.”—The Shots Heard Around the World
“If you set out to write a classic history of the Obama era, once you had described the historically significant fact of Obama’s election, race would almost disappear from the narrative. The thumbnail sketch of every president’s tenure from Harry Truman through Bill Clinton prominently includes racial conflagrations—desegregation fights over the military and schools, protests over civil-rights legislation, high-profile White House involvement in the expansion or rollback of busing and affirmative action. The policy landscape of the Obama era looks more like it did during the Progressive Era and the New Deal, when Americans fought bitterly over regulation and the scope of government. The racial-policy agenda of the Obama administration has been nearly nonexistent.
But if you instead set out to write a social history of the Obama years, one that captured the day-to-day experience of political life, you would find that race has saturated everything as perhaps never before. Hardly a day goes by without a volley and counter-volley of accusations of racial insensitivity and racial hypersensitivity. And even when the red and blue tribes are not waging their endless war of mutual victimization, the subject of race courses through everything else: debt, health care, unemployment. Whereas the great themes of the Bush years revolved around foreign policy and a cultural divide over what or who constituted “real” America, the Obama years have been defined by a bitter disagreement over the size of government, which quickly reduces to an argument over whether the recipients of big-government largesse deserve it. There is no separating this discussion from one’s sympathies or prejudices toward, and identification with, black America.”—Why Race Has Been the Real Story of Obama’s Presidency All Along — New York Magazine
"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself," Nyong’o said in a statement released by the French beauty house.