Last Tuesday, I watched two hyped ABC sitcom premieres, Selfie and Manhattan Love Story. Both, as far as sitcoms go, are treading some fairly well-worn territory: Selfie is a My Fair Lady update for the digital age, so faithful that its two leads (Doctor Who's beloved Karen Gillan and Harold and Kumar's equally beloved John Cho) go by the names "Eliza Dooley" and "Henry Higgs."
For weeks, a flat panel screen in Minneapolis’ Third Place Gallery showed projections from Allison Bollah’s video project Tell Me About Your Mother. There is no speech, no music or sound, merely images of people responding to the phrase “tell me about your mother” and other personal questions. Every bite of the lip and glance sideways reveals each person’s intimate story.
A protester at Slutwalk in New York — photo by Dave Bledsoe via Creative Commons.
On September 28, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that makes California the first state in the nation to require universities receiving state funds to use an “affirmative consent standard” for determining whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity.
Is there such a thing as break-up season? If so, I think we’re in the middle of it. A few of my good friends are in the middle of break-ups right now and as I was looking around for a song to comfort them, I heard Mika Ben Yami’s “Nothing is Wrong.” Geez, what a perfect song. It inspired this whole mixtape of somewhat upbeat and sincere songs that are good for sad times.