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Posted on July 26, 2014 by Editor

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Levenbutt

from The New York Obersver

Levenbutt Goes Ass-Backwards All Over NYC

Jen Selter has nothing on Jeremy Levenbach.
By 

(Photo via @Levenbutt Instagram)

(Photo via @Levenbutt Instagram)

In what is perhaps the greatest utilization of social media ever, Jeremy Levenbach (a.k.a. @Levenbutt) has been Instagramming his early morning, bare-bottomed misadventures all over the city since mid-2012.

“The first one was taken on my old roof in the East Village,” Mr. Levenbach said. “I texted it to a bunch of friends. They liked it. I did a few more and then started posting them to Instagram.”

Since then, Mr. Levenbach, who takes his friends along to capture the butt shots, has amassed over 2,000 followers on Instagram.

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Posted on July 25, 2014 by Editor

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Crazy Huge Hole Emerges At The End Of The World

from The Telegraph

Mysterious giant hole appears in Siberia

A team of Scientists travel to the site of a huge crater in Northern Russia to investigate this unusual geographical occurrence


A huge unexplained crater has appeared in Siberia, Northern Russia.

The Gas rich area where the hole was discovered – which is the main production area for Russian gas supplies to Europe – is called Yamal which translates to ”end of the world”.

The strange emergence of the hole has resulted in internet theories ranging from a possible UFO landing to a large meteor striking the earth.

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Posted on July 16, 2014 by Editor

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Art In The Land of Assad

from Prospect Magazine

Syria speaks: Art from the frontline

A new generation of Syrian artists, cartoonists, photographers and writers has emerged from the region’s bitter conflict

by Malu Halasa

Our Saigon execution, Khalil Younes, 2011, 40x 30cm, Ink on PaperOur Saigon execution, Khalil Younes, 2011, 40x 30cm, Ink on Paper

An alternative revolution is taking place in Syria, while the three-year long conflict between rebel forces and President Bashar al-Assad rages on. Its weapons are not sectarian violence or chemical warfare but spray paint, cameras, pen, ink and digital illustration. For Syrian artists, filmmakers and writers, creativity has become the first line of defence against violence and tyranny.

Since the civil war began in 2011, there has been an outpouring of art and expression across all levels of Syrian society, from small towns to its war-battered second city Aleppo. This work challenges the increasing violence on all sides, which has left more than 162,000 people dead and nearly half the country’s population displaced.

A new generation of underground Syrian dissident artists, writers and thinkers has emerged—a movement that is gaining international recognition for its aesthetics of resistance. The British Museum recently announced the creation of a new archive of Syrian art at a discussion entitled “Behind the Headlines: A Revolution in Syrian Art.” And this month, graffiti stencils of Syrian martyrs will be included in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition Disobedient Objects, a history of protest through objects.

[ click to continue reading at Prospect ]

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Editor

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iOS Ingress

from ARGnet

Google Rolls Out Ingress to iOS Devices

By Michael Andersen

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In November 2012, Google introduced its Ingress scanner app to the Google Play store. And for almost two years, the central point of interaction for Google’s deeply immersive alternate reality game has been an Android exclusive. That changes today: with the release of Ingress‘s scanner app to the iTunes Store, the world of Ingress has officially rolled out on iOS devices.

The Ingress scanner app asks players to join the green Enlightened or blue Resistance faction in a battle for control over portals tied to real world landmarks. The game has a sizeable player base within the Android community. Over 12,000 players have gathered for the game’s frequent live events in cities across the globe so far in 2014, and the game boasts over 4 million downloads. With the expansion into iOS devices, an influx of new players is likely.

Ingress‘ long-awaited transition to the iOS platform isn’t the only major update the Niantic Project team have been teasing. Earlier this year, HarperCollins announced a partnership with Google’s Niantic Labs to produce a similar mobile game for Android and iOS devices tied to James Frey’s forthcoming young adult series, Endgame. The first book in the series will be released October 7th: and while Niantic Project’s mobile app is set to launch that same day, many of Endgame‘s characters have started becoming active on social media following a series of meteorite impacts on June 11th, kicking off the narrative. Ingress‘ recent release on iOS devices will likely help inform the development of its Endgame counterpart.

[ click to read full article at ARGn.com ]

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Editor

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Hef Turns The Whole Issue Over To Terry

from Jezebel

Playboy Set to Release an Issue Shot Entirely by Terry Richardson

by Kate Dries

Playboy Set to Release an Issue Shot Entirely by Terry Richardson

While some commercial and editorial clients are distancing themselves from Terry Richardson, others are celebrating their relationship with the photographer-slash-sexual harasser. Playboymagazine plans to release a 100-page special issue shot by their “great partner” Richardson called California Dreamin’ in February of next year. (Images NSFW.)

Playboy has worked with Richardson before; he most recently shot the 2014 Diesel calendar that came with their Kate Moss 60th anniversary issue, posting behind the scenes photos of their offices on his blog from that shoot last August. He was also responsible for a 2009 cover of the magazine.

On Friday, Richardson teased a tease of the spread in Playboy‘s July/August 2014 issue on his blog, which says it’s supposed to come out in September. When asked for details about the issue, a spokeswoman emailed Jezebel the following:

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Posted on July 13, 2014 by Editor

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The Last Ramone Gone

from The LA Times

Tommy Ramone created an essential punk rock beat

The RamonesThe Ramones are shown in 1978, from left: Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy and Joey. Tommy, the last remaining original member of the seminal punk band, died on Friday. (Los Angeles Times)

By RANDALL ROBERTS

If it’s true, as punk band the Slits have argued, that “in the beginning there was rhythm,” then Tommy Ramone’s drum pound marked a new day rising. The original drummer for seminal New York punk band the Ramones, Tommy, born Erdelyi Tamas, died Friday at age 65 after a long battle with cancer, but his basic, urgent contribution to popular music over the course of the band’s first three albums remains wildly alive.

Any time you hear a punk band tearing through a three-minute jam, the drummer in the back is likely echoing a no-nonsense beat that Tommy helped codify. If you’ve ever sung along to the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” you’re repeating lines that Tommy wrote. Struck by the sonic force of the Ramones? The drummer co-produced those early records and more — including Redd Kross’s “Neurotica” and the Replacements’ “Pleased to Meet Me.”

Born in an age of endless solos and weird prog-rock time signatures, the Ramones ditched the mid-’70s pretense and ego-heavy musicianly indulgence in favor of face-punch brevity in three-minute, fast-paced sprints such as “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Teenage Lobotomy,” “Beat on the Brat” and “Judy Is a Punk.”

On these tracks and more, what’s notable about Tommy’s drumming is how vital yet invisible he remains. You can’t imagine the songs without him, but he so effectively vanishes to become the rudder that few would have pegged him as essential to the Ramones’ sound.

The same could be said about Tommy’s role in the band’s early success. He wrote the Ramones’ first press release, in which he verbalized their simple but ingenious philosophy.

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on July 12, 2014 by Editor

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Insane Germans Invade Kansas

from The Kansas City Star

Verrückt water slide to open at Schlitterbahn Thursday

BY KATHY LU / THE KANSAS CITY STAR

A test raft on the Verruckt water slide Wednesday morning at the Schlitterbahn water parkJOHN SLEEZER/THE KANSAS CITY STAR

The world’s tallest water slide is finally, finally set to open.

Officials at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., announced Tuesday that Verrückt will open to the public on Thursday.

At 168 feet, 7 inches, Verrückt was certified in April as the tallest water slide in the world by Guinness World Records. Riders, who must be at least 54 inches tall and 14 years old, will have to climb 264 steps to reach the three-person raft.

The ride — its German name means “insane” — was originally set to open on May 23, when Schlitterbahn opened for the season.

[ click to continue reading at The Kansas City Star ]

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Editor

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Miley and Wayne Go Bangerz Again

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Editor

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Where’s my telephone?

from Japan Today

Oklahoma farmer reunited with lost phone found in Japanese grain mill

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma farmer is celebrating the return of a cell phone lost in October and found nine months later in Japan after it took a trip in a grain shipment down the Mississippi River, through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean.

Kevin Whitney of Chickasha said he lost his smartphone when he bent down and the device fell out of his pocket into grain that was heading to a grain elevator.

“I thought I’ll never see that phone again,” he told Oklahoma City TV broadcaster KFOR.

The phone was found by mill workers in Kashima, Japan, in a shipment of about 2 million bushels of sorghum. They sent the phone back to a company in Louisiana that shipped the grain, which then tracked it down to its owner.

[ click to continue reading at JapanToday.com ]

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Editor

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Cheadle Plays The Prince Of Darkness

from Entertainment Weekly

First Look: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in biopic ‘Miles Ahead’

By 

Image Credit: Brian Douglas

Actor Don Cheadle’s obsession with Miles Davis began as a child with the jazz trumpeter’s album Porgy and Bess, a beloved staple of his family’s music collection.Now, Cheadle will make his feature film directorial debut with a crowdfunded biopic on Davis that will focus on the musician’s transition into music after a five-year hiatus—otherwise known as his “silent period”—and tumultuous relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis.

EW exclusive of the actor in character, Cheadle gave fans a first look at his interpretation of the icon during in the period leading up to his 1969 jazz-rock fusion recording In a Silent Way. “It’s surreal,” says the 49-year-old House of Lies actor, who in the photograph totes a trumpet and sports Davis’ trademark jheri-curled mullet.

The biopic—which will co-star Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi—begins shooting this week in Cincinnati after being in development for nearly a decade. Cheadle spoke to EW about the independent film—which he co-wrote—and shared details about how he was approached by the Davis family to profile the prodigious talent, why he turned to jazz heads to crowdsource funding, and explained why he’s set on making a movie that Davis himself “would want to star in.”

[ click to continue reading at EW.com ]

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Editor

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Argentavis magnificens Unseated

from The Washington Post

A newly declared species may be the largest flying bird to ever live

An artist’s drawing of the newly named species Pelagornis sandersi shows the discovered bone fragments in white. The strikingly well-preserved specimen consisted of multiple wing and leg bones and a complete skull. (Liz Bradford)

By Rachel Feltman

When South Carolina construction workers came across the giant, winged fossil at the Charleston airport in 1983, they had to use a backhoe to pull the bird, which lived about 25 million years ago, up from the earth.

But if the bird was actually a brand-new species, researchers faced a big question: Could such a large bird, with a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet, actually get off the ground? After all, the larger the bird, the less likely its wings are able to lift it unaided.

The answer came from Dan Ksepka, paleontologist and science curator at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. He modeled a probable method of flight for the long-extinct bird, named as a new species this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If Ksepka’s simulations are correct, Pelagornis sandersi could be the largest airborne bird ever discovered.

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Posted on July 7, 2014 by Editor

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The Revenge Of Frey

from Publishers Weekly

BEA 2014: Big Children’s Books at BEA

By Diane Roback, Carolyn Juris, John Sellers, and Matia Burnett

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Endgame by James Frey is HarperCollins’s big YA title of the show; it releases in September with a one-million-copy first printing. A Google-based game and an in-book puzzle are part of the series’ multiplatform concept, and a film is in the works. In other Frey news, The Revenge of Seven, the second-to-last title in the Lorien Legacy series, arrives in late August with a 400,000-copy first printing. Other big fall titles from Harper include the second volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book; The Guardian Herd: Starfire, first in a new series (“It’s Warriors with horses,” said publicity director Sandee Roston); The Swap by Megan Shull, a Freaky Friday–style story set in in middle school; Madeline Roux’s sequel to Asylum, titled Sanctum; Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang; and Positive, a memoir from 19-year-old first-time author Paige Rawl about her experiences with bullying while growing up with HIV.

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Posted on July 6, 2014 by Editor

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Jim Brosnan Gone

from The New York Times

Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84

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Jim Brosnan in Chicago in 1964. “The Long Season,” his groundbreaking 1960 book, began as a diary. Credit Associated Press

Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief pitcher but gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it, died on June 29 in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 84.In 1959, Brosnan, who played nine years in the major leagues, kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher, first with the St. Louis Cardinals and later, after a trade, with the Cincinnati Reds. Published the next year as “The Long Season,” it was a new kind of sportswriting — candid, shrewd and highly literate, more interested in presenting the day-to-day lives and the actual personalities of the men who played the game than in maintaining the fiction of ballplayers as all-American heroes and role models.

Written with a slightly jaundiced eye — but only slightly — the book is often given credit for changing the nature of baseball writing, anticipating the literary reporting of Roger Angell, Roger Kahn and others; setting the stage for “Veeck — as in Wreck,” the vibrant memoir of Bill Veeck, the maverick owner of several teams; and predating by a decade Jim Bouton’s more celebrated, more rambunctious (and more salacious) pitcher’s diary, “Ball Four.”

[ click to read full obit at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on July 5, 2014 by Editor

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Happy Independence Day

from artnet

Giacomo Balla, Fireworks (sketch) (1915) Photo via Wikipedia Commons

Giacomo Balla, Fireworks (sketch) (1915).
Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

 

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Posted on July 4, 2014 by Editor

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Castaneda Confirmed

from The Washington Post

Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds

By Rachel Feltman

A man displays dried mushrooms. Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

Psychedelic mushrooms can do more than make you see the world in kaleidoscope. Research suggests they may have permanent, positive effects on the human brain.

In fact, a mind-altering compound found in some 200 species of mushroom is already being explored as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety. People who consume these mushrooms, after “trips” that can be a bit scary and unpleasant, report feeling more optimistic, less self-centered, and even happier for months after the fact.

But why do these trips change the way people see the world? According to a study published today in Human Brain Mapping, the mushroom compounds could be unlocking brain states usually only experienced when we dream, changes in activity that could help unlock permanent shifts in perspective.

The study examined brain activity in those who’d received injections of psilocybin, which gives “shrooms” their psychedelic punch. Despite a long history of mushroom use in spiritual practice, scientists have only recently begun to  examine the brain activity of those using the compound, and this is the first study to attempt to relate the behavioral effects to biological changes.

[ click to continue reading at The Washington Post ]

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Editor

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Tim Howard Saves America

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Editor

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“Keep your arms in, kids!”

from The New York Observer

Most Insane Amusement Park Ever Returns

“Part of the fun was actually surviving the day”

By

“The Alpine Slide was essentially a giant track to rip people’s skin off, disguised as a children’s ride,” recalled a survivor.

Action Park, a death-tempting water park that operated from 1978 to 1996, returns this summer under its original ownership, on its original property.

Some laughed when the park’s hallmark rainbow logo replaced the Mountain Creek sign in Vernon, New Jersey on April Fool’s Day this year. But the timing was intentionally wry and the purchase was for real. Founder Gene Mulvihill’s son Andy has revamped and reopened Action Park as similarly to the original as he could legally manage. So, New Yorkers, get your teenage crew together and hit this place up, if it’s the last thing you ever do.

Nicknamed Accident Park and Class Action Park, the stomping grounds for teenage daredevils saw ten casualties during its prime. And five to ten patrons went to the emergency room per day, so that Action Park literally purchased additional ambulances for the town of Vernon to accommodate the demand rise, the Post reported.

But Action Park was a right of passage for daring teenagers, and nostalgia haunts those lucky enough to have once called the original a summer staple. “It was by far one of the most dangerous situations I’ve ever been in in my entire life,” a New Jersey native recalled fondly in a short documentary.

The old rides included an “utterly chaotic” wave pool and a ride called Cannonball Loop that was “almost physically impossible.”

Of course, none can forget the Alpine Slide, frequented by Jersey’s finest.“You have to take the ski lift to get up there,” former park patron Chris Gethard recalled, “so while you’re on the Alpine Slide you also have people just spitting at you. And you know that’s true because you tried to hit them with your spit on the way up.”

This summer the park will feature several of the old rides (with safety upgrades) plus a new million dollar Zero G water slide.

Founder Gene Mulvihill had his teenage kids operate the rides. “Everyone running the place seemed to be a combination of teenage and drunk or completely apathetic,” a regular recalled in the documentary. With Andy Mulvihill at the helm this summer, the exact same hands run the show.

According to the Post, deaths at the original park resulted from a kayak ride electrocution, drowning in wave pool suction and a heart attack in ice-cold water, to name a few. “When you got to the top of the lift you actually saw photographs of other people that had been maimed,” formerly fearless Seth Rogin explained, “with a sign that said keep your arms in, kids!”

[ click to read full article at Observer.com ]

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Editor

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Scenius

from The New Yorker

AMBIENT GENIUS

The working life of Brian Eno.

BY 

In January, 1975, the musician Brian Eno and the painter Peter Schmidt released a set of flash cards they called “Oblique Strategies.” Friends since meeting at art school, in the late sixties, they had long shared guidelines that could pry apart an intellectual logjam, providing options when they couldn’t figure out how to move forward. The first edition consisted of a hundred and fifteen cards. They were black on one side with an aphorism or an instruction printed on the reverse. Eno’s first rule was “Honour thy error as a hidden intention.” Others included “Use non-musicians” and “Tape your mouth.” In “Brian Eno: Visual Music,” a monograph of his musical projects and visual art, Eno, who still uses the rules, says, “ ‘Oblique Strategies’ evolved from me being in a number of working situations when the panic of the situation—particularly in studios—tended to make me quickly forget that there were other ways of working and that there were tangential ways of attacking problems that were in many senses more interesting than the direct head-on approach.”

Eno is widely known for coining the term “ambient music,” and he produced a clutch of critically revered albums in the nineteen-seventies and eighties—by the Talking Heads, David Bowie, and U2, among others—but if I had to choose his greatest contribution to popular music it would be the idea that musicians do their best work when they have no idea what they’re doing. As he told Keyboard, in 1981, “Any constraint is part of the skeleton that you build the composition on—including your own incompetence.” The genius of Eno is in removing the idea of genius. His work is rooted in the power of collaboration within systems: instructions, rules, and self-imposed limits. His methods are a rebuke to the assumption that a project can be powered by one person’s intent, or that intent is even worth worrying about. To this end, Eno has come up with words like “scenius,” which describes the power generated by a group of artists who gather in one place at one time. (“Genius is individual, scenius is communal,” Eno told the Guardian, in 2010.) It suggests that the quality of works produced in a certain time and place is more indebted to the friction between the people on hand than to the work of any single artist.

[ click to continue reading at The New Yorker ]

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Editor

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Tucker Pukes Up Mama’s Wedding Ring

from WAOW Wisconsin

Diamond dog returns missing wedding ring

By Rose Heaphy

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A Stevens Point woman found a special surprise in an unlikely place.

Five years ago, Lois Matykowski lost her wedding ring. Matykowski had given up all hope finding it, until her dog, Tucker, led her to a shocking discovery.

Tucker is your typical mutt. He likes playing with his frisbee and rolling on the grass on a hot summer day. “You wouldn’t think he’s ten years old by the way he acts,” said Matykowski.

Like every pup, he likes getting into trouble. “He’s known in the family to be the food burglar,” said Matykowski.

Two weeks ago, Matykowski and her granddaughter were eating popsicles outside.

“After I turn around and look at my granddaughter and the popsicle is gone and there’s Tucker smacking his jaws,” she said. The “Food Burglar” had struck again, swallowing the popsicle whole.

But the snatched food soon came back up and two days later, Tucker started vomiting again. Only this time, it wasn’t a popsicle stick.

“I look in the paper towel and here is my wedding ring,” Matykowski said. “I kid you not. My wedding ring was in Tucker’s puke!”

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Posted on June 29, 2014 by Editor

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“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet…”

from The Atlantic

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 

by Nancy Andreasen

Kyle Bean

As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted and high-profile subjects over the years, but Kurt Vonnegut—dear, funny, eccentric, lovable, tormented Kurt Vonnegut—will always be one of my favorites. Kurt was a faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the 1960s, and participated in the first big study I did as a member of the university’s psychiatry department. I was examining the anecdotal link between creativity and mental illness, and Kurt was an excellent case study.

He was intermittently depressed, but that was only the beginning. His mother had suffered from depression and committed suicide on Mother’s Day, when Kurt was 21 and home on military leave during World War II. His son, Mark, was originally diagnosed with schizophrenia but may actually have bipolar disorder. (Mark, who is a practicing physician, recounts his experiences in two books, The Eden Express and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, in which he reveals that many family members struggled with psychiatric problems. “My mother, my cousins, and my sisters weren’t doing so great,” he writes. “We had eating disorders, co-dependency, outstanding warrants, drug and alcohol problems, dating and employment problems, and other ‘issues.’ ”)

While mental illness clearly runs in the Vonnegut family, so, I found, does creativity. Kurt’s father was a gifted architect, and his older brother Bernard was a talented physical chemist and inventor who possessed 28 patents. Mark is a writer, and both of Kurt’s daughters are visual artists. Kurt’s work, of course, needs no introduction.

For many of my subjects from that first study—all writers associated with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop—mental illness and creativity went hand in hand. This link is not surprising. The archetype of the mad genius dates back to at least classical times, when Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.” This pattern is a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s plays, such as when Theseus, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, observes, “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact.” John Dryden made a similar point in a heroic couplet: “Great wits are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide.”

Compared with many of history’s creative luminaries, Vonnegut, who died of natural causes, got off relatively easy. Among those who ended up losing their battles with mental illness through suicide are Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh, John Berryman, Hart Crane, Mark Rothko, Diane Arbus, Anne Sexton, and Arshile Gorky.

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Posted on June 28, 2014 by Editor

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“With that tush, who’d need to be literate?”

from The NY Daily News

Olivia Wilde responds to GQ film critic claiming she is too hot to portray a writer: ‘Kiss my smart a–’

Olivia Wilde has a witty response for someone who claimed she couldn’t have beauty and brains.

The actress portrays a writer in the romantic thriller “Third Person,” but GQ film critic Tom Carson didn’t find her believable in the role due to her looks.

“She’s supposed to be a writer … but your belief in that won’t outlast (Olivia) Wilde scampering naked through hotel corridors,” Carson wrote in his review of the film. “With that tush, who’d need to be literate? Who’d want to?”

When Jezebel tweeted about Carson’s backhanded compliment, Wilde responded with acerbic humor.

“HA,” she tweeted Tuesday. “Kiss my smart a–, GQ.”

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Posted on June 27, 2014 by Editor

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The Ugly Gone (at Age 98)

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Editor

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Custodial Revenge

from artnet

Over 60 Artworks Trashed at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Alexander Forbes

Some of the 60 works destroyed at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf that were later brought back into the building Photo: Andreas Endermann via RP

A disgruntled janitor or group of janitors at the renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Academy of Art) has destroyed over 60 artworks, the Rheinische Post (RP) reports. Mostly canvases, many of the pieces were slashed with a knife and stomped on to break their stretchers. They were then thrown in a dumpster in the academy’s courtyard.

Understandably, the students whose work was trashed are outraged. “The whole situation is extremely emotional,” their chosen representative, Sabrina Straub, told the RP. Many of the works that were destroyed had not yet been assessed by the students’ professors. Others were to be sold.

Considering the consistently illustrious careers of the academy’s alumni—among them some of Germany’s most expensive, such as Gerhard RichterJoseph BeuysSigmar Polke, Günther Uecker, and Thomas Schütte, as well as recent star David Ostrowski—the long-term economic impact of the destruction could be in the millions. (For the perpetrator’s sake, we hope none of current-professor Peter Doig’s works happened to fall into the fray.)

The Kunstakademie Düsseldorf’s director, Rita McBride, was similarly floored by the incident. “It’s just terrible for the students,” she told the paper. “The works are irreplaceable.” However, in a letter to the academy’s student body the administration’s contrition was more measured. It read, “Relevant members of the janitorial staff have been spoken to about their flawed approach,” in this matter.

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Posted on June 25, 2014 by Editor

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Felix Dennis Gone

from The Financial Times

Felix Dennis, the improbable magazine entrepreneur

By Matthew Engel

Felix Dennis, center, with James Anderson, left, and Richard Neville, editors of Oz, after being found guilty of corrupting public morals in 1971. (United Press International)

Felix Dennis, whose death aged 67 was announced on Monday, was one of Britain’s most successful media entrepreneurs and by a long distance the most improbable. Reaction varied from amazement that he had lived as long as he did, to shock that such a seemingly unstoppable force had allowed a mere disease to get the better of him.

John Brown, a friend and business associate, compared him to Richard Branson in his willingness to court failure and, if it happened, shrug it off. “Felix had irrepressible energy, loads of ideas and faith in his own abilities. And he just charged ahead.”

He charged ahead out of the office too. Dennis had revelled in the Sixties lifestyle: “Free sex with no downside,” he would recall. “Women were walking down the street in miniskirts, in what looked like their underwear. It was almost too much for anyone to stand.” All his life there were a lot of cigarettes and whisky and wild, wild women – and drugs, including a spell as a crack addict. Some, however, thought that Dennis was inclined to overstate the quantity of drugs and sex, just a bit. He once claimed, in a newspaper interview, to have pushed a man over a cliff. And no one seemed to believe that at all.

He did find the time for a remarkably varied set of achievements. Dennis was a popular performance poet (particularly when he offered free wine from his cellar as well). He established the Heart of England Forest near his Warwickshire home, which now has more than 1m saplings. And he had a large, themed collection of bronze sculptures.

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Posted on June 24, 2014 by Editor

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Giant German Vagina Engulfs Exchange Student

from The Guardian

US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany

More than 20 firefighters free exchange student from the artwork Chacán-Pi (Making Love) by Fernando de la Jara in Tübingen

by  in Berlin

The student waits to be rescued from the giant vagina sculptureThe student waits to be rescued. Photograph: Erick Guzman/Imgur

On Friday afternoon, a young American in Tübingen had to be rescued by 22 firefighters after getting trapped inside a giantsculpture of a vagina. The Chacán-Pi (Making Love) artwork by the Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara has been outside Tübingen University’s institute for microbiology and virology since 2001 and had previously mainly attracted juvenile sniggers rather than adventurous explorers.

According to De la Jara, the 32-ton sculpture made out of red Veronese marble is meant to signify “the gateway to the world”.

Police confirmed that the firefighters turned midwives delivered the student “by hand and without the application of tools”.

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Posted on June 23, 2014 by Editor

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INTERVIEW: Kenneth Anger

from Interview

KENNETH ANGER

HARMONY KORINE
SEBASTIAN KIM

To describe Kenneth Anger as a “cult filmmaker” seems requisite but incomplete. The 87-year-old native Angeleno is indeed the writer and director of the surrealist shortsInauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1963), and Lucifer Rising (1970-81)—some of the wildest and most profoundly influential experimental films of the last century. But his salacious narrative history of the industry, Hollywood Babylon, originally published in 1960, is also kitsch-famous, a kind of gossip gospel in the land of holy celebrity. His film and video works are in the permanent collections of various museums of modern art. And he is also the most famous living practitioner of Thelema—the ritual-based doctrine dictated to Aleister Crowley by the spiritual messenger Aiwass.

Over the course of his multivalent career, Anger has worked with and befriended such artists as Marianne Faithfull (a collaborator on Lucifer Rising), the surrealist Jean Cocteau, guitar god Jimmy Page, sexologist Alfred Kinsey, and Tennessee Williams, as well as fellow Thelemite Marjorie Cameron—star of Pleasure Dome and onetime wife of Jet Propulsion Laboratory founder Jack Parsons. Anger is the godfather of homoerotic cinema, having made his pioneeringFireworks in 1947. He has been famously obscene (and charged as such for Fireworks in California), happily hallucinogenic (his Invocation of My Demon Brother from 1969 was famously evocative of an acid trip), and quite consciously provocative (see all). Inside the industry, he’s never found a place to rest—he has Lucifer tatted on his chest. And he’s seen UFOs—three times.

Painter and filmmaker—and something of a hell-raiser himself—Harmony Korine has long appreciated the work and legend of Anger, but the two have never really had the chance to speak. We thought they should, so in April, Korine called Anger from his home in Nashville to discover that his hero is still working outside of the mainstream, still a scabrous critic of Hollywood, and still speculating about that Malaysia Airlines flight.

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Posted on June 22, 2014 by Editor

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Kubrick In The Hamster Wheel

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Posted on June 21, 2014 by Editor

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Roach Coaches No More

from TIME

Study: Food Trucks May Be Safer Than Restaurants

by Aleksandra Gjorgievska

Food trucks gather at Nathan Phillips SquareFood trucks gather at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on April 2, 2014.Andrew Francis —Toronto Star/Getty Images

Food trucks in 7 cities performed better than or the same as restaurants on food safety inspection reports

Grabbing your lunch from a food truck may be a safer option than sitting down at a restaurant, according to a new study.

After examining over 260,000 food inspection reports, researchers from a public law interest firm in Virginia foundthat in each of the seven examined cities—Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C.—food trucks performed better than or as well as restaurants.

In every city except Seattle, food trucks averaged fewer sanitation violations than restaurants. In Seattle, the number of violations for food trucks was also lower but was not statistically significant, which means that food trucks and restaurants performed approximately the same. The study, called “Street Eats, Safe Eats,” looked at cities where food trucks and restaurants are obliged to follow the same health guidelines.

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Posted on June 20, 2014 by Editor

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Sprey Unleashed On The Turkey

from SPLOID

The designer of the F-16 explains why the F-35 is such a crappy plane

by Casey Chan

According to the Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, the F35 is a turkey. Inherently, a terrible airplane. An airplane built for a dumb idea. A kludge that will fail time and time again. Just impossibly hopeless. And judging from the bajillion times the F-35 fleet has been grounded, well, he’s probably not wrong. It’s a trillion dollar failure. Watch Sprey eviscerate the F-35 in the video above.

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Posted on June 19, 2014 by Editor

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Etna Erupts

from The Telegraph

Mt Etna eruption disrupts tourist flights to Sicily

Eruption of Mt Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, results in delays and disruptions for tourists trying to reach Sicily

By Rome

Flights into and out of the Italian city of Catania have been disrupted by the eruption of Mt Etna, Europe’s most active volcano.

Catania airport remained open but two air space corridors were temporarily closed on Monday, resulting in delays and disruptions for tourists trying to reach Sicily.

The volcano, which looms over Catania, put on an impressive pyrotechnics display, belching molten lava and sending plumes of ash into the sky.

Most of the activity came from a crater on the south-east side of the mountain.

This latest eruption began on Sunday and was the first major activity this year.

Dominating the landscape in eastern Sicily between Catania and the popular tourist town of Taormina, Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

The fertile volcanic soils on its flanks support extensive agriculture, including vineyards and orchards.

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Posted on June 18, 2014 by Editor

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KICKSTART Evan Kelman’s BANDITO

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BANDITO is the coming-of-age epic tale of a young boy, who sneaks out to join his older brother on a life-changing semi-truck robbery.

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Posted on June 17, 2014 by Editor

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People Suck Ass

from The Telegraph UK

Poachers kill one of the world’s largest elephants in Kenya

Poachers hack the face and tusks off Satao, one of Kenya’s most famous elephants, as conservationists warn elephant poaching “is at least 10 times the official figures”

Satao, believed to have been the world's largest living elephantSatao’s enormous tusks classed him among the largest elephants left alive in the world Photo: RICHARD MOLLER/TSAVO TRUST

By Zoe Flood, Nairobi

One of Africa’s last ‘great tuskers’, elephants with ivory weighing over 100lbs, has been poisoned to death by poachers in Kenya after years of adapting his behaviour to hide himself from humans.

The bull, named Satao and likely born in the late 1960s, succumbed to wounds from poison darts in a remote corner of Tsavo National Park where he had migrated to find fresh water after recent storms.

His carcass yesterday lay with its face and great tusks hacked off, four legs splayed where he fell with his last breath, left only for the vultures and the scavengers.

Conservationists told how he moved from bush to bush always keeping his ivory hidden amongst the foliage.

“I’m convinced he did that to hide his tusks from humans, he had an awareness that they were a danger to him,” said Mark Deeble, a British documentary filmmaker who has spent long periods of time filming Satao.

The elephant’s killing is the latest in a massive surge of poaching of the mammals for their ivory across Africa.

Richard Moller, of The Tsavo Trust, who had been monitoring Satao for several months confirmed that the elephant found dead on May 30 was indeed Satao, whom he called “an icon”.

“There is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries,” Mr Moller said.

“A great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantelpiece.”

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Posted on June 16, 2014 by Editor

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