Last month I reached out to LA-based expat Anna Span, an English porn producer (and one-time Liberal Democrat candidate) who awhile back, fought the UK’s ban on showing female ejaculation in porn—and won! I was anxious to hear her take on the recent crackdown on sadomasochistic practices in adult films, specifically whether “BDSM-themed art porn” is technically even legal in the UK nowadays....more
Cost of the rubber raft meant to transport the Kurdi family from Turkey to Greece = $4450
Number of Kurdi family members to survive trip = 1
Age of Aylan Kurdi, the youngest family member drowned at sea = 3 years
Age of his drowned brother, Ghalib = 5 years
Syrian refugees drowned or missing at sea seeking safer home in 2015 = 2500...more
I teach part-time. My students work. They work in fast food or slightly slower food or hospitality. Last spring semester, two were veterans, with at least four trips to the Middle East between them. One of my four parents cut her hours short to race to my class....more
Jamie Dornan visited a dungeon to help him get into the starring role in 50 Shades of Grey. Here’s what the open minded actor had to say about it:
I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did… whatever they were into… I was like: ‘Come on guys I know I’m not paying for this but I am expecting a show.’ It was an interesting evening.
Raw footage of what appears to be police in Ferguson firing tear gas at Al Jazeera America:...more
So what would you do? Do you think what Israel has done in Gaza these past weeks has made Israel safer (assuming that is the goal). What would you do instead? What’s the path forward with the least misery, the fewest casualties, the most respect for human life?...more
Update. The Times Of Israel is similar to The Huffington Post, with bloggers contributing free content. Though I do worry about the rightward shift Israel had been taking. Still, this article is definitely not representative of Israeli culture. Hamas, on the other hand, has clearly stated genocidal goals regarding Israel....more
Jon Stewart on bombing Gaza:...more
Macklemore has responded to the controversy around his costume at his Friday night performance. He’s been widely slammed for the costume which was seen as an offensive caricature of Jewishness. Macklemore’s apology is after the cut in its entirety. We think it’s a pretty nice way to handle this....more
Grantland’s editor in Chief, Bill Simmons, apologizes for the article in Grantland outing Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt as a transwoman. The apology seems sincere but is hard to accept since the outing seems to have led directly to Vanderbilt’s suicide. It’s so sad and fucked up....more
Wal-Mart is asking workers and customers to donate food for its needy employees.
“Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported on the food drive, which has sparked outrage in the area.
What would it look like to slut shame a middle-aged, heterosexual man? The Anthony Weiner scandal is giving us a clue....more
Clue: Post-Racial Edition. It was the black kid in the hoodie, with his cell phone, and “hostile” girlfriend....more
In Charles Moore’s iconic black-and-white photograph, Coretta looks on stoically, lips parted, hands clasped in front as her husband, Martin Luther King, has his right arm bent behind his back by a police officer in a tall hat....more
In a museum in Havana there are two skulls...more
The recent activity in North Korea has urban survivalist websites humming. I wish I didn’t know. Some people watch rom-coms or eat fried Oreos as a guilty pleasure; I quietly troll urban survivalist websites....more
The debate about political poetry in the United States sometimes has an arid feel to it. Essential, yes. But fatally so? Not very often.
But poets caught up in violent political events are brethren. I believe it is essential for fellow poets to honor their struggle....more