City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert review the glamour of New York

The Eat, Pray, Love authors romp through 1940s Manhattan is a glorious, multilayered celebration of womanhood There are some writers who are destined to be judged on one outlandish success.Robert Galbraith for nothing. But when your name is Elizabeth Gilbert and that book is A Signature of All Things, its so true to life in places including real historical figures in the story that it occasionally feels like pastiche. Elizabeth Gilbert Photograph: ddp USA/REX Shutterstock But Gilbert is nothing if not emotionally intuitive, and while City of Girls is unquestionably a sexy, glamorous romp, its similarities with vaudeville end there. The plot bristles with moral intent: Vivians fall, when it inevitably comes, is complete and damning and utterly gendered, its …

‘Straight pride’ group removes Brad Pitt as mascot after backlash

The campaign, which has ties to far-right US groups and advocates for oppressed majority of heterosexuals, took down images of the actor A small group of men with ties to far-right groups who have applied for a license to hold a Straight Pride March in the US have taken down a photograph of Brad Pitt from their website after the actor complained. Three men, who call their campaign Super Happy Fun America, had adopted the actor as an unofficial mascot for the movement, which advocates on behalf of the straight community and describes straight people as an oppressed majority. The move follows a complaint by Pitts representatives, who confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that they had officially requested …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

Why Tales of the City is still a revolutionary show

Armistead Maupins creation has been rebooted for a new generation. Laura Linney and its makers talk LGBTQ life on TV For five decades, Tales of the City has been life-affirming, life-changing and even life-saving. Tales of the City, which first came to the small screen as a pioneering Channel 4 miniseries in 1993, and has been revived sporadically ever since. Over the past 25 years it would bubble up, says Tales of the City received critical acclaim and high ratings but attracted protests and threats from religious fundamentalists around the country. The network bowed to the pressure and pulled out of funding a sequel. I was just shocked. I was so surprised, in a very naive, Mary Ann Singleton way, …

‘No one buys albums’: why pop stars are selling cannabis

From Jenny Lewis to Margo Price, pot is musics new money-spinner. And its targeting women Bid farewell to the merch stand mainstays of T-shirts and tote bags and say hello to pops latest money-spinner: weed. Noted musical marijuana enthusiasts Willie Nelson and the High Times are now getting involved. Many artists sell clothes or shoes, some sell wine and beer, others advertise for fast-food companies, explains Margo Price, who has a strain named after her last album All American Made. Me, Im into selling a plant that God grows, she says. Currently, Prices product is only available on her merch table in California, but its proving popular. From what I understand, its selling very well! she says, and shes hoping …

Optimization Smackdown: Hustle Porn vs. Zen Porn

This story is part of a series on how we make time—from productivity hacks and long walks to altering the function of our own circadian clocks. Melody Wilding’s hair had started falling out. Her heart fluttered wildly in her chest even in moments of calm, and on the weekends she felt too drained to get out of bed. “I was 20 years old,” she says, “but I felt 70.” The problem wasn’t depression or disease or anything pharmaceutically fixable. It was burnout: a totalizing exhaustion created by Wildling’s self-described “typical type A, overachiever personality” and its hyperdisciplined fixation on productivity. Her mind told her to do more, but her body had had enough. The quest for self-optimization has long consumed …

Tati Westbrook didn’t think her video about James Charles would be world news

Game of Thrones might be coming to an end but don’t fret, there’s just as much drama unfolding on YouTube.   Tati Westbrook has uploaded a follow up video to her scathing 43-minute “BYE SISTER…” rant surrounding fellow beauty YouTuber James Charles, which has been viewed over 47 million times. The new vid, titled, “Why I did it…” features a more somber Westbrook, dressed in all black.  “I’m not back, I needed to hop on, answer some questions,” Westbrook explains. The beauty guru goes on to confess that she never thought her feud with Charles would reach the “magnitude” that it has. She also admits that she thought she would be the one to lose subscribers. “I do really want …

From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups

Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists While US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, Mays logistical collapse of North Carolinas alt-rock Epicenter festival and the heady visions of this Augusts Woodstock 50 being mired by lawsuits it remains true that summer festival season is the best time of year for music lovers across the country. The national scenes major players Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summerfest and more are all offering reliably stacked lineups, while upstarts like Genius Loci are drawing more intimate crowds to new experiences and fresh destinations. For our wristband and …

Literature provides shelter. That’s why we need it | Arundhati Roy

In a world that is hardening, literature can offer an indestructible place of refuge writes Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things I am truly honored to have been invited by PEN America to deliver this years Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. What better time than this to think together about a place for literature, at this moment when an era that we think we understand at least vaguely, if not well is coming to a close. As the ice caps melt, as oceans heat up, and water tables plunge, as we rip through the delicate web of interdependence that sustains life on earth, as our formidable intelligence leads us to breach the boundaries between humans and …

David Severn’s best photograph: men hunting rabbits for beer

Theyre out on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. They do eat the rabbits they catch or trade them for beer. Thirty years ago, they would have been miners I started my postindustrial parts of England often focuses on deprivation, and its usually from the perspective of a concerned outsider. Thanks Maggie is semi-autobiographical my dad worked in the pits, as a shaftsman and I wanted to take photos that were more of a celebration of the people and places I grew up with. The project looks at different ways that people interact with this landscape. This is one of the first photos I took, of locals hunting rabbits on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. When I …

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Stefan Dinse/EyeEm/Getty Images (clouds) And yet I still love the big T, by which I mean either “technology” or “trillions of dollars.” Why wouldn’t I? I came to New York City at the age of 21, in the era of Java programming, when Yahoo! still deserved its exclamation point. I’d spent my childhood expecting nuclear holocaust and suddenly came out of college with a knowledge of HTML and deep beliefs about hypertext, copies of WIRED (hello) and Ray Gun bought at the near-campus Uni-Mart. The 1996 theme at Davos was “Sustaining Globalization”; the 1997 theme was “Building the Network Society.” One just naturally follows the other. I surfed the most violent tsunami of capital growth in the history of humankind. …

Amazing Grace review soul-shaking gospel from Aretha Franklin

A spellbinding performance by the singer is captured in Sydney Pollacks 1972 film The 1970s may have been the heyday of the rock concert film, but the genre was frequently marred by questionable performances and legal squabbles. Whether its Led Zeppelin going off the boil in the wrangle-ridden The Song Remains the Same or the Rolling Stones finding themselves stars of an unfolding horror movie in the Maysless The Last Waltz, captured the Band as they were splitting up, cementing the genres long-standing funereal affiliations and serving as inspiration for Rob Reiners nail-in-the-coffin mockumentary Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Cantina Talk: George Lucas Worked on the Rise of Skywalker Story

It would stand to reason that the weeks following Star Wars Celebration would be light on Star Wars news, considering those five days gave the fans a movie title, a new trailer, lots of details about the Mandalorian TV show and the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park attraction, and all kinds of other smaller tidbits. And yet, there's been a steady stream of news ever since. It is a May the Fourth miracle? Doesn't matter; we'll take it. Your full roundup of Star Wars news is below. Before we go any further, however, we need to note the sad passing of Peter Mayhew, the man who brought Chewbacca to life. He appeared in five Star Wars movies as the …

Where the streets have cool names: Wu-Tang Clan and Obama honored from NY to LA

Hip-hop group honored with Staten Island district in their name while former president gets own boulevard in Los Angeles They are very different honorees and they were immortalized in places thousands of miles apart, on opposite coasts, but the exuberant celebrations and the infectious sense of occasion were shared. While part of the New York City borough of Staten Island was named Wu-Tang Clan District this weekend, after the hardcore hip-hop group some of whose members hail from the area, a street in Los Angeles was named dubbed Wu-Tang Clan District. This is a great day where we have an opportunity to honor our own hometown heroes, the young men who put Staten Island on the map internationally. They overcame …