Feminine products (you know what I mean)
Feminine products (you know what I mean)
Instead of candy and hearts and gooey sticky stuff for Valentine's Day, my husband has made me a weird video each year that we've been together. Unfortunately several of them are lost to hard drives past and in files that are supported by a server that no longer exists, but I've found three of them for you to "enjoy" or maybe not. Here's 2008's (the Valentine's Day before we got married):
Here's last years':
And this year's is a departure from the previous two themes. The introduction to it goes: "Dear Claire: when my parents sent me my old rollerblades out of the blue for some reason, you said I'd never use them. I told you that I would use them to skate around the basement, in my underwear, and while listening to that song they use in that Chase bank rock climbing commercial. At the time, you laughed... Sincerely, Steve."
Happy Valentine's Day! Hope yours is as weird as mine is.
Yesterday I DJ’ed at Dance Dance Party Party. What’s Dance Dance Party Party? Read my writeup about it here. I’ve been sick and crappy for about a week now, so the chance to get into a dark room and sweat out the germs with an hour of booty-shaking was really necessary. I was happy that apparently my playlist went over well with the ladies in attendance. For those of you who like to shake it, here are the songs I chose, and why. If DJ'ing a dance party sounds good to you (and you're a woman), check out the "DJ You" tab on the DDPP page and sign up!
You always start off your playlist with a warmup song, just something that gets people moving a little bit. The first dance of DDPP always feels a little bit awkward, since people are still getting into it, so you don’t want to blow your wad on something really big or loud or fast. I like this B-52’s song for having a good beat and bass but being mellow at the same time:
Today’s interviewee is a high school student living in the Chicago suburbs. Tavi Gevinson first gained recognition for her fashion blog, The Style Rookie, which helped her land in the front row at Fashion Week and got her profiled in places like the New Yorker. Now she’s the editor-in-chief of a new magazine for smart young women of all ages, Rookie, which began with the support and blessings of This American Life host Ira Glass and Sassy founder Jane Pratt. I met her in person at Mark Bazer's Interview Show last year and was impressed by/jealous of her confidence and wit.
Say a reader was brand-new to Rookie: What pieces would you direct him or her to that showcase what it’s all about?
Second City's Holly Laurent got together with my husband, filmmaker Steve Delahoyde, to smash together two things that are very popular that I realize I know very little about: Lana Del Rey's Hunger Games.
(Contains some strong language- wear headphones if at work.)
Good evening. I would apologize for the wait, but, well, it’s what we’re known for, and now you’ve experienced it. Now you can tell all your friends or write about it on Yelp. I hope that while you were waiting, if you couldn’t actually get to the bar to enjoy one of our famous herbal-infused custom-mixed cocktails, you could at least get a look at one. Have you dined here before?
If you haven’t had the chance to completely read it over yet, you’ll see that we’re famous for our beer list, which is 25 pages long. I have only been working here for three days so I am unavailable to make recommendations. However, what I can do is take your questions over to the bartender, come back in 20 minutes and inform you that the beers about which you are querying are either not on tap tonight or are available but are not cold and possibly even uncomfortably warm. But we can provide you tasting samples in small glasses. These are not complimentary.
Today’s interviewee would like to remind you that it’s great to be alive. Late last month, 93.1 WXRT-FM threw him a party to celebrate 20 years of rockin’ morning broadcasts. He got his professional start as a DJ at Albany, NY's WQBK-FM in January 1977, where he worked for over seven and a half years. After that, he moved to XRT to work as Music Director for six years. During that time, FMQB named him as "Music Director of the Year" three of those years. After an interlude at Minneapolis, MN's KTCZ-FM, he rejoined XRT in 1991, eventually ending up as the morning host where he’s been your best friend in the whole wide world ever since.
What’s a group or style of music your listeners would be surprised to hear you’re into?
It's election season. (Did you know that?) And what I hate most about it is how certain candidates throw around terms like "liberal elite media" and "lamestream media," and insist that journalists are full of lies and hate America and so on. How do we know this is what the candidates think? Because they come and tell us this via phone call, personal visit and email, of course. They would not be so hypocritical as to actually use the media to disseminate their anti-media rhetoric.
But maybe I'm just sensitive, as a member of the elite media myself. I wanted to see how my colleagues really feel about their role as members of the lameslime bleatleat schmedia. I hope you find the following survey enlightening: These are actual responses provided to me by actual writers from Chicago magazine, the New Yorker, Jezebel.com and, yes, even Fox News.