Mar. 18, 2013
Mar. 15, 2013
Out of all the violent crimes that take place in Chicago each year (including 506 homicides in 2012, the vast majority of them gun-related, and 62 in 2013 so far), tragedies involving young innocents like Hadiya Pendleton and Jonylah Watkins are always the ones that affect us the most.
We see their smiling faces--so alive and so full of promise--and our hearts break, as we imagine our daughters, our grandaughters and even ourselves at that age. Then, we shudder with the horrible realization: that could have been my daughter, my grandaughter.
Mar. 13, 2013
Good news: the U.S. unemployment rate just dropped to 7.7 percent, the lowest number we've seen in 4 years. Bad news: most of the highest-paid jobs in this country still belong to men.
The outliers in this scenario are two incredibly successful women of the Internet age: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
Mar. 11, 2013
Harmony Korine has been pushing boundaries since 1995, when his breakout film Kids shocked and disturbed the nation with its graphic portrayal of teen sex, AIDS and drug use. However, Kids was also a groundbreaking piece of art house cinema: shot documentary-style with non-actors (a young Chloe Sevigny and even younger Rosario Dawson were literally plucked off the street for their first film roles), making the drama feel as raw and real as possible. As a writer, Korine's intention may have been to shock his audience; but Kids accomplished even more than that: it woke people up with a bang.
Unfortunately, Korine's latest foray into the adolescent underworld--Spring Breakers, opening this Friday in select theaters--doesn't look nearly as promising.
Mar. 4, 2013
Whenever two or more people with low self-esteem find themselves in an enclosed space, whether it be a locker room, dressing room or Regina George's house after school, the conversation inevitably turns to fat talk: ("I've lost/gained x pounds," "My thighs are huge," "My nail beds suck!")
However, I've recently noticed an even more distressing trend: old talk. Yep, I've heard barely legal college freshmen asking each other in all seriousness: "Do you see these forehead wrinkles? Is that a gray hair?
Feb. 28, 2013
Karaoke may have originated in Japan, but America has turned this strange little public display of lyric reading, microphone wielding and awesomely bad singing into a national rite of passage. In fact, a rollicking night out with friends is usually not given the title of "epic" until a 3 a.m. rendition of Billy Joel's Glass Houses is involved.
If American Idol has taught me anything, it's that we really like getting up on stage and losing our inhibitions through song--even if that means making complete fools out of ourselves.