“Doctors treating hysterical women complained of repetitive motion injuries and bemoaned the amount of time necessary to bring some patients to climax. The vibrator was first developed as a tool to alleviate fatigue and quicken treatments, with the ultimate goal of increasing the ease and profitability of a physician’s practice.”—
Okay, read the whole article, and there’s also a dig at personal income taxes because all his businesses are set up as LLCs so he pays at the personal rate for all the profits. It’s not my fault he chose that corporate structure and isn’t taking advantage of our criminally low corporate tax rates, not to mention structuring his debt and business investments so on paper he doesn’t have profits on which to be taxed.
Um. I’m going back to my non-profit audit prep, now. Sorry about that.
Jamie Parker, of History Boys fame and, more recently, a wonderful Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead appeared at the Pheasantry, on the Kings Road, singing a programme of Sondheim songs - with a little Guettel, Rodgers and Loesser thrown in.
He was joined, at times, by his partner, Deborah Crowe, and co-star in both the Stoppard and Bennett plays, Samuel Barnett. All three got together for a nightmarish (in a good way) Getting Married Today - although they were not necessarily playing the parts you might think.
Earlier, Jamie and Sam joined forces as the Princes and sang Agony.
Someone really needs to sign them up for Company, soon.
It’s a big “thank you” to Jamie Parker, who put the audio of the whole gig out into the Twittersphere.
Twist! After fans thought it was dead in the water, ABC Family announced today that they will, in fact, be giving Make it or Break Itan additional season. This announcement comes on the heels of giving a back-order pick-up to more episodes of The Lying Game, as well as developing four brand new pilots: two dramas, and two comedies. ABC Family is truly going for diversity within their programming slate now.
“There is something very interesting about a woman in her late 20s, early 30s,” said Laura Benanti, a Tony winner for the 2008 revival of “Gypsy” who is co-starring in the NBC drama “The Playboy Club.” “She’s clearly on the cusp of something, changing from something into something else. And that leads to many more stories to tell.”—
“Atheist are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.”—10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked (via sourdoughislife)
We like the next bit too: “[Smith’s] rather silly, but mostly kind, façade echoed two of my other favorite Doctors, the Second and the Fifth: hiding powerful intellect and powers of observation so that enemies underestimate him and friends trust him implicitly.”
I’ve loved this label since their inception because the roster is awesome, but this just made me fall more in love.
The impact of women such as Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Donita Sparks, and Kathleen Hanna on modern music is undeniable and can be felt decades after they first broke onto the scene. The ability of these women to challenge societal norms and not only cross, but smash gender boundaries in music rewrote the rock ‘n roll history books, and have inspired generations of women to pick up a microphone or instrument and do what they love to do. So why, nearly thirty years later, are women still queried “Are you with the band?” Curated by Lauren Denitzio, former vocalist/guitarist of New Brunswick pop-punk band The Measure [sa], Paper + Plastick Records is proud to release the all female-fronted pop-punk compilation Are You With The Band? on October 4th. Available digitally and on 12” vinyl, the 17 tracks will be accompanied by a large full-color booklet with artwork done for each band by other women in the scene. All proceeds from the sale of the compilation will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
And thank you, Lauren Denitzio!! I love PP and P+P!
My brother and his family are in town and he was all, “I mean, do you mind coming to Brooklyn for Geido, we’re going to be in Manhattan tomorrow” and I was all, “well, I guess I can make the sacrifice of eating delicious sushi, even if it is in Brooklyn.”
“You may think two debates in six days is overkill, but the monstrous truth is you love it.”—
The Economist’s liveblog of the US Republican presidential nomination debate knows the Internet too well. I’m pretty sure they could do this every six days until their convention and tumblr would pretend to complain but secretly everyone would be thrilled to see these buffoons shouting about how they’re proud to be bringing America back to the 1790s or whatever.
Also the Economist liveblog is actually pretty clever. I think the different colours track different voices?
No, really, folks, they’re just delightful. For instance: “I wish to focus this on more substantial matters. We can obviously arrange the candidates along a spectrum, from best fitting suit to worst. Best: Perry. Worst: Paul.”