Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sex.

The post heading isn’t a joke, or a ploy to get new traffic. This post is really about sex.

Particularly this show at @joespubnyc. I think it’s a show anyway. Maybe “event” would be a better word to describe it.

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“Rob and Kristen are actually a couple in real life” ~Breaking Dawn Set Designer Richard Sherman

I was loving the idea that Architectural Digest wrote a feature about the set design of Breaking Dawn. It’s not a long piece but it still took me a bit of time to get to the second page.

Good thing I did so I didn’t miss this epic quote about Rob and Kristen!

AD: What was it like on the set?

RS: Everyone had a good time. The three main actors are all very fun to work with. Kristen is quite serious. Rob and Taylor are a little bit wild. Rob and Kristen are actually a couple in real life. When he’s with her, he’s a little more restrained. When she’s not around, like most guys when their wives or girlfriends aren’t around, he’s a little looser. Taylor’s a kid—he’s 19—so he was bouncing all over the place.

 

The rest of the article is worth reading too.

Production designer Richard Sherman chats with AD about the sets for the fourth movie in the vampire series, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner—with a cameo appearance by a house featured in our January 2011 issue

I love the discussion of how the production designer combined elements from the house in Brazil, sets constructed in Louisiana and special effects.

A fun bit:

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: How did you choose the Bernardes + Jacobsen house for Edward and Bella’s Brazilian honeymoon?

RICHARD SHERMAN: We looked at pictures and found a house we loved. But two days later we learned it was going to be blown up because it had been built illegally. The next morning I got on a plane to Brazil, hopped on a boat, and went through countless islands along the coastline south of Rio. It took us four weeks to finally find the Bernardes + Jacobsen house, which had a tropical modern interior and was located near Paraty on the coast that we liked.

 

What’s the difference between parsley and…

I saw a tweet today that gave me a horrific flashback:

@som1cool: What’s the difference between parsley and pussy? ….Nobody eats parsley.

The joke still makes me blush, not to mention the memory of the first time I heard it.

Picture it: I’m in college. My mother (without my father for some reason I can’t recall) came to visit, bringing my cousin and her husband with her. To put this in context, my cousin is eight years older than me so let’s say she was 27 or 28 at the time.

The three of them plus a college friend of mine went to dinner. The seating configuration matters for this story so I made you a helpful diagram.

 

The cousin at dinner has a notorious pottymouth and is known for her fondness for dirty jokes. I was – and am still – a prude around my parents, something my various cousins have known and exploited since I was about twelve years old.

Showing off for her still-relatively-new husband, my cousin jumped right in.

What’s the difference between parsley and pussy?

Cringing. Twitching. Squirming. Pleading with my eyes and my words.

“NOOOOOOO. Please stop. Please.”

Furtive look to see if my mother is paying attention. No. She’s talking to my friend about something. College. Boys. Sororities and Fraternities. The weather. Anything. I DON’T CARE.

“Nobody eats parsley!” exclaims my cousin triumphantly.

And then…

“Oh, David eats it all the time!”

 

And then I died. Or crawled under the table or both. I would tell you which, but I have blocked the outcome from my conscious mind.

The end.

 

Cosmopolis. Discuss.

This @time writer liked author Don DeLillo’s new short story collection, The Angel Esmerelda, better than other DeLillo works including Cosmopolis.

But there’s a problem: DeLillo hasn’t been very good recently. As if in reaction to the bunker-busting Underworld, DeLillo’s 21st century work grew famished, starved of style and meaning. Thin works like The Body Artist, Cosmopolis and The Falling Man looked more like stocking stuffers than proper novels, and they read worse. 

Have you read Cosmopolis, and if so, did you read it before Rob Pattinson was cast in the film or after?

(not judging!)

What was your take on the novel?

We need to talk about this

Not my normal light far. No snark. Very serious.

America’s homeless population, particularly teens and children, continues to grow. 60 Minutes’ coverage of this subject tonight tore out my heart, dropped it on the ground and then stomped on it with a stiletto for good measure.

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

I want to do something. For starters, I have some electronics equipment I plan to donate including a brand new fax machine/copier/scanner I had planned to sell on Craigslist.

Of course I realize that there are homeless people right here in NYC where I live, however the fact that 1/3 of the United States’ homeless population lives in Florida put into perspective the magnitude of the crisis (as well as how it taxes one state’s resources).

If you’d like to join me, leave a comment that includes your twitter handle or another means of contacting you. Let’s see what we can do to help collectively.

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf