Yesterday, Blue Water Productions unveiled, via The Huffington Post, the newest cover star of its Female Force series: the legendary Gloria Steinem. She’s the latest in a long line of powerful female thinkers, writers, media figures, and politicians to have gotten the comic book series’ biographical treatment. “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations — many of them ignored by the mainstream media — that resulted in Gloria Steinem becoming a leading voice in emerging women’s rights movement,” Blue Water publisher Darren G. Davis stated in a press release. “A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.” Here, we look back at some of Female Force‘s other empowering covers. … Read More
When Martin Amis spoke to GQ about his 60th birthday, he seemed defeated, noting: “It all ends in dissolution and chaos and indignity and tears.” We can only imagine what he’s thinking today, on his 64th birthday. While the British novelist ponders mortality with cranky resignation, we’ve gathered a few of Amis’ must-read cultural reviews and essays on literature, art, film, porn, and politics. … Read More
There is, perhaps, no such thing as an apolitical film. But when a movie takes an inherently political subject — say, Margaret Thatcher, global warming, or Hillary Rodham Clinton — it is no doubt even more saturated in its politics. It’s not unusual for films to generate political discussion about current events; what’s more remarkable is when they directly impact or even change them. Following the news of an upcoming film that dares to attempt just that — a biopic about the early life and career of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, expected to be released ahead of the 2016 primaries, when the former first lady is likely to make a second run for president — we’re left to wonder whether the movie will help or hinder a possible campaign. Of course, we won’t know until we’ve seen Rodham. In the mean time, we’ve looked at other films that had a particular political influence at the time of their release. … Read More
Sunday night, viewers of History’s hit miniseries The Bible (haven’t read the book; does the show work as a standalone?) were given their first look at Satan — and several immediately took to Twitter, pointing out what they saw as a marked resemblance to the President. Good ol’ Glenn Beck led the way, tweeting “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory (sic) Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” (Beck apparently uses “That Guy” as a substitute for Obama, whose name he refuses to say, because Glenn Beck is a child.) Though the show’s producers have dismissed the connection, we’ve gotta say — he’s kind of a dead ringer. On the other hand, politicians are so ubiquitous that it’s pretty easy to find resemblances in pop culture. Don’t believe us? Here’s a few more examples. … Read More
1. Watching Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe, and Mandy Patinkin sing “Good King Wenceslas” just made our morning. Absolutely delightful. [via Pitchfork]
2. If you skipped Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” special last night, then you might be interested to know that David Petraeus nabbed the top spot. There was also an interesting interview with Hillary Clinton (who insists she’s not running in 2016) and this funny photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a skinny kid.
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Halloween is just one day away, kids! Did you celebrate over the weekend? If yes, hopefully you’re already tired of your costume and ready for a new one, because we’re about to bring you some fresh suggestions with a political twist. That’s right — election-themed Halloween costumes. We’re sure you’ve seen too many “Binders Full of Women” by now, so hold tight for some other unique costume options as well as our DIY suggestions and shopping tips. Don’t sweat the time crunch; our picks are all available on Amazon Prime, which means they can be at your doorstep in no time. Check ‘em out after the jump, and hit the comments to let us know what you think. … Read More