A true meeting of the feminist minds took place Friday night in the dimly lit basement of New York’s Ace Hotel, when Broad City duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer joked about “vag badges” with Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss. To celebrate a great couple of weeks for lovers of woman-powered pop culture — namely, the premiere of Broad City‘s second season last week and tomorrow’s release of Sleater-Kinney’s powerful new album No Cities to Love — NPR got the ladies in a room for a group interview led by Glazer and Jacobson. It was nothing short of inspiring. … Read More
Every year, once list fatigue has started to pass, I start to see culture writers of various beats share and discuss their favorite stories of the year. In one way, it’s a niche circle taking stock of where their shrinking industry is headed; in another, it’s a way to spread the stories that made them say, “damn I wish I’d thought of that.” When writers and editors say that, you know it’s a piece worth your time.
In Sigrid Nunez’s book The Last of Her Kind, the central character, Georgette, meets her troubling, troubled, wonderful friend Ann when they are both students at Barnard College in New York. I can remember, quite clearly, that school for Georgette consists of her writing a long paper, “Why The Great Gatsby Is Not a Great Book.” … Read More
Annie Clark is a woman of contradictions, a fact made clear by her two sole appearances at SXSW yesterday. At the first, an hour-long afternoon chat with NPR Music critic Ann Powers, Clark showed her humanity and her humor. Nine hours later, at her big gig at NPR Music’s official SXSW showcase at Stubb’s, she was a goddamn robot, right down to scripted banter and angular choreography. Her new look (the wild grey mane, mostly) and live set (a powder-pink throne) invite digital documentation, and yet, that’s precisely what Clark doesn’t want, going so far as to announce it before the show starts. All of these juxtapositions are just as interesting as Clark’s songs. … Read More
You can’t really get angry at a radio station over the taste of its listeners, so it seems kinda silly to get upset at NPR for the lists it published on its website yesterday. The venerable public broadcaster ran a series of online polls last year, surveying its readers as to their favorite records. Their approach was pretty simple: All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton posted a bunch of albums, and gave readers two options for each record (“Love it” or “Don’t love it”). The results are in, and… um, well, all songs might have been considered, but the only ones to get universal love were made by men and recorded in the 1960s. Yikes. … Read More
How else would you show your obsessive love for Ira Glass and Terry Gross and the rest of the NPR gang other than by permanently branding yourself a public radio devotee? And if that seems like a drastic move, why not go the temporary-tattoo route instead? The folks at NPR have got you covered: for 14 bucks you can buy a package of nine tattoos. It’s a much cheaper option than getting the real thing, and it’s great for those of us who change our minds too often to get inked. Check out the designs after the jump. … Read More
As holiday roadtrips grow imminent, it’s time to plan how you’ll while away the hours you’ll spend in transit. Here at Flavorpill, we’re stocking our iPods with playlists for every time of day, part of the country, and state of mind. But listening to music only goes so far when you’re craving good conversation and your shotgun rider has fallen asleep (or you’re taking the bus or plane solo), which is why we’re filling up on brain candy in addition to ear candy. Below the jump, browse through the engrossing, educational, and entertaining podcasts we highly recommend for the road. … Read More
Robert Krulwich and Adam Cole explore the pros and pitfalls of being immortalized in the English language in a comical, new animated video from NPR. In paper puppet form, Cole travels through the dictionary singing a folksy tune about those who have passed but live on as eponyms — something he’d very much like to do. But after Krulwich points out that not everyone who’s had something named after him has been better better off, citing Joseph Guillotin and John Duns Scotus as examples, Cole swiftly changes his tune. Watch the video after the jump. … Read More