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  • I very much enjoyed this excerpt from the new Beastie Boys book by the band’s surviving members, about the making of Paul’s Boutique. (Vulture)
  • This is pretty genius. (NY Times)
  • Paramount Pictures is remaking Clueless and I don’t know how I feel about that. (Elle)
  • The wild wild world of Japanese Kit Kat bars. (NY Times Magazine via Go Fug Yourself)
  • I was so upset and horrified by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday; here is a poignant piece by a longtime resident of the neighborhood where it happened. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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    karen
    30 Oct 2018
    6:36am

    thank you…for posting the Nash video on the same day you posted the loving tribute to my Pittsburgh neighborhood….

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    c.w.
    29 Oct 2018
    9:22am

    Thank you for posting the Pittsburgh piece.

    No to a new Clueless. I can’t wrap my head around all the remakes. I don’t even understand why everyone is so blown away by the new A Star Is Born. There are soooo many writers out there with such great ideas, why do we keep the rehash going?

    And, being a resident of Texas, I can the Nash piece is sadly on point.

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    JB
    29 Oct 2018
    8:34am

    I’m sorry that Nash thing is offensive. Can you imagine a white person putting this out there? Not funny at all or productive. A handful of morons and Nash uses it as an opportunity to create more divisiveness. Hardly genius or even funny.

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      y.k.
      29 Oct 2018
      9:17am

      i’m sputtering! no- i can’t imagine a white person putting this out there b/c it wouldn’t happen – not necessary!
      anyway, i laughed.

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      Kim France
      29 Oct 2018
      8:48am

      JB, exactly. It’s impossible to imagine that white people would ever need to make something like this. And I do find it very on point, and sadly funny.

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        JB
        30 Oct 2018
        7:19am

        No it promotes division – IMO. It’s not a funny issue to those who experience it. They describe it as humiliating, heartbreaking etc etc.

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          Liz
          30 Oct 2018
          10:42am

          Are you referring to the black people who experience it or the white people? Because, yes, it would be humiliating and heartbreaking (and infuriating, and terrifying) to black people to have the cops called on them just for existing. Yet I have a feeling you were empathizing with the white people, despite the fact that the white people 100% controlled the situation from the start.

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        K
        29 Oct 2018
        9:39am

        It’s also not “a handful of morons,” it has happened and continues to happen CONSTANTLY, again and again, for consistently ridiculous, straight up racist reasons.

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          Heather
          29 Oct 2018
          10:57am

          Indeed. We live in a country where Black men have been lynched just for looking at white women. Not only is this not just “a handful of morons,” but it’s a continuation of a history of violence in which Black people are subject to surveillance, policing, and criminalization at a rate that far exceeds white people.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      29 Oct 2018
      1:29pm

      It seems outrageous when we can’t put ourselves in another person’s shoes…because “That’s not my experience!” But, sadly, it happens ALL the time for black people. Funny, and on target.

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      MaryAlice
      29 Oct 2018
      11:08am

      Tell you what, JB – make a list of all the times people of color called the police while white people were going about their business and then we’ll talk.

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        JB
        30 Oct 2018
        7:13am

        You are missing the point …

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    Jill
    29 Oct 2018
    9:14am

    Thanks for posting the piece on the Pittsburgh shooting. I live in Pittsburgh very close to the synagogue and this city is rocked to its core. Squirrel Hill is a peaceful and diverse neighborhood full of light on a typical Saturday morning. I hope the link you posted reaches far and wide.

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      Caroline
      30 Oct 2018
      8:16am

      Thinking about you in Pittsburgh Jill. My heart hurts just thinking about it ❤️

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    Mamavalveeta03
    29 Oct 2018
    1:18pm

    There is a vigil going on Thursday night at The Jewish Center of East Hampton and my husband and I are going to show support for our friends. As Christians, I think we bear a responsibility to speak out against this horrific violence and stand beside our Jewish brothers and sisters.

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    Chris Borris
    29 Oct 2018
    11:35am

    Hey, Kim. Please do a post on corduroys! And ones that are not skintight or high-waisted, just some good bootcuts or straight legs that are still fashionable. Thanks, Chris

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    sc
    29 Oct 2018
    2:33pm

    I work in Hollywood. I HATE the remakes ( I wrote one for a studio, it was soul sucking, never again). It’s just the laziest. The better show/ movies are all originals.

    There’s also a weird sexism to it. “We only trust women to open movies that we know already worked – not something new and fresh. That’s too risky. (but we let men fail all the time).”

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    Viajera
    30 Oct 2018
    11:18am

    I don’t understand JB’s point enough to say whether or not I agree.

    I will say though that in the two cases where I went so far as to read a bit more … the Oakland bbq and the backpack-accidental-butt-grazing … it did not at all appear to me as if the whitish person was the only adult behaving badly. (The little kid was maybe the only one who seemed to do nothing wrong.) They sounded more complex than the Nash piece admits. Of course with humor, one sacrifices accuracy. But we don’t have to do that here, do we? Both these situations involved *multiple* failures to act well. But then on the web, we’re only supposed to … or allowed to? … be angry at one person.

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      Viajera
      31 Oct 2018
      11:03am

      oh btw JB, I hope I didn’t sound snotty – I just meant that I wasn’t sure if you were more upset about the video, which was relevant bc I only read the text on that link and I didn’t watch the video – I hardly ever watch them online.

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