A shadow of clowns have been haunting the pop culture landscape of late, with pranksters using social media to render real-time urban myths in Wasco, California, and American Horror Story: Freak Show featuring a dingy, murderous clown locked in a masked sardonic grin of terror. Clowns, whose main function is to amuse and entertain, didn’t always have such horrific baggage, but they have always had a bit of a dark side.
A shadow of clowns have been haunting the pop culture landscape of late, with pranksters using social media to render real-time urban myths in Wasco, California, and American Horror Story: Freak Show featuring a grim clown incarnation nodding to both real life terrors like John Wayne Gacy, and the fiction and mythos of Stephen King’s It and a urban legend about a murderous clown posing as a statue to murder a babysitter. Clowns, whose main function is to amuse and entertain, didn’t always have such horrific baggage, but they have always had a bit of a dark side.
Entwined in the thick, decadent audacity of Valley of the Dolls, is The Sleep Cure, a seductive nightmare to treat both nerves and weight loss. In the novel Jennifer North, an amalgam of all troubled blonde Hollywood ingenues, signs into a Swiss clinic to sleep off 10 pounds.
Foxcatcher is a film about obsession, and its making required an intense obsession of its own. Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote,) has been working on getting this movie complete for eight years, and it all started when a fan gave him a packet of newspaper clippings. In many ways it’s the perfect follow-up to Capote because Bennett Miller became immersed in a contemporary true crime story much like Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood.
Today have noise-canceling headphones (they are worth it,) today, but no contraption that promises to “isolate” us during our workday quite like this 1925 invention.
Voyager 1, which is moving away from Earth at a rate of almost a million miles a day, is carrying some precious cargo, at least from a human’s perspective. It’s currently 11 billion miles away from us and is transporting the most important messages we have to give: our sounds, our language, our music. It’s known as The Golden Record, and this mixtape will continue to travel long after we lose the capacity to track it.
Feminism is getting a massive amount of exposure with megastars like Beyonce and Emma Watson professing it, but there is still some confusion about what feminism is, why it is necessary, and why it is even called what it is called. If feminism is about equality of the genders, why is the word itself gendered?
I was asked the above question on Twitter, and it fascinated me. I asked the asker if they thought this was so, and they replied that they did because from their personal experience of being an introvert, they found that introverts are “lonely & fearful yet yearning to be loved, admired, and seen.”
Amazon’s latest challenge to Netflix’s killer original programing is Transparent, staring Jeffrey Tambor as a trangender woman coming out to her family and community. This show, from writer-director Jill Soloway, promises to be an incredibly nuanced family drama, and is a made possible by the exciting new era of bingewatching television.
Friday night a massive, intricate, and expensive sculpture burnt to the ground at Burning Man 2014, and it must have been an amazing thing to see.
Before the last week in August, I was in a bind. My sleeping potion for some time has been episodes of Bob’s Burgers. I even got a Hulu subscription so I could watch Season Four and get my chuckles in before I relinquished my consciousness every night. It had come to rewatching Bob’s Burgers, and wondering if I had taken enough time off from Parks & Recreation to put that back in rotation. In a pinch, I’ve always got The Larry Sanders Show on DVD, one of my favorites of all time, but I find the DVD player too tedious for my pre-bedtime rituals. Thankfully, FXX’s The Simpsons marathon and Netflix’ BoJack Horseman came to rescue me.