Ottessa Moshfegh: I erase the books I love from my mind its how I move on

The American novelist why she wishes she had written Lolita and having an existential crisis while reading Tuck Everlasting The book I am currently readingAn advanced copy of The White Devils Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Franciscos Chinatown by Julia Flynn Siler. The book that changed my lifeI cant really say. Maybe I am a bit too militant about detachment, but every time I love a book, my heart breaks for a few weeks, I tell a few people, and then I erase it from my mind. Its the only way I can move on. The book I wish Id writtenVladimir Nabokovs Tuck Everlasting in primary school. Its about a family that lives for ever. The last …

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump: ‘The most narcissistic personality of the year’

Late-night hosts dissected the presidents narcissism, Deutsche Bank loans, and reparations for the descendants of slaves Jimmy Kimmel: Melanias campaign hasnt kicked in After another tumultuous week of news is the Mueller report dropping? Whos running in 2020? Jimmy Kimmel turned to the most reliable source of Trump drama: Twitter. On Wednesday morning, Trump called the Republican strategist George Conway, the husband of his adviser Kellyanne, a whackjob, a stone-cold loser and the husband from hell. I guess Melanias Be Best campaign hasnt quite started to kick in, Kimmel mused, in reference to the first ladys program to end cyberbullying. George Conway fired back on Thursday, calling Trump the worst kind of dumb among other tweets that at this point …

Titania McGrath: laugh if you want, but wokes no joke

Lampooning the language of social justice is a cheap shot In Jean-Paul Sartres play Huis Clos, three characters are chucked into a room and forced to reality is equally inescapable, albeit in jollier surroundings and with a furry animal on hand. I feel your bemusement: why thank you, SparkNotes, you might say, but where are we going with this? In short: directly to hell. Longer version: nowhere good, but circuitously, via multiple grim stops connected by rail replacement buses that are driven by maniacs. To pass the time en route, we will be forced to watch repeats of Question Time and issued with brand-new copies of Titania McGraths Woke: A Guide to Social Justice. Occasionally the bus will stop and …

Too many choices: should Netflix make more interactive stories?

After the success of Black Mirrors Bandersnatch, the streaming platform has revealed ambitions to use the decision-making dynamic for future projects Bandersnatch was many things. It was a Black Mirror episode. It was the first seamless, mainstream choose-your-own-adventure TV show. Its possibly how Benedict Cumberbatch pronounces his own surname after a heavy blow to the head. One thing it was not, however, was a one-off. True, Charlie Brooker might have ruled out making any more branching episodes of Black Mirror, Mumbai Bantams Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 80s and 90s, sci-fi overwhelms the list: theres Space and Beyond, Inside UFO 54-40, Prisoner of the Ant People, War With the Evil Power Master, War With the Mutant Spider Ants. …

‘Laughter is the great unifier’ behind the incredible life of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell, a new documentary about the great Texas columnist, sends an urgent message from the Bush years to a nation under Trump with sharp humour After Pat Buchanan delivered died of cancer in 2007, at the age of 62. Now, she is the subject of a documentary, too hard-charging for the New York Times, a champion of the people in Shrub. Director Janice Engel does not mention Bushs successor-but-one. But she does include shots of liberal dissent of today: the March for our Lives. This, she says, is because she did not want he who shall not be named anywhere near my film. But I wanted specifically to show Mollys amazing prescience. The things she wrote, 15, 20, 30 …

Meal prepping isn’t as hard as you think. Take a lesson from this star chef.

You’ve probably seen people posting perfectly portioned meals for the week on Instagram and gone, “who the heck has time to do that?” I don’t even have kids yet, but the idea of taking precious hours on a Sunday to shop for food, cook AND portion out the week’s meals had always seemed daunting to me. I thought that I’d get bored eating the same basic ingredients every day and/or not have the drive to get creative and switch things up mid-week, or worse, that I’d waste the food I’d spent all that time prepping. However, that was before I spoke with Joel Gamoran — Sur La Table’s national chef and spokesperson, and the host of a show called “Scraps” …

I was at the Lorena Bobbitt trial 25 years later it still makes me wince

The 90s case of the woman who cut off her husbands penis has been brought vividly to life by an Amazon series. But what was most shocking was the culture clash between the sexes The chocolate penises lingered in the memory. I didnt need a television show to remind me of those. The zoo outside the Virginia courthouse, packed with satellite trucks, local entrepreneurs hawking what we didnt yet call merch (including that phallic confectionery), protestors, campaigners, sympathisers, rubberneckers and assorted hangers-on I remembered that, too. And the snow on the ground, the winter cold that was still there, somewhere in the recesses of my mind. But the more arcane details of the Lorena Bobbitt case, the personalities of the …

This post about the craziest ‘incidents’ at high schools is scandalous and amazing.

image via Pixabay Every person who’s been to high school remembers that one “incident” that embarrassed the faculty and had every kid whispering about it in the hallways. Twitter user Katie Notopoulos asked “What was ‘the incident’ in your high school?” and the replies were pretty damn scandalous. A girl in my class received menacing letters from a stalker but then it turned out she was sending them to herself. She left the school. Her parents didn’t let her cut her hair so I feel like ultimately it was their fault? — Kate Spencer (@katespencer) December 26, 2017 the football players’ dads ordered strippers to the players’ party. the football players turned the strippers down. it made the news? SNL …

Saturday Night Live: Stillers Cohen crosses Haders Jordan

Trumps sad-sack ex-lawyer is rich territory and John Mulaney a fine host: this is the best of the season As expected, we open with Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) providing testimony to Congress, a turn of events that for any other president would be the most damning and humiliating moment of their lives, but for Trump its just Wednesday. Of all the guest stars the show has tapped to play Trumps cohorts and/or enemies, Stiller is the most consistently funny. Playing up the disgraced lawyers flop-sweat squirliness, hes actually managed to craft a real character, which is more than can be said of Robert DeNiros dull Robert Mueller or even Alec Balwdins hammy Trump. Stiller is able to present Cohen as …

This Photoshop genius takes requests on Twitter and the results are hilarious.

We live in a world of Photoshop, Autotune, and computer-generated graphics where beauty, talent, and reality can be easily manipulated at the click of a mouse. But you can’t fake funny. Photoshop wizard James Fridman has been bending reality in a hilarious way on social media by manipulating photos sent to him by his followers. Like a DJ taking requests, he reworks the photos, but they never come out like you’d think. While at first glance it looks like trolling, Fridman is simply poking fun at the all the vapid self-promotion you see on social media. “I don’t consider myself a graphic designer, it is more of a hobby,” he told The Telegraph. “When I first started using image manipulation …

‘I feel like I’ve been had’: Morrissey’s collaborators respond to his politics

The former Smiths singers new album features guest spots from Billie Joe Armstrong and Grizzly Bears Ed Droste. Are they not put off by his increasingly unpleasant right-wing stance? Given the left-wing values of his former band the Smiths, Morrisseys embrace of the right over the past decade has been uncomfortable for some fans to stomach. He has expressed support for Nigel Farage, the For Britain leader Tommy Robinson, suggested that Londons muslim mayor labelled Grizzly Bear, among those backing the controversial singer. Broken Social Scene. She received a call from the American producer organised an anti-racism party to coincide with Morrisseys scheduled shows in his home city last July, in response to Morrisseys divisive views, and his support for …

Zoo runs competition, where you can name a snake after your ex

Get a snake named after your ex.Image: Getty Images You might already describe an ex as a snake. So why not name a reptile after them? An Australian zoo has launched a competition where you can do just that, allowing for a brown snake named after your former lover as its top prize. SEE ALSO: Welp, someone basically made that ‘Black Mirror’ dating app The competition run by Wild Life Sydney requires entrants to explain why their ex deserves it, and also donate to its conservation fund, which aims to help Australian native wildlife by funding research and educational programs.  The zoo’s general manager, Mark Connolly, said in a statement that the competition could give “someone unlucky in love … …

Lin-Manuel Miranda in talks for ‘Moana’ sequel

Where are my clothes again?Image: mashable composite:  To the stars and LeAnn Mueller Tom DeLonge is a mysterious man of many talents. A former member of Blink-182 and frontman of Angels & Airwaves, most know DeLonge as a as a kick-ass singer and songwriter. But he’s also an author, director, and entrepreneur who launched To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, an organization dedicated to exploring science and the possible existence of extraterrestrial life. And in case you missed it, DeLonge writes children’s books now, too. The 43-year-old’s latest book for kids, Who Here Knows Who Took My Clothes?, is surprisingly advanced in the sense that it’s about a grown ass naked man.  If that somewhat puzzling description captured …

The 18th annual No Pants Subway Ride streaks across the globe

Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Image: Kerem yucel/ AFP / Getty Images Parts of the Midwest are experiencing the coldest temperatures in 20 years this week as the polar vortex takes hold.  On Wednesday morning, it was -22 degrees in Chicago, with a wind chill of -49, according to CNN. In northern Minnesota, wind chills dropped to -65. Flights are being delayed and cancelled. The USPS has partially halted service. In some places, it’s possible to get frostbite after only a few minutes of skin exposure. On Twitter, people are sharing the polar vortex’s wild effects in their own hometowns. There’s indoor ice, boiling water vaporizing into the air, innovative winter-wear layering techniques, and (crucially) bundled-up dogs. It’s so cold in …