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Do books ever change anything? And a note on Palin's print problem

Article: Do books ever change anything? And a note on Palin's print problem

With the Brooklyn Book Festival now behind us and the NY Art Book Fair just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of the printed word and whether or not books matter as much now as they used to. I’m not talking about how we’re warming up to our e-readers and giving ink and paper the cold shoulder; I mean the relevancy and power of the content itself – no matter how you choose to access it.

Video art: Palin's Breath

Article: Video art: Palin's Breath

Palin’s Breath from wreckandsalvage on Vimeo. In the immediate aftermath of Sarah Palin’s speech commenting on the Tucson shooting, The Cajun Boy tweeted “Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” doesn’t shock me. However, her use of Vimeo instead of Youtube to say it does shock me,” which is pretty much the same reaction…

Vimeo of the Week: Arizona shooting: Memorial to Tucson victims

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Arizona shooting: Memorial to Tucson victims

Arizona shooting: Memorial to Tucson victims from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

It’s been over a week now. Sarah Palin created a video to defend herself. Obama traveled to Tucson and delivered a poignant reading and moving tribute. And news channels and blogs continue to debate and cover the tone of political discourse in the US, gun control, and Giffords’ struggle for survival. But none of these news services or blogs have captured the Tucson tragedy as movingly as Dan Chung and Chris McGreal’s Arizona shooting: Memorial to Tucson victims.

Bristol Palin's Dancing With the Stars "Striptease"

Article: Bristol Palin's Dancing With the Stars "Striptease"

Kultur Kritik can’t get enough of “Dancing with the Stars.”  It especially broke his heart when sextuplemom Kate Gosselin was voted off last season (when she was bad, which was every week, she was especially good).  Something tells me the Sarah Palin haters are hoping Bristol will carry the Gosselin torch this season. Check out…

Nobody actually works in LA

Article: Nobody actually works in LA

No one works, they just create traffic jams. (Photo from RESPRES’ Flickr.)
OOOf. It has been a while. My bad. Truly. I was off in New Orleans hanging with hunky Bayou Boys for a story on BP and the conmen living on Flotels for AOL… Then went to LA to hang with my sisters and tape the voicing for the animation on my MTV show, Grits. LA is so funny. Everyone either thinks I’m going to move there or have already moved there. Which is weird as LA is like my personal purgatory. You try finding someone in that town who isn’t a “producer” (scam artist), “model” (pretty girl with no job), “actress” (hooker), or “realtor” (see model). It’s pretty damn hard. What other city has traffic jams at 3 pm on a Tuesday? No one actually works there! (Says me, typing that shit in and noting the irony).

Naked News: Old people sex, frozen eggs, and bed bugs

Article: Naked News: Old people sex, frozen eggs, and bed bugs

Senior citizens are getting frisky without protection — STD rates are booming amongst the baby boomer generation.
In more cheery news, post-menopausal lesbian sex may be something to look forward to.

I, a Jew, will miss Helen Thomas

Article: I, a Jew, will miss Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas — You will be missed… If only by me. OOooof… what a week! I got my ass chewed out on Facebook for saying I would miss Helen Thomas… Okay. Half of what she said was pretty indefensible (I am of the mind that Israelis should, indeed, stop building on settlements. However, I do…

A Convent, A Church, A Crack House and a Nudist Gallery

Article: A Convent, A Church, A Crack House and a Nudist Gallery

Innocent Karl does not support nudists

I am obsessed with my street. I live on this crazy block in Soho that’s bookended by a convent and a church — with everything in between. And I do mean everything. There’s three restaurants, including a new vegan joint going in next month (Ack! Ew. Vegetarians are bad enough, but vegans? That’s taking shit a little too far!!!); a bar, three coffee shops, a knitting place (I hate knitters. They’re so smug), a quilting place (owned by the knitting people); a cheese store, a meat shop AND… a crack house and a nudist gallery.

Shatner verses Palin

Article: Shatner verses Palin

I’ve documented here a few instances where comic genius William Shatner has read Sarah Palin’s words aloud as beat poetry, poking fun at her stupidity. Well he’s at it again.  But this times she’s hit back. On Conan O’Brien’s show the other night Shatner read ridiculous passages from Palin’s Going Rogue. And then he had…

Naked Levi Johnston Is Not Alone

Article: Naked Levi Johnston Is Not Alone

Sarah Palin’s worst nightmare, Levi Johnston, just did his Playgirl shoot, flaunting some of his body parts as unselfconsciously as he tried to show the world the flaws in Palin’s family values. The ex of Palin’s daughter Bristol, Levi’s the one who earlier this year carried out a p.r. campaign labeling Palin a hypocrite and an opportunist who stepped down as Alaska Governor partly because she could make more cash on the lecture circuit.

And where does Levi go from there? Making more cash on the nude magazine circuit! Tacky? Maybe, but it was an inevitable step on the road to reality shows and Seth Rogen movies. And Levi will be thrilled to know that the history of celebrity nudity and semi-nudity reveals that he’s in really good company.

Tweeting twat

Article: Tweeting twat

William Shatner is once again poking fun at another fame-seeking Alaskan. If you remember, several months back, the veteran actor and musician lampooned Sarah Palin by reading her tweets to a beat poetry rhythm. He’s turned his attention towards Levi Johnston, onetime Palin family member. Something tells me this is the least of Levi’s worries.…

Google Suggests some awful things

Article: Google Suggests some awful things

The Google Suggests feature is usually spot on, but sometimes it spits something at you that just doesn’t make much sense. The technology takes other people’s searches, caches them, and then predicts what you’re typing in the search box. The Huffington Post has asked readers to grab an image of the most inappropriate things Google…

Jimmy Carter's an ass and other political tattoos

Article: Jimmy Carter's an ass and other political tattoos

As someone who is both politically outspoken and tattooed, you’d think I’d be more accepting of political tattoos. Oh, no, dear. As Huffington Post has found out, by collecting many of these images, ink and politics just don’t seem to mix. Sarah Palin and Jimmy Carter may belong in many a joke. The ones on…

Palin poetry

Article: Palin poetry

How can you not love William Shatner? He was dashing, and kitsch, as Captain Kirk. His Denny Crane was a brilliant reinvention. And I actually watch his Priceline commercials. And who watches commercials these days? No one. Exactly. In his 70s now, Shatner’s career has gone up and down. But this week he returned to his spoken-word…

Vanity Fair Edits Sarah Palin's Speech

Article: Vanity Fair Edits Sarah Palin's Speech

Vanity Fair’s editing staff tackles Sarah Palin’s “rambling, sophomoric resignation speech” (original speech here). The result unsurprisingly is a lot of red lipstick on a pig red ink.

How hetero?

Article: How hetero?

Those sassy Swedes throwing Stockholm Pride have created a way to test just how heterosexual you are by scanning your Twitter posts for obvious gay terms. The results are quite funny. For example, if you search my Twitter account, youngbradford, the results come back pretty obvious: 1% hetero! Though I think I am even less.…

Election 2008: The Losers

Article: Election 2008: The Losers

As the political season comes to a close and we turn our attentions back to our neglected jobs, friends, spouses and significant others, we thought we’d take the time to look back at some of the winners and losers of the 2008 election. So without further ado, and because we don’t want to keep them…

<i>Under the Bus</i>, Starring Sarah Palin

Article: <i>Under the Bus</i>, Starring Sarah Palin

It’s one of my favorite things to do after a good party, especially if you’ve got the following day off, like New Year’s Day. Bleary from the celebration, maybe even a little hungover, but with the evening’s highlights still dancing through my head, I have some coffee, make a little breakfast, get some snacks and…

Victory Dance

Article: Victory Dance

The problem with historic moments such as this is that they are so awe-inspiring, so humbling, that it’s easy to be confused by the jubilation that should come with such events. Any outburst of elation or feelings of personal satisfaction that the contest went your side’s way feel almost out of place. Showboating in the…

Reading Comprehension 105: The 1st Amendment

Article: Reading Comprehension 105: The 1st Amendment

All things considered, my recent breakdown was rather unpleasant. I won’t go pointing fingers or assigning blame for my rapid descent into temporary madness because I’ve moved beyond that now. I’ve passed through the turbulent storm of cognitive insanity and am now sailing peacefully along on a quiet sea of serenity. I have embraced my…

76 U.S. Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama for President

Article: 76 U.S. Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama for President

WASHINGTON, DC, October 29, 2008 (ENS) – In an open letter to the American people released Tuesday, 76 American Nobel Laureates in science endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama of Illinois for president of the United States. This is the largest number of Nobel prize winners ever to endorse a candidate for office. Presidential candidate Senator…

After the Storm, Back to Reality

Article: After the Storm, Back to Reality

An Entertainment Weekly magazine reader poll showed that almost a third of those surveyed between 18 and 34 years old said they’d rather watch election coverage than reality television, because the politics this season are more entertaining. Another one in five of them said they watch election coverage because they are sick of old-school reality…

In Defense of "Hicks From the Sticks"

Article: In Defense of "Hicks From the Sticks"

Walking my son to daycare this morning, I passed a corner store to see the New York Daily News on the rack with Sarah Palin’s perky face above the blaring headline “The Great Palin Debate: Is she a modern role model or just a hick From the sticks?” No, no, no, I thought, This just…

Palin 2012

Article: Palin 2012

After Nov. 4, whether John McCain wins or loses, the Republican party is going to go into the next room, close the door and give itself a good talking to []. Party apparatchiks, conservative leaders, activists and think-tank know-it-alls alike will gather and determine “whither conservatism?” and “who gets to drive?” George W. Bush slinks…



The Republican Party is looking an awful like American banks these days. Years of corruption and the exploitation of the American public has caused a historic decline that’s dragged the rest of the country down with it. Experts and insiders are now saying that, like the banks, the GOP is going to need a major…