Cultural Commentator

Smart Reads: Trash Talk, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Internet Stories

Cultural Commentator

Smart Reads: Trash Talk, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Internet Stories

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Today in culture: Aimee Bender, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Trash Talk in LA.

-What does your email sign-off say about you? Are you too self-conscious? Too free and easy? Or just plain don’t give a shit?

Aimee Bender dissects Western culture’s most enduring–and fucked up–fairytale: Beauty and the Beast.

-D.T. Max dives into the David Foster Wallace archives to discuss an ‘unfinished story about the internet’.

-“I’ve been trying to bring back your face — to remember just how you look. Funny how even the dearest face will fade away in time. Most clearly I remember your eyes, with a kind of teasing smile in them, and the feeling of that soft spot just north-east of the corner of your mouth against my lips.” The love letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok.

-Come with us now on a journey through time and space: inside the office of David Byrne.

-“Everything was going well. Fun times, rad people. But as the night drew on, the crowd outside grew, and when the band took to the stage, things got ugly. “Right as we started playing people were rushing the doors to get in,” says vocalist Lee Spielman. “Then security started macing and tasering the kids who were getting in the way.” Trash Talk plays LA.

-Traveling and reading and re-reading Salman Rushdie.