October 28, 2013 |
Hugh Hefner, you wacky pop-culture maven, you: The Playboy founder and wife Crystal Hefner went all out for Halloween, dressing up as Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus from that memorable MTV Video Music Awards performance. Hef tweeted a selfie with Crystal before the party started, then followed with a shot of her twerking on him with her tongue out, which is something maybe we didn't need to see. And if you look closely enough, his striped "suit" appears to be of the prison variety.
October 14, 2013 |
It may be the most famous T-shirt you never saw. We can't even show it to you here. But you can see it here . It's called “period power,” and its image is a colored line drawing illustrating a woman's labial area during menstruation. The shirt became a pop culture trope after American Apparel put it up for sale on its website, where it can't be found now - “sold out” is the likelier answer than “taken down.” It's an image that would have shocked a 1960s' girls-only school health class, where they favored dainty euphemisms and vague drawings.
August 22, 2013 |
Was the college you attended -- and, hopefully, graduated from -- a good deal? And what about the college your son/daughter attended, or is attending? No, it's not a trick question. On Thursday, President Obama proposed , as The Times reported, “a new rating system that would reward universities that provide better value for students' tuition dollars”: By 2018, the Department of Education would seek to use that rating system to reward colleges providing the best value, allocating larger grants to universities that see better outcomes.
July 8, 2013 |
The celebrity and pop-culture infused art of Richard Phillips hasn't won him many fans among serious art critics. Whatever his merits as an artist may be, it's safe to say that Phillips excels at making a media splash, which some would argue is its own creative form. In 2011, the New York artist created a 1 1/2-minute art video featuring Lindsay Lohan emerging from a pool in Malibu. (Gagosian Gallery, which represents Phillips, released the video online around the same time the actress was entering house arrest.)
HOME & GARDEN
June 22, 2013 |
I have a crush on my polo pony. His name is Leon. Many polo ponies come from other countries. Leon is American. The last time I drove a domestic was a Chevy rental. Liked it well enough to try again. So Leon and I are a couple now. At least for an afternoon, while I learn to play polo out in Temecula. Last week, hang gliding. This week, polo. Please don't mock me, though I certainly would if I were you. It's as if I've suddenly awakened as a thrill-seeking playboy, the algorithms of my next fortune dancing in my pretty little head.
June 16, 2013 |
There was a moment at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night when a question came to mind that felt a little like a Zen koan: If you hear a guitar solo but can't see a guitar, did the solo really happen? It's the sort of thought perhaps associated with backing tracks and radio-ready pop, but this was the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the source was unquestionably live in the vocal group Naturally 7, which closed a set steeped with hip-hop and R&B with an a cappella take on George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps.