This is what the building will look like at the corner of 5th and Union.
  • University of Washington/Wright Runstad & Company
  • This is what the building will look like at the corner of 5th and Union.
University of Washington to Build a 50-Story Tower that Looks Like a Giant High-Heeled Shoe: And it's going right next to the building that looks like a pencil. Gotta say, I'm glad Rainier Tower is getting a buddy that looks just as weird as it does. UW has owned this land for a long time but for the last 60 years it's been under a lease to someone else. That lease is up in October. So what is this building going to be? "A 50-story tower that will house 750,000 square feet of offices, at least 182 apartments, and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail," Seattle Times reports. Also on the property will be a luxury hotel. The building will be 795 feet tall, "taller than all but one Seattle skyscraper — Columbia Center, at 937 feet." The developer Wright Runstad has more specs and photos here.

Amazon Is in a Spat with a Book Publisher Again, and Once Again It's Fucking Over Customers: "Amazon has begun discouraging customers from buying books by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Colbert, J. D. Salinger and other popular writers, a flexing of its muscle as a battle with a publisher spills into the open."

"I Am Against Amazon Because They Are a Monopoly": The literary agent Andrew Wylie is "traveling to foreign countries to warn them about Amazon." He says, "Unlike the music business, I think that if you destroy publishing, you destroy culture."

Thousands Are Fleeing Nigeria: Because of the fucked up shit that's been happening. "Up to a thousand people are crossing the border into southern Niger every week from fear of attacks by the Islamist insurgent group and counterattacks by the Nigerian armed forces," New York Times reports.

North Korea Says Some Racist Shit about Obama: Wow.

CNN Will Just Keep Getting Stupider: Now they are encouraging people to make their own news stories for CNN with Google Glass. Can't be any worse than what CNN journalists come up with. Brace yourself for a lot more disaster footage.

There Was a Big Parade in Russia Today: Celebrating the day Nazi Germany was defeated in World War II. If you're really into parades, there's video here. Putin was there, using the moment for his own political purposes: "Putting his personal seal on the annexation of Crimea, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia arrived in the naval port of Sevastopol on Friday, where he used the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany to assert that Moscow had the right to take over the Black Sea peninsula."

JERRY MANNING Theres a line in Rent based on something he said once. The night he died, friends found out which line it was.
  • Kathryn Rathke
  • JERRY MANNING There's a line in "Rent" based on something he said once. The night he died, friends found out which line it was.

Seattle Rep Announces Memorial Service for Beloved Artistic Director Jerry Manning: "The memorial service will be held Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Repertory Theatre," said a statement from the theater yesterday." In lieu of flowers, the Manning family encourages donations to the Rep to help sustain the Theatre’s many artistic projects." If you haven't already, you must read Brendan Kiley's tribute to Manning, full of stories from actors, directors, and others who worked with him.

Early Bumbershoot Lineup Announced: And Emily Nokes has a made a little playlist of the headliners for you, including Wu-Tang Clan, The Replacements, Elvis Costello, and Big Freedia. Get tickets here.