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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In Culture News: Go See Novella Carpenter Tonight, Sit On a Silver Cloud at the Sculpture Park, and Try to Avoid Robin Thicke's New Album

Posted by , and on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Get Feral Tonight: Novella Carpenter reads from her new book Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild at Town Hall tonight. Carpenter, who is a former inhabitant of this city and a generally excellent person in person (she always looks at you when she talks), made some waves in the urbanist world a few years ago with the book Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer. If the city of the future hopes to be sustainable, it will have to see the return of farm animals.

Sit Your Ass Down at the Olympic Sculpture Park: The sculpture park is owned by Seattle Art Museum, but really it’s largely the legacy of two backers, Jon and Mary Shirley. Mary, who died last year, was a salty and passionate person. The board of trustees got together and pooled some money, and now there’s a silvery bench in her honor near the pavilion at the park. It looks a little like a curvy sliver of cloud, the silver lining, maybe, or maybe a curl off of one of the cigarettes she was always smoking. The artist is one of Shirley’s favorites, Ginny Ruffner, herself a gem.

Paul Mazursky: The director of films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Down and Out in Beverly Hills has died. Lena Dunham is paying tribute to his comic genius on Twitter.

Minimalism Is the New Maximalism: The new issue of Spartan, the local literary magazine with that bills itself as a home for "minimalist prose," is available for free online.

The George Lucas Museum! WTF.

Robin Thicke Is Just Asking for It: Read all about how Robin Thicke's Twitter interview turned into a PR nightmare:


Twice as Thicke: In other Thicke news, The Vulture published a survey of some of the worst moments on Thicke's new album, which is an uncomfortable ode to his wife Paula Patton, who recently dumped his ass.

Their Silly Walks Will Be Stiffer: Monty Python is reuniting one last time. (Thanks for the tip, @boygobong!)

The Pause That Refreshes: It's hot out there. Why don't you let this guy pour you a nice cool glass of Thai iced tea?

 

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biffp 1
The Mick ad for Monty Python was pretty funny.

http://youtu.be/jcsVz6jo5MM
Posted by biffp on July 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 2
Ah, summer heat...riding my bike...getting a sweat...headed over to the Lake for some sun...sipping a cold Rolling Rock tallboy.

Hey...guess I should get on transit and head downtown to see some angst ridden electronica done in the style of 1920s Futurism!

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naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on July 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM · Report this
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"rape anthem" is that song really that terrible? I kinda dont think so.
Posted by Chester Copperpot on July 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM · Report this
rob! 4
Re: Python, if you guys think you're on deadline…
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on July 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM · Report this
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Calling it a rape album is just silly, was it kind of sexist sure but rape?
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on July 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM · Report this
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Rockwell, Parrish, Wyeth... George Lucas has better taste than I was expecting. There's a lot of good work there.
Posted by GermanSausage on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM · Report this
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Blurred Lines is no more rape-y than most sexually suggestive pop songs.
Posted by Amanda on July 1, 2014 at 11:42 PM · Report this
Sandiai 8
I don't see it as that rapey, either.
Posted by Sandiai on July 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM · Report this
seatackled 9
The rapeyness of the song might have more to do with its timing than with whether it's more or less rapey than other pops songs of the last few decades.
Posted by seatackled on July 2, 2014 at 12:22 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
I thought it was more about empowering women's sexuality.

psyche - it's plenty rapey.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM · Report this
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@9 - I think it was overscrutinized due to the graphic nature of the video.
Posted by Amanda on July 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM · Report this

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