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Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams
New York,
November 09
I work here. In my other incarnations, I'm the culture critic for PRI's The Takeaway, and my book, "Gimme Shelter" comes out from S&S 3/3/9.

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That's right, I said Pet Airways.

Launching today, it's the first airline just for animals.  Customers dropoff and pickup their animinals in the "pawsenger" lounge, animals fly securely fastened in pet carriers in a well lit main cabin, attended by animal friendly staff, and there are round the… Read full post »

Return with me to a simpler time: July, 1999.

Clinton was president. Times Square still had cars in it.  Downtown still had a World Trade Center.

In New York City, it was a month a record number of triple digit degree days. And I was pregnant with my first child. … Read full post »

As it continues its incandescant run, the Public's staging of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte has become the hottest ticket in town.

(I was lucky enough to see it in previews, and I want Anne Hathaway to be my boyfriend.)

The line is getting longer every day, though, with folks gathering… Read full post »

Blame Canada.

And then back away slowly.


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Is America ready for Muslim superheroes?


photograph: PR 

Representing " the 99 attributes of Allah," the 99 include Battina the Hidden, Jami the Assembler, and Darr the Afflicter. They've been a hit in the Islamic comic world since Kuwait's Teshkeel Comics introduced them in 2006. … Read full post »

JULY 6, 2009 8:04AM

We're bringing seventies back

So our youthful icons of the disco era, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, have passed away.

But other pleasures from that simpler time are staging a comeback.

Remember the chewing gums that tasted like a Sunday ham? They're back for a limited run.  New Yorkers can pick them up at Dylans'sRead full post »

JULY 3, 2009 7:33AM

People in orange, dancing

Oh, if only I worked for NYT Styles section, I could totally make this a trend piece.





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As Mister Universe declared, you can't stop the signal.

Years ago, you could make a movie or a music video and uh-oh, maybe nobody would ever get to see it. Maybe it'd be banned by the BBC or threatened with copyright lawsuit.

Well, we mock such conventions now, don't we?

Todd… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2009 8:01AM

Author Tweets of Rage

Alice Hoffman did it.

Earlier this week, Ayelet Waldman did too. Responding to a review of her new book, Bad Mother, in The New Yorker,  Waldman told the world "May Jill Lepore rot in hell. That is all."

(That, by the way, may not be all. A Salon reader reports Waldman's… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2009 10:42AM

Billie Tweets

Oh, how I love you, internet! Fun with javascript.

This musical tweet tribute is strangely charming.

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JUNE 26, 2009 1:33PM

Do you remember the time?

 I just dug these out.

It's Philadelphia. 1984.


My freshman dorm room, and my friend Helen and roommate Desiree, standing with Desi's Michael Jackson poster. Oh the things that poster witnessed that year.

(Bonus points to anyone who'd like to guess the identity of eighties era… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2009 6:57AM

Oh Farrah, where art thou?

 It was 1983 and it was New Jersey. You do the math.

 And note the REBEL in the lower right corner with the Princess Di. (yeah, that's me.)



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JUNE 25, 2009 9:07PM

Saddest Farrah hair EVER

It was 1979. I was thirteen.

 And if you're wondering if I was a virgin for a very long time, the answer is yes.

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Actually not a euphemism.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you astronaut, legend, and badass Buzz Aldrin, aka Dr. Rendezvous.

It's ineffable!

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Yes, this is my friend Jamie Barnett. But I know I'm not the only person in the world who thinks his work is cool!

He navigated the games to find images he liked, and painted likewise. As Jamie says, "Just think of me with my blue smock, sun hat, and luxuriousRead full post »

JUNE 24, 2009 10:20AM

Don't take my Kodachrome away

Too late!

Kodak announced yesterday that it's discontinuing the film, which accounts for a mere "fraction of 1%" of Kodak's total sales of still-picture films." The Daily Mail reports that  only one laboratory in the world still produces it.

I know the times, they are a-changing, and digital i… Read full post »

In my interweb browsing this afternoon, I stumbled upon the winner of TMZ's Foot Fetish contest.

Reader "Ana" takes home the prize with her "top shelf toe." Fourth toe looks like a little pea.


Um. My mother has feet just like that.

I grew up looking at… Read full post »

Not blatantly bad things. Not things that are inexplicably famous, like Heidi and Spencer.

I'm talking about things that people claim are wonderful, amazing, fantastic but in fact fall very, very short of the hype. Things you feel guilty about admiting to loathing, because it must make you a bad… Read full post »

Personally, I'm a fan of eating, but you  know, inhaling has its merits too.

Voila Le Whif! Says its creator: "With a mix of culinary art and aerosol science, we've helped move eating habits to their logical conclusion."

Man, I've been breathing all day and I'm STUFFED.


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JUNE 22, 2009 1:14PM

NYC Girls Scouts: We need new badges

My firstborn just finished her third year with a Manhattan Girl Scout Troop. It's been an amazing, enriching experience, and I look forward to   her younger sister becoming a Daisy next year. Lucy proudly wears her badges Community Service, Cookies Selling, and Art.

But when Lucy's troop planne… Read full post »

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JUNE 12, 2009 1:13PM

Trent Reznor shuns chubby girls, social networking

So let go of the dream already, okay?

On his NIN forum yesterday, Renzor took on the hatas.


totally not Tweeting this

While "experimenting" with Twitter, the Nine Inch Nails frontman discovered that his detractors have as been doing likewise.

Which brings him to Metal Sludge, a… Read full post »

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JUNE 12, 2009 10:40AM

Friday quiz: Rap name or prescription drug?

 Can you tell the difference between this a_adderall_021

and this?


Take our handy test and find out. Some of these lay down phat beats. And some beat erectile dysfunction.  Which is which? 

1. Eminem

2. Effexor

3. Sisquo

4. Seroquel

5. DMX

6. Xanax

7. Lecrae

8. Lipitor

9. T-Pain

10. Skelaxi… Read full post »

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JUNE 11, 2009 2:24PM

Ready for the FB username stampede?

I'm going away this weekend, so carry on without me, INTERNET.

But as you've already likely heard, this weekend, at precisely 12.01 Saturday, we have the power to break the entire worldwide web in the mad scramble for FB usernames and their subsequent prettied up urls.

The savvy Doug Rushkoff referre… Read full post »

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JUNE 10, 2009 4:25PM

American Apparel: The Domino's of fashion

In other words, it's testing the limits of what we will endure. As my friend Maura says, "The joke continues to be on us." Hard to find another explanation for a clothing company that has a "bloomers" department.

"Ultra-chic (and comfy!), the Harem pant is made of our soft Cotton… Read full post »

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JUNE 10, 2009 3:51PM

Sign Sotomayor's virtual cast.

How do you know this administration is different? Because it's tweeting that we can sign Sondra Sotomayor's virtual cast.

I find that awesome.

soto cloud3

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