Sonia Saraiya
what kind of magpie keeps this blog?

writer on the internet and at @soniasaraiya
Posted at 12:25 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with 122 notes
historicaltimes:

Women assemble the Sears catalogue by hand. 1942.


BY HAND?!

historicaltimes:

Women assemble the Sears catalogue by hand. 1942.

BY HAND?!

Posted at 12:22 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with 493 notes
beatyourwings:

I did a roundup of the 25 most beautiful pieces of Sin City comics artwork.

beatyourwings:

I did a roundup of the 25 most beautiful pieces of Sin City comics artwork.

Posted at 12:22 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with 4 notes
yourcatwasdelicious:

ian mcshane

yourcatwasdelicious:

ian mcshane

Posted at 12:07 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with 40 notes
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Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)

Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.

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One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)

Posted at 12:00 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with 19,437 notes
"A lot of novels bully us into assenting to their importance. I’m tired of that."

Nicholson Baker (via theparisreview)

Posted at 11:59 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 with 313 notes
Posted at 11:56 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 with 1,691 notes
Posted at 11:53 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 with 66 notes

rachmaninoffs:

trash thoughts about music/music school and elitism and academic gatekeeping i d k

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You have to read the last bullet point, at least.

Posted at 11:50 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 with 26 notes

tastefullyoffensive:

[threepanelsoul]

Posted at 11:47 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 with 189,564 notes

medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Sir Joshua Reynolds

 Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Keppel adorning a Herm of Hymen

England (1761)

[x], [x]

Posted at 3:45 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 563 notes
synecdoche:

cool family

Pilot and her mom really working that “idgaf” look

synecdoche:

cool family

Pilot and her mom really working that “idgaf” look

Posted at 3:43 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 17 notes

blackgirlstalking:

Nicki is the wind beneath my wings. - Alesia

Posted at 3:41 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 66,827 notes

durgapolashi:

"Pop stars traffic in symbology, so when white girls like Miley, Katy, and Lily Allen hide behind the claim that they just didn’t know any better, it seems insufficient. Maybe they didn’t, but somebody around them at some point should have. Which is why it felt tone-deaf when Taylor Swift put out a music video for her new single that featured a couple of scenes in which she used black dancers as props to offset her own clueless whiteness."

(…)

"Into this humid cultural climate strolls Nicki Minaj, whose new video for “Anaconda” isn’t technically a response video to “Shake It Off,” but might as well be. The “Anaconda” video is an extremely self-aware deconstruction of twerking as a trend. Nicki inverts the Miley paradigm, putting her own body front-and-center and surrounding herself with dancers of all races. “Anaconda” turns Nicki’s butt into a literal force of nature, causing earthquakes in a jungle setting. After parodying the idea of exoticism by opening on a jungle scene, she shifts into a workout setup with comically small weights. All of these setups make the same point: Nicki’s body is the modern ideal. And because Nicki is spitting rapid-fire jokes the whole time she is onscreen, it’s impossible to feel like she’s been reduced to a mere body."

Molly’s Nicki piece x Ayesha’s Nicki tweets

Posted at 3:34 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 496 notes
Posted at 1:18 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 1,006 notes