I vlogged. There was humidity. There were gin and tonics. I should have supervision in bookstores.
- JESSE EISENBERG: People on the street say mean things to me.
- INTERVIEWER: Like what?
- JESSE EISENBERG: I get called Napoleon Dynamite because I have curly hair. I live in New York City and I ride a bicycle. I always bike down 9th Avenue and there’s this kid who goes to school there named Abraham. Every time I pass him, he calls me Napoleon Dynamite. He screams it out and his friends laugh. That was a fine movie but I wasn’t in it.
- INTERVIEWER: What do you say back?
- JESSE EISENBERG: I say, “Please Abraham, I’m not that man.”
Blood Falls, a Natural Time Capsule Containing a Unique Ecosystem
This five-story, blood-red “waterfall” pours ever so slowly out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valley. Geologists first discovered the frozen waterfall in 1911, and believed the red color came from algae. Its true nature turned out to be more spectacular.
Roughly two million years ago, a small body of water containing an ancient community of microbes was sealed beneath the surface of the Taylor Glacier. Trapped below a thick layer of ice, the microbes have remained isolated inside a natural time capsule, in a place with no light, oxygen, or heat.
The trapped lake has very high salinity and is rich in iron, which gives the seepage its red color. A fissure in the glacier allows the microbial subglacial lake to flow out, forming the falls without contaminating the ecosystem within.
More photos of Blood Falls can be seen on Atlas Obscura
Science is so cool.
Thanks to a fan girl post I wrote about Julie Delpy a while back (you can read it here), HuffPost Live asked me to sit down with her and Richard Linklater tonight to discuss “Before Midnight.”
The segment airs at 7:30pm EST, and you can watch it here. I am literally so excited, I might not be able to talk when it goes live. Julie Delpy is one of my idols. I am obsessed with her. She is gorgeous. And brilliant. And funny.
Not to mention that “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” might be the only movies I can watch endlessly, on repeat, and never stop loving.
In case you missed it this weekend, definitely check out this fantastic profile of Delpy in the New York Times Magazine. And watch me tonight!
One of the great joys of my professional life is forcing Busy Philipps to break on stage. - Paul
Largo | Thrilling Adventure Hour | 05.04.13
Busy Philipps trying very hard not to laugh at Paul F. Tompkins and the voice he chose for his character in Sparks Nevada: Marshal from Mars.
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This thing. It is really cool. I’m kind of pumped we’re working on it.
- The Atlantic: It sounds like you're saying that literary "talent" doesn't inoculate a writer—especially a male writer—from making gross, false misjudgments about gender. You'd think being a great writer would give you empathy and the ability to understand people who are unlike you—whether we're talking about gender or another category. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
- Junot Diaz: I think that unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Without fail. The only way not to do them is to admit to yourself [that] you're fucked up, admit to yourself that you're not good at this shit, and to be conscious in the way that you create these characters. It's so funny what people call inspiration. I have so many young writers who're like, "Well I was inspired. This was my story." And I'm like, "OK. Sir, your inspiration for your stories is like every other male's inspiration for their stories: that the female is only in there to provide sexual service." There comes a time when this mythical inspiration is exposed for doing exactly what it's truthfully doing: to underscore and reinforce cultural structures, or I'd say, cultural asymmetry.