Girl, Interrupted: The Life and Death of Brittany Murphy
"Part of the shock surrounding Murphy's death is clearly related to her age, though it may also be attributed to the fact that Murphy has been in the public eye for over 15 years, starting out in Hollywood when she was 14... It's something we've watched progress this entire decade: young women who are held up as the next big thing (Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears) and then brushed aside or openly mocked after they no longer fit an expected mold. It is both a story of self-destruction and mass-destruction, the business of creating and destroying a star; sometimes it's caused by internal forces, and sometimes it's fed by the rest of the world."
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 20, 2009 -
There was a typewriter repairman in North Hollywood, California. He couldn’t believe it when all of a sudden someone deposited 24 vintage typewriters on his doorstep and said, “Make them look new.” He probably hadn’t had that much work in the last 25 years. He was probably just about ready to hang up the “Going out of business” sign and cursing the arrival of the laptop computer when all of a sudden here I come with 24 typewriters. The Collectors Weekly interviews Scott Buckwald, propmaster for Mad Men.
posted by dersins
on Oct 18, 2009 -
Lost At E Minor
is an online publication of inspiring art, illustration, photography, music, fashion, film — basically contemporary pop culture.
posted by netbros
on May 20, 2009 -
The Archive of American Television "produces extensive video oral history interviews with television legends of all professions and makes them available online. To date, the Archive has completed over 2000 hours of videotaped conversations with over 570 Actors, Producers, Writers, Newscasters, Executives, Directors, Craftspersons, and more. ... The interviews are conducted by reviewing the subject's life and career chronologically. They discuss their childhood, early influences, how their career began, and thoroughly cover their television careers, ending with their thoughts on the industry and legacy."*
posted by not_on_display
on Nov 11, 2008 -
In a time before the Prius, the custom conversion van ruled the roadways.
Pushing the boundaries of the airbrush form
, testing the limits of mobile interior design
, featuring the latest in automatic pink leather bed
, compact toaster, 8-track,
and love machine
technology, the 70s van was celebrated in song
. You started with a factory model
, new or used, and ended at a place limited onlyby your creativity, your budget, and your old lady
's patience (NSFW). Ford could make you a man
.If push came to shove, you could even live in your van
. It was fantasy on wheels: van-tastic
, man. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Jul 18, 2008 -
Stephen King has described The Dark Tower as his "Jupiter."
The epic series, inspired in part by Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
, has spanned 22 years, 7 books and nearly 4000 pages. The first book in the series, The Gunslinger
, begins with a simple, memorable declaration, "The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Apr 18, 2008 -
Riffing on the 1970s as the "Me Generation," Esquire Magazine once referred to the 1980s as the "Re Generation," making the case that all of our popular music, fashion, etc was being recycled from previous decades. They had no idea.
Since then, the flood of entertainment has deposited many more sedimentary layers of pop culture. Today, musicians and music videos mine these condensed strata of modern media as raw materials, producing works of hyper-compressed cultural references.
Case in point: The Scissor Sisters' "Comfortably Numb"
, Justice's "DVNO"
, and The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love." [more inside]
posted by adamrice
on Apr 15, 2008 -
Y'all think whatever you want about Michael Jackson now,
knaamean? But on this day back in 1983, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
was being taped before a live audience. Since he was no longer contractually tied to Motown, MJ planned to attend but not perform at the function; he was finally able to negotiate a solo spot singing a non-Motown song. Thriller
had been released more than a year prior; Billie Jean
had been the Number One single on Billboard's Top 100 for two weeks. It was time for a Pop Culture "Do you remember where you were when...?" moment.
And then came the moonwalk.
posted by t2urner
on Mar 25, 2008 -
From about 1875 to the 1940s, cigarette cards
spurred tobacco sales. Sets offer a glimpse into the popculture of the times, spanning newsmakers
, cinema celebrities
, and sports stars
; cute illustrated subjects, like "frisky"
and children with rosy cheeks
; handy info like air raid precautions
, first aid
, and amusing tricks
; and neat stuff like famous escapes
, exotic races
, and figures of speech
. Browse more fun sets
of vintage images.
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 11, 2007 -
We're drowning in quirk.
It is the ruling sensibility of today’s Gen-X indie culture, defined territorially by the gentle ministrations of public radio’s This American Life
; the strenuously odd (and now canceled) TV sitcom Arrested Development
; the movies of Wes Anderson; Dave Eggers’s McSweeney’s
Web site; the performance art, music, and writing of Miranda July
; and the just-too-wacky-to-be-fully-believable memoirs of Augusten Burroughs
. It’s been 20 years of beneficent, wide-eyed gazing upon the oddities of our fellow man. David Byrne
probably birthed contemporary quirk around 1985— halfway between his “Psycho Killer” beginnings with the Talking Heads
and his move to global pop—when he sang the song “Stay Up Late”: “Cute, cute, little baby / Little pee-pee, little toes.” (As it happens, Byrne appeared on July’s recent book tour.) Jon Cryer’s “Duckie” Dale in Pretty in Pink
came a year later, and quirk was on its way.
posted by psmealey
on Sep 5, 2007 -