Music and Film

Single in Washington, DC? At Least DC Men & Women Are Equal (on TV)

Curated by CLAI

GREAT DC LOVE DEBATE: 71% of D.C. residents are single, and that’s certainly not all by choice. “There seems to be a lot of great men and a lot of great women and they seem to not want to be single. And yet for some reason, there seem to be more of them than ever.”

  • Why are people single? Are women crazy gold-diggers and men commitment-phobic players?
  • Life coaches talk of how to change your at-ti-tude, live in the moment and stop treating dates as “spouse-hunting safaris.”
  • The D.C. dating scene is more focused on relationship status than substance: “I think people have way too many agendas and don’t know how to live life. They just want the title — married, engaged, in a relationship, somebody loves me.

 

Powerful DC Women

From left: Keri Russell, devious K.G.B. spy on “The Americans”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, beltway egotist on “Veep”; Kerry Washington, home wrecker on “Scandal”; and Robin Wright, icy schemer on “House of Cards.” Credit Craig Blankenhorn/FX; Lacey Terrell/HBO; Danny Feld/ABC; Nathaniel Bell for Netflix (NYTIMES)

GENDER EQUALITY IN DC? There is gender equality of a kind in Washington. On television, it’s the one place where it’s safe to say that women are as bad as the men.

New York City in 17 Syllables

Curated by NYTIMES

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge (Christine Lai)

On the 6 to Spring
two cops help a tourist whose
map is upside down
— Frances Richey, 63, Manhattan

The New Yorker is
Not kind, they say. I say, he
Just left it at home
— Flor Arley Hodge, 15, Bronx

Our eyes avoid but
If we looked we would see that
We might just be friends.
— Sarah Lenaghan, 13, Brooklyn

The World This Week in 10 Photos

Curated by CLAI

The World This Week in 10 Photos (Washington Post)

Emily Herren takes a picture with her phone as she visits the Flower Fields, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. A longtime Southern California attraction, the April blooms of colorful Ranunculus flowers at this roadside farm are a springtime tradition. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

4/2/2014: Flower fields in CA (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Luci Hamlin and her husband Specialist Timothy Hamlin wait to get back to their home on base at  Fort Hood, Texas, April 2, 2014. Several people were killed and at least 14 injured on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another rampage in 2009, U.S. officials said. REUTERS/Austin American-Statesman/Deborah Cannon  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT

4/2/2014: Shooting at Ford Hood, TX (REUTERS/Austin American-Statesman/Deborah Cannon)

Residents walk to higher ground after a 7.6 magnitude quake, following Tuesday's earthquake and tsunami, in the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. There were no reports of casualties or damage to infrastructure after the powerful 7.6 magnitude quake that triggered a tsunami alert, Chile's Onemi emergency office told Reuters on Thursday. The quake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami alerts and evacuations along the coast and in neighboring Peru.  Picture taken April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: DISASTER)

4/2/2014: Earthquake in Chile (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

A worker attaches the name tag of a Buddhist who made donation to a lantern for upcoming celebration of Buddha's birthday on May 6 at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

4/3/2014: Buddha’s Birthday in Korea (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Residents walk on a street during a sandstorm in Hami, northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region on April 3, 2014. Hami issued an "orange alert" for a sandstorm on April 3, warning residents to reduce outdoor activities and avoid dangerous jobs.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

4/3/2014: Sandstorm in China (AFP/Getty Images)

New Rush Hour of Life, Food in Exile, and a Movie Painter

Curated by CLAI

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere” — Frank A. Clark

NEW RUSH HOUR OF LIFE: The modern 40s are so busy it’s hard to assess them. Researchers describe the new “rush hour of life,” when career and child-rearing peaks collide. Today’s 40ish professionals are the DITT generation: double income, toddler twins. The “old age of youth” is coined by Victor Hugo. You’re still reasonably young, but that everything is declining: health, fertility. We still have time for a second act, but we’d better get moving on it.

 

  • It turns out that I wasn’t supposed to spend my 20s frantically looking for a husband; I should have been building my career and enjoying my last gasp of freedom. I then spent my 30s ruminating on grievances accumulated in my 20s.
  • There are no soul mates. In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title. They’re made over time.
  • More about you is universal than not universal. My unscientific assessment is that we are 95% cohort, 5% unique. Knowing this is a bit of a disappointment, and a bit of a relief.
  • When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend.
  • •When you’re unsure if it’s a woman or a man, it’s a woman.

 

Man Dining with Radish

Man Dining with Radish (Nigel Buchanan)

EXILED FOOD: Are there really foods that we don’t like, or just foods that we haven’t liked yet? And are we cheating ourselves as we ceaselessly expand our culinary horizons with new tastes by not circling back to old ones? I increasingly suspect that the greatest pleasures-in-waiting aren’t in some foreign land or fringe neighborhood. They’re right in front of us, if only we’d be adventurous enough to give the ingredients we’ve exiled a chance to return to our plates.
Appetite isn’t just or even mainly physiological. It’s psychological. Emotional. It’s a function of expectation, emulation, adaptation.

MOVIE PAINTER: Vasilis Dimitriou, 78, is the last movie billboard painter in Greece. Each poster takes three to four days to complete, and Mr. Dimitriou paints one to two a week.

Darth Vader, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, and Crazy Job Interviews

Curated by CLAI

DARTH VADER: I was tempted to pick up the phone and pretend to be Darth Vader when I was traveling cross-country. I used Darth as my handle on the CB radio. The truck drivers would really freak out — for them, it was Darth Vader. I had to stop doing that.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader 

FANTASY: What makes Hogwarts or Middle Earth feel so real to the reader? Create and follow new rules and laws to live in.

WEIRD INTERVIEWS: Have you been on a boat? Why is a tennis ball fuzzy? What is your least favorite thing about humanity?