This map shows the town of Agloe, New York, which was first put on maps in the 1930s as a fake place name so that cartographers could see when their work was being plagiarized. Their plan backfired, though, when someone living in the area opened an Agloe General Store after seeing the name on a map, and their cartographic fiction became a reality. Read more here.
Watch the plays performed!!! That’s what I tell everyone who says they have trouble with Shakespeare - after a good performance (whether live or filmed or recorded) the text is illuminated and clarified in ways that it couldn’t have otherwise been. The plays were written to be performed; the dialogue was written to be spoken. I think a lot of people without lit backgrounds struggle with Shakespeare because in the early learning environments where most people are introduced to him you’re generally just given the text sans context, which is crucially important even for works as timeless as Shakespeare’s because there are so many inflections/jokes/references/etc. best appreciated and understood when spoken or annotated. Shakespeare isn’t the dead stuffy ancient writer so many people think of him as; he’s hilarious & dirty & raw & emotional & thrilling & spectacularly eloquent & still very very VERY much alive in performance. It’s both funny and infuriating to me that there’s so much elitism re: Shakespeare in many academic circles because he’s possibly the most populist writer who ever lived. There is something in his works for you; for everyone. Start by seeing him performed. :)
Spring is coming, which means I can start doing Friday Favorites again. Yay!
"So, that’s it I guess"
*gets the urge to delete all my social network accounts, drop out of school and live in the woods*
you can’t just thoreau your life away like that
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have taken their just fight against the paparazzi to the next level.
After welcoming their first child, Lincoln, last March, the actors became vocal advocates of the “no kids policy,” boycotting every publication that features paparazzi shots of celebrity children taken without consent. In January, Shepard penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post explaining that shooting photos of celebrity kids should be off-limits to the paparazzi, a practice he and Bell nicknamed “pedorazzi.”
Most recently, Access Hollywood sat the couple down with the owner of a paparazzi agency and a celebrity reporter to talk out the issue.
Bell described how “terrifying” it is for a mother to walk by herself, without an entourage, holding her baby daughter — while an army of shutterbugs scream at her and stand in her way. “If you don’t have an ethical issue with that, then I don’t think you have ethics,” Shepard said.
In turn, AKM/GSI photo agency reporter Christian Zimmerman calls the term “pedorazzi” hysterical. The owner of the agency, Steve Ginsburg, told the couple he agrees something needs to be done. “Photographers need to be regulated,” he admitted.
In September 2013, California passed a bill aiming to do just that. Senate Bill 606 was drafted to protect the privacy of children of public figures and redefine harassment, with A-listers Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner and Adele all backing the legislation.
So far, Entertainment Tonight, Just Jared and People magazine have all agreed to stop publishing unauthorized images of celebrity kids, reports Jezebel.
Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! (or belated Women’s Day, depending on the time zone)