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AndrewAndrew Insta-Review April's Broadway Highlights

April has been a huge month for Broadway, as many shows are making sure to open by the 26th in order be eligible for a 2012 Tony Award. This past week alone we saw three shows open on Broadway and have been scrambling up and down the great white way to hit all the new shows to report back which are Tony worthy. Below are reviews of the shows we saw, including Clybourne Park, Peter and the Starcatcher and One Man, Two Guvnors; while all were strong, one stood out as possibly the funnest show we have ever seen -- on Broadway and off! Watch all three insta-reviews to see which show just might be our favorite comedy of all time!

Clybourne Park:

Peter and the Starcatcher:

One Man, Two Guvnors:

"The 13 Most Useless College Majors" List Makes Us Feel Great About Life

STL02-Sad-Man1.jpgWith debt from student loans hitting $1 trillion in the U.S., what could be more appropriate (and scary) than this list of "The 13 Most Useless Majors." Pretty much everyone who works at PAPER majored in something on this list, which is why most of us will still be sharing an "emergency" credit card with our parents when we're old enough to be eligible for AARP. (Just kidding, but not really.) Yours truly majored in #8, minored in #1 and took bowling for Phys Ed credit. Somehow, though, I was still able to make a living from #11. [via The Daily Beast]

1. Fine Arts
2. Drama and Theater Arts
3. Film, Video and Photographic Arts
4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design
5. Architecture
6. Philosophy and Religious Studies
7. English Literature and Language
8. Journalism
9. Anthropology and Archeology
10. Hospitality Management
11. Music
12. History
13. Political Science and Government

NFL Guys on Grindr + Bug Memorials = Eight Items or Less


grindr_derek_dimke.jpgEver wonder what your favorite NFL star's Grindr profile would look like? Outsports gives us a pretty good clue -- even if we weren't wondering.

2012-04mind16.jpgNational Stand Tall Week, a week meant to build awareness about the plight of tall women, is now a thing.  [via Racked]

arcade-60s.jpg These photos of a 1960s arcade are making us die of nostalgia for a time we've never known. Please, someone in Williamsburg make a faux dive-bar around this concept. (Just kidding.) [via Flavorwire]


We know we're supposed to laugh at these bug memorials, but instead we're oddly moved by them.

Illustrator Maira Kalman and video artist Neil Goldberg spent a day in New York chronicling their mundane and remarkable moments. The duo will walking people through their day -- visuals and all -- at the Museum of the city of New York this Thursday at 6:30pm. Tickets are available here.

Russell Brand spoke to Britain's members of Parliament about treating drug addiction as a health issue and not as a criminal one. Wearing a tank top to deliver this argument likely helped his case very much. [via Sky News / E!]

jp-CONCEAL-articleLarge.jpgFor the gun totin' fashionisto -- don't fret, the Times has a style guide for you. [via NYTimes]

Tips for Today: Lissy Trullie + Slavoj Zizek + "We Buy Gold"

item0.rendition.slideshowVertical.LissyTrullie-general1-Collier Schorr.jpgLissy Trullie at Mercury Lounge

Downtown darling, the strawberry blonde husky-voiced chanteuse Lissy Trullie takes over Mercury Lounge tonight, where she'll be celebrating last week's release of her debut self-titled album, three years in the making. Watch her video for "It's Only You, Isn't It?" here.

Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Slavoj Zizek, "2011: The Year of Dreaming Dangerously" at the NYPL

The popular Slovenian cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek tries to make sense of last year's Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement and the UK riots, and what was behind the "year of living dangerously."

New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. 7 p.m. $15.

Stephanie Dodes & Marshall Korshak, "We Buy Gold," Opens at Allegra LaViola Gallery

Be sure to wear matching socks, because viewers are asked to remove their shoes before entering Allegra LaViola Gallery tonight because Dodes and Korhaks' have covered most of the gallery in fuzzy faux fur. Additionally, the artists have created a series of pop-culture-infused, Disney-inspired videos and installations throughout the gallery, which "rib us about our addiction to everything shiny and glittery."

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 E. Broadway. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Morning Funnies: Barack Obama Walks Into a Bar + Pictureless Pinterest

President Obama stopped by dive bar the Sink in Boulder, Colorado last night and took some photos with the locals. That's totally the face we'd make if we were standing next to him, too. More cute pics here. [Via Buzzfeed]

The President also made a cameo on Jimmy Fallon's special UNC show last night. Here he is slow-jamming the news. Busy guy. [LaughingSquid]

Here's a polar bear doing a handstand. Look at those big feet! [Via TheDailyWhat]
garfield-keyboard.pngFor all of your wireless-Garfield-keyboard needs. [Via Whitney Jefferson]

Rashida Jones appears in 2012 Beautiful Person Mike O'Brien's latest installment of "Seven Minutes in Heaven." Highlights include detailing the plot of The Hangover on the voicemail of a law firm and participating in a reverse homely-to-hot-girl makeover. [Via Buzzfeed]


A hypnotic montage of "Stupidity captured at 2500 frames per second." Highlights include putting a lawn mower on carpet, puncturing a water bed with a giant needle and blowing up a birthday cake with fireworks.  [Via ThisIsColossal]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 9.10.58 AM.pngBehold, Pictureless Pinterest: A Twitter account featuring "the best of Pinterest without having to look at the pictures." [via Pleated Jeans] 

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Audition for "black cats." [via Lost at E Minor/Life Magazine]

A penis fountain in Amsterdam. [via AtlasObscura]

YACHT's "Le Goudron" Is Our Music Video of the Day


Crack out your French-to-English dictionary and get to work. Yacht decided to re-make a classic "avant-garde" track from the '60s called "Le Goudron," and, from the looks of this trippy video, they may have had a little help from some LSD. Our French is terrible, but apparently there's something about a "cake" and a "boat." Oui? The original song was recorded by Brigitte Fontaine and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but this version -- out now on DFA -- could be the biggest American hit song in French since "Ca Plane Pour Moi."

MoMA PS1 Gets Trippy This Sunday With the Electrical Banana Book Launch

1209.jpgDid watching Roger Sterling trip on LSD with Angela Chase's mom during this week's Mad Men really speak to you? Then head over to MoMA PS1 this Sunday for the Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art book launch, organized in conjunction with ARTBOOK. The book's authors, Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel, will be joined by artist and "acid casualty" Gary Panter for a discussion of their work as well as a screening of rare films by artists featured in Electrical Banana -- artists that include Marijke Koger, who styled The Beatles; Mati Klarwein, who painted the cover for Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Heinz Edelmann, a German illustrator and designer of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film; and Dudley Edwards, a painter, car decorator and graphic artist on the London scene.

The event goes from 4-6pm and takes place at the museum's 2nd Floor Mini-Kunstahalle.

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens

Coco Rocha's Pissed With Elle Brazil + Kelly Cutrone Talks Unfortunate Prom Dress in Today's Style Scraps

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Urban Outfitters and Toms are teaming up to host a "Style Your Sole" party on April 26th from 4-8pm in which special guest artists will customize TOMS shoes purchased during the event.  The shoe shindig takes place at their Philadelphia (1627 Walnut St.), New York (521 Fifth Ave.) and Los Angeles (520 Cahuenga Blvd.) locations.

vanessasewardxapc.pngCheck out the first looks from the new collaboration between former Azzaro creative director Vanessa Seward and APC. [via elle.com/Fashionista]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 1.13.19 PM.pngBeyoncé was named People's World's Most Beautiful Woman. [via People]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 1.20.21 PM.pngCoco Rocha is not happy about being photoshopped on the new cover of Elle Brazil: the supermodel has long had a "no nudity" policy and is displeased that she was made to look naked underneath a sheer dress when she actually wore a nude body suit during the shoot. [via Refinery 29]

2012_04_brooklyn-industries-jungle-fever.jpgBrooklyn Industries has decided to start a discussion about racism. [via Racked]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 1.33.02 PM.pngLondon's Design Museum awarded Design of the Year to the Olympic torch, beating out Sarah Burton's wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge and The Met's McQueen exhibit. [via Vogue UK]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 1.35.36 PM.pngKelly Cutrone has teamed up with Nine West to give a high school class full prom makeovers and reveals that her own prom experience was more unfortunate: her mom picked out her Laura Ingalls Wilder-esque dress and her dad scared the shit out of her date. [via Fashionista]

The 10 Most Useful College Majors -- English Lit Puzzlingly Included

perks-of-being-an-english-major-24270-1313598139-7.jpgWhether you loved or loathed yesterday's list via the Daily Beast of the most useless college majors, we're sure you'll also enjoy the other side of the coin: The 10 Most Useful College Majors. This list, compiled by The Princeton Review, also includes a warning that these professions won't necessarily "garner the most demand in the job market," so that's super helpful. What's interesting, however, is the fact that two majors -- English Literature/Language and Poli Sci/Government -- are on both lists. Maybe there's something to unpacking the metaphysical poetry of Moby Dick after all, kids.

1. Business Administration
2. Psychology
3. Nursing
4. Biology
5. Education
6. English Literature and Language
7. Economics
8. Communications
9. Political Science and Government
10. Computer Science

Image via ForLackofaBetterComic.

Wolf Gang's Max McElligott On Where to Hang Out in London + Style Icons



British band Wolf Gang, founded and fronted by multi-instrumentalist Max McElligott, has built a steady fanbase stateside since releasing their 2011 debut album Suego Faults, drawing comparisons to the Flaming Lips and MGMT for their shimmering, big-hooked sound. (We're big fans of their single, "Back to Back.") McElligott and Wolf Gang were on this year's Coachella bill, and we caught up with them at the festival's second installment last weekend to talk about style, where to hang out in London and new music they're working on.

Do you have a style icon?

MM: It's no doubt Steve McQueen. He's in every mood board for every photoshoot, as well as Cary Grant -- he's a well put-together man. I think the styling in The Talented Mr. Ripley was on point. I personally enjoy a Rivera vibe with a blend of classic English dress.

How do you describe your sound?

Early classic rock with Afro influences and a upbeat, summery pace.

Do you have any rituals when writing or recording?

MM: When possible, we like to escape all of the madness of studios and disappear to my quiet bedroom in Berlin, where, coincidentally, I have a rather large hat collection. We try on different caps from top hats to fedoras and this is when the real magic happens. 

Your song "The King and All of His Men" is taking over American air-waves. What's the song about?

MM: Initially the song was about terrorism, but men seem to relate it more with relationships.  We love the different interpretations. It's the same with "Dancing with the Devil." We were referring to Gordon Brown and how he is always pointing his finger, yet fans turned it into a love song. We love that.

Do you have a favorite new song you're working on?

MM: As of now, "Horizons." It takes place during the age of leaving school and entering the real world, not really knowing what the future holds or what the next step should be. We have so many loved ones out of work and confused. It's that mix of nostalgia and reality, and then pulling the energy together.

You're London-based. After playing your first show in the U.S., what did you think?

MM: Everything was bigger and more beautiful then we had imagined.  American fans have such positive attitudes and good vibes, which you don't always get that in London. Usually we get more of a "train crowd" -- people standing and listening. In the U.S. people are festive and dancing and singing along. But both crowds have their perks.

Do you have a favorite hang-out in London?

MM: There are so many, but Café Royal off Piccadilly Circle is always a good time.  It is this ornate 140-year-old hotel, that transports you into another era. The play amazing records from the 40's and the entire crowd roars with laughter and dancing. I'm actually a pretty good swing dancer, that is until I drop a girl on her head. 

If you could share a bill with other band or bands, who would you pick?

MM: That's easy; Fleetwood Mac, Bon Iver and Paul Simon. 

I'm sure you'll need a vacation after all these tours, any destinations in mind?

MM: I'd love to climb Machu Picchu, but if I had endless funds I'd spend a month on a beach and just relax.  I'd find peace and zie in paradise. 

Grey Area's Sound Quality Mixed Media Show Kicks Off Saturday

tumblr_m3029d04dh1qmgaafo1_1280.jpgThe cool-combo shop+gallery Grey Area (547 Broadway) is hosting a big multi-media happening this Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 7 p.m..  On the music side of things, there's a performance by Dirty Mirrors at 5 p.m. accompanied by live painting by Todd Diciurio followed by Ted Riederer performing his "Drums and Roses." Earlier in the afternoon, you'll hear playlists compiled by several artists including Jose Parla, Max Snow and Dustin Yellin. All of the above will be surrounded by works from over 30 artists including Jack Pierson, Rashaad Newsome, Casey Neistat, David Ellis and more more more.  The show will be up until May 24th but be sure to RSVP for Saturday to: RSVP@shopgreyarea.com.

Read's Clothing Project Founder Read Wall Chats About His Do-Gooding Preppy Line + the Evils of Drop-Crotch Pants

Even though I like my preppy fashions with a spike of punk rock --  I can't resist pairing L.L. Bean bluchers or Brooks Brothers button downs with some spiked-out Trash and Vaudeville threads -- I was born "true prep." My latest prep obsession is the label Read's Clothing Project (or R.C.P. for that monogrammed feel). The label, started by, duh, a preppy guy named Read Wall, fuses East Coast boarding school classics with sleek cuts (who wants a baggy anything in 2012?) and hip fabrics, most of which come from Japan. And for every item bought, R.C.P. donates something to a child in need. I met Read for coffee to talk shop and shopping.

Tell me about your background and why and how you decided to launch a clothing line?

I don't really have a background in fashion, but I have always loved preppy, American clothing. Through high school, as I started to buy more clothes from classic American brands like Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren, I realized that there was something about the fit that was not quite right, so I started taking different items to the tailor to see what they could do. After a while, I realized that I had a pretty solid vision for a brand and, considering myself an entrepreneur above all else, decided to take the plunge and start my own line.

There's also another side to the narrative: throughout my life I've been lucky enough to travel around the world quite a bit. I've been to Africa about four times and every time I'm there I try to do something to help education initiatives in whatever area I'm in, whether it's teach a class, give a talk, or help set up a classroom. When I graduated college in 2009, I thought about teaching or working for an NGO in Africa, but couldn't find the right opportunity. So, when
starting Read's Clothing Project, I decided to tie in a social benefit: for every product we sell, R.C.P. gives a book to a child in need. Through our Titles program, customers can actually choose the book they'd like to donate.

I worship Tokyo and a lot of your fabrics are from Japan. What makes Japanese materials so special?

The Japanese still weave a lot of their fabrics on 100+ year-old looms which gives the fabrics an incredible authenticity and texture. It's really important, especially for shirting, for a fabric to feel personal. Combine that with exceptional fit, and you've got something worth wearing over and over again.

You are mostly doing shirts and ties. Did you grow up having to wear coat and tie to school like I did?

I went to prep school in Washington, DC and my years wearing a coat-and-tie dress code were probably the most influential in my overall aesthetic. It was very preppy but the essence of real preppy style is breaking the rules of the code in subtle or not so subtle ways. It's a breeding ground for American sprezzatura.

I started the collection based on the perfect slim fit button down shirt since it is kind of my uniform -- both then and now. It's an item that can be worn in just about every situation, outside of the gym. Or in the gym, depending on what gym you're at, I suppose.

Where would you like to see the line in 5 years?

In five years I'd like to see R.C.P. established as a global bastion of the American prep aestheticWe are working on a full collection for the fall and getting ready to shoot our
lookbook which is an exciting and big step for the brand. I think it will really prove
our position as an all-American lifestyle brand.

What is one thing every guy should have in his wardrobe and one thing he should never have in his wardrobe?

I think a guy should have a solid shirting collection. No need to go all Jay Gatsby, but a few ginghams, chambrays, and go-to-hell madrases would serve every guy well. And you can never have too many oxfords. And an item no one should have? I guess I'll go with drop-crotch pants. Those are terrible!

Sir-Can-a-Lot Is SPAM's New Spokes-Toon, FYI.

Introducing Sir-Can-A-Lot, the new spokes-thingy for Hormel's SPAM. The iconic canned-meat brand is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary this summer, so a new cartoon character-spokesperson was apparently called for. He looks like a Precious Moments character combined with a peanut combined with the old Brawny paper towel guy, which is look we're not totally against. Who knows, he might just end up in the "top 20 chicest spokes-cartoons" blog the editorial department has been hard at work on for an embarrasingly long amount of time.

From Pinocchio to Cruella: The Chicest Cartoon Charcters
From Boris & Natasha to Mr Toad: The Chicest Cartoon Characters Part 2

Top of the Pops: Jason Mraz Sneaks In, Lionel Richie Still Reigns Supreme

Jason-Mraz-600-400.jpgJason Mraz' Love is a Four Letter Word ALMOST made it to the top this week, but Lionel Richie managed to hold on to the #1 spot by a margin of 12,000 albums and Mraz went in at #2. Train (yep, they're still around) went straight in at #4 with their California 37 LP while rapper  Future's debut studio album, Pluto, entered at #8. In the singles department, Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa was the #1 digital track (Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is on our May cover, by the by. Read our feature here) and pushed Aussie pop-wonder/Glee-hater Gotye down a notch. [Billboard]

Top of the Pops: Lionel Richie and Monica Are Back

Jennifer Egan Talks Awful Temp Jobs, Writing from the Subconscious and Her Pulitzer Prize

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 2.45.24 PM.pngWhen an author's achievements include best-sellers and a Pulitzer Prize, it's easy to assume that the path was always easy, always clean, and always gaining upward momentum. But for Jennifer Egan, the Brooklyn-based author who won the Pulitzer last year for her delightfully original A Visit From the Goon Squad, her route to success was paved with all of the bumps, disappointments and general unmoored-ness that any twentysomething faces when they leave college and move to a big city like New York. Fortunately, her days of temping and working in the World Trade Center catering kitchen (more on that later) have been replaced with a robust writing career that, in addition to her prizewinning novel, has produced The Keep, Look at Me, Invisible Circus and Emerald City and Other Stories

Along with writing, touring on behalf of her books, and taking care of her two sons, Egan is gearing up for the PEN World Voices Festival, a six-day multimedia fest starting on April 30th that brings together writers from around the world to celebrate literature. The author will be interviewed as part of a dialogue series and has also curated a bookbag selection of twelve novels on behalf of PEN that will be placed in each guest room in The Standard, New York and The Standard, East Village. Amidst all this, she found time to talk to us about writing from the subconscious, working for a Spanish countess  and what advice she would give her twentysomething self.

I read that you're being interviewed at the PEN festival on the subject of "How to Create Your Own Rules" -- do you have any self-imposed rules or schedule?  What is your writing process like?  
I find that my good ideas seem to happen without my thinking too hard. My whole writing process is geared toward harnessing the subconscious -- the part that I'm not in control of.  I also write fiction only by hand because I find that if I'm typing, I'm looking at what I write on a screen, seeing that it's bad and needs fixing, and then going backwards and not forward.  What I'm trying to do is write in a fairly meditative, automatic state in which I'm not really sure what I'm writing as I write it. The ideas that I have if I just sit down and think are the ideas anyone would have. There's nothing exciting about them.

How frequently -- if ever -- do you find yourself putting anecdotes from your own life into your stories?

Absolutely never. I really don't use anyone I know. For me, the fun and thrill of writing is the feeling of escape and of being lifted out of my own world. If I start having reference in reality, the whole process breaks down. I'm no longer escaping anything -- I'm just revisiting.  Occasionally I'll body-snatch. If I've got someone that's missing the proper physicality, I will sometimes see a person or hear a person that seems like the right type.

Any examples?
That happened in the chapter in Goon Squad titled, "Out of Body." I was having a lot of trouble with the narrator Rob's physicality. For a long time, he was this slender, fragile-looking person named Bobby and I knew I was having problems when I read this chapter to some friends and they thought the narrator was female for fifteen pages. When I saw this heavyset, strong guy with a stubbly beard talking on the subway, I suddenly thought, "Oh my god, the problem is that he's too slender and fragile. He needs to be the opposite of that." I found that when I held that image of the guy in my mind and also remembered the sound of his voice, suddenly the writing became much easier.

There's a major music motif running throughout Goon Squad -- are you a big music person?

Not as much as you might think. I feel like I really took that on for this book. I love music and I certainly listen to my share of it, though.

What are you listening to now?
I really like M83. I love Cat Power. I like some Adele songs a lot. I'm always looking around.  I fell in love with The Weekend Players recently and there's this song of theirs, "Jericho," that I'm really crazy about.

Do you listen to music while you write?
It was only when I worked on Goon Squad that I did that. I found it very helpful for that book but in general I find that when I most love to listen to music is when I'm walking or running -- especially running.

I want to touch on another theme from Goon Squad: the idea of paths and trajectories. It felt like many of the characters in the novel had nine lives. What was your own path to becoming a writer? I read somewhere that one of your first jobs in New York was working as a caterer for the Port Authority?
When I first got to New York, I was flailing around and I was working as a temp in an array of areas -- one of which was this catering job and I hated working there. It was deep in the bowels of the World Trade Center. The kitchen was so huge and the mixing bowls were the size of desks. I've never seen cooking on that scale -- it was incredible. Anyway, I loathed that. I temped all over the place. Usually I ended up in office jobs because I'm a very fast typist so that seemed to be the one area where I could really shine as an employee. I really wanted to be a waitress but I could never get a job because I would always admit I had never waited tables.

You were too honest!
I know! They'd say, "We need someone with experience." And I'd think, "How do you get experience if no one will ever hire someone who hasn't worked?" Finally years later someone was like, "You LIE, Jenny!  You've been telling them you've never worked tables before? Are you out of your mind?" Anyway, that wasn't meant to be. For the first couple of years I was here, I was temping and scrambling. I don't recall considering leaving New York but I have no idea why I never considered that because there was really nothing holding me here. I had no family here or even close. Few friends. I was completely an unmoored person in the city. I guess I'm just so stubborn I thought, "I'm not going to leave on these terms. I have to find something better before I make this decision."

Jenny1991.jpgA twentysomething Jennifer Egan c. 1991

Speaking of being unmoored in New York, what do you think of the HBO show Girls? Have you seen it?
I have not seen it but I want to watch Girls. I'm really curious about it. New York is a hard city to move to and if you don't have any support system, it really is brutal. Eventually I got a job working for a woman who was the Countess of Romanones. She was American-born but married a Spanish count after WWII but he had died so she would come back-and-forth between here and Spain. I was a private secretary for her and she had been a spy during World War II and was writing quasi-memoirs about her experiences but there were a lot of inventions in them. I worked for her from one p.m. to six p.m. and she paid me enough to live on so that was really a godsend. And I had from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to write every day. I worked for her for two years and in those two years I wrote my story collection and probably started The Invisible Circus. Then things became more stable because I was having, on a tiny scale, some literary success and I had a fairly steady job and I was supporting myself. Later I started writing for the New York Times magazine. My career progress has been so incremental that until now, there really haven't been any sharp twists or turns. Each book did a little better than the last. They usually had mixed reviews.

Do you pay attention to reviews?
I try not to pay attention but it's sometimes hard not to. One thing that was a huge distraction to me was this idea that if you didn't get famous really early, you were doomed to be a nobody. It's such a trap. You can become very preoccupied with who's doing what and not see that it truly does not matter in the sense that it has nothing to do with what you're doing.  Do good work!  Give it your best shot, no matter where you are! There were times when I felt really overshadowed and crowded by the meteoric successes of one sort or another, which I don't even remember the specifics of now because...who cares?

And now, many years later, you've won the Pulitzer for A Visit From the Goon Squad.  I was curious to hear your thoughts about a comment that 2012 Pulitzer winner Quiara Hudes made about finally "feeling free" now that she's won an award. Has the award made you feel freer, creatively-speaking?
I definitely have felt freed in the sense that, "Well, what if I take ten years to write another book. Who cares? I won the Pulitzer! What do you want from me?" But at the same time, because I think my writing method so deeply relies on repudiating what I've done before -- really turning my back on it stylistically, thematically, in every way -- I just don't want to repeat myself. But having received so much love for a book has a tendency to make that book seem a bit authoritative. I often find that when I'm trying to work on a new book, I feel a hangover from the prior one and in this case, that hangover is really profound.

I heard news that HBO may be turning Goon Squad into a series?
That's their hope. They have writers working on a pilot but we're a long way from a series.

Do you know anything about the pilot?
I think that HBO's hope is to hold on to the loose feeling of the book but, of course, they'll have to make some changes and do things to create a greater sense of continuity.

Now that you've had such success, do you have any advice for twentysomethings starting out or, for that matter, your twentysomething self? 
I think that the number one thing that I didn't understand when I was younger was that everything would change constantly. I think there was this misconception that the moment is forever and therefore when things weren't going well, I was just in a state of active despair and I feel like I suffered more than I needed to during years when, in fact, I was unfettered and should have been having the time of my life! What was the big deal? Looking back, I'm just like, "Why didn't I read 50 more books instead of spinning my wheels the way I did."  Everything will change and I think the other big point is "don't worry about the industry, just keep getting better." 

Five Under $50: A Mr. T Teapot and Other Inexpensive Goodies

Mr. T teapot and teacup for one, $36, available at Etsy.

79466_A2_Stephen_Frykholm_Herman_Miller_Summer_Picnic_August_20_1971_14x22.jpg"Herman Miller Summer Picnic August 20, 1971" by Stephen Frykholm, $25, available at the MoMA Store

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 4.42.16 PM.pngKeds Women's Too Cute Crochet Flat, $50, available at Endless.com.

threecolorbag.jpgASOS 3 Color Barrel Bag, $31.81, available at Asos.com.

pROXY1-11006005v400.jpgRoxy Bonfire Beach Blanket, $42, available at Roxy.com.

Look Inside the Burning Man HQ + The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drawing = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 4.20.21 PM.png1. For $3.5 million, you could own the late Dick Clark's Flintstones-esque house in Malibu. [via Diane Carter]

2. Forget all the Montessori and Waldorf schools c. 2012 -- the most progressive school of all time may have been the Burgess Hill school in England, whose 60s-era Mod values allowed its students to smoke, chew gum, listen to records and hang out.  Watch a clip about the groovy school above. [via Jezebel/British Pathe]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 4.54.13 PM.png3. The Tenant's Association of the Chelsea Hotel are hosting a series of events on May 7th and May 8th to celebrate the historic hotel, which is facing unwelcome change in the form of tenant eviction, demolishing of rooms and the creation of a rooftop bar.  Rock biographer Clinton Heylin will show screenings of rare Bob Dylan performances caught on film on 5/7 and on 5/8, he'll show his work, From the Velvets to the Voidoids, a film centered on the punk era.

4. In the future, you might be drinking a bottle of Asteroidwater.  It all sounds very Jetsons, but  Seattle company Planetary Resources Inc. announced plans Tuesday to scan the skies in search of asteroids that might contain substantial amounts of water and valuable metals.  And then they hope to start mining them. This sounds like science fiction, but the company has big-money backers including Ross Perot and Google's Larry Page and, though their primary goal isn't drinking water, they do hope to find water and then separate it into hydrogen and oxygen to make rocket fuel. [via Slash Gear]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 5.04.10 PM.png5. In case you were wondering what the Burning Man HQ in San Francisco looks like, this is it. [via Laughing Squid]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 5.13.25 PM.png6. At last: a stylish first aid kit for the feng shui obsessive. [via Design Milk]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 5.23.08 PM.png7. Ick.  Infidelity-encouraging dating website, AshleyMadison.com is offering $1 million to anyone who can prove they've slept with Tim Tebow or, in other words, taken his virginity. [via Yahoo Sports/Oh No They Didn't]

Screen shot 2012-04-25 at 5.34.26 PM.png8. Could this be the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drawing?  It's up for auction and bids start at $6,000. [via Flavorwire]

Tips for Today: Gilbert & George + Faile + The Hives

Gilbert & George "London Pictures" Opens at Lehmann Maupin and Sonnabend Galleries

The iconic art duo, "living sculpture" Gilbert & George, are in town for their first New York gallery show since 2004, which has taken over three-spaces -- Lehmann Maupin's locations in Chelsea and on the Bowery, as well as Sonnabend Gallery. The inspiration for their latest is the London tabloids. Throughout the past several years, they've actually stolen 3,712 newspaper sellers' posters, which appear as the backdrop for the duo's massive self-portraits.

Lehmann Maupin, 540 W. 26th St.; 201 Chrystie St. Sonnabend Gallery, 536 W. 22nd St. 6-8 p.m.

Faile Party at the Wythe Hotel

Another art world duo, Brooklyn-based  Faile (comprised of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller) were recently commissioned by Vice and 42Below to cover the entire facade of 104 N. 7th Street in Williamsburg with hand-painted and sculpted ceramic tiles. To celebrate the (permanent!) public art work, the new Wythe Hotel is hosing a shindig. 

The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. RSVP here.

The Hives at the Studio at Webster Hall

Coming off their packed-to-the-brim Coachella shows, Swedish garage-rockers The Hives are playing a smallish gig tonight at the Studio at Webster Hall, a few months prior to the June release of their first album since 2007, Lex Hives, and before their proper U.S. tour kicks off.

The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. 8 p.m. $15.

The Morning Funnies: Ke$ha Pi$$es in Public + a Cat Doing the Dishes

article-2135327-12C61C79000005DC-276_468x348.jpgKe$ha tweeted a photo of herself pi$$ing in the street and wrote: "Pee pee on the street. PoPo come and get me if you can find me." [via Daily Mail]

  425.ab.shirley.042512.jpgTaylor Swift and Dianna Agron dressed up as Shirley MacLaine circa Steel Magnolias in honor of the actress's 78th birthday. [via E!] big-foot-tupac-abra.jpg B.I.G. Foot and Tupacabra, by Alex Pardee. [via The World's Best Ever]


Hippie-targeted ads from the '60s. [via Voices of East Anglia

The MTV Movie Awards have added five new categories this year, including "Best On-Screen Dirt Bag." [via HitFix]

  Screen Shot 2012-04-26 at 8.53.19 AM.pngTonight's Community, an homage to Law & Order, is titled "Basic Lupine Urology." [HuffPo]

Speaking of L&O, in case you missed it, here's a screen shot of Chloe Sevigny who appeared on last week's Law & Order SVU. [via Peter Davis]

This frog thinks it's a human! [via HuffPo]

  life-1.jpglife-2.jpgKnife art. [via This Is Colossal]


A cat doing the dishes. What will they think of next? [via BuzzFeed]

  pizza-cupcakes-9.jpgWe were so "over" cupcakes -- until we saw these. [via Laughing Squid]

Conor Maynard's "Can't Say No" Is Our Music Video of the Day


This song made it to number two on the UK pop chart this week and don't be surprised if it catches on over here. Nineteen-year-old Conor Maynard won MTV's "Brand New For 2012" award and was just down in Miami chilling with Pharrell Williams and working on his debut album. He's been described as the British version of you-know-who, but we'll let you be the judge. What do you think? Yea or nay?