It’s been hard for critics to write about Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs without leaving fictional territory a
I recently downloaded the Real Simple (ha!) 16-month wedding checklist, in advance of my own upcoming nuptials, and was duly appalled, not only by the fact that, six months out, I'm apparently supposed to be booking portable toilets and composing a day-of timeline (isn't that something you do, like, the day of?), but also by the general excess, financial and otherwise, of the whole thing.
While the Vine doesn't endorse violence against animals, this video from the Huffington Post of Sarah Palin delivering a straight-faced interview in front of a tragic struggle between bird and man must be seen to be believed (h/t XX Factor). Does anyone doubt at this point that Palin was somehow invented by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? --Britt Peterson
Lest you think the ridiculously rich are somewhat lazy when it comes to environmentalism, The New York Times's Thursday Styles sets the record straight with a piece on shoppers buying gently used designer clothing from resale stores in an attempt to conserve money and valuable, valuable resources (i.e., the 7.3 percent of municipal waste that comes from rubber, leather, and textiles): "Both merchants and consumers say that purging the closet and buying castoffs can be cleansing for the soul. 'The whole idea of recycling and going green motivates some of our customers,' said Ms.
This is hugely depressing: Despite the Brazilian government's recent crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, rates of deforestation are booming, with far more acreage clear-cut over the last nine months than were torched over the full year before that. The rates had been especially high in the 1990s, but slowed again in the early '00s, until a gradual uptick began a couple of years ago, culminating in the recent rise. And the year's deforestation is not even close to finished: "The Amazon's dry season, when farmers do most of their burning and clearing, starts this month.