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Mayor Forces Man To Leave Public Meeting Because He Won’t Stand During Prayer | ThinkProgress August 31, 2014

Mayor Forces Man To Leave Public Meeting Because He Won't Stand During Prayer | ThinkProgress.

 

Superman’s Action Comics No. 1 sells for record $3.2 million on eBay – CNET

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Superman's Action Comics No. 1 sells for record $3.2 million on eBay – CNET.

 

Read 12 Masterful Essays by Joan Didion for Free Online, Spanning Her Career From 1965 to 2013 | Open Culture August 30, 2014

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Read 12 Masterful Essays by Joan Didion for Free Online, Spanning Her Career From 1965 to 2013 | Open Culture.

 

Seriously impressive. Now I need a nap.

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See the Gripping Trailer for Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ | Rolling Stone August 29, 2014

See the Gripping Trailer for Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' | Rolling Stone.

 

Cover Battle – “Best of My Love” (The Emotions)

 

The original recording of “Best of My Love” was released by The Emotions, (If you clink the link, turn your sound down first. Trust me on this) in 1977. It’s a great example of 70’s soul music: well-crafted, great harmonies, easy to dance to. Just an all-around joy fest that typifies the era, yet never gets old.

 

Christina Milian performs a bit of the song in the John Travolta movie, Be Cool. It stays true to the tempo of the original, but it’s very screechy. And the performance is just a trio of pop tarts gyrating annoyingly, but I guess that was what was called for in the movie. Honestly not sure if a straight rendition on stage would be any different, since I’m not really familiar with Christina’s work and really have no interest in exploring further.

 

The incomparable Mary J. Blige sings a bit of the song in a fun little holiday season commercial for The Gap, featuring Josh Duhamel and Sarah Jessica Parker. There’s a dash of a funk undertone to it. It’s basically just a snippet, but I would be interested in hearing a full version if she ever releases one. It’s still celebratory but doesn’t give me as much of a ‘get down and party’ feeling as the three-part harmony of The Emotions.

 

I was unable to find a video anywhere for the version done by Sheena Easton, in 2001, but I did find audio on Grooveshark. You can listen to it here. The pace is sped up and “popified”. It kind of sounds like a fairly forgettable karaoke run, albeit with pretty good production values. I’m not really impressed.

 

Another version I couldn’t seem to track down a video for was done by Phoebe Snow. There is an audio, here, at Who Sampled. This one is funked up somewhat, like the Mary J. version above. The extra instrumentation sounds a little distracting to me though. It’s juuuust on the verge of being a “… and the kitchen sink” version. You know – let’s throw everything in there. It’s kind of busy.

 

The live performance clip by En Vogue is highly energetic and brings you back to the spirit of the original. Unfortunately it’s entirely too short. Would loved to have been able to find something more complete.


 

   

   

 

Op-ed: This Is What Happens When a Generation Is Raised on LGBT Visibility | Advocate.com

Op-ed: This Is What Happens When a Generation Is Raised on LGBT Visibility | Advocate.com.

 

Feminist Video Game Critic Driven Out Of Her Home By Death Threats From Gamers | ThinkProgress August 28, 2014

Feminist Video Game Critic Driven Out Of Her Home By Death Threats From Gamers | ThinkProgress.

 

Less than human

   

   

 

Ishiuchi Miyako photographs remains of the Hiroshima atomic blast from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Ishiuchi Miyako photographs remains of the Hiroshima atomic blast from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum..

 

 
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