“This sort of snark was behind the hijacking of a Pitbull-Wal-Mart promotion back in summer 2012. A contest promised to send the rapper to the Wal-Mart store that amassed the most Facebook “likes.” As word spread, gangs of nonfans conspired to “exile” Pitbull by voting for a store in Kodiak, Alaska (population 6,457). Pitbull played it by the rules he’d agreed to. Upon arriving at the remote island, where he was greeted by local Alutiiq tribe members and a life-sized stuffed bear, he spoke with humility, telling local news crews that he was “honored” to be there and showing no signs whatsoever of embarrassment.”—
“To distract myself, I decided to do something I never do: go out for a drink alone at the dreary neighborhood watering hole, which had always struck me as being a little Goodbar-esque. (I took Short Chic, as well as, for comfort, my copy of Lee Bailey’s City Food.) When I got there, the bouncer made me show ID, and expressed surprise at my age. “I’m little but I’m old,” I said, as always, quoting Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird. And in that moment, I realized three things. One: it is worth it to be small to be able to quote that line, and it will not become less true as the years go on. Two: I am a grown-up woman. Three: if we all did what James Bond wanted, we’d only wear wide leather belts, unpolished nails, and no makeup.”—Paris Review – Small Wonder, Sadie Stein
“This EMP discussion, “Queen Bey and Her Court,” will focus on two prevailing but under-explored themes in her career—mobility and movement—in order to understand her own acts of self-fashioning (for example, her tightly curated confessionals, the “Knowles” machine, and her kinesthetic, vocal, and class mobility) and her “court” (such as her cultural imprint, social media impact, and historical legacy). These twin themes also offer us an opportunity to work through some of the more conflicted aspects of her career as well as space to discuss the contradictions and pressures that many contemporary female musicians (and audience members) experience in the wake of her reign.”—Queen Bey and Her Court: A Critical Roundtable
“Say What? Karaoke started up that summer, and Carson was supposed to have hosted it, but couldn’t make the first tape date owing to some travel snafu, so they put me in at the last minute and I accidentally ended up hosting it for three years.”—Dave Holmes has the best stories.