>

February 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…a recounting of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, but also a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her.

more.

November 21st, 2013
thesmithian

…he decided “pretty early on” that he was chronically uncomfortable with the demands of celebrity, “but it’s mostly because I knew that I wasn’t good at it…It didn’t feel good to me, and I wasn’t pulling it off.”

more.

November 16th, 2013
thesmithian

…a casting director approached him. The kid had the right face. Would he think about auditioning…? The movie was Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and the unknown Edward Furlong was cast as John Connor—the…future saviour of the world…suddenly, he was…on the cover of teen magazines, a model for Calvin Klein and the Gap…He was very, very famous…That success disappeared almost as quickly as it materialized…He had serious substance abuse problems…The Furlong story is, to most people, the quintessential story of fame. Celebrity is ephemeral…A star is born and then extinguished in the next media cycle…The fickle public pays attention for fifteen minutes, then it’s on to the next one. Or not.

more.

July 23rd, 2013
thesmithian

'This jet-setting…crowd constitutes its own superclass, who hang out at the same TED talks, big-idea conferences and fund-raising galas, appear on the same talk shows, invest in one another’s projects, wear one another’s brand apparel, champion one another’s causes, marry and cheat on one another…'

…This new kind of celebrity is the ultimate costume ball, far more exclusive and decadent than even the most potent magnates of Hollywood’s studio era could have dreamed up. Their superficial diversity dangles before us the myth that in America, anything is possible—even as the American dream quietly dies, a victim of the calcification of a class system that is nearly hereditary.

more.

June 20th, 2013
thesmithian

During my five years living in Portland I had the honor of being the only [person of color] in my…friend group. The city’s musical exports are practically all white, as are our other celebrities and the most famous of our writers. Portland has been described again and again…as a hermetic place, and by the New York Times as a city with an “obsession with all things independent and artisan,”—it’s “West Coast urban cool” in a bubble. It’s all a little disconcerting when you consider that a 1993 edition of TIME magazine reported, “In the eyes of a skinhead, Portland, Oregon looks like the city of the future.” Portland is often praised for its livability, for being an ecotopia and a certain kind of alternative example of how conscious and well-informed people can live. The fact remains that the city is around 76 percent white. Surprisingly few people know that from Oregon’s birth onward the powers that be were determined that the state stay predominantly white.

more.

During my five years living in Portland I had the honor of being the only [person of color] in my…friend group. The city’s musical exports are practically all white, as are our other celebrities and the most famous of our writers. Portland has been described again and again…as a hermetic place, and by the New York Times as a city with an “obsession with all things independent and artisan,”—it’s “West Coast urban cool” in a bubble. It’s all a little disconcerting when you consider that a 1993 edition of TIME magazine reported, “In the eyes of a skinhead, Portland, Oregon looks like the city of the future.” Portland is often praised for its livability, for being an ecotopia and a certain kind of alternative example of how conscious and well-informed people can live. The fact remains that the city is around 76 percent white. Surprisingly few people know that from Oregon’s birth onward the powers that be were determined that the state stay predominantly white.

more.

September 19th, 2012
thesmithian

A scan of…invitations in New York, L.A, Miami and Las Vegas reveals a growing list of DJs with celebrity parents: Connor Cruise, 17 [above], the son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; D.J. Demetrius Mosley, 20, a son of the record producer Timbaland; Hannah Bronfman, 24, an heiress to the Bronfman family fortune; and Pierre Sarkozy, 27, a son of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France.

more.

January 5th, 2012
thesmithian

To Ugresic, karaoke is emblematic of our contemporary moment: She sees  it as a sad attempt to adopt the trappings of celebrity, an art that’s  derivative without enrichment and a practice that degrades the original  because it can never be quite as good.

dang. more.

To Ugresic, karaoke is emblematic of our contemporary moment: She sees it as a sad attempt to adopt the trappings of celebrity, an art that’s derivative without enrichment and a practice that degrades the original because it can never be quite as good.

dang. more.

Loading tweets...

@danamo

Likes

culture is politics. politics is culture.
[beta]

Networks

Following