Archive for June, 2016

This Art Is The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

Posted by melissa kandel on June 30, 2016 in art | 2 Comments

The world of celebrity-food Instagram accounts is as unpredictable as it is delicious. Musicians are dangled atop brioche buns, Meryl Streep becomes a condiment to taste inside a taco, what’s bad for you is good—hello, cupcakes and pizza!—and to be a dead celebrity is to be very much alive … in a digital, Instagrammy sort […]

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On Writing, On Wednesday: Passion

Posted by melissa kandel on June 30, 2016 in On Writing | 3 Comments

I apologize in advance for what I write here today. You should know this final installment in the “On Writing, On Wednesday” series is the result of my meandering mind, which woke me at 4:34 a.m. with words I needed to jot down in the notes app of my iPhone lest I fall back asleep, […]

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These Romantic Comedies Create Unrealistic Expectations About Modern Love

Posted by melissa kandel on June 29, 2016 in Film | 4 Comments

Ah, summer love. Can’t you taste the half-melted strawberry and vanilla ice cream shared with a single spoon or feel the thrill of jumping from a tire swing, hands entwined, right into a sunshine-warmed lake? And don’t you just see the tall, raven-haired beauty now, a figure who is just a girl, standing in front of […]

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Ice Cream and Beer: Your New Post-Game of Thrones Diet

Posted by melissa kandel on June 28, 2016 in beer, drink, food | No Comments

With the murder-strewn Game of Thrones season 6 finale now a thing of Sunday night past, we can definitively say winter came (and went), and until season 7 debuts or George R.R. Martin decides to stop writing in his LiveJournal long enough to finish the series, we must search elsewhere for icy inspiration. As luck would […]

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10 Street Artists To Follow … To The Ends Of The Earth

Posted by melissa kandel on June 26, 2016 in art | 2 Comments

No longer is street art performed under the cloak of darkness, spray paint in hand, by talented artists whose work isn’t just revolutionary, it’s downright illegal. These days, cities commission street artists to brighten up buildings and parks with their creations and the result, the official crosswalk of art and public space, is mind-blowingly incredible. But please, don’t just […]

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J.K. Rowling on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Posted by melissa kandel on June 25, 2016 in Fiction, Film | 1 Comment

Is there any limit to the bounds of J.K. Rowling’s imagination? As prolific as she is creative, Rowling conjures up her first big-studio foray into screenwriting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in theaters Nov. 18), and if the movie’s latest teaser trailer is any indication, she’s already a script-crafting pro.

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Independence Day: Resurgence Invades Theaters Worldwide

Posted by melissa kandel on June 24, 2016 in Film | No Comments

“It’s the Fourth of July,” states Independence Day: Resurgence’s Dylan Hiller on uh, the Fourth of July. “Let’s show them some fireworks!” Riiiight. Independence Day: Resurgence (out now in theaters everywhere from 20th Century Fox) stars the young Hiller, grown-up son of now-deceased Col. Steven Hiller, once played with charismatic, characteristic panache by Will Smith circa 1996. […]

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On Writing, On Wednesday: Write for You

Posted by melissa kandel on June 23, 2016 in On Writing | 2 Comments

“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon The minute you start writing for anyone other than yourself is the minute you lose the kind of authenticity that will […]

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Really Weird Ways to Celebrate Summer

Posted by melissa kandel on June 21, 2016 in summer | No Comments

Saturday night in a crowded bar, standing betwixt desiccated beer droppings and sweaty bro-funk, the guy I’d spent 20 minutes talk-shouting to—there’s no other way to converse in a Bon Jovi-blasting pub—grabs my hand, tenderly and with both of his, looks right into my eyes and says, “You’re kind of weird, aren’t you?” Not the best way to […]

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A Comic and An Editor-In-Chief Walk Into a Bar …

Posted by melissa kandel on June 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Ever since I first saw The Devil Wears Prada years ago, I’ve been mildly—fanatically—obsessed with Vogue editor-in-chief and reigning fashion empress of the universe, Anna Wintour. (The movie also motivated me to cut my own unfortunate version of bangs and think “to intern” meant to romp around Paris while wearing ridiculously chic ball gowns but that’s […]

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