“Days later, the bells of Philadelphia rang during the public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the Liberty Bell was probably among those heard throughout the city. The rich history here reminds us of the ideals espoused by the Founders who labored during a hot summer and changed history.”—
Summer movies are going to be escapist and sequels/reboots/remakes have been happening for centuries. Shakespeare was at least the 4th person to tell the story of Romeo and Juliet. Proust wrote 7 sequels. Stop with the tongue clucking at the decline of the West.
But in Russian lit the sequels were all direct-to-video.
TRUE LIFE: I’M A VICTIM OF DIGITAL HATE Are you gay, black, Muslim, or a member of another minority group and get made fun of online because of who you are? Have people used racist, homophobic, or other discriminatory terms in reference to you online? Do people send you cruel texts or messages about your ethnicity, religion, or sexuality? Do people make fun of how you look because of your ethnicity? Have you ever been judged by others online for what gender you’re attracted to?
TRUE LIFE: I’M A DIGITAL HATER Do you ever make fun of people online because they’re gay, black, Muslim, or a member of a different minority group? Have you ever made an online group making fun of a particular race, culture, or sexual orientation? Have you ever sent someone a funny text or message about their ethnicity, religion, or sexuality? Do you ever use the term “that’s so gay” or refer to Muslims as terrorists online? Have people ever called you a racist or a homophobe because of something you said online?
The restaurant is basically the desexed version of Friday’s. The flair is a little more sedate, the entrees have a little less flavor, and you get the impression that Guy Fieri would be a little too controversial a spokesman for them.
Applebees: For when you’re worried Friday’s might make you go a little too crazy.
“I’m gonna wear my shorts and I’m gonna walk around like an uncivilized American caveman who would make Tom Ford gasp in fright and clutch his carryall. And if he doesn’t like it, he can throw on a snowsuit and sit in a fucking kiln.”—
“Practically have a heart attack when both your Gmail and Facebook tabs in Google Chrome display the tiny “(1)” that denotes something extremely important has happened. See that someone else has commented on something you commented on earlier that morning. Stare blankly at the screen when you don’t recognize the person. Shake your head at their addition to the conversation which could hardly be called a comment. They should have just clicked the “like” button if that was all they had to say. And seriously, they didn’t even mention your hilarious comment! Well, it was sort of an in-joke between you and the person who started the thread. Click the Gmail tab so you can delete the notification email.”—
"The boys all look like they're three years old, and the girls all look like hookers."
That’s my uncle had to say about the kids at my cousin’s bar mitzvah. One of those girls complimented me on my dress. The insecure middle schooler inside of me thought Is she making fun of me?!?!?!?!?!?
Sometimes I think I could eat only hard boiled eggs and grapefruit — because I LOVE both of those things — but then I remember that that was the diet that drove Ellen Burstyn crazy in Requiem for a Dream and I think better of it.