1. “The 2013 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.” Kanye West and Daft Punk are the big winners in this year’s poll conducted by The Village Voice.
“We did it! We, the music writers and critics of the world, have confirmed for Kanye what he’s been telling us all along. He is a god. His album, Yeezus, dominated our 2013 Pazz & Jop critic’s poll, taking the top spot for Albums and several in the Singles category (though Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” won the latter). For anyone who’s paid attention to the music press over the previous year, the results of the poll aren’t quite that shocking.”
2. ”Grown Ups 2 tops Razzie nominations.” Adam Sandler’s hit film Grown Ups 2 leads the nominations at this year’s Razzies, taking eight nominations.
“Grown Ups 2 is a sequel to Sandler’s 2010 film, which brought Sandler back together with US comedy show Saturday Night Live stars Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade. The second instalment was one of the worst-reviewed films of 2013, with an average score of 19, according to review aggregator Metacritic. ’In the first five minutes, a deer walks into the star’s bedroom and urinates on his face. It’s all downhill from there,’ wrote Matt Patches in Time Out. Branding the film ’slothful’ and ’indulgent’, Empire Magazine’s Simon Crook criticised its ’lumpen slapstick, casual sexism and a smug tone’. Supporting actors Taylor Lautner, Salma Hayek and director Dennis Dugan are also up for Golden Raspberry Awards.”
3. “SF: Once a Mecca, Now a Mirage.” Andy Mannix on the modern face of homelessness in San Francisco.
“In 2013, for the first time ever in its annual homelessness count, the city asked responders to identify their sexual orientation, and the results were staggering—even to some who have worked with the homeless for many years: 29 percent of homeless in San Francisco identified as LGBT, more than 2,100 people. ’You look at these numbers and you take a sense that a large portion of LGBT San Franciscans are a job loss or an eviction away from homelessness,’ says Bevan Dufty, the mayor’s homeless czar. ’That’s very tough.’ In the lives of Quintero and Bandera, tough is the operative word.’
4. “Dear Bill Keller: I Have Cancer. Is That OK?” Gawker’s Robert Kessler addresses the offense taken by Guardian columnist Emma Keller and her husband, former New York Times editor Bill Keller, to how he’s handled his cancer diagnosis.
“I don’t know Lisa Adams, nor have I ever spoken with her, but we are both receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. (Though we are both stage IV, my cancer is far less serious.) I would never presume to speak on her behalf. But for me, writing publicly about my cancer serves a therapeutic purpose. Writing about my anger and my fear, chronicling the endless tests and releasing it into the world serves to release a heavy burden I carry. Having cancer is lonely and while I’m fortunate enough to have wonderfully supportive family and friends, no one can know exactly what I’m feeling: the pain of an immune system which has turned against me, the near-constant nausea caused by a second tumor in my intestines, the horror as I watch my 24-year-old body turn frail, unable to climb a set of stairs without having to stop to catch my breath. Vocalizing these things won’t cure me, but does serve to calm me. To organize my thoughts and feelings into words, sentences and paragraphs is to turn them into something manageable, rather than an intangible cloud in my own head. If the words that I write can also help prepare someone else in a similar position for the unexpected dramas of a cancer diagnosis, all the better.”
5. ” An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its premiere.” The Dissolve’s oral histories dig up the stories behind the filmmaking scenes by talking to those who were there.
“Twenty years after the film premièred at Sundance and was awarded the festival’s Audience Award, it’s grown into an iconic work. Its snub in the Best Documentary category at the 67th Academy Awards in 1995 led to changes in the voting process. NBA players treat the movie as their own life story. It’s been added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. And when looking back on the film’s 15th anniversary, Roger Ebert declared it ’the great American documentary.’ Leading up to Hoop Dreams’ screening in a newly restored print at this year’s Sundance as part of the ’From the Collection’ program, The Dissolve talked to the filmmakers, subjects, and those in the industry who helped make a 30-minute PBS piece into a landmark film. (These interviews have been edited and condensed.) “
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