“Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other.”
Gay Marriage (#1–10 of 83)
1. “Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide.” In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the court ruled, 5-4, that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage
“’No longer may this liberty be denied,’ Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. ’No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.’ Marriage is a ’keystone of our social order,’ Justice Kennedy said, adding that the plaintiffs in the case were seeking ’equal dignity in the eyes of the law.’ The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country, the first same-sex marriages in several states, and resistance—or at least stalling—in others. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions.”
1. “Anna Kendrick on ’Pitch Perfect 2’ and Not Trying Too Hard.” The actress talks about her continuing adventures in musical comedy and Hollywood at large.
“’In case you can’t tell, I don’t really have a career strategy,’ she said. ’My decisions are entirely based on, “Well, I’m around, and this is something that the 15-year-old me would be excited to do.” ’A star without a meticulous plot to become famous and stay that way? Now that is a rare breed. In person, Ms. Kendrick, while certainly ambitious, comes across as enormously down to earth. She arrived early for breakfast, alone, wearing no makeup and a basic T-shirt and jeans. Afterward, she texted a follow-up question: ’What was the name of that reality show you said I should watch?’ (’Southern Charm’ on Bravo.)”
1. “Lesbian Desire, a Father’s Suicide and 12 Tony Noms: Alison Bechdel on Fun Home.” The dark heart of Fun Home—author Alison Bechdel’s feelings of guilt over her dad’s suicide—doesn’t sound very Broadway. But this brilliant musical may sweep the Tonys.
“What is it like seeing her life played out on stage? ’I keep hoping someone will ask me that question, and suddenly words will appear in my mind to express the bizarre feeling of seeing it,’ says Bechdel, smiling. ’But it’s beyond language, it’s inexpressible. It’s surreal, magical, it feels deeply cathartic in some way to see this adaptation of my book which is very different to the book but also essentially the same… I keep waiting for the word to spring to mind…’ She pauses, lightly shrugs. ’I don’t know.’ As Bechdel expressed it to The New York Times’ Michael Paulson, ’I do understand that there’s a difference between the play and my life, but it is a very strange and permeable boundary.’ However, the stage version has illuminated some of the mystery around her father’s death. ’It takes you to that moment when he kills himself and steps in front of this truck. I thought I had done that. I had been to the spot on the road where he got hit. I tried to imagine as vividly as I could what it must have been like to make that decision. But to see Michael Cerveris singing it, it gives me much more of an understanding of what it must have been like.’”
1. “High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states.” The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage Monday, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.
“The unexpected decision by the justices, announced without further explanation, immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah. It also will bring along six other states located in the judicial circuits overseen by those appellate courts: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. Lower court judges in those states must abide by their appeals court rulings. The action eventually will bring to 30 the number of states where gays and lesbians can marry. Appeals courts in Cincinnati and San Francisco are considering cases that could expand that number further, presuming the Supreme Court remains outside the legal fray.”
1. “MTV Movie Awards.” Katniss vs. ...uh…Solomon Northup?
“The MTV Movie Award nominations arrive hot on the heels of the Oscar ceremony. This awards show happens on April 13th. MTV, even moreso than the Globes is all about nominating big stars they think we’ll give them ratings even if they stick out like sore thumbs in their category. That’s why I have to admit shock that 12 Years a Slave shows up repeatedly in their nominations. I thought it far too sober, artistic, and adult for the awards show that kept holding the Twilight franchise up as some kind of pinnacle of filmmaking. It’s hard to consider them being nominated for the same prize, much less existing in the same universe. Gravity, which weirdly isn’t up for Movie of the Year would have been a far more MTV like choice. Honestly I can’t figure it. In some way this is a bit more like the MTV Movie Awards of yore which would give prizes to Wes Anderson before he even had a fanbase to speak of. But maybe it’s all merely a happy accident that two of the most Oscar nominated movies of the year (American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street) are also ’fun’ and so MTV responds in kind.”
The Golden Globes announced their nominations this morning.
From the courtroom to the ballroom: the most striking queer culture of 2013.
Court shoots down short-lived same-sex marriage law in Canberra, Australia.
Film.com on the 100 best movie scenes of 2013.
Chris Christie withdraws same-sex marriage challenge as New Jersey recognizes unions.
Roseland Ballroom, historic NYC venue, closing in April.
Emily Lloyd’s postcard from oblivion.
Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa on that huge twist, and defending season three.
Seamus Heaney, Nobel-winning Irish poet of soil and strife, dies at 74.
Gay marriages to be recognized across U.S. by I.R.S.
Dan Callahan on Ginger Rogers and the curse of the working class.
Uma Thurman shows off “whoring bed” in Nymphomaniac clip.
The Onion turns 25 and EW, in celebration, lists their 25 favorite headlines.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore lead this year’s MTV VMA nominations.
Gay marriage law is approved by Parliament.
Woody Allen wants to make a buddy comedy with Louis C.K.
The making of David Lynch’s The Big Dream.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf defends Israel visit after outcry.
Questlove says, “Trayvon Martin and I ain’t shit.”