theatlantic:

The Exciting Thing About Orange Is The New Black's Season Two Trailer

Piper Chapman is the protagonist of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. But Taylor Schilling’s Brooklyn-dwelling yuppie spending a year in prison isn’t the star of the show, not really. That honor goes to the wide ensemble of her fellow inmates—characters like Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Galina “Red” Reznikov, and Sophia Burset, all of whose stubborn pride in the face of mistreatment by the world provides the series’ hilarious, heartbreaking appeal.
The show’s creator, Jenji Kohan, seems to realize this fact, saying that the white, middle-class Piper was the “Trojan Horse” that allowed her to secure funding and viewership for a show with such a diverse cast. In the first season, Schilling did a fine job portraying a woman whose false cheer and sense of superiority slowly, necessarily erodes in her new environment. But now that Orange Is the New Black has built a devoted following that fills Tumblrs full of GIFed quips from secondary characters, the best thing it could do in its sophomore set of episodes would be to ease up on Piper’s screen time so we can better know the other women at Litchfield.
Happily, the trailer released today hints that might be what happens when the show returns on June 6th.
Read more. [Image: Netflix]

theatlantic:

The Exciting Thing About Orange Is The New Black's Season Two Trailer

Piper Chapman is the protagonist of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. But Taylor Schilling’s Brooklyn-dwelling yuppie spending a year in prison isn’t the star of the show, not really. That honor goes to the wide ensemble of her fellow inmates—characters like Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Galina “Red” Reznikov, and Sophia Burset, all of whose stubborn pride in the face of mistreatment by the world provides the series’ hilarious, heartbreaking appeal.

The show’s creator, Jenji Kohan, seems to realize this fact, saying that the white, middle-class Piper was the “Trojan Horse” that allowed her to secure funding and viewership for a show with such a diverse cast. In the first season, Schilling did a fine job portraying a woman whose false cheer and sense of superiority slowly, necessarily erodes in her new environment. But now that Orange Is the New Black has built a devoted following that fills Tumblrs full of GIFed quips from secondary characters, the best thing it could do in its sophomore set of episodes would be to ease up on Piper’s screen time so we can better know the other women at Litchfield.

Happily, the trailer released today hints that might be what happens when the show returns on June 6th.

Read more. [Image: Netflix]

mentalflossr:

The Origins of 20 Mall Staples
Abercrombie & Fitch was founded in 1892 as Abercrombie Co., an outdoor and sporting equipment shop, in Manhattan by topographer David T. Abercrombie. In 1904, Abercrombie partnered with one of his regular customers, Ezra H. Finch, a lawyer, and renamed the company Abercrombie & Fitch. The unlikely business partners marketed their equipment to the sporting elite and outfitted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. The retailer’s flagship store closed in 1977 and the company name and mailing list were purchased by Oshman’s Sporting Goods. Ten years later, Oshman’s sold A&F to The Limited, Inc., which changed the focus of the brand from sporting equipment to apparel.

mentalflossr:

The Origins of 20 Mall Staples

Abercrombie & Fitch was founded in 1892 as Abercrombie Co., an outdoor and sporting equipment shop, in Manhattan by topographer David T. Abercrombie. In 1904, Abercrombie partnered with one of his regular customers, Ezra H. Finch, a lawyer, and renamed the company Abercrombie & Fitch. The unlikely business partners marketed their equipment to the sporting elite and outfitted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. The retailer’s flagship store closed in 1977 and the company name and mailing list were purchased by Oshman’s Sporting Goods. Ten years later, Oshman’s sold A&F to The Limited, Inc., which changed the focus of the brand from sporting equipment to apparel.

Thinking about how I’m almost a lawyer but then…

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laughingsquid:

Snow White And the Seven Trolls, A Sad Commentary About How Women In the Public Eye Are Treated

Obscenity: (1) whether an average person would find the work, taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest, (2) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct, (3) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

stand-up-comic-gifs:

I realized recently my judgement gets messed up more by food and juice than it does by drugs or alcohol. (x)

(via newsweek)

Have you read for class?

newsweek:

Kerry Washington is eight months (almost nine) pregnant, and it shows. While it’s not a problem in real life, her pregnancy could be a distraction on her show Scandal where she’s one half of the steamiest couple on television. 

And the show has gone to great and sometimes comical lengths to hide it. Washington’s baby bump isn’t the first or last time a show has tried to mask or hide a pregnancy. 

There’s a giant bag here, or a strategic pillow there, or a plethora shots from the chest up. Sex and the City, Parks and Recreation, Homeland and How I Met Your Mother have all done it. 

But as it’s done in so many areas, Scandal has turned hiding a baby bump into an over-the-top art. We looked at the episodes since Scandal came back from hiatus and catalogued some of the more clever, obvious, and comical ways they’ve tried to hide Washington’s pregnancy. 

Everything ‘Scandal’ Has Used to Hide Kerry Washington’s Baby Bump: a GIF Analysis - The Wire

newsweek:

Kerry Washington is eight months (almost nine) pregnant, and it shows. While it’s not a problem in real life, her pregnancy could be a distraction on her show Scandal where she’s one half of the steamiest couple on television.

And the show has gone to great and sometimes comical lengths to hide it. Washington’s baby bump isn’t the first or last time a show has tried to mask or hide a pregnancy.

There’s a giant bag here, or a strategic pillow there, or a plethora shots from the chest up. Sex and the City, Parks and Recreation, Homeland and How I Met Your Mother have all done it.

But as it’s done in so many areas, Scandal has turned hiding a baby bump into an over-the-top art. We looked at the episodes since Scandal came back from hiatus and catalogued some of the more clever, obvious, and comical ways they’ve tried to hide Washington’s pregnancy.

Everything ‘Scandal’ Has Used to Hide Kerry Washington’s Baby Bump: a GIF Analysis - The Wire

newsweek:

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Sea Otter Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sometimes you just need a dose of cute in your life.

newsweek:

LIVESTREAM:

Sea Otter Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sometimes you just need a dose of cute in your life.