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Lionel Richie’s Bai-Out

July 22nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The blogosphere has been rather unforgiving regarding rumors that sparked after Bai Ling and Lionel Richie apparently shared some laughter and conversation over dinner at the Santa Monica Viceroy last Thursday.

“Oddest. Couple. EVER!”

“Lionel Richie and Bai Ling? Seriously?”

“Lionel is 60 years old and has been divorced twice – his second marriage ended in 2004, when he and Diane Alexander split after nearly nine years of marriage. Bai Ling is 42 years old, and totally strange.”

If the rumors of a budding romance are true, I actually think they might fit quite nicely together. Underneath it all, she could be an incredibly pensive soul, as reflected by her prose. And a poetic soul, he certainly is. I mean, HELLO:

Could be magical! Even though he can’t rock an accent (at least, not temporarily) and she certainly does with “finesse,” if these two crazy kids can find love in the worst of towns, who the heck are we to stop them?

[via Dlisted]

Thanks, jRu!

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Kenji Shinagawa

May 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We have You Is Awesome to thank for introducing us to the gorgeous, gauzy tunes of Kenji Shinagawa (we’ve been digging through their archives like kids stealing into their big bro’s LP collection lately. Mint condition copy of Rio, anyone?). Shinagawa is a songwriter, as well as a guitar and loops man–one of those heavenly fellows with both a poetic soul and ticklish spirit. You’ll find his songs to be extremely evocative, yet distant and relaxing as a long afternoon on the sand.

Listen and look here. Buy here.

[YIA: Kenji Shinagawa, You Is Awesome!]
[Kenji Shinagawa - Official Site]

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April 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Woeser

Age: 42

Occupation: Poet, Essayist, Blogger

Known for: quietly fighting the good fight. Woeser, who was profiled last weekend in the New York Times, is the daughter of a Tibetan mother and half-Han Chinese army general (schooled in Mandarin, she is one of the few Tibetan writers to speak in Chinese).

The Chinese government condemns her books, four of Woeser’s blogs have been blocked or hacked by authorities, and her family and friends have experienced detainment and questioning for disseminating her information–yet still she continues to blog. Her site, “Invisible Tibet,” has become a reliable source of Tibetan news for those who can scale The Great Firewall, and she recently published the book “Forbidden Memory” in Taiwan, which shares her father’s photos of the Cultural Revolution.

Despite the level of danger she faces on a daily basis, Woeser keeps on speaking, hoping enough people will eventually hear.

[NYT: A Tibetan Blogger, Always Under Close Watch, Struggles for Visibility]
[Invisible Tibet]

Thanks, Dave!

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Who Is "The F*ck God"?

July 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

I have to admit, poetry has always confused the hell out of me. Once I ventured outside of the AB AB rhyme scheme, I was pretty much effed. From a very young age, I kept diaries, I wrote stories, and I had imaginary pen pals (one of whom was named after the regional burger chain Whataburger), but I never fancied myself a poet. Even when I attended a graduate writing program, I avoided poetry. Poets, too, because they’re a whole different breed from fiction writers–infinitely cooler, yes, but irritatingly difficult to hold a conversation with. I attribute that to their constant need to distill everything down to its essence.

I’ve never been much of a reader of poetry, either. I usually get stuck on one image–T.S. Eliot’s rolled trousers, William Carlos Williams’ plum. I experienced that same confusion when I read the following poem, penned by Tila Tequila after she got dissed at the pink-and-blue disco-altar during the Shot at Love 2 finale:

Thunderfuck my mouth is shut. Been a while, feel like a cunt.
Can’t wait for this drama to pass.
Oh the joy…..fuck you. My ass.
Live a lie.
Tell my mind.
Over soon. I can’t deny.
You will all soon see, the truth in my eyes.

Smile on my face, the loving embrace….but instead I’ll punch you in the face.
For a long time coming….I let you touch me….now that it’s over bitch….You better start running.
Pent up inside….telling these lies….this has gone too far…..the world will soon die.

Only 1 more day. To feel this way. Tomorrow I smile….brings another day!

Back to myself. Nobody else. Fuck all this bullshit. I’m back to myself. Yes. Thank the fuck God.

Sure, she was going through unimaginable pain. Yes, she had been dumped AGAIN. And on TV, no less. But, reading her poem (the only entry tagged “Tila Tequila poetry” on her website), I was drawn to one thing, and one thing only.


I allowed myself to imagine that, if I could only figure out who “The Fuck God” was, the universe would fling open its sacred doors for me. All kinds of mysteries would be revealed. I would get rich! I would get famous! I would have mind-altering sex every day, possibly several times a day! I would finally understand phenomena that have confounded me for years, like the popularity of red shoes and Red Bull! The Grateful Dead and Coldplay! Dancing with the Stars and The Hills! Shorts-with-heels and short pants! Oprah and Rachael Ray! Why hot dogs are always so damned delicious!

This, I believed, was going to be bigger than The Secret.

After scouring the internet for answers, I think I found Him.



I don’t feel more enlightened.


Well, like I said, poetry confuses the hell out of me.

Thanks, Adriel and DJ Phatrick!

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BABEWATCH: Fatima Bhutto

April 1st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Fatima Bhutto

Occupation: Writer and poet

Hails from: Pakistan

Why She’s a Babe: Because the 25 year-old, Columbia University grad was born into one of Pakistan’s most powerful and conflicted political dynasties (father Murtaza and aunt Benazir–the former Prime Minister–were both assassinated) but has managed to make her own way in the world as a journalist and author of two books. And while Bhutto wants to stay out of politics for now, she remains outspoken about her country, saying in a recent interview, “It has to stop being this autocratic, dynastic environment… When that day comes and this happens…if there’s a way for me to serve this country, then I would be proud to.”


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