Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2009/12 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Melania Trump Just Faved This Tweet About How Much She Hates Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2017/05/melania-trump-just-faved-tweet-about-how-much-she-hates-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hello. Good evening.</p> <p>Retweets are not endorsements. Neither are faves. Having said that, someone on Melania&nbsp;Trump's social team just did a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC3thojIrFc" target="_blank">whoopsie daisy</a>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/master-image.jpg"></div> <p>Alex Litel <a href="https://twitter.com/alexlitel/status/859585251789553664" target="_blank">spotted</a> that @melaniatrump, a verified account, faved this tweet:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Seems the only <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wall?src=hash">#Wall</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a>'s built is the one between him and <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS">@FLOTUS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Melania?src=hash">#Melania</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/trump?src=hash">#trump</a> <a href="https://t.co/XiNd2jiLUF">pic.twitter.com/XiNd2jiLUF</a></p> &mdash; Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyOstroy/status/859577178266226688">May 3, 2017</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>Maybe she was reading it and faved it. Maybe she was reading it and faved it <em>accidentally. </em>Maybe someone with access to her account was reading it and faved it accidentally. This last option seems far and away the most likely.</p> <p>Social media managers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2017/03/please-look-mcdonalds-twitter-persons-medical-bracelet" target="_blank">make mistakes</a> and they should not be fired for them and this is a truth I have <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/way-we-live-now" target="_blank">written many times</a>. The internet has an unquenchable thirst for outrage but that thirst often ends up taking us to crazy places. A few years ago a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/04/emoji-houston-rockets-fire-social-media" target="_blank">H</a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/04/emoji-houston-rockets-fire-social-media" target="_blank">ous</a>ton Rockets social person was fired for <em>emoji violence</em>.</p> <p>Anyway, someone in the Trump organization (or the general Trump universe, or a random person on&nbsp;the street who found Melania Trump's lost phone &mdash;or the phone of someone with access to her account)&nbsp;apparently thought this was funny, which is pretty funny to people not in the Trump organization.</p> <p>So, hahahahahah.</p> <p>Have a great night.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 03 May 2017 02:56:29 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 331856 at http://www.motherjones.com This New York Daily News Cover About Trump Is Amazing http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2017/03/austin-powers-hasnt-aged-well-as-a-film-series-though-i-think <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York Daily News has often hit Trump hard on their front page.</p> <p>A sample:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey, <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> -- here's our Wednesday front page. <a href="http://t.co/m7V8GbV4r7">http://t.co/m7V8GbV4r7</a> <a href="http://t.co/MMJWECKq02">pic.twitter.com/MMJWECKq02</a></p> &mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/610993371688124416">June 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Today's <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews">@NYDailyNews</a> cover accompanied by an emotional guest column about <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ue4IXx97gr">https://t.co/Ue4IXx97gr</a> <a href="https://t.co/X9xLdSlaYG">pic.twitter.com/X9xLdSlaYG</a></p> &mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/674549525713920000">December 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Tomorrow's front page<br> THIS ISN'T A JOKE ANYMORE: The News says, Trump must end his campaign <a href="https://t.co/VY8DhnLwnu">https://t.co/VY8DhnLwnu</a> <a href="https://t.co/1OE48UUhGQ">pic.twitter.com/1OE48UUhGQ</a></p> &mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/763179733785927680">August 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA">@SarahPalinUSA</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@RealDonaldTrump</a> will make America great again. <a href="https://t.co/GMVX6Yvyh5">https://t.co/GMVX6Yvyh5</a> <a href="https://t.co/oLZxMBUC2W">pic.twitter.com/oLZxMBUC2W</a></p> &mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/689776842920845312">January 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Which brings us to <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-daily-news-front-pages-gallery-1.2943303?pmSlide=1.3005157" target="_blank">today's funny one:</a></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Tomorrow's front:<br><br> DR. EVIL <a href="https://t.co/BUDtHG1Uq8">https://t.co/BUDtHG1Uq8</a><br> -Trump plots to buy votes for health care plan<br> -2 beeel-yun dollar scheme screws NYC <a href="https://t.co/6M5guH76dy">pic.twitter.com/6M5guH76dy</a></p> &mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/844362581196357637">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:26:25 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 328517 at http://www.motherjones.com SNL Just Hit Trump Again http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2017/03/ucla-is-going-to-reach-the-final-four-by-sharing-this-post-you-agree <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"Daddy, what did you do during the war?"</p> <p>"Satire, child. Satire"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Let's try that one more time... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SNL?src=hash">#SNL</a> <a href="https://t.co/EO9qc8mdWZ">pic.twitter.com/EO9qc8mdWZ</a></p> &mdash; Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) <a href="https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/840785949160308739">March 12, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Introducing the newest fragrance from Ivanka Trump. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SNL?src=hash">#SNL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Complicit?src=hash">#Complicit</a> <a href="https://t.co/iOvia8csHk">pic.twitter.com/iOvia8csHk</a></p> &mdash; Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) <a href="https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/840793759566704641">March 12, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:12:15 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 327686 at http://www.motherjones.com Melissa McCarthy Just Played Sean Spicer on SNL and It Was Simply Glorious http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2017/02/melissa-mccarthy-just-played-sean-spicer-snl-and-it-was-simply-glorious <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This was amazing.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UWuc18xISwI" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:33:55 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 324956 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Is Going To Hate This Saturday Night Live Skit So Much http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2017/02/donald-trump-going-hate-saturday-night-live-skit-so-much <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Trump apparently <a href="https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/825887146988838912" target="_blank">hates the idea</a> that any of his advisors are "running him." If that's true, tonight's SNL is going to drive him bonkers.</p> <p>Watch:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pZOF9q5fzfs" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sun, 05 Feb 2017 04:58:49 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 324951 at http://www.motherjones.com Aziz Ansari Just Hit Donald Trump Hard In An Epic Saturday Night Live Monologue http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2017/01/aziz-ansari-just-hit-donald-trump-hard-epic-saturday-night-live-monologue <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><iframe width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Whde50AacZs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></body></html> Mixed Media Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:02:30 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 323736 at http://www.motherjones.com Carrie Fisher Described Donald Trump Perfectly http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/12/carrie-fisher-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Carrie Fisher, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/12/star-wars-actress-carrie-fisher-dies-after-heart-attack" target="_blank">who died today at 60</a>, was famously open about <a href="https://gma.yahoo.com/carrie-fisher-mental-health-advocate-inspired-her-own-235204515--abc-news-topstories.html" target="_blank">her own mental illness</a> and relished in calling out crazy wherever she saw it.</p> <p>Here are her best tweets about Donald Trump.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So you have to<br> be attractive to be groped uninvited by Trump. Finally! A reason to want to be ugly!</p> &mdash; Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieffisher/status/787360616516317184">October 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset='&acirc;&#128;&#156;utf-8"'></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Trump speaking his mind isn't refreshing, it's appalling. Coca Cola is refreshing...</p> &mdash; Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieffisher/status/795219541240389636">November 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset='&acirc;&#128;&#156;utf-8"'></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Trump has asked4 a drug test. I'll give him 1. What color is cocaine?", Whats the word, "Tina" slang 4?How high do u have 2 B 2 vote4 Trump?</p> &mdash; Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieffisher/status/787365141692153856">October 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset='&acirc;&#128;&#156;utf-8"'></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I thought Trump couldn't b on cocaine because he's overweight, but a friend suggested he might ordinarily weigh much more....</p> &mdash; Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieffisher/status/789389083357302784">October 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset='&acirc;&#128;&#156;utf-8"'></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Trump's advice in 2007 book: 'Accept blame' for 'painful defeats' - CNN <a href="https://t.co/qQdLFF3eno">https://t.co/qQdLFF3eno</a></p> &mdash; Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieffisher/status/789217744336064513">October 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Donald trump is a classless thug Trying 2 scare us in2 voting 4 him-an entitled, elitist, racist misogynist-dangerous, unkind &amp; w/o empathy <a href="https://t.co/CaWPgjd03J">pic.twitter.com/CaWPgjd03J</a></p> &mdash; Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieffisher/status/785294468203352070">October 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Rest in peace, Carrie.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 28 Dec 2016 02:00:02 +0000 Harry Dreyfuss 322221 at http://www.motherjones.com RIP George Michael http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/12/rip-george-michael <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38432862" target="_blank">Damnit.</a></p> <blockquote> <p>The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have "passed away peacefully at home".</p> <p>Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.</p> <p>Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.</p> </blockquote> <p>Rest in peace.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/E8gmARGvPlI" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:34:27 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 322131 at http://www.motherjones.com Saturday Night Live Just Did A Cold Open That Will Make You Sob http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/11/saturday-night-live-hillary-clinton-hallelujah-snl-election <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BG-_ZDrypec" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sun, 13 Nov 2016 04:48:41 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 319151 at http://www.motherjones.com Seth Meyers Has a Message for Undecided Voters http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/11/like-seriously-who-are-these-people-who-are-still-undecided <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is good.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">From tonight&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACloserLook?src=hash">#ACloserLook</a>: How could anyone choose between Trump and Clinton? <a href="https://t.co/lUc6pVY3D5">pic.twitter.com/lUc6pVY3D5</a></p> &mdash; Late Night (@LateNightSeth) <a href="https://twitter.com/LateNightSeth/status/793982502008397825">November 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>I think Seth Meyers actually doesn't get enough credit as a late-night host. I'm not a huge fan of any of these shows, but Meyers is pretty funny.</p> <p>This segment was also pretty good.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Seth takes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACloserLook?src=hash">#ACloserLook</a> at what the tightening polls really mean. <a href="https://t.co/24EL6S1fMS">pic.twitter.com/24EL6S1fMS</a></p> &mdash; Late Night (@LateNightSeth) <a href="https://twitter.com/LateNightSeth/status/794212757214109696">November 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:51:52 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 318141 at http://www.motherjones.com Gene Wilder Has Died http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/08/gene-wilder-has-died <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is really sad.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: Gene Wilder, star of &lsquo;Willy Wonka&rsquo; and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at 83, his family says.</p> &mdash; AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) <a href="https://twitter.com/APEntertainment/status/770340136311779332">August 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Gene Wilder always reminded me of the opening line of the Rafael Sabatini novel <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaramouche_(novel)" target="_blank"><em>Scaramoush</em>:</a> "He was born with a gift for laughter and a sense that the world was mad." No one captured that madness better than he.</p> <p>RIP.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r2pt2-F2j2g" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:38:16 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 312741 at http://www.motherjones.com Carly Fiorina Just Burst Into Song and It Was the Weirdest Thing I've Ever Seen http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/carly-fiorina-just-burst-song-and-it-was-weirdest-thing-ive-ever-seen <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">There we were, as a nation, watching <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate" target="_blank">Sen. Ted Cruz attempt to gin up some momentum by announcing Carly </a></span><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate" target="_blank">Fiorina</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate" target="_blank"> as his vice presidential&nbsp;running mate</a>, Wednesday afternoon. I was a bit bored. Then this happened, and oh, how I screamed with my mouth and with my keyboard:</span></p> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202016-04-27%20at%201.52.22%20PM.png" style="height: 277px; width: 630px;"></p> <p>Here is the full video for your enjoyment&mdash;and for any future horror show reel you want to produce:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlyFiorina">@CarlyFiorina</a> bursts into song after <a href="https://twitter.com/tedcruz">@tedcruz</a> names her his running mate <a href="https://t.co/2RAbmQaqkV">https://t.co/2RAbmQaqkV</a> <a href="https://t.co/xRcCJ51mvN">https://t.co/xRcCJ51mvN</a></p> &mdash; MSNBC (@MSNBC) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/725427419360813056">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>We tried to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/ted-cruz-should-probably-have-read-these-stories-about-carly-fiorina-appointing-her" target="_blank">warn him</a>.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is what I felt and thought when <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlyFiorina">@CarlyFiorina</a> was singing. The horror show trailer version: <a href="https://t.co/Ex4iP3xD5U">pic.twitter.com/Ex4iP3xD5U</a></p> &mdash; James West (@jameswest2010) <a href="https://twitter.com/jameswest2010/status/725437398436425728">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:06:00 +0000 James West 302846 at http://www.motherjones.com This Powerful Video Shows Just How Violent Online Harassment Is for Women in Sports http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/more-than-mean-women-sports-online-harassment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9tU-D-m2JY8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Part of the unstated job description for a woman in sports seems to involve<strong> </strong>dealing with serious forms of online abuse&mdash;harassment that often extends well beyond the innocuous jab and into violent, misogynistic threats. It's a <a href="http://www.si.com/more-sports/2015/08/16/female-sports-reporters-sexual-harassment-norwood-teague-rio-olympics-ryan-seacrest" target="_blank">well-documented</a> problem, but that doesn't matter. It's a near daily reality for far too many women working in sports.</p> <p>A new video featuring Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, two well-known professional sports reporters, brings the issue to the forefront. They gathered some of the tweets they had received on the job and asked a few men to read them back. Here are a selection of those messages:</p> <blockquote> <p>"One of the players should beat you to death with their hockey stick, like the whore you are."</p> <p>"This is why we don't hire any females unless we need our cocks sucked or our food cooked."</p> <p>"Sarah Spain is a self-important, know-it-all cunt."</p> <p>"Hopefully this skank Julie DiCaro is Bill Cosby's next victim. That would be classic."</p> </blockquote> <p>The men in the video appear visibly struggling to recite the disturbing language other men have directed at Spain and DiCaro. "I don't think I can even say that," one man says. "I'm having trouble looking at you when I'm saying these things," another says.</p> <p>The video ends with several of the men apologizing for having anything to do with bringing back the tweets. They are clearly taken aback with the material they've just read. As for Spain and DiCaro, they sit nearly silent; their familiarity with the experience didn't make it any easier to handle.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:16:50 +0000 Inae Oh 302716 at http://www.motherjones.com Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps a Powerful Plea to Save Puerto Rico From Its Debt Crisis http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/lin-manuel-miranda-puerto-rico-john-oliver-hbo <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tt-mpuR_QHQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Sunday, John Oliver focused his attention on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/10/finally-some-movement-puerto-rico-debt-relief" target="_blank">Puerto Rico's paralyzing debt crisis </a>and the fast-approaching May 1 deadline looming over the island to repay $72 billion&mdash;an amount the island's governor announced last June could not be repaid and was therefore crippling Puerto Rico's economy. The ongoing crisis has affected many of Puerto Rico's 3.5 million people and shut down schools across the island, while members of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/marco-rubio-weighs-puerto-rico-gop-primary-florida" target="_blank">Wall Street</a> have profited along the way.</p> <p>In recent months, a growing number of politicians, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have called on the US government to provide economic relief and the opportunity for Puerto Rico to restructure its debt. One of the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/opinion/lin-manuel-miranda-give-puerto-rico-its-chance-to-thrive.html?_r=1" target="_blank">most outspoken defenders of Puerto Rico</a> has been Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway musical "Hamilton." On Sunday, the newly-minted Pulitzer Prize winner appeared on <em>Last Week Tonight</em> to continue his plea for help, this time with a new rap song in hopes that members of Congress will rescue the island. It's a brilliant performance, so be sure to watch above.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Economy International Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:29:39 +0000 Inae Oh 302626 at http://www.motherjones.com Summer Flake's Electric Folk Casts a Powerful Spell http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-hello-friends-summer-flake <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KqdMEHO2fPU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Summer Flake<br><em>Hello Friends</em><br> Rice Is Nice Records</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/summerflake_albumart_INLINE.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Courtesy of Grandstand Media/Rice Is Nice Records</strong></div> </div> <p><br> Australia's Stephanie Craise, who records as Summer Flake, makes electric folk music that's both mammoth and intimate. Her sweet-and-sour combination of frayed guitars and dreamy, overdubbed voices has a bracing sizzle, with sentimental melodies tugging at the heartstrings to amplify the drama. If <em>Hello Friends</em> feels like eavesdropping on someone's aching reveries, it never achieves the creepy oversharing quality sometimes heard in confessional pop, thanks to Craise's vibrant sense of songcraft. Check out "So Long" and "Make Your Way Back to Me," both five-minute-plus epics that benefit from their extended running time by allowing her to slowly cast a powerful spell. Following last year's tantalizing, albeit tentative, <em>Time Rolls By </em>EP, this arresting album marks an exciting leap forward. Bravo!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 302591 at http://www.motherjones.com Prince Performed "Purple Rain" Unplugged at One of His Final Shows Last Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/prince-purple-rain-atlanta-final-shows <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Today, the world mourns the death of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/04/breaking-pop-megastar-prince-has-died-age-57" target="_blank">legendary musician Prince,</a> the&nbsp;prolific artist who produced countless hits such as "When Doves Cry" and "1999."</p> <p>Just a week before his death was reported on Thursday, the pop star played <a href="http://music.blog.ajc.com/2016/04/14/concert-review-prince-enchants-at-intimate-fox-theatre-show/" target="_blank">two sold-out shows in Atlanta, </a>where he performed one of his most celebrated songs, "Purple Rain." The concert enforced Prince's long-standing ban on cameras, but one concertgoer managed to record a quick clip:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">We weren't supposed to use phones at Prince in ATL last week, but I couldn't resist. Last performance of Purple Rain <a href="https://t.co/6FjkJTksJO">pic.twitter.com/6FjkJTksJO</a></p> &mdash; Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReuseRecruiting/status/723195141641646080">April 21, 2016</a></blockquote> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Music Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:34:22 +0000 Inae Oh 302446 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Shames Congress for America's Lead Contamination Crisis http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/john-oliver-lead-contamination <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GUizvEjR-0U" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Over the past year, American lawmakers have expressed outrage over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan&mdash;a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/12/flint-lead-water-state-emergency" target="_blank">"man-made disaster" </a>that poisoned thousands of children living in the city, while state officials knew that the city's tap water was in fact unsafe to drink.</p> <p>But as John Oliver noted on the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUizvEjR-0U" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em>,</a> lead contamination extends far beyond Flint. According to a <em>USA Today</em> study cited on Sunday, nearly 2,000 water systems across the United States have been detected for excessive lead levels. The problem gets even worse when children ingest lead paint dust, which is present in 2.1 million homes across the country where children under the age of six live.</p> <p>"There is no safe level of lead," Oliver said. "It's one of those things that are so dangerous, you shouldn't even let a little bit inside of you&mdash;much like heroin or Jeremy Piven. Even low-level exposure can lead to irreversible damage like lower IQ's, anti-social behavior, and reduced attention span."</p> <p>Despite the outrage, Congress continues to deny the crucial funding needed to start removing lead from American homes.</p> <p>"That's what makes it so frustrating that last year all of those men voted for a bill that would have reduced the already low funding for hot lead abatement programs by $35 million, amounting to a 32 percent cut," Oliver said. "And the truth is, if you cut funding like that, a whole lot more children might get poisoned."</p> <p>While the cuts never passed, funding to correct the issue has remained flat and continues to put children at risk for lead exposure across the country.</p> <p>For more on Flint, check out <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/mother-exposed-flint-lead-contamination-water-crisis" target="_blank"><em>Mother Jones</em>' investigation into the crisis here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:42:55 +0000 Inae Oh 302041 at http://www.motherjones.com The Playful Grace of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-dois-amigos-caetano-veloso-and-gilberto-gil <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9pcGm1Htye0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Caetano Veloso &amp; Gilberto Gil<br><em>Dois Amigos, Um Seculo de Musica: Multishow Live</em><br> Nonesuch</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/caetano_gil_INLINE.jpg"><div class="caption">Nonesuch Records</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The great Brazilian singer-songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil go back a half-century together. Spearheading the Tropicalia movement, which blended traditional and modern pop music, they ran afoul of the country's authoritarian government in the '60s, leading to brief imprisonment and then exile, though both eventually came home to continue their brilliant careers. But you don't have to know ancient history (or Portuguese) to appreciate this wonderful live album, drawn from their joint 2015 tour. Performing together and separately, with just their acoustic guitars for support, Veloso and Gil epitomize playful grace and warm camaraderie on these entrancing, deftly melodic songs. Both have aged well and blend beautifully: Caetano possesses the sweeter, smoother voice, while Gilberto is a deeper, slightly raspier singer. <em>Dois Amigos</em> is a lovely introduction to&mdash;or triumphant reminder of&mdash;two remarkable artists.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Jon Young 301586 at http://www.motherjones.com Harvard’s All-Male Club Says it Can’t Let in Women Because They’d Be Sexually Assaulted http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/harvard-porcellian-club-male-only-sexual-assault <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The elite gentlemen of the Porcellian Club, Harvard's centuries-old social club that boasts the likes of <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/08/are-harvards-final-clubs-on-the-wrong-side-of-history/375699/" target="_blank">Teddy Roosevelt and the Winklevoss</a> twins among its alumni, emerged from years of silence on Tuesday to reject the university's calls for clubs to join the 21st century and include women into its exclusive ranks.</p> <p>"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time an officer of the PC has granted an on-the-record statement to a newspaper since our founding in 1791," Charles Storey, a graduate from the class of '82 and the club's graduate board president, wrote to Harvard's student newspaper the <a href="http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/4/13/porcellian-club-criticizes-college/" target="_blank"><em>Crimson</em></a>. "This reflects both the PC's abiding interest in privacy and the importance of the situation."</p> <p>Storey goes on to argue that by forcing clubs to invite female members, the change would "potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct"&mdash;essentially making the case that instead of broadening women's access to the benefits of these social clubs, the university's efforts could actually jeopardize a woman's safety.</p> <p>"Given our policies, we are mystified as to why the current administration feels that forcing our club to accept female members would reduce the incidence of sexual assault on campus," Storey continued.</p> <p>Storey isn't alone in his staunch resolve to remain stuck on the wrong side of history. Another Porcellian Club member, who wished to remain anonymous, told the <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/13/secretive-harvard-club-breaks-225-years-of-silence-to-say-that-admitting-women-could-increase-sexual-misconduct/" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em> that the university's efforts would disrupt the club's intention to develop "deep male friendships."</p> <p>"We don't want to be involved in anyone else's business, we just want to be left alone to carry on our 225-year traditions in peace," he noted.</p> <p>Last year, a similar conflict erupted when <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2015/09/12/harvards-hasty-pudding-still-bars-female-performers-meet-the-women-trying-to-change-that" target="_blank">women fought to perform</a> in Harvard's Hasty Pudding theatrical group, which has been all-male since its founding in 1795. Despite their attempts, none of the 17 women who auditioned were accepted into the troupe.</p> <p>"I want to say that it's unsettling that there will be no women on stage tonight,&rsquo;&rsquo; Amy Poehler said when accepting the group's "Woman of the Year" award last January. "You know it's time for a change when the Augusta National Golf Club has lapped you in terms of being progressive."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Education Sex and Gender Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:38:37 +0000 Inae Oh 301781 at http://www.motherjones.com Samantha Bee Demonstrates How Frighteningly Easy It Is to Purchase a Gun http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/samantha-bee-guns-nra <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/usgOsNhkKVE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usgOsNhkKVE" target="_blank"><em>Full Frontal</em></a>, Samantha Bee took us on her quest to rent the costume of the National Rifle Association's esteemed gun safety mascot, Eddie Eagle. But doing so proved to be a surprisingly onerous process&mdash;one that required filling out an 18-page application and dealing with the group's mandatory 20-day waiting period before anyone can get their hands on Eddie's gear.</p> <p>Compare that with the relatively simple task of acquiring a gun, whether online, at your run-of-the-mill gun shop, or at a gun show in New Mexico:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Are you a felon?" one gun own seller in New Mexico asked a <em>Full Frontal</em> producer.</p> <p>"No," she replied.</p> <p>"Okay."</p> </blockquote> <p>Another gun secured! As the episode went on, Bee and her team were able to add to their arsenal with frightening ease, all while being repeatedly denied an elusive Eddie Eagle costume.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:16:58 +0000 Inae Oh 301701 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Takes on the Error-Plagued World of Credit Reporting http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/john-oliver-credit-reports <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aRrDsbUdY_k" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>John Oliver took on the dicey world of credit reporting, or as the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRrDsbUdY_k" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em> </a>host described it on Sunday, the "basis for the single most important three-digit number in your whole life other than 311&mdash;the Beatles of rap rock."</p> <p>Businesses use credit reports to determine whether to lend credit to someone. But as Oliver explained, nearly a quarter of every credit report contains inaccurate information, including critical errors that can block a person from getting hired at a job and even renting an apartment.</p> <p>It's an error-ridden process by which many important life events are effectively destroyed. Watch above to see how Oliver tries to get credit reporting companies to understand the gravity of these routine mistakes.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Economy Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:29:50 +0000 Inae Oh 301626 at http://www.motherjones.com Upbeat and High Lonesome With Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-little-windows-teddy-thompson-and-kelly-jones <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GnwUaEe6fxg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Teddy Thompson &amp; Kelly Jones<br><em>Little Windows</em><br> Cooking Vinyl</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/teddythompsonkellyjones_INLINE_0.jpg"><div class="caption">Missing Piece Group</div> </div> <p>George and Tammy&hellip;Porter and Dolly&hellip;Teddy and Kelly? Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda) and Kelly Jones have a ways to go before they're recognized as the next great male-female duo, but this winning twosome is off to a fine start with <em>Little Windows</em>. Blending their plaintive voices in seamless, high-lonesome harmonies that would do the Everly Brothers proud, they explore love's many complications in memorable country-pop tunes both jaunty ("Wondering") and mournful ("I Thought That We Said Goodbye"). Long on atmosphere and short on pandering nostalgia, despite an old-school vibe, songs like the dreamy 3:00 a.m. ballad "Don't Remind Me" would inspire goosebumps in any era. Here's to a long partnership!<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 301581 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch The Daily Show's Jessica Williams Tear Down Fearmongering Bathroom Bills http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/daily-show-transgender-bathroom-bills-jessica-williams <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PIvCh3EQv1Q" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Wednesday night, <em>The Daily Show</em>'s Jessica Williams confronted the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina-lgbt-bathrooms-hb2-enforcement" target="_blank">growing panic in state legislatures</a> over transgender people and where they can go to the bathroom. North Carolina continues to face a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/us/gay-rights-mississippi-north-carolina.html?_r=0" target="_blank">massive backlash from the business community</a> for the bathroom law it enacted in March that, among other things, requires people to pee in the location that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificates. Police departments in North Carolina say <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina-lgbt-bathrooms-hb2-enforcement" target="_blank">they're puzzled by the law</a>, which critics say will be all but impossible to enforce. On Wednesday, a state senator in South Carolina <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/s-c-bill-would-bar-requiring-transgender-choice-bathrooms-n552156" target="_blank">introduced</a> another so-called bathroom bill, while the Tennessee House <a href="http://wreg.com/2016/04/07/transgender-restroom-bill-revived-by-tennessee-house-panel/" target="_blank">revived one of its own.</a></p> <p>Williams interviewed several transgender people for her sketch, including a black trans woman who was arrested last year in Iowa&mdash;where she had traveled to attend a funeral&mdash;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/10/transgender-woman-jailed-iowa-drury-inn" target="_blank">because she didn't have a copy of her prescription for her hormone pills</a>. (She spent eight days in jail and missed the funeral, and the charges were later dropped.) "Because of discrimination and profiling, at least 47 percent of black trans people will have at some point in their lives been incarcerated," Williams explained. "You'd think there'd be laws to correct this. But instead, this year alone, state legislatures have introduced 175 anti-trans bills."</p> <p>Proponents of bathroom bills say they're necessary to prevent trans women from acting as sexual predators on girls in bathrooms. But experts say these fears <a href="http://mic.com/articles/114066/statistics-show-exactly-how-many-times-trans-people-have-attacked-you-in-bathrooms#.iKHQpCzoT" target="_blank">aren't based on reality</a>. "If anything, trans people are the ones getting assaulted," one trans man told Williams. Watch the <em>Daily Show</em> clip above for more, and check out our coverage of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/transgender-women-disproportionately-targeted-violent-hate-crimes" target="_blank">anti-trans violence</a> here.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Gay Rights Sex and Gender Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:24:21 +0000 Samantha Michaels 301431 at http://www.motherjones.com Woman Publicly Shames Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Starbucks for Anti-Abortion Bill and Medicaid Cut http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/rick-scott-florida-starbucks-publicly-shamed <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mXYzgTLoQjY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott was served quite the verbal beatdown on Tuesday after a woman publicly shamed the Republican governor for a laundry list of GOP-supported issues&mdash;and it all <a href="http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/video-woman-confronts-rick-scott-in-starbucks" target="_blank">unfolded on camera at a local Gainesville Starbucks. </a></p> <p>"You cut Medicaid so I couldn't get Obamacare," Cara Jennings told the visibly shaken governor as he waited to pay for his coffee. "You're an asshole. You don't care about the working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here."</p> <p>When Scott attempted to placate Jennings with the defense that his governorship created a million jobs, Jennings refused to back down and continued with her stunning reproach.</p> <p>"A million jobs?" Jennings responded. "Who here has a great job or is looking forward to finishing school? Do you really feel like you have a job coming up?"</p> <p>"You strip women of access to public health care. Shame on you, Rick Scott!"</p> <p>Afterwards, Jennings told a local news station that several people thanked her for taking a stand against the governor. The incident, however, proved too much for Scott, who slunk out of the Starbucks empty-handed.</p></body></html> Mixed Media The Right Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:38:29 +0000 Inae Oh 301291 at http://www.motherjones.com Alt-Country's Robbie Fulks Sings of Quiet Desperation http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-upland-stories-robbie-fulks <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/236846145&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Robbie Fulks<br><em>Upland Stories</em><br> Bloodshot</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/robbiefulks_inline.jpg"><div class="caption">Courtesy of Bloodshot Records</div> </div> <p><br> During his stellar two-decade-plus career, alt-country mainstay Robbie Fulks has played everything from a smartass provocateur who once serenaded Nashville in the snarky ditty "Fuck This Town" to a reverent curator who celebrated the old masters with the covers album <em>13 Hillbilly Giants</em>. On the sobering and typically excellent <em>Upland Stories</em> he plays it straight, telling austere tales of quiet desperation and glimmering hope like "Never Come Home" and "America Is a Hard Religion," which draw inspiration from such literary lights as James Agee and Flannery O'Connor. (No need to worry about Profound Artist Syndrome, however; he couldn't strike a pretentious note if his life depended on it.) Fulks' spare acoustic guitar, enhanced by understated fiddle, steel guitar and the like, provide the perfect backdrop for his tender twang of a voice, allowing these thoughtful songs to be experienced in all their empathetic, insightful brilliance.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:00:19 +0000 Jon Young 300971 at http://www.motherjones.com