Jo Piazza’s new book, If Nuns Ruled the World, tells the story of ten remarkable women — from marathon runners to anti-nuclear activists — who have defied all stereotypes of the Catholic nun. These women are smart, funny, determined, and they have often risked the anger of the Vatican in…
Stephan Eirik Clark's debut novel, Sweetness #9, is about a flavor chemist who develops an artificial sweetener that causes anxiety, rage, obesity and depression. Clark tells Terry Gross that the book Fast Food Nation inspired him to set his story in the food industry:
"Flavorings were like gravity or electricity — something that was all around me, but that I had never paid any attention to, and as soon as I read that book and its chapter on food product design, I started to ask myself, ‘How important are these to the foods?’ I started to question if I was really eating food or just the idea of food. With these molecules, you can make something taste like grass or roasted chicken and what is it covering up? What is it supporting? What is it enhancing? All of these questions and philosophical ideas that sprang out of this simple industry just went off — and I found myself deep into a novel."
Earlier this month the visual artist Gregory Siff, whose work has appeared at the Whitney museum and the Museum of Modern Art PS1, took to the streets and began scrawling on bits of scaffolding in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.
The enormous 12 foot by 80 foot mural now lives outside the new COFFEED celebrated their shop at the headquarters of the non-profit, the Foundling which runs programs to support the city’s vulnerable youth. The new shop will employee kids who are under the Foundling’s care.
Gregory Siff paints graffiti mural to kick off partnership with The New York Foundling and COFFEED in Chelsea at The Foundling’s headquarters on July 16, 2014. (Photo: Ryan Lash Photography)
The coffee shop, which will dedicate 10% of its revenue to the Foundling, will open later this fall, at which point the mural will be divided into sections and auctioned off for charity…so check it while you still can.
Bret Michaels: How to Destroy A Hotel Room
By Hilary Sheinbaum
Shows. Tours. Parties. Girls.
In Rock & Roll, the above are standard… but to be a true rock star, you’re going to have to break a few things.
As Poison’s front man, and solo artist, Bret Michaels has been traveling and tearing apart hotel rooms for 20+ years.
The man, the myth, the hotel room wrecking ball—Bret Michaels. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
After two decades of property destruction, it was in Orlando, Florida where Bret, Charlie Sheen, and a few “friends” most epically trashed a hotel room.
We chatted with Bret at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square, where he performed a song during “Sing For Your Supper” on Tax Day in April, benefiting WhyHunger, and this month when he donated Patriot Guitar, which he received from Operation Homefront for supporting US Military men and women.
Though the latter is safely part of the Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection, some items Bret has come across (i.e. a glass table, coffee machines) have been less fortunate.
“One of us was angry and one of us was happy. I’m not going to say which was what, but I was smiling when I broke stuff,” says Bret, who managed an unintentional exit plan. “We wrecked Charlie’s room, and then I got to go sleep in mine, which was totally together.” Bret did not disclose the final charge, but the two split the tab for the damage.
For raging- rock stars in training, Bret offers his advice, “It’s always good if there are adult beverages involved. But, always start big – never start slow to destroy a hotel room.”
With no specific order to tearing apart a room, there are some standard belongings that should be made unusable after impact.
“There’s got to be a massive kick, usually into a closet door; a little hallow in there, so you get your foot through it so you feel fired up when it happens,” says Bret.
Always smash things that create noise. “Find a vase or something that’s going to shatter loudly,” says Bret. “Go after the coffee machine – that’s a good one, anything from the minibar. Make sure it’s loud and a lot of glass involved, and there are no children within eye-shatter range.”
Though, major warning: nothing should be thrown out the window, as lawsuits ensue.
Lastly, it’s very important to pay the bill. Bret would know. He’s greeted back with open arms (almost) everywhere. “I’m welcome back anywhere that I destroy, as long as I pay the bill and they can fix the room. It makes for great stories.”
Brianna Olguin never thought she would leave her hometown of Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. One day while at school the MTV show The Buried Life and Contiki Vacations surprised her with a plane ticket and a rush trip to the passport office turning her dream of visiting Italy into a reality.
Her father, a painter, had instilled in her the desire to see the world and see the works of the great Italian masters. With the help of The Buried Life and Contiki’s Italian Espresso tour, she did. This moving, coming of age story unfolds as her journey abroad exploring Italy is documented by award winning filmmaker Jay Salbert ending in tears at the Vatican.
If you’re reaching for the potato chips when you’re stressed, then you’re not alone. In a national survey, more than one-third of participants said they alter their diets when they’re stressed, often turning to foods that comfort them. Doctors suggest links between our moods and what we eat –– so, next time, grab a couple pieces of dark chocolate instead. Nutrient-rich foods might just help you keep a cap on your stress.
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