One of those Royal Shakespeare Company acting secrets, no doubt.
One of those Royal Shakespeare Company acting secrets, no doubt.
After writing posts incognito there for so many years, it was kind of strange to see my real name finally show up on Gawker. It’s a little like a wormhole just opened between parallel universes.
Welcome, fashion lovers, fashion haters and reality-show junkies, one and all! A new season of Project Runway kicks off tonight at 9 Eastern, and we’re live-blogging the premiere episode in the comments. Join us!
My post is up (under my real name - yikes!), and the commenter live-blog is underway. Join us!!
What’s that you say? You won’t be attending the Project Runway Open Thread I’ll be hosting tonight on Gawker’s Morning After blog?
Well I’m sorry, I can’t hear you, I’m not listening, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!!
You’re going, and that’s FINAL. (Please?)
The show starts a 9 pm TONIGHT on Lifetime, and the post I wrote for the occasion will go up on Morning After one hour earlier, at 8 pm. (It will also be cross-posted to Gawker.) We’ll all be chatting and live-blogging the show in the comments section under that post. SEE YOU THERE!
Sex Tape in theaters July 18
Ha ha, more like SUCKS Tape, amirite?
(Welcome to Tumblr, Madison Avenue!)
Well, for at least one week, anyway.
As I did on Gawker for four years, I’ll be hosting a Project Runway commenter chat on the “Morning After” blog this coming Thursday — specifically, for the Season 13 premiere episode, which airs on LIfetime at 9 pm on July 24.
Morning After is a new Gawker “sub-blog” focusing on television discussion, founded by Television Without Pity alum Jacob Clifton. Jacob has agreed to host one of our live-bogging parties (and publish a new post I’ll be writing for the occasion) on Morning After for first episode next Thursday. Then, based on how that goes, we may continue the feature for the rest of the season — and maybe for the next season of Top Chef again this Fall, who knows?
I’m guessing one key to that decision will involve participation — the more people show up and participate next Thursday, the more likely it is that the feature will continue. So if you’ve participated in these live blogs in the past and miss them — or haven’t before, but want to try an exciting new experience — please make it a point to join us next Thursday! July 24! Nine O’Clock! At www.morningafter.gawker.com!
The way these live blogs work is we all watch the episode together and live-chat about it in the comments section. Also there are jokes,drinking games, contests, door prizes, revelry and jocularity. (Well, there aren’t really door prizes, but the rest is true.)
If this works out, Morning After will be a great new home for this feature. I mean, how cool is this site? They have a logo that changes colors!
I tried a 2-D printer once, and the paper jammed.
So now I just painstakingly re-create my paper copies by hand, like a medieval monk.
i tried using paper, but the edges crumpled
so now i just chisel my commandments into stone, like old testament god
I tried using stone, but it cracked and broke.
Now I just scream everything at passersby, hoping they’ll remember what I said so I can ask them about it when I need it.
I tried shouting things at passersby but they ignored me.
Now I emit allohormones in a gypsobelum that bonds selectively with the recipient’s hemolymph to reconfigure their bursa copulax into a copulatory canal. I can only say one thing, “I want to mate with you,” but really, what else ever needs to be said?
Well, that got weird in a hurry.
1. Abolish it.
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4. Abolish it.
5. Abolish it.
Journalist Beth Macy documents the collapse of the American furniture industry and its human cost in her new book Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local, and Helped Save an American Town.
She profiles John Bassett III, a determined owner who fought back against the foreign onslaught — both by filing anti-dumping charges with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Chinese firms, and by making his own company more competitive.
When Chinese companies started manufacturing furniture, the Bassett Company, based in Virginia, watched their once vibrant Virginia town become vacant. Thousands of workers lost their jobs.
In today’s interview Macy tells us how the Bassett family tracked down a Chinese knock-off of their product in China:
There’s a dresser that’s just come on the scene [in 2001] in the American market and it’s a Louis-Philippe [style] dresser. It’s wholesaling for $100 and [John Bassett III] can’t figure out how the heck [the Chinese company is] able to sell it. “They can’t be making money,” he says. He has his engineer take it apart and deconstruct it piece-by-piece and price out the pieces. And he knows they have to be “dumping,” which means selling it for less than the price of the materials.
So he sends his son Wyatt, who is kind of his head business guy, he sends him and a … translator, who is a family friend, to Dalian because the stick on the back only says “Dalian, China.” It doesn’t say exactly which factory it’s from. And he sends them off to do a secret spy mission. They’re pretending that they’re looking to buy — but what they’re really looking for is that one particular dresser.
They find it after days and days of searching. They finally end up in this remote section of the province, almost to the border of North Korea, and they find it there… The gentleman running [the factory] actually meets with them and he has this very chilly one-on-one dialogue with them that’s all translated. But the guy says, basically, “Close your factories.” (Bassett’s got three factories left at the time.) “Close your three factories and let me make all of your furniture for you.”
… The translated word, and John [Bassett III] remembered it very well, was “tuition”… “This is the tuition of [China] being able to capture your market share. We’re going to sell it so cheap and with government subsidies — we’re going to be able to make all of your furniture for you.”
They ended up driving them out to this furniture industrial park, out in the country and there [are] just stacks and stacks of timber… When [Wyatt] saw all that Russian timber laid out they knew [the Chinese] were serious. And they knew they were going to war.
Photo: An abandoned lumber mill in Martinsville, Virginia, 2010. via the New Yorker
I bought a Bassett sofa just last week. This makes me feel good about that decision!
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