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Let's get crazy and count every pulse in our lady places Watching Hannah on deadline, while being on deadline, to write about Hannah on deadline, creates a strange meta effect of recap writing. As soon as she counted out eight chips and ate them in eight chews, I was all, "Daaaaamn, girl. That's a clever out." I took six sips of my wine, twirled my hair six times and was totally ready to crazy my way out of this deadline. Depression? Who isn't depressed? You can't get out of a deadline with run-of-the-mill depression. OCD? Can't mess with that. Gold mine. (Gold mine, gold mine, gold mine, gold mine, gold mine, gold mine.) Turns out Hannah wasn't faking. The episode was, after all, called, "It's Back." It took me several moments after the closing credits to concede that this wasn't a ruse. Hannah's not exactly trustworthy. She's dramatic, exaggerates and lies. Two episodes ago, she exchanged small lies of tremendous emotional depth with Marnie over the phone. When she calls her parents at the end of "Video Games," they accuse her of needing something. Hannah says, "I was calling to thank you for making me feel so supported as a child." Her mother says, "I'm not falling for this crap." You know that thing that happens where one day you realize that you're exactly like your less compatible parent? I had that epiphany for Hannah after "It's Back." Hannah and her mother are a two-headed beast pulling in opposite directions. Watching them cut each other off with self-absorbed statements was a great example of Lena Dunham's dry humor. If you compare Tiny Furniture to the episodes of Girls featuring additional writers, it's easy to see where Dunham's dryness meets a goofier voice. The writers of "It's Back" were former New York Times writer Deborah Schoeneman and newcomer Steven Rubinshteyn. Two solid Irish names. Joking--only a couple of Jews could have penned such an anxiety-filled episode wherein someone gets rich through business. First, Marnie surprised us all by rocking adult pigtails, then Charlie surprised Marnie by selling an app. Whoever did the hair for this episode was a genius. Someone make a coffee table book called, The Many Hairstyles of Shoshanna. Anyway, Marnie stalked her ex-boyfriend in his Chelsea office and he acted like a total dick. Shocker. Charlie's a dick--now he's found his rightful place as king of the dicks. He pretends to be above it because he doesn't care about free candy, but moments before he made a bad boss joke about a fake account that was worthy of David Brent. In her magician's assistant uniform, Marnie announces that, "It doesn't matter how right you do things because you know who ends up living their dreams? Are like, sad messes like Charlie. And the people who end up flailing behind are people like [her], who have their shit together." Ray congratulates her on a life lesson learned and listens to a rendition of Norah Jones that doesn't entirely suck. Old Ray would have jumped all over this misery-loves-company situation and egged on Marnie's downward spiral of entitlement and disappointment, but new Ray played it like a peewee coach down ten points in the last quarter (I don't know if that makes sense because I don't do sports). He tells her, "Turn this potential energy into kinetic energy. Stop being a cartographer and be an explorer." Survey says, LL cool Ray. Unfortunately, one lady doesn't love Ray too much and it might make homeboy change his tune. During Ray's inspirational speech, Shoshanna is boning a man in uniform, albeit a doorman's uniform. Shosh freaked out and fucked the first thing with a raised eyebrow. Happens to the best of us--although the same can't be said for a single blonde hair extension. This sexual encounter will either mark Shoshanna's wild child phase where she samples every dish on the buffet, or she'll decide she likes Ray's flavor better than Doorman Dude and get cozy in a relationship. Based on her speech to that weird Snooki-esque chick, it's buffet time. There were so many new characters in this episode! We got used to those static yet deep episodes this season but "It's Back" raced along pulling new threads from every blanket (again, don't know if that makes sense because I don't do crafts). Adam's dating Shiri Appleby which might actually prove that Adam's an alien (Roswell joke!). I would probably date her mom but that's because I have a Joan Rivers complex. Regardless, it's nice to see Adam happy and drinking 100% less sour milk. My prediction is that we're going to see more of Shiri but not Doorman or rollerblading Radhika. Hannah's therapist could be a reoccurring role too. In his podcast interview with Lena Dunham, Alec Baldwin volunteered to play the role of Hannah's therapist. If they pull a Becky (Roseanne joke!), we won't care. We're rounding the corner of season two, with only a couple of episodes left. I look forward to the inevitable discussion about Hannah's mental illness, Shoshanna's slutscapades and Marnie's adult contemporary crooning. Read last week's recap here. -Jess Bloom
This week, it's hot and everyone is gay. Was Frank Ocean's coming out letter more significant than Anderson Cooper's? [TIME] This wedding editorial is a hot tranny mess, literally. [Lab Daily] Check out all the high society ladies that went to the Tatler Lesbian Ball. [Tatler] Breaking news from the New York Times: gay guys went to see Magic Mike. [NYT] Jennifer Lopez is developing a TV show about lesbian parents. Makes sense, right? [Perez Hilton] And, just like that, Abercrombie & Fitch makes the gayest ad of all time. [Out Magazine]
Brian Rea's work makes an appearance in Marni's upcoming winter capsule collection New York Times readers will probably recognize the sketches featured on Marni's new capsule collection for winter 2013. The images of girls, penguins and oversized therapists--which can be seen on items like tees and totes--were created by Brian Rea whose work is featured as part of the paper's "Modern Love" column. Marni's been all about collaborations lately. Remember that H&M collection that sold out by noon? Also, previous seasons have included artwork by Kim Gordon and Claude Caillol. These exclusive pieces, which now includes Brian Rea sketches, are excellent proof that fashion can be art, and vice versa. Spotted on: T Magazine
Blood Orange's new music video takes collaging to another level Inspired by Duke Nukem and Second Life, the video for Blood Orange's "Champagne Coast" features 3D dancing girls in 2D bedrooms. The throwback video game look was created by stylist/artist Haley Wollens and producer Maya Barrera. They scoured through interior design magazines and photographs of real teenager's bedroom walls. A little animation and editing by Andreas "Nout" Schmidt and Jude Miller-Chapin, respectively, and voilà. In an interview with the New York Times, Wollens said that she teamed up with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange after friending him on Facebook because she "loved his music." It seems somewhat appropriate that an internet-age collaboration begets stylized retro progeny. Check out more images from Blood Orange's "Champagne Coast" and see the full video below.
Whatever happened to Snow White after prince charming turned into a workaholic with gas? Find out here. [TheBoobs' Milk!] Modern Love. The New York Times essay contest. Subject? Love and relationships. Go wild. [New York Times] The Situation bombs at Comedy Central's roast of Donald Trump. #mortifying [Youtube] "How is Charlie Sheen winning?" Interesting insight into the mystery behind the fascination with the world's biggest loser. [Four Four] We missed Deep Troll. This post is gold. #zinesontheinternet [Deep Troll]