Written & Directed by Yulin Kuang
John Krasinski’s Ice Bucket Challenge (off-screen cameo from Emily Blunt)
Did I lose a follower to the Ballad of Mark and Paul at Comic Con? Yes. Do I regret it? Only in so much as the effort to create said Ballad reveals something about me I should be uncomfortable with, and yet. I am not.
It’s a really beautiful city. Hungary is a country that has been invaded by other dominant cultures so many times that its architecture is a really interesting patchwork of competing ideologies. But because of its history as an invaded country, because it was under Communist rule for 40 years, because it has such a complicated relationship to all the intersection religious communities there, I found it to be a really emotionally exhausting place. I mean, I toured it with a cousin who was born right when the Communists came to power, which meant that when I met her, the majority of her life had been lived in a Communist country. And her parents were both Hungarian nationalists, her dad was a fairly outspoken writer, so everything she brought to the table as a tour guide was filtered through this very depressing lens of “and then the Communists came.” I didn’t find it to be an easy city to navigate, either geographically or in terms of the language, but I was with a native speaker, so I never had to figure out if I could communicate with someone on my own. But it’s got a fascinating, long, super history, there are some really gorgeous buildings, and the cake is amazing.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Metropolitan Museum’s seventeen van Gogh paintings are all on view at once. Peter Schjeldahl reflects on his visit:
“I wasn’t alone with them. You seldom are with van Goghs. Dozens of people were looking, while, in a neighboring room, one or two or no viewers at a time paused among twenty-two paintings by Cezanne.”
Above: “Wheat Field with Cypresses” (1889). Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There are a litany of things that would have to happen, I’m sure, but I’m wondering if anyone has been through or knows someone who has been through the process of getting a service animal?
Journalist 1: I’m just not super into donuts.
Journalist 2: That’s borderline hate speech right there.