by Rebecca Ruechel
After a four year hiatus, I recently returned to my love affair with a certain American fast-food restaurant that serves a variety of convoluted Tex-Mex food and is known for being open late. While I have no regrets in reigniting this tryst, it is very sad that I live in a swanky neighborhood of the city and therefore have almost no access to terrifically bad Tex-Mex.
I know what you’re thinking. “Becca, why do we care about any of this?” I’m glad to inform you that you care because it has led me to develop recipes to fulfill all of our late-night cravings.
Street Wizard. What is Street Wizard? What does it entail? Does it really involve wizards? It sounds awful. I want to play it but I do not understand how. Please teach me the ways of Street Wizard so I may have endless fun that somehow involves ancient bearded men.
How to play: Street Wizards
- Susan Lipsett and Liz Nelson
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen statements such as this; statements which promote the love of one’s body and appreciation of self, on the internet, in magazines and on television. They encourage women to look within and find the smallest something they can to convince themselves they’re worth loving. As if women aren’t actually worth anything to society until they can convince society otherwise.
It’s fantastic that some women have found happiness in self-love. What isn’t fantastic is the overused, cliché (and completely untrue) proclamation that that no one should be expected to love you until you love yourself. Women’s magazines are overrun with these messages, telling you that self-love is the most important thing for “getting a man” (but that this handy anti-cellulite cream sure would help!). Positively Present wrote a post on the subject, saying, “Whether or not you want to believe it, if you don’t love yourself, no one else can truly love you. Certainly you can be in relationships and experience varieties of emotions similar to love, but if you don’t love yourself, if you don’t respect yourself, I can guarantee you that no one else can really, truly love or respect you either”. Attitudes like this bother me. They bother me a lot.
Why should women be expected to love themselves for the sake of love? Why should women be expected to love themselves at all? Women don’t owe anyone jack shit, especially not love. It’s okay to be uncomfortable with who you are! Most of us have at least a little bit of self-loathing within, and that’s okay. It doesn’t make you any less attractive, or clever, or funny, or great, just because you aren’t completely happy with who you are. Women face tribulation and oppression from every corner of life. The last thing they need is to be told by everyone around them that they face a loveless life devoid of meaning until they come to love every wrinkle, scar and lump.
Self-love is fantastic. It would be truly wonderful to live in a world full of women who feel comfortable in their skin. But that wish is unrealistic, and it’s unfair to expect everyone to reach the same internal acceptance at the same time, or even at all. Stop perpetuating the myth that self-love is more attractive than self-loathing. It isn’t true, and it makes you sound like a smug jerk.
You don’t owe anyone shit; least of all self-love.
Written by Joanna Graham
Written by Derek Godin
Poster design by Olly Moss
Early in the third episode of season two of Welcome to the Basement (which is a great YouTube show about watching and dissecting movies), co-host Craig Johnson succinctly sums up the love-hate relationship that many cinephiles have with the Academy Awards:“The Oscars are lucky they have my unconditional love because they piss me off every single year.” The nominee announcement ceremony is a yearly exercise in frustration and annoyance. Great actors and actresses are snubbed, excellent films are totally ignored and the technical awards are treated like lepers. All of that before the East Coast has had their first cup of coffee and before most sane West Coasters have even thought about getting up.
Arirang dir Kim Ki-duk, South-Korea 2011/2012
It would be easy to call Arirang pretentious, self-indulgent, or even pathetic, but Korean director Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring)is far too aware of his own flaws for any of this to be unintentional. Had he wanted to make a movie that caused the audience to feel unconditional pity for him he certainly would have skewed the facts to make them feel as much. Instead, he presents an incredibly vulnerable view of himself where he does, at times, come off as a weak, self-pitying “suffering artist” type, but through his introspection also shows himself to be an incredibly self-aware and talented artist.
It’s October 31st, time to get all dressed up in a silly costume as an excuse to watch scary movies and eat sweet treats! But aren’t they so much more rewarding when you’ve made them yourself? Here’s a recipe for delicious, sticky butterscotch cupcakes with a spooky makeover.
Written by H Rosenberg
Until the sixth of January, Manchester’s Cornerhouse is hosting How Are You Feeling?¸ a major retrospective and interactive exhibition by the artist David Shrigley. Shrigley is best known for his offbeat black-and-white cartoons: sometimes hilarious and sometimes disturbing and often both, but How Are You Feeling? also incorporates installation, drama and video.
The Perfect Mac & Cheese
Written by Rebecca Ruechel
Kraft introduced the first packaged macaroni and cheese product, Kraft Dinner, in 1937. Their campaign contained the slogan “make a meal for four in nine minutes.” Amidst the depression, it was an immediate success. During World War II, rationing of meat and dairy led Kraft Dinner to become increasingly popular as an entrée and not just a side dish. Thus began the decline of the popularity of homemade macaroni and cheese in the United States, a true shameful occurrence.
While I am saddened by the history of macaroni and cheese, I believe the resurgence of home-style cooking, the popularity of Southern comfort food, and enough gusto will bring back one of the truly classic dishes of 20th century. I want to help the resurgence, so I am going to share my simple, but perfect and delicious recipe for stovetop macaroni and cheese. While traditionally macaroni and cheese is made in the oven, I usually don’t have the time or patience for that. This recipe will give you all of the same flavor with less commitment.
Written by Daniel Swanton
If you’re like me then you find it really hard to motivate yourself into exercising. The idea that you’re going to be putting aside an hour of the day to mindlessly work your muscles makes you groan in pre-boredom. Allow me to present: Zombies, Run! by Six to Start. This fitness app boasts thrilling zombie chases, tactical resource management and a gripping story - all to liven up (no pun intended) your mundane jogging routines.