Lena Dunham on Love Island: I’m asking the same question they do can you love after hurt?

When the writer and director arrived in Wales to shoot a new drama, she was nursing a broken heart and romantic ideas of British life. Then she discovered the reality soap opera… As I planned my summer in Wales, my head filled with visions of romance, I supposed Id do what the heroines of novels did when they crossed the pond for a new life: go to the shore to take the healing air. Meet a man and move into his stunning manor, possibly watched over by a sinister housemaid. Scurry through cobblestoned streets and into dusty bookshops, furtively pulling up the hood of my cloak. Go to a banquet and dance to piano music in a great hall. Taste …

The month’s best mixes: cosmic connections and oceanic electronics

ADAB brings Afrofuturism into the psychedelic mix, while Russell EL Butler taps into the African diaspora Neptunian Influence: ADAB When Tim Sweeney moved from Maryland to study at New York University in 1999, he signed up to host on the campus radio station, WNYU 89.1 FM. A largely solo affair in the early days, Sweeney spent his Tuesday evenings as Beats in Space, mixing live and talking to callers. When he started working for James Murphys DFA label, his star began to shine, tapping into the mid-00s punk-dance scene and honing his affable, downbeat charm. When he graduated in 2003, the show continued its now considered one of the longest running college radio shows in the US, and has featured …

Wheres the advice for men on how to propose? | Daisy Buchanan

Asking for a womans hand in marriage is traditional, but without guidelines too many men are coming a cropper, says columnist and features writer Daisy Buchanan The greatest curse of womanhood is also its biggest blessing. If youre a woman, its easy to find strong opinions and instructions that will inform you exactly how you are expected to conduct yourself during any given occasion. Plenty of the advice is useless, contradictory and mad, but if you want to live a peaceful, uneventful and rather dull life as a woman in the 21st century, you can get by if you use the following terms as broad instructions: Dont make a scene and midi dresses. Men, on the other hand hoo boy. …

When Epstein Was Cosmos Bachelor of the Month

Long before Jeffrey Epstein boasted of his billionaires-only client listDonald Trump, Prince Andrew, and amassing a collection of posh homes in Palm Beach, New York, Paris, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The personals ad, which included a photo of Epstein in a suit, portrayed him as a New York dynamo seeking a cute Texas girl. Financial strategist Jeffrey Epstein, 27, talks only to people who make over a million a year! the listing declared. If youre a cute Texas girl, write this New York dynamo at 55 Water St., 49th floor, N.Y.C. 10041. Its unclear if anyone met Epstein through the Cosmopolitan writeup. Media representatives for the magazine didnt return messages left by The Daily Beast. One month after Epsteins …

Angry Orchard ‘Extremely Embarrassed’ Over Customer’s Complaint Of Racial Profiling

proposing to his girlfriend in what was supposed to be a romantic moment was stopped repeatedly while trying to pop the question by white racially profiling the black couple, according to the bride-to-be. Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet detailed the couple’s experience with six friends Sunday at “My boyfriend walked me out to an empty table on the lawn, and before we could sit down, a young lady from security approached us and said to him, ‘I’m sorry sir, but I have to check you back pocket. I was told that you stole a T-shirt from from the gift store,’” she wrote. “My boyfriend then emptied all of his pockets, while still trying to keep the ring box hidden from my …

Punk and politics collide on Mercury list

Listen to a playlist of the nominees on BBC Sounds Wolf Alice win the 2018 Mercury Prize They’ve championed several guitar bands on a strong, urgent shortlist – from Dublin punk newcomers Fontaines DC to festival headliners Foals; while British rap is represented by Little Simz, Dave and BBC Sound of 2019 runner-up slowthai. Meanwhile singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, whose album Hunter interrogates the constrictions of gender stereotypes, has now been shortlisted for each of her first three albums, equalling a record set by Coldplay. And The 1975 could become the first band since Arctic Monkeys in 2007 to win the Mercury Prize and be named best album at the Brit Awards. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMercury …

In ‘Straight Up,’ A Gay Man’s Search For Love Becomes An Identity Crisis

Straight Up,” his debut feature film, came from a sobering epiphany ― even though the final product is very much an “arthouse screwball” rom-com. HuffPost got a sneak peek at “Straight Up,” which is being shown at Frameline Film Festival last month, via the exclusive clip above. The scene introduces Todd (played by Sweeney), a neurotic gay man whose attempts at relationships with men leave him feeling unfulfilled. Courtesy of James Sweeney “Straight Up” stars James Sweeney (left) and Katie Findlay.  Describing his cinematic voice as “dialogue-driven, balanced and whimsical ― but not for lack of heart,” Sweeney cites Joss Whedon and Bryan Fuller as artistic influences. He also sees “Straight Up” as a unique film in that its LGBTQ themes are “incidental.” And, …

Examining the Past, Present, and Future of Chicago’s First Gay Neighborhood

By Sarah Friedmann Pride month is one full of both celebration and commemoration for the LGBT+ community. Every June, cities around the world hold pride festivals and parades to honor the anniversary of WBEZ reported. As Tracy Baim, a gay historian and founder of the Windy City Times, described to the outlet, in the 60s gay communities were scattered around the city, with many of the communities centered around downtown, River North, and Tower Town in the mid part of the last century. Chicagos Lake View neighborhood, including the Lake View communities of Triangle Neighbors and Belmont Harbor, was also home to many members of the citys LGBT+ community in the 60s and early 70s, discriminatory treatment from police, politicians, …

‘The Boys’ sucker-punches the superhero genre

If superheroes are going to dominate the monoculture, then we at least deserve satire thats as creative and interesting as . The new Amazon Prime series is the result of a partnership between comedy veterans Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and creator Eric Kripke. The combination of Rogen and Goldbergs comedic chops and Kripkes genre expertise has yielded one of the most biting superhero parodies to date. The Boys RELEASE DATE: 7/26/2019CREATORS: Evan Goldberg, Eric Kripke, Seth RogenSTREAMING: Amazon PrimeTelevision veterans join forces to create the sharp, if slightly skeevy, superhero satire MCU skeptics have been waiting for. is an adaptation of a comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson that ran from 2006 to 2008, and like the …

Why childhood sweethearts no longer measure up and six other ways dating has changed

A new study has found that online dating is now the dominant way heterosexual people find romantic partners. What else can we learn? For future generations, the question: How did you and Grandad meet?, will be answered with: Tinder, obviously. Within eight years, the internet has become the dominant way heterosexual couples meet. The latest Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) “How Couples Meet” chart, updated July 2019pic.twitter.com/Gjvh2ZqTqs 34% in 1990 to 20% in the most recent data; other routes to relationships, such as meeting through work, family and neighbours, have also declined. At first glance of the graph, it looks as if the number of couples meeting at a bar or restaurant has gone up, but thats only because they met online …

Never Date Someone Emotionally Toxic

Holly Riordan Updated July 23, 2019 Pawel Szvmanski Holly Riordan Updated July 23, 2019 Pawel Szvmanski When you date someone emotionally toxic, it’s hard to explain to other people exactly what your partner has been doing to you. When you say it out loud, it sounds silly.  Emotionally toxic people are masters at manipulation. Most of the time, they do to get under your skin, to drive you crazy, to make you feel uncomfortable and maybe even unsafe — but they that they sound like horrible people when you retell the stories to your friends. This way, you’re the one who looks crazy. You’re the one who looks like a nag. You’re the one who looks like a chore to …

13 EXTREMELY Odd Suicides

Jim Goad Updated July 24, 2019 Warning: this article is graphic. Jim Goad Updated July 24, 2019 1. Thomas Barker: Shoved A Red-Hot Poker Down His Throat No one knew who the haggard-looking man was. As a small group sat before a fireplace in a Leeds, England, hotel lobby two days before Christmas, 1856, it didn’t seem to matter—he was welcome to share in the season’s joy. Appearing troubled, he had wandered in from the cold night, requested a pipe, and sat peevishly before the fire. It didn’t have to happen. He could have thrown another log on the fire, sipped some tea, and quietly passed wind. He could have warmed his toes, cracked his knuckles, and inquired about rugby …

Couple Allegedly Racially Profiled By Angry Orchard Brewery Employees Who Accused Them Of Theft Mid-Proposal

Cathy-Marie Hamlet took to Facebook on Sunday to recount the alleged incident, explaining that she, her now-fiancé, and a group of six friends took a trip to the brewery in Walden, New York “to enjoy an afternoon with some hard cider.” According to Hamlet, the guard said: Hamlet says her partner “emptied all of his pockets, while still trying to keep the ring box hidden.” But apparently, security wasn’t satisfied.  bags. The doctor recalled: At that point, Hamlet started to suspect racial profiling because they were the only black people on the grounds. “I emptied my entire bag in front of her, and since this was the SECOND time she had walked over, I said, ‘I know you’re just doing …

Couple Allegedly Racially Profiled By Angry Orchard Brewery Employees Who Accused Them Of Theft Mid-Proposal

Cathy-Marie Hamlet took to Facebook on Sunday to recount the alleged incident, explaining that she, her now-fiancé, and a group of six friends took a trip to the brewery in Walden, New York “to enjoy an afternoon with some hard cider.” According to Hamlet, the guard said: Hamlet says her partner “emptied all of his pockets, while still trying to keep the ring box hidden.” But apparently, security wasn’t satisfied.  bags. The doctor recalled: At that point, Hamlet started to suspect racial profiling because they were the only black people on the grounds. “I emptied my entire bag in front of her, and since this was the SECOND time she had walked over, I said, ‘I know you’re just doing …

Womans Creepy Encounter With A Seemingly Nice Man Explains Why Women Appear Cold Sometimes

LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: LilyEvansMFC LilyEvansMFC research from Cornell University has some answers to why it sometimes feels impossible to get rid of persistent come-ons. To examine the experience of rejecting someone’s advances, Bohns and DeVincent focused on 942 participants in STEM; the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There, sexual harassment is a documented problem. The study was designed in a way that allowed it to gather data about both being the target of an unwanted pursuit and being the pursuer. 1. Suitors are oblivious to the discomfort they’re creating. They often thought that their targets …

10 Extra AF Destination Wedding Resorts Betches

No one needs a vacation more than a bride-to-be planning a wedding, so if you want to get away, why not do it on your wedding day, by having a destination wedding? Yes, they can be expensive, but if you have the funds and are okay with having a smaller guest list, destination weddings can be great because they’re built-in vacations offering endless memories and photo ops. Whether you take to Europe, or simply switch states, traveling to tie the knot is both romantic and memorable. We’re sharing 10 of our favorite destination wedding resorts where you can wine, dine, relax, and get wifed up (literally). 1. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Source: PartySlate | Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Planner: …