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Not every dancer can be a ballerina, and not every ballerina gets to dance with the New York City Ballet. So when one makes it, and then stays with the company for three decades, it’s a big deal.
Wendy Whelan is that ballerina. And on Saturday night, at 47 years old, she’ll give her final New York City Ballet performance before she retires.
"I’m sure I’ll get very emotional after," Whelan says. "I don’t expect to get emotional during. It’s not my style, I just don’t do that. But I’ll probably enter a depression, and I just know that I will do that because I always do that after a big ballet experience. … But this is the end of a ballet career, so that’s a bit bigger than just a season of ballet."
Photos by Erin Baiano for NPR
Marina Harss on the ballerina Wendy Whelan, who will retire from New York City Ballet on Saturday night:
"At forty-seven, she seems to care less about how things look than about the way they work and what they say. There’s a kind of no-bull attitude to her dancing that cuts through the posturing and the ornamentation that can sometimes be off-putting about ballet."
Photograph by Beatrice de Gea/The New York Times/Redux
Some drawings for my school’s flash competition (48 hours). The theme was deliberately broad (“change”), so I thought it would be fun to show the importance of changing one’s perspective from time to time. c:
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Studies of the mummified Ukok ‘princess’ - named after the permafrost plateau in the Altai Mountains where her remains were found - have already brought extraordinary advances in our understanding of the rich and ingenious Pazyryk culture.
The tattoos on her skin are works of great skill and…
Remember when I blindly hated Russel Brand? I fucked up.
"They’re in a better position to judge than I am."
I think this is how most open minded people who value communication, connection, and are willing to learn from others think.
…Did… Did Russel Brand just explain how to react to being called out on something?
never underestimate this man
After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”
The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.
BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?
BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?
The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.
This. Is. Not. OK.
guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons
I go to the University of Utah and I literally had no idea this was happening. Wow. Not surprised though. There’s a lot of hatred here, under the repressed white heteronormativity.
Jump to 2:48, at which Taylor Swift takes no shit.
Things I love about this moment:
- She gives no courtesy laugh
- She doesn’t give him an “old guy” pass for saying sexist things
- She politely but firmly voices her dissent.
Mad props, Taylor Swift. Mad props.
I’m overall obsessed with John Cleese. Adore him. I’m neutral about Taylor Swift. But this is lovely.