Author Archives: Molly Schoemann

Huffington Post’s Good News Section

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I like the idea of a Good News section in the newspaper. I feel like that’s what People Magazine kind of used to be about? Inspiring stories about people who weren’t famous? But it’s turned into 10% that, and 90% celebrity wedding photos and Teen Mom scoops.

ZOË RICE: My relationship with the news changed ten years ago, in the aftermath of September 11th. A downtown New Yorker in the thick of it all, I needed a balanced portrait of what was happening in my backyard and an objective viewpoint of world goings-on. Instead, I got the kind of scare-mongering that promoted ratings. By the time “It’s Anthrax!!!” became a daily warning from my local news, I wiped my hands of it and decided that from now on I’d be combing headlines with the same eye I used to evaluate entertainment – no mind-numbing Housewives or Jersey Shoreites. And no alarmist exaggerating from my formerly trusted news sources. Continue reading

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In Briefs: French Knighthood

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: They knighted Salma Hayek. You know, like how you do.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8989119/Salma-Hayek-made-a-Knight-in-France.html

AKIE BERMISS: It has always been my secret desire to get a knight hood from some ancient white-country. And put something like “sir” on my checks or my debit card. would be fun. Of course, Salma Hayek HAS done great things for France. She totally deserves this award. But seriously, how does the title of Chevalier not become an utter joke now? Continue reading

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Kardashian Wedding And Royal Wedding

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: As Tolstoy liked to say, “All happy families are alike, but unhappy families are much better for ratings.” Following this principle, I can’t imagine the Kardashian Klan ever reaching a point of tranquility, since they appear to favor publicity more than anything else.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ll take a Kardashian wedding over a royal wedding any day of the week. And if you disagree, maybe you don’t deserve America.

AKIE BERMISS: Give me liberty and give me neither! At the end of the day, who really gives a damn about these people? I certainly don’t.

I agree with Molly AND Howard — and also disagree with them both. So some wealthy royalty got married in England. So the wedding was a big deal. So it had a sort of rags to riches component and a bunch of little weird historical significances and minutae by which to be distracted. Do we really care? And so Kim Kardashian got married. So she married some dude whose name — though I read it not two minutes ago — I’ve already forgotten. Continue reading

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The Quikster Reversal

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Hats off to you, Reed Hastings, for allowing me a glimpse into a future world where CEOs make bizarre decisions without really thinking ahead—including blasting poorly thought-out “I’m Sowwy” email to a million subscribers at once.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Unlike Molly, I applaud Netflix’s CEO for adding himself to a long line of those famous for drawing a line in the sand, and quickly erasing that line. Continue reading

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JD Samson: Poor Like Us!

JD Samson: I Love My Job, But it Made Me Poorer

CHRIS PUMMER: I’m not going to defend the lack of self awareness Samson shows here. But I would also hold back scorn for her current life situation.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I took issue with a few things in this piece, which were mainly echoed in the comments it received. Namely, it’s hard to argue that Le Tigre is not a very successful band by many standards. Being part of a successful band that was arguably able to bring in lots of money from concert ticket sales, albums and merchandising, and then blowing that money by living beyond your means, does not make you sympathetic to me.

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Quikster

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Qwikster? Can nothing EVER be spelled right anymore?!?!?!?!?! I’m sorry, that name stinks.

I know that letter was supposed to be heartfelt and honest, but somewhere along there it veered off into d-bag territory. Am I right here?
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The Week in 2012

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: As those of you who know me personally are aware, and those of you who don’t know me will soon find out, I don’t follow politics very closely, except for a few rabid months before a presidential election, when I engage in heated debates and pretend to be politically aware. But I do what I can. And tonight I did listen to NRP’s Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross, in which she interviewed Rachel Tabachnick, who has been studying the growing “New Apostolic Reformation” or, “Terrifyingly Crazy-Pants Fanatical Right Wing Evangelical” movement in America.

CHRIS PUMMER: Seeming crazy in his own way, Jon Huntsman has been trying out a new, tougher attitude with his GOP rivals. Not crazy like believing in demons, but perhaps crazy in thinking he’s advancing his cause to become the Republican presidential nominee. Continue reading

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Single-sex education vs. Double-sex education

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: When I heard the news that Raleigh’s Peace College was going co-ed after 150 years of being for women only, I was disheartened. And I was further disheartened when I could find no one else who felt the same way I did about the move.

JESSICA BADER: I’m one of those people Molly was talking about, the type who are uncomfortable with the idea of single-sex education. I’m a big believer that a very important part of the school experience is preparing students for what they’ll face once they graduate, and unless your post-graduation plans involve a monastery, you will have to deal with people of the opposite sex in your workplace and in other areas of your life. Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week in Review

ZOË RICE: Forgive me, but SYTYCD and Lady Gaga do not make for a bad romance! Gaga sat her ornately costumed ass down in Nigel’s usual spot, kicked up her giant platform heels, and had herself a quippy, teary, dramatic episode. Unafraid to slam the choreographers (rather brutal to Nappy Tabs!), eager to praise every dancer, and ready to spar with Nigel, Gaga infused the show with fun and delight. Continue reading

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Kim Kardashian Lawsuit

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I am concerned about the precedent set by the historic Female Employees vs. Walmart lawsuit, which was recently thrown out of court for being too big to move forward. You see, that lawsuit was but a fraction of the size of the countersuit that I am currently assembling: Pretty Much All of Us vs. Kim Kardashian.

AKIE BERMISS: I agree with Molly whole-heartedly. I’ve signed on as a plantiff: Kim Kardashian makes my blood boil. But not in the sex-crazed dude way that everyone is still convinced she must. Rather, I find her a trying on-television celebrity. Too right, Molly, she has no discernible talent. And, honestly, no discernible skill. As long as what is discernible is the reality at hand, I think we have a water-tight case.

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