Friday, November 4, 2011

Sex, God and Academia

In this week's news, academia embraces Snooki and Jay-Z, although no word on whether it was mutual.

'Jersey Shore' Has Its Day at University of Chicago
The New York Times
“MTV gets this,” insisted Ellie Marshall, a McGill undergraduate with the distinction of having interned for the show’s executive producer, making her the only conference participant with hands-on experience. One of the slides in her presentation was titled “Bodily Discipline: Foucault + Snooki = BFF.” After she showed a clip of Snooki getting arrested on the beach during Season 3 while onlookers gawked at her celebrity misbehavior, Ms. Marshall argued that it was the audience that was being arrested and rendered docile, not Snooki.

Photo courtesy of Mz. Breanne Duffy

'Sex in an Irish context is really funny'
The Irish Times
“That’s 100 per cent correct,” he says. “They have dealt with that in the States: with social realism, with romantic comedy. But I can’t think of any Irish films that have sex as a central theme. So the idea of dealing with sex in an Irish context is really funny and really important. The notion of Irish men having sex still seems faintly ridiculous unless you’re Colin Farrell.”

 Hoyas and Hova-- Georgetown sociology course focuses on rap star Jay-Z
The Washington Post
“I’m a tweener, man! I couldn’t march with Dr. King and them. And I’m too old to be a hip-hopper,” the 53-year-old says during office hours. “But I’ve been granted honorary status in each generation. . . . I see my tongue as a bridge over which ideas can travel back and forth.”

And Dyson is still trying to land a bigger classroom cameo: Jay-Z himself. He’s friendly with the rapper and has been courting him to campus, often sending him raps via text message. “I spit him some rhymes on text,” Dyson says. “How crazy am I?”

Make that 101.

Doctors Shocked to See Face in Testicular Tumor Ultrasound
 KTLA Special Reports/LA Times

"A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from the deity (perhaps "Min" the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation," read one excerpt from the Urology Journal article.

Up Close, A Congregration in Skinny Jeans
The New York Times
 Mr. Aiuto, 39, bristles when his church is singled out as particularly cool. “I don’t want this church to be special,” he said over chicken mole at a Williamsburg taqueria. “I don’t want us to be a church for artists. I want it to be a garden-variety church. What we have to offer people is God.” He paused for a moment. “And I think our music is really good.”

Hipster Jesus was born Jewish, but now just considers himself really spiritual.  Your move, Eamonn.

Suit Against Photographer Seeks Re-creation of Wedding After Divorce
The New York Times
But what is striking, said the studio that took the pictures, is that Mr. Remis’s wedding took place in 2003 and he waited six years to sue. And not only has Mr. Remis demanded to be repaid the $4,100 cost of the photography, he also wants $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding and fly the principals to New York so the celebration can be re-shot by another photographer.
Re-enacting the wedding may pose a particular challenge, the studio pointed out, because the couple divorced and the bride is believed to have moved back to her native Latvia.

I think he might be REMISS in pursuing this lawsuit.....NAILED IT!!!1

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