On The Correlation of Celebrity Perfumes and An Ensuing Career Demise

There is no short supply of celebrity fragrances in this life. In general, becoming famous automatically means you’ll eventually have to brand your own scent. From the stripper-friendly aroma of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday to the fruity overtones (does anyone really want to smell like kiwi) of Britney Spears’ Fantasy, …

Jayne Mansfield: The Ultimate Symbol of the Meaning Behind Don DeLillo’s Underworld

Jayne Mansfield may very well have been one of the first emblems of life in a postmodern world. Thus, her strong presence throughout Don DeLillo’s historically sweeping Underworld is nothing if not natural (a strange word choice when alluding to Mansfield). Indeed, there are quite a few nods to major …

On Urban Outfitters Selling A “Vintage” Kent State Sweatshirt

Urban Outfitters has never been known for staying within the limits of good taste. From t-shirts that say “Eat Less” (which isn’t really that offensive if you’re not, to borrow a phrase from Cher Horowitz, “a total heifer”) to board game knockoffs of Monopoly called Ghettopoly, the hipster/millennial wet dream …

Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Handicapped People–But That Doesn’t Make Him A Bad Person

Kanye West’s latest controversy is one of his biggest since the infamous “George Bush doesn’t not care about black people” comment. This time, the media has vilified him for his so-called callousness toward two fans in attendance at his concert in Sydney, a woman with a prosthetic leg and a …