Han’s not used to being so alone, or so far out on the periphery of the action. Before making her way to the U.S., she was a wrecking ball in Shijiazhuang, a provincial city southwest of Beijing. She had so much energy as a kid that her grandma refused to go out in public with her alone, knowing Han would sprint off the first chance she got. Instead of homework, she spearheaded afternoon games of tag and hide-and-seek by running around her family’s apartment complex and knocking on the doors of the other only children in the community. When there was no one to play with, she careened around the basketball courts where her parents, both pro players in China, practiced, or watched the game on TV. Basketball was always around. She assumed that she’d play in college, but didn’t give much thought to making basketball a career. … [Read more...] about They Want Her To Be The Next Yao Ming, But What Does She Want?
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Culture Smash is a daily dose of things topical, interesting and sometimes even awesome—game related and beyond. … [Read more...] about Underpants! Beer Mugs! Badass Superhero Goes Retail Crazy.
So, too, is giving back. As the Wu-Tang Clan’s manager, she tracked down a 34th-generation Shaolin monk (Shi Yan Ming, with whom she would later have two kids) and introduced him to RZA. Through her efforts, RZA also became the first performer to ever perform at Shaolin temple, later taking him to Wu-Tang Mountain, “where the abbot of the original Wu-Tang gave the reimagined abbot of Wu-Tang a gift of his temple’s music,” Chang wrote in a 2012 article for the Asian American Writers Workshop. … [Read more...] about Sophia Chang Ain’t Nothing to Fuck Wit’
He’s a tortured guy. There’s a lot of darkness and sadness there. It’s grittier and dirtier and darker. I want to challenge myself, as an actor, but also challenge people’s perceptions of what it is that I do. I can keep playing the same Chuck archetype, but then everybody just goes, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s that Chuck guy.’ But, who knows? People might watch Heroes Reborn and go, ‘Maybe you should stick to Chuck, buddy.’ … [Read more...] about So Many Casting Rumors:
Pulp, “Common People” (May 1995) Pulp’s 1995 album, Different Class, was its fifth studio album and its biggest commercial success, with single “Common People” rocketing to No. 2 in the U.K. It never climbed U.S. charts, perhaps because a mid-’90s anthem for the lower classes didn’t fit neatly within the American dream, which is founded on the belief that with enough hard work, wealth and capital are achievable ideals. Or maybe it’s just because the U.S. wasn’t ready for the self-appointed sex-god swagger of Jarvis Cocker sniffing and growling about ordinary people. “Common People”’s galvanizing melody belies deep cynicism and ragged distrust of the wealthy middle class, with a jeering chorus that issues a challenge to the upper crust: “You’ll never fail like common people / You’ll never watch your life slide out of view / And dance and drink and screw / Because there’s nothing else to … [Read more...] about Pulp, Team Dresch, and Autechre were the true alternative in 1995