Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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LVMH Draws Crowds With Fourth Edition of Open-Doors Event

PARIS — The long queues in front of leading luxury stores in Paris this weekend might suggest they were holding the high-end equivalent of a Black Friday sale.
But the crowds gathered outside Dior headquarters on Avenue Montaigne, the Guerlain flagship on Avenue des Champs-Elysées or the Chaumet salons on Place Vendôme weren’t looking to part with any cash — just to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the 70 brands that form LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
From Oct. 12 to 14, the world’s biggest luxury group held the fourth edition of its Journées Particulières open-doors event, which gives members of the public worldwide a rare opportunity to meet the craftspeople who make everything from Louis Vuitton handbags to Tag Heuer watches and Berluti shoes.
The event is the brainchild of Antoine Arnault, head of communication and image of LVMH, who launched the biennial initiative in 2011 to counter a perception that the group was only interested in making money. It has steadily grown in size, with this year’s edition drawing a record 180,000 visitors, up from 145,000 in 2016.
Arnault kicked off proceedings with a cocktail party on Thursday at the group’s headquarters, where he posed with his father,

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The Fourth Element Trilogy Boxed Set – Kat Ross

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The Fourth Element Trilogy Boxed Set

Kat Ross

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: September 21, 2017

Publisher: Kat Ross

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


Gladiator meets Romeo and Juliet in this "spellbinding fantasy" trilogy (Kirkus Reviews) set in ancient Persia! They are the light against the darkness. The steel against the necromancy of the Druj. And they use demons to hunt demons…. Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister. Scarred by grief, she's willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he's possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other's emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close. As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius's past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake… So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all. Praise for the Fourth Element Trilogy "A spellbinding fantasy with some moral weight and a meatier narrative than usual, one likely to leave readers quite satisfied… This tale’s grand scope is set off beautifully by its intimate start. The story grows wonderfully from such a small seed, and it is the moral and subjective implications of the vastness and impersonality of the Empire that work so well to drive the narrative. The plot builds effectively, and maintains a swift pace. Nazafareen’s initial simplistic motivation, hatred, becomes complicated by her link to Darius, and evolves into something much more intriguing and complex. This transition is helped by the clarity with which the characters are drawn. The immensity of the Empire occasionally threatens to smother the personal tale at the heart of the story, but, like shadows around a candle flame, it never quite manages that feat." –Kirkus Reviews "Fantasy lovers who enter this world will be wooed by its expansive world-building, soul-crushing romance, deeply layered characters, and page-turning twists." –Flylef Reviews "One of the best trilogies I've ever read. I will read anything by Kat Ross. Hats off to her for creating these wonderful characters and making us fall in love with them!" –Cover to Cover Reviews "Kat Ross turned me into a puddle of emotions with her final book of the Fourth Element series! Action, betrayal, romance and demons conclude this story which can keep anyone captivated till the final page." –Milky Way of Books "An addictive, action-packed, glorious page-turner!" -Am Kinda Busy Reading "I really hate the word ‘epic’ because, let’s face it, it’s so overused and it’s lost its true meaning, but this book [The Midnight Sea] deserves that word." -Book Reader Chronicles "This is truly a grand finale of a book, mysteries from the very beginning of the series are put to rest and our heroes win in unexpected ways. Queen of Chaos delivers a beautiful ending that is perfect as it is but is left open enough for another story to seamlessly fit in." –Bibliobibuli "I'm never a read-a-book-in-one-sitting kind of person, but I totally did it with Queen of Chaos. Then I hugged my Kindle and wanted to start the series all over again." –Rattle the Stars "Extremely engrossing and so fast-paced…A truly exceptional series." –The InkedIn Book Blog

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Gabourey Sidibe to Keynote Fourth Annual TheCurvyCon

TheCurvyCon, the three-day consumer-facing convention celebrating the plus-size community, will return to New York Fashion Week on Sept. 6 to 8 at a new location, Center 415. Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe will keynote the event.
Powered by retailer Dia&Co, the fourth annual edition will connect body positive and plus-size influencers, celebrities and tastemakers and their fans while focusing on the fashion community.
TheCurvyCon cofounders and lifestyle influencers — Chastity Garner Valentine of GarnerStyle.com, and CeCe Olisa of CeCeOlisa.com — raised the seed money for TheCurvyCon by selling the clothes out of their closets in 2015. Now after three sold-out years, they have more than tripled the size of the event in response to the consumer demand.
“This has been a grassroots movement from the beginning,” Olisa said. “We’ve created an in-person experience that reflects the powerful body positive movement happening online. At the same time, we continue to break down barriers in the fashion industry by aligning plus-size fashion with mainstream fashion during New York Fashion Week.”
Garner Valentine added, “Our goal is to facilitate change in the fashion industry. There is still much work to be done, but we are excited to see the conversation on size diversity and inclusivity more forward every year.”
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WASHINGTON—In a unified message coming from thousands of backyards, living rooms, parks, and playgrounds, 11-year-olds across the country announced Friday that it’s the fourth quarter with time winding down in the Super Bowl. “Down by three, 10 seconds to go—can he do it?” said the nation’s 11-year-olds, all of whom grimaced with concentration while holding a football forward with both hands. “There’s the snap. He’s back to pass, he dodges a tackle, dodges another one, throws the ball, and—touchdown! The crowd goes wild! Super Bowl champions!” At press time, after cupping their hands around their mouths and simulating the sounds of fans cheering, the 11-year-olds had reportedly grabbed their footballs from the ground and were heard muttering, “Down by three, 10 seconds to go…” as they wound up to go again.




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Athleta’s Fourth NYC Unit Bows

Athleta today opened its fourth store in Manhattan and 112th nationwide, a 3,500-square-foot unit at 121 Wooster Street in SoHo in Manhattan.
The company unveiled a store in El Segundo, Calif., in late July and is planning to open five more stores by the end of the year. Two of the locations have been identified: Hoboken, N.J., and Leawood, Kan.
Athleta offers free fitness classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Each location offers a different class schedule ranging from Wellness Wednesday and Flow With Yoga to Zumba and Base Body Blast. A spokeswoman said fitness instructors from the neighborhood are being hired to teach the classes.
Athleta’s prices are lower than competitor Lululemon and it offers a broad range of products for both indoor and outdoor sports. Athleta was acquired by Gap Inc. for $ 148 million in 2008, when its business was dedicated to online and catalogue sales.
Former Gap Inc. chief executive officer Glenn Murphy said last year that “Athleta is on a path to become the Gap’s fourth major brand. I am getting happier with that acquisition.”

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Beyoncé Has Star-Studded Fourth of July Celebration in New Orleans With Sister Solange, Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott

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Why Do We Shoot Off Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

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One Fart From Freedom on the Fourth of July

Fart. Poop. Underpants. I’m betting right now you’re chuckling. Or at least you have a smile on your face. Because according to any kid under five, those are some of the funniest words in the English language. And let’s face it, we all have a bit of “kid” left in us. Men probably more so than women.

Why, ask any mom with sons and invariably she’ll have a story about the night her boys told fart jokes at dinner, cracking themselves up so much that they started farting right then and there.

Women are a bit more subtle. We sometimes pretend that we don’t possess the bodily function of passing gas. But when someone accidentally cuts a tiny fart in public, we all giggle. Remember that scene with Miranda in the first Sex And The City movie?

I’ve never understood why these actions make people laugh. Perhaps because it’s an embarrassing situation and we tend to snicker when embarrassed. And never in a million years did I think that fecal matter would dominate my family’s conversation for days on end.

But it did.

It all started when my father became ill. Not to be too graphic, there was a miscommunication between the elimination systems in his body. We thought things were under control until suddenly, shit hit the fan — literally. The situation required a simple surgery. But operating on an 89-year-old man always involves some risk. Fortunately, it was a success.

And then there he was, several days later, lying in a hospital bed, surrounded by his entire family, waiting to be discharged. And waiting and waiting.

Because as everyone knows, you can’t leave the hospital until you perform two main functions: that of eating and that of pooping.

The eating part started with liquids, of which he consumed very little. After a few days, he graduated to that yummy hospital Jello. And then eventually on to the next stage — that of passing gas.

So, here there I was, telling my father that “gas is good.” Any kind. The “silent but deadly” type. The “loud as a rumbling train” variety. The “juicy fruity” sort. Just let it rip, I urged.

As did my sister, our kids, our husbands, my mother.

The days passed slowly with a little gas here and there. Which meant that surely, the poop was about to come.

By day ten, you could cut the tension that weaved itself into our family dynamics. We’re all very close and it was a beautiful hospital, as far as hospitals go. It offered fine cafeteria dining in an outdoor setting, Wifi, and an assortment of vending machines that only charged a little more than minimum wage for a few bottles of water. But too much togetherness can cause friction in the best of families.

What we needed was some good old farts to cut through the air. To release my father and to set our family back on the path to normalcy.

By day fifteen, we had met all the RNs, CNAs, orderlies, team doctors, administration personnel and cafeteria cashiers. The only place in the hospital that I didn’t visit was the gift shop. Although I was tempted to buy the “farting” pillow featured in the window.

And then it happened. On the Fourth of July, while fireworks lit up the sky, popping and crackling in the air, my dad’s internal organs opened up with explosives of their own. Our family cheers rivaled those of the partygoers on the street.

As promised, he was discharged from the hospital.

Life went back to normal, with one small difference. I now have a “fart” story of my own, should the need arise.

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5 Lessons the Fourth of July Teaches You About Divorce

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The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, but it wasn’t until the middle of my divorce that I realized how much divorce and the Fourth of July have in common.

What you ask? Well, just read through the Declaration of Independence (and if you’ve never actually seen those words it’s high time you read it for yourself.)

The first paragraph alone is full of terms like “dissolving political bands” and “assuming a separate and equal station.” If that’s not divorce speak, I don’t know what is. So this Fourth of July while you are celebrating our nation’s independence, and in between barbecues, beer and overcooked hot dogs; take a moment to find the lessons this holiday can teach those of us going through divorce. Take a look.

1 . There will be fireworks.

Firecrackers, Roman candles and enormous firework displays that light up the entire night sky; [Tweet “The Fourth of July is all about pyrotechnics. Well, so is divorce.”] You are gonna have fights, skirmishes, arguments; explosions large and small will blow up on your way to a finalized divorce. It’s gonna happen. So be prepared when those fireworks begin.

2. Remember why you left.

In the Declaration of Independence the founders of our nation outlined all the reasons that this whole colony thing wasn’t working for them anymore. They outlined their reasons. The King established taxes without representation. Kept standing armies in their midst. The colonies were clear on exactly why they wanted to dissolve the marriage to Great Britain. In the same way, [Tweet “We need to be clear and remember why we chose to end our marriage.”] Remember the problems in your marriage, remember what didn’t work for you any longer. Remember these things not to wallow in the past, but to avoid glossing over all the crap that didn’t work in the relationship. If you don’t keep in mind the bad, it’s too easy to fall back into viewing the past a whole lot brighter and shinier than it probably was.

3. You are able to decide your own destiny.

Remember that whole “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” thing? Well, that applies to you too. You have a right and a responsibility to find your own best life after a divorce. You’re now the person in charge of your own happiness. No more blaming your Ex, or expecting anyone else to swoop in with a big ball of happy for you. It’s your duty to pursue the life you want to live on your own. It’s your time to go and find it. No excuses.

4. It took a battle to get here.

Our nation had to fight for nine years to attain freedom. It was a long and bloody battle towards independence. Know that more than likely your journey to independence will be a battle too. It will be bloody, and messy. Don’t run from the battle. That never works. Stand strong and be prepared. And like the United States and Britain became allies again, once your own personal war of divorce is over, maybe you and your former spouse can be friends again too. (That part might take a while but an eventual peace is something to work for.)

5. Don’t forget to celebrate your independence.

Every once in a while take the time to celebrate your own victories. Celebrate that you are either divorced or on your way. What if you didn’t ask for the divorce? Celebrate anyway. Think of all the new adventures and surprises awaiting you. It doesn’t mean you have to throw yourself an out and out party with hats and streamers and a DJ, but once in a while maybe you can pause and say a little “Yay me!”. We’ve worked hard to get here.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

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Luckybird mixed berry pie recipe


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It’s 11:00 a.m. in East Williamsburg, and Montrose Avenue smells like heaven. There are Dona Chai saffron doughnuts baking at Dun-Well, Kyoto-style ice coffees brewing at Brooklyn Ball Factory, and here, in an industrial studio lit only by natural light, Amy Berger has been up since six, rolling out dough for three dozen mini raspberry pies.

Berger, 42, is the self-made baker and owner of Luckybird, an appointment-only baking studio that has quickly become an editors’ favorite—count Eva Chen and Vogue’s Selby Drummond as fans—since it launched two years ago. This month marks her one-year anniversary in the Williamsburg space, which was a turning point. “Before that, I was baking out of my apartment,” she says, pushing a French rolling pin with open palms. “I even did a wedding out of my kitchen, which was insanity.”

Wiping her hands on an indigo recycled canvas apron, Berger shows me the results of her morning’s work: Two naked cakes—one lemon zest with vanilla bean whipped cream and fresh strawberries, the other dark chocolate with chocolate chip buttercream, topped with pale pink spray roses—those three dozen mini pies, and four large lattice and star-topped berry pies. “This is going to sound crazy,” she says, “but I make each one individually. Pies are sensitive! You have to be gentle, or else you lose control of the dough.”

Not likely to happen to Berger, a former fashion buyer turned baking perfectionist. Before launching Luckybird, she spent an entire year making batch after batch of brownies to polish her version (fudgy, not cakey, and packed with chocolate chunks). The same goes for her lemon zest cake—happily sampled at roughly three wedding tastings each week—and that perfect pie crust, which was meticulously tweaked from a Jacques Pépin recipe. Here, she thoughtfully shares that secret recipe and two berry fillings for a tasty tribute to the Fourth that you’ll find yourself craving year-round—trust us.

 



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Luckybird’s Perfect Pie Crust

 

Makes one 9-inch pie, serves 6 to 8

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 T granulated sugar

1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

2 sticks organic unsalted butter, chilled

1/4 cup and 2 T ice water

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor, and pulse several times. Cut both sticks of butter into small cubes and add them to the processor, pulsing until the butter is mixed with the flour. Be careful not to overmix: chunks of butter should still be visible, and the dough should not yet look fully formed.

Add several tablespoons of ice water at a time, and continue to pulse. The dough will loosely come together, and should resemble small crumbs that stick together once pinched. Place the mixture on a piece of parchment paper and use the paper to help form a round ball, or simply form the dough with your bare hands. Peel the paper back and cut the ball in half. Then, using the palm of your hand, press each half into a round disc and wrap individually with plastic wrap. Leave in the refrigerator for at least three hours, or overnight for best results.

Preheat the oven to 415 degrees.

Flour your work surface and remove each disc from its wrapping. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll out each disc into a 9-inch round. Press one round along the bottom and sides of your pie pan, then use the other to cut out stars or slice strips to form a lattice top. One disc should make 10–12 strips or eleven stars; eight more stars can be made if the remaining dough is formed, floured, and rolled out again. Place the pie dish back in the refrigerator to chill for 10–15 minutes, while you prepare the filling.

 



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Luckybird’s Mixed Berry Pie Filling

 

2 1/2 pints fresh blackberries

1 1/2 pints fresh raspberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 and 1/2 T cornstarch

2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 T lemon zest

 



Luckybird blueberry pie filling recipe

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Luckybird’s Blueberry Pie Filling

 

4 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 T and 1 tsp. cornstarch

Juice and zest from 1/2 lemon

Combine the flour and cornstarch in a small bowl and loosely mix with a fork or small whisk. Place the berries for your chosen filling in a large bowl, then add the mixed flour and cornstarch. Fully combine the ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula, then gradually add the lemon zest and lemon juice while gently mixing.

Pour the filling into the chilled crust and place the stars or strips on top. Then, take a small bowl of ice water and lightly brush some along the visible crust and on the stars or strips to barely coat the dough with moisture. Sprinkle small pinches of the granulated sugar across the top.

Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the pie and cover with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, and remove when the crust turns golden brown and the berries begin to bubble. Let cool for 2–3 hours before serving.

Happy Fourth!

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The whole concept of dressing/eating/child-rearing/what-have-you “like a French girl” has caught a fair amount of flak recently. Lynn Yaeger even made the case for not gravitating to that now-cliché, effortless je ne sais quoi: “Will you ever stop wondering how it is that a Parisienne is able to sail into Monoprix, drop 100 euro,” she questions, “and emerge looking like Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour?” No, Lynn, no, we won’t stop wondering! We’re screenshotting her as we speak and putting it in a folder titled “French Girl Style Inspo.”

Plus, who are we kidding? It’s nice to dream. No matter how hard one tries to embrace their homegrown style of tank tops and boat shoes or Independence Day–appropriate American-flag bikinis, there’s always the image of that one Parisian girl that is très transfixing: She’s sauntering around the city with a two-day-old, tousled unwashed mane and teeth that are just perfectly imperfect, one of those mesh supermarché bags in tow, and then immediately heading to a hazy, underground club where she is flanked by gyrating, beautiful people all night long. And she looks great—always while wearing a vague mash-up of something loungy, something dressed-up, something baggy, and something tight. Look: There’s no shame in wanting to possess that French girl shtick, because what that French girl shtick comes down to is basically “looking hot but never trying.”

So why not just embrace your amour for the messy French belles and all of their devil-may-care descriptors already? Love how they gracefully chomp down on escargot while wearing a beret? Purchase a can from Stop & Shop and a topper! Love how Brigitte Bardot always manages to maintain a come-hither pose with half-pursed lips in every photo—and every film? Buy a mirror and get to practicing! Or maybe you simply like how Françoise Hardy slouches but still has an enticing allure? Get your Quasimodo on (he’s French, too)! (Just kidding, please stand up straight: You can sling a leg over the arm of your chair or something for some of that trademark insouciance.) Or maybe it’s social media’s modern-day human #FrenchGirlStyle Pinterest board, Jeanne Damas, and how she wears lipstick that never smudges off. Well, try a waterproof swipe yourself.

It’s easy to get obsessed with the nation’s leading ladies—old and new. But they don’t care! So neither should you—in that chic, slightly unattainable way. So emulate them as much as you want, and don’t listen to anyone else: Is that not, at its core, the most truly American thing to do? Throw on a loose boyfriend-style button-down, a tight pair of skinnies, low-heeled booties, a neck scarf and call it a day with your perfected, laid-back French girl uniform. Even if you find yourself far away from Le Marais this Fourth of July, sipping on a bottle of something domestic and holding a hormone-injected hot dog, you’ll still look chic—just try to avoid getting ketchup on that marinière while you capture your Bardot pout for Instagram.



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50 Patriotic Songs (Official Anthems for Proud Americans, Fourth of July Memorial, President’s Day, Veteran’s & Labor Holidays) – Various Artists

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A Long Ago Fourth of July

It was the Fourth of July, 1927. In 23 days I would be 5 years old. A neighbor was having a barbecue and our family was invited. I was told I could stay up late enough to see the fireworks, the fireworks my Uncle Jack was bringing. Unfortunately, Jack was smoking a stogie as he came up the lawn clutching a huge bag of fireworks under his chin. Maybe he opened his mouth to say “Hello,” I don’t know, but his cigar wound up in the fireworks, and Jack wound up in the hospital.

For some reason, I recall the adults that day more clearly than I do the other kids. There were six or eight sets of parents, men I’d not seen in shorts before, one with very hairy legs I thought of mowing. The ladies seemed to laugh more than the men and were louder. That went well, as I remember it, with the colors of their dresses, far more colorful than the menswear around.

I recall the parents as quite clubby, but there were two clubs, the men and the women. When they talked together I can hear them excitedly discussing Charles Lindbergh, who had just become the first man to cross the Atlantic alone in his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis.

While all of what I described here remains in my memory there is only one split second incident that calls that July 4th, 1927 event to my mind. The backyard where the barbecue was taking place had a bush, or a line of bushes, call it a hedge, maybe three-feet tall. My father had gone into the house for something, for some reason, and as he was returning he faced the hedge and had to go around it. But he didn’t. He jumped over it. Or he leaped. Or danced. I don’t know if anyone else saw it but I did and it took my breath away. My memory has a dreamy quality in which my father is a combination of Johnny Weissmuller and Jesse Owens with a touch of Fred Astaire. I loved those men as well.

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“America when will you be angelic?
When will you take off your clothes?”

Allen Ginsberg wrote these stanzas in his iconic poem “America” in 1956. Oh, Allen, wouldn’t you have been amazed last Friday when the Supreme Court became angelic? How delighted you would have been to see the hundreds of thousands pour down Fifth Avenue on Sunday, many of whom had indeed taken off their clothes?

As this particular Fourth of July approaches, we are more than proud to be Americans, and—because some citizens love to dress up—we are particularly thrilled to celebrate in gorgeous ensembles made entirely in the USA. Our suggestions range from chic outfits suitable for a clambake (OK, has anyone ever actually been to a clambake? For that matter, do you know anyone who has?) to a rooftop party (who says you can only have fun in the Hamptons? Watch the fireworks from your friend’s roof in Bed-Stuy!) to a picnic in the park—there’s an empty bench in Tompkins Square Park with your name on it.

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Any rodent who can win the Internet like Tiny Hamster just had to be a patriot.

So it’s no surprise that our fluffy friend can host a kick-ass Fourth of July barbecue: first a little lounging in the pool, then chowing down with wee pals at a stars-and-stripes-decorated table.

Among several popular vids, the Tiny Hamster series has featured our titular critter eating tiny burritos and enjoying a teensy-weensy Thanksgiving feast. And now the pet has gone full red-white-and-blue.

God bless you, Tiny Hamster. God bless America.

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Patriotic Clothes (That Aren’t Cheesy) To Wear This Fourth Of July

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Just like fireworks and hot dogs, festive clothing is essential for celebrating the Fourth of July. But let’s face it, Independence Day and fashion don’t exactly go hand in hand. You’re more likely to associate the holiday with cheesy graphic tees than a cute dress you might actually wear when the weekend is through.

Upon further investigation, though, it turns out that there are, in fact, ways to rock stars and stripes in style. In fact, with so many fashionable, affordable options to choose from, you’ll be all set for every day of the long weekend.

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In remote Alaska, citizens have been mysteriously vanishing since the 1960s. Despite multiple FBI investigations, the truth behind the phenomena had never been discovered—until now. While videotaping therapy sessions with traumatized patients, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) unwittingly exposes terrifying revelations of multiple victims whose claims of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details. Based on actual case studies, The Fourth Kind uses Dr. Tyler’s never-before-seen archival footage alongside dramatic reenactments to present the most disturbing evidence ever documented in this provocative thriller critics are calling “terrifyingly real…The most shocking alien abduction movie to date.” –Tim Anderson, BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM

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Edenborough, 36, has reportedly requested that Oldman pay spousal support as well as her attorney fees.

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5 Most Awkward Fourth of July Films

It’s that time of year when we Americans do some hardcore self-loving. Parades, barbeques, state fairs, fireworks, drunkenly screaming, “Don’t tread on me!” — we’ll do anything and everything we can to really pat ourselves on the back for that revolution of yore. And what better way to get in the red, white and blue spirit than by pre-gaming with some patriotic movies?

You could opt for movies that sincerely make you proud to be an American, but in these days of perpetual irony, isn’t that a little too on the nose? Rather, try out a postmodern Independence Day this year, by selecting from any of these decidedly awkward offerings. Uncomfortably high levels of patriotic fervor? Check. Horribly depressing takes on the land of liberty? Check. Aliens and parasites? Check and check. Without further ado, here are five strange Fourth of July films.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Denizens of the 1940s and 1950s couldn’t get enough of marching bands and musical spectaculars in their homages to America (perhaps to try to drown out the nation’s collective PTSD from World War II?). And no movie better encapsulated this spirited fervor than Yankee Doodle Dandy.

This movie stars James Cagney as rough and tumble composer, George M. Cohan, who is literally pegged as being born on the Fourth of July. This patriotic birthright combines with vaudeville grandeur to create one over-the-top nationalistic musical performance after another, to the point that it’s downright painful to watch through modern eyes. But hey, that era reflects the last war the U.S. equivocally won (damn insurgencies), so I guess they were entitled to some simplistic “hell yeah!” celebration.  

 

1776 (1972)

This one’s a quirky creature. Still in the throes of American’s musical mania, this 1970s creation adds an element of self-awareness and humor. Which is kind of a weird when combined with a story about heavily pantalooned Founding Fathers and the birth of America — but it’s an endearing weirdness.

Here the leaders of the world’s first lasting democracy don’t pull any punches with their larger-than-life personalities and raucous debates with each other. Much of which, of course, is put to song. Really, who doesn’t like the idea of a baritone Benjamin Franklin?

 

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Sure to deflate your patriotic spirit, this movie is like a brass-knuckle punch to Uncle Sam’s gut. It also takes on the theme of being born on the Fourth of July — but to bitter irony. Tom Cruise acts out the true-life story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet paralyzed from the chest down by a gunshot sustained in battle. The film shoves your face into the unsavory elements of his disturbing physical recovery in a poorly-run VA hospital, and his continued mental and physical anguish for years afterward. Catheters and Mexican prostitutes ensue.

The experience ultimately turns him into an outspoken critic of the war who falls deeply in love with the Democratic party — which awkwardly happens to be the same party that got the country into the war to begin with (Shhh — I guess Cruise/Kovic doesn’t know!). This movie is all kinds of depressing.

 

Independence Day (1996)

And we’re back to some good-old fashioned patriotic dualism, this time in the form of invading aliens vs. the U.S. (technically the world, but pretty much the U.S.). The aliens take us by surprise and destroy most major cities, leaving survivors to rally a last-ditch effort which just happens to fall on the Fourth of July. When humanity faces sudden destruction from extraterrestrial marauders, our country’s liberation from Britain suddenly seems downright insignificant.

The world saving essentially comes down to three people: A jet pilot extraordinaire played by Will Smith, a Jewish computer genius played by Jeff Goldblum and the goddamn Commander in Chief of these United States, played by Bill Pullman. With this triad of American stereotypes, the aliens clearly don’t have a prayer.

 

The Bay (2012)

Back to bummer town. In this thriller, what starts off as a merry small-town celebration of our nation’s founding turns into a horrific epidemic of parasites that devour victims from the inside out. A local journalist and her truth-seeking compadres discover the town’s bay has been polluted by an unholy amount of poultry refuse from a nearby chicken plant. Said waste has critically altered the local ecosystem. The result: Mutant isopods from hell. Bet the residents aren’t so happy about seceding from Britain now, what with its sweet sweet nationalized health care.

The journalism crew explains all this via secretive documentary footage, so as not to bring notice to themselves in light of the ongoing massive government conspiracy (of course) to keep the pollution and resulting community genocide a secret. Needless to say, it’s just the sort of plotline that makes you want to kick back with a cold one and toast to the Star-Spangled Banner.

 

If these movies don’t set the stage for a weird Fourth of July, I don’t know what will. No need to thank me — just doing my civic duty.

This article by Jane Jones originally appeared on Ravishly.com, an alternative news+culture site for women.

 

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