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This Indian Student Has Designed A Bag That Expresses Emotions

HuffPost India | Aashmita Nayar | July 1, 2016 | India
In an attempt to revive the dying art of conversation in today’s social-media driven world, 20-year-old Madhura Kulkarni has designed an LED Emoji Bag. “People in the 21st century are so engrossed in social media that they hardly talk to each other verbally. Human to human verbal communication...

Gay Talese Says His New Book Isn't Credible, Then Defends It

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | July 1, 2016 | Arts
Gay Talese didn't mean it, guys. The nonfiction writer and journalist told The Washington Post on Thursday that he is disavowing his new book The Voyeur's Motel because its "credibility is down the toilet." The book follows Colorado motel owner Gerald Foos, outlining the three decades he spent...

13 Photos Of Fireworks At Weddings That Are Absolutely Explosive

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | July 1, 2016 | Weddings
There's nothing like wedding fireworks to really end the party -- and start off your marriage -- with a bang. In celebration of July 4, we're sharing some of our favorite shots of fireworks at weddings. Check them out below. 

Eva Longoria Posts A Moving Message About How Selena Inspired Her

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | July 1, 2016 | Latino Voices
On Tuesday, Selena Quintanilla fans celebrated news that the Queen of Tejano would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than 20 years after her tragic death. The announcement was particularly special for Eva Longoria. The 41-year-old actress, who was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas like Selena, will...

Jennifer Lopez's Makeup-Free Selfie Has A Surprise 'Hamilton' Guest

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | July 1, 2016 | Entertainment
No makeup necessary! Jennifer Lopez might require a glam squad to go full J.Lo every night of her Las Vegas residency, but in her down time she's happy to just be Jenny from the Block.  The "Shades of Blue" star shared a photo of herself looking gorgeous...

What Does 'Kafkaesque' Mean, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | July 1, 2016 | Arts
You poor mortal fools -- you thought you already knew what "Kafkaesque" meant, didn't you? How wrong you were. A recent TED-Ed animated video by Noah Tavlin lays it all out, explaining how we cavalierly misuse the adjective and what it really means. "Beyond the word's casual use," he asks, "what makes something Kafkaesque?" (You can check out the full video below.)  Sure, you might be shouting at your computer or smartphone screen, we know what "Kafkaesque" is. Obviously, it means reminiscent of the themes and events found in the work of Franz Kafka, the Prague-born author whose famous stories (such as The Trial and The Metamorphosis) drew upon the soul-crushing bureaucratic machinery of Eastern European communism. We can even get more specific, though. "Kafkaesque" describes, as the Oxford Dictionaries would put it, "oppressive or nightmarish qualities," or as Merriam-Webster suggests, "having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality." Here's the rub, though: Any time an author's oeuvre becomes the basis for its own descriptor (Orwellian, Dickensian, Proustian), the meaning of that adjective depends completely on the interpretations of the original work. No matter what the dictionary says about "Kafkaesque," the true denotation has nothing to do with dictionary entries and everything to do with what literary critics have to say about Kafka himself.  Tavlin's own definition of "Kafkaesque" derives from reading The Trial, "A Hunger Artist," The Metamorphosis and other Kafka works more closely, and he draws out several trademarks of his fiction beyond the idea of a baffling, illogical bureaucracy. "It's not the absurdity of bureaucracy alone, but the irony of the characters' circular reasoning in reaction to it, that is emblematic of Kafka's writing," the video argues.  This TED-Ed video is the latest entrant in a long-running battle to define "Kafkaesque," and, in a roundabout way, define Kafka's artistic legacy. In 1991, Kafka biographer Frederick Karl offered a more limited but fairly straightforward definition to The New York Times: "What I'm against is someone going to catch a bus and finding that all the buses have stopped running and saying that's Kafkaesque," he said. "What's Kafkaesque [...] is when you enter a surreal world in which all your control patterns, all your plans, the whole way in which you have configured your own behavior, begins to fall to pieces [...] What you do is struggle against this with all of your equipment, with whatever you have. But of course you don't stand a chance. That's Kafkaesque." A 2014 Atlantic "By Heart" column with author Ben Marcus, about Kafka's "A Message From the Emperor," claims that Marcus's "discussion of the piece ultimately included a concise and brilliant argument for what constitutes the Kafkaesque, though he never used that word." Instead, Marcus made arguments about what Kafka's "quintessential qualities" were, including "affecting use of language, a setting that straddles fantasy and reality, and a sense of striving even in the face of bleakness -- hopelessly and full of hope." (If "affecting use of language" becomes one of the qualifiers for appropriately deploying "Kafkaesque," the term will be almost impractically circumscribed.) As Tavlin argues, "The term Kafkaesque has entered the vernacular to describe unnecessarily complicated and frustrating experiences, especially with bureaucracy. But does standing in a long line to fill out confusing paperwork really capture the richness of Kafka’s vision?" Probably not. What does, aside from Kafka's own brilliant and rightfully well-studied fiction? By this standard, perhaps we should only call Kafka himself Kafkaesque.  Prescriptivists who want to limit how we use terms like "Kafkaesque" are almost certainly fighting a losing battle, but there are some side benefits. For example, a quirky, thoughtful video exploring the common motifs and themes of Kafka's fiction -- that's a worthy end in itself. H/t Electric...

All Black Female Comedy Show To Fundraise For Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | July 1, 2016 | Black Voices
Agunda Okeyo celebrates blackness and explores how to heal pain with humor through her work as a writer, producer and activist. "Laughter is the most liberating emotion and it's my joy to bask in it and share it with others," Okeyo told The Huffington Post. ...

The Lisa Frank Adult Coloring Book Has Arrived -- And It's Only $3

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | July 1, 2016 | Arts
It seems like just June 27 when I first learned that a Lisa Frank adult coloring book was "coming soon," on its merry way to de-stressing cranky millennials around the globe with some black-and-white ballerina bunnies, frisky kitties and psychedelic dolphins. And now, just like that,...

Don't Miss The 10 Best Movies Of 2016 So Far

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | July 1, 2016 | Entertainment
Half of 2016 has already come and gone, but have any Oscar contenders hit theaters yet? Have any future classics graced our biggest screens? Probably so! Despite the blockbuster box-office woes plaguing Hollywood's purse strings right now, this year has offered a few remarkable movies here...

12 Patriotic Baby Names Inspired By Revolutionary War Figures

Nameberry | Caroline Bologna | July 1, 2016 | Parents
This coming Monday, the U.S. celebrates Independence Day, a time not only for barbecues and burgers, flag-waving and fireworks, but also a chance to look back at the history of the nation. Nameberry took the opportunity to examine some of the more interestingly named heroes in...

'Ben And Lauren: Happily Ever After' And All The Boring Reality TV We Love

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | June 30, 2016 | Entertainment
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. Sign up to receive it in your inbox weekly. Bachelor Nation has been rocked by latest...

Prepare Yourself For Donald Trump: The Musical

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | June 30, 2016 | Politics
Finally, some good news for everyone unable to get tickets to “Hamilton” -- there’s a new musical about one of America’s most iconic political figures: Donald Trump. “Drumpf: The Musical” may soon be heading to several...

America Ferrera On The One Thing White Male Actors Never Have To Worry About

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | July 1, 2016 | Latino Voices
America Ferrera knows first hand how limiting it is to work in an industry that offers so little representation for people of color and women, and she's tired of it. "As an actor of color, I really, every now and then, would love the freedom to play...

A Wild New Fairy Tale Breaks Down The Barrier Between Good And Evil

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | June 30, 2016 | Arts
http://huffingtonpost.tumblr.com/post/146713268745/new-leaf-with-huffpost-editor-maddie-crum-features Before the earwormy Disney hit “Frozen” made sentimental children of us all, Hans Christian Andersen wrote a story about a young girl who saves her sibling from the icy grip of a wrathful queen. “The...

Legendary Modern Artist KG Subramanyan Passes Away

HuffPost Staff | Prajakta Hebbar | June 30, 2016 | India
VADODARA/ NEW DELHI -- Legendary artist KG Subramanyan, credited with being one of the pioneers of Indian modern art, passed away in Vadodara on Wednesday at the age of 92. "The Kerala-born artist, who had been recovering from a hip surgery conducted over four weeks ago, suddenly took ill and...

Blink-182 Talks Teen Angst And The Mysterious Meaning Behind Its Name

Maddie Crum | June 30, 2016 | Entertainment
“I guess this is growing up,” Mark Hoppus sings with a raspy croon. It’s the catchy, jump-around chorus of “Dammit,” one of Blink-182’s breakout songs, recorded in 1997 for their second studio album, “Dude Ranch.” Hearing the band play the song this week at a Capital One and Uber-sponsored show...

‘Dear Brock Turner’ Photo Series Gives A Voice To Silenced Rape Victims

Alanna Vagianos | July 1, 2016 | Women
A new photo series is reminding survivors of sexual assault that it is never their fault.  The series titled "Dear Brock Turner" was created by photographer Yana Mazurkevich for the sexual assault awareness media platform Current Solutions. The project features images of...

The Tiny Detail You May Have Missed In Da Vinci's Last Supper

Carol Kuruvilla | July 1, 2016 | Religion
Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" captures the moment that Jesus Christ revealed that one of his friends would betray him, an act that ultimately led to his death. Every inch of this iconic Renaissance image has been studied by art historians and by conspiracy...

Artist's Artwork On Khajuraho Is A Witty Comment On Censorship

Aashmita Nayar | June 30, 2016 | India
Visual artist Akshita Chandra is a student at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bengaluru. In her seventh semester at the institute, she had to submit a project based on any historical event. Chandra wanted to do something that went beyond the purely historical....

What Went Into 'Swiss Army Man'? Daniel Radcliffe's Corpse, Farting Marathons And 'Turn Down For What'

Matthew Jacobs | July 1, 2016 | Entertainment
"Swiss Army Man" begins with a suicide attempt that's salvaged by a dead body. Paul Dano plays Hank, a sullen loner marooned on an island where a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore. Said corpse, Hank learns, talks and carries a supernatural ability to guide him home,...
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