PHOTO of the day | April 16, 2014 | Collonges-la-rouge, built entirely with red sandstone, is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

PHOTO of the day | April 16, 2014 | Collonges-la-rouge, built entirely with red sandstone, is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

oupacademic | Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin! | Image: Essanay Studios (British Film Institute)

oupacademic | Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin! | Image: Essanay Studios (British Film Institute)

NYTIMES Magazine | “In the months after the announcement , the coalition that Obama needed to win a second term did not crumble. To the campaign’s surprise, Election Day exit polls showed that endorsing same-sex marriage did not hurt him among key constituencies - Catholics and Latinos, for instance, supported it. And the backing motivated Obama’s progressive base, including voters ages 18 to 30, who broke decisively his way. In addition, voters in three states for the first time approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage, while those in a fourth voted down a ban. Mehlman was correct in predicting that it would do little to drive Republican turnout. As Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director at the time, put it: ‘It was the bomb that didn’t go off.’”
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The first lady saw the whole thing as a blessing in disguise. The endless debate was over. You don’t have to dance around this issue anymore, she told her husband over breakfast, … in a conversation she relayed afterward to several top White House officials. ‘Enjoy this day,’ she said as he headed off for his interview [with ABC’s Robin Roberts]. ‘You are free.’ 

NYTIMES Magazine | “In the months after the announcement , the coalition that Obama needed to win a second term did not crumble. To the campaign’s surprise, Election Day exit polls showed that endorsing same-sex marriage did not hurt him among key constituencies - Catholics and Latinos, for instance, supported it. And the backing motivated Obama’s progressive base, including voters ages 18 to 30, who broke decisively his way. In addition, voters in three states for the first time approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage, while those in a fourth voted down a ban. Mehlman was correct in predicting that it would do little to drive Republican turnout. As Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director at the time, put it: ‘It was the bomb that didn’t go off.’”

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The first lady saw the whole thing as a blessing in disguise. The endless debate was over. You don’t have to dance around this issue anymore, she told her husband over breakfast, … in a conversation she relayed afterward to several top White House officials. ‘Enjoy this day,’ she said as he headed off for his interview [with ABC’s Robin Roberts]. ‘You are free.’ 

PHOTO of the day | April 15, 2014 | London Aquatic Centre, QEOP | Olympic seating now removed to reveal the wavelike form of the roof, and flood the pool with natural light

PHOTO of the day | April 15, 2014 | London Aquatic Centre, QEOP | Olympic seating now removed to reveal the wavelike form of the roof, and flood the pool with natural light

teahousecomic | teaser image for the next page of Teahouse!!

teahousecomic | teaser image for the next page of Teahouse!!

NYC has two seasons

cutlerish | Winter and Tourists.

Here’s my “you want to go to midtown?” face:

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PHOTO of the day | April 14, 2014 | Blue poppy

PHOTO of the day | April 14, 2014 | Blue poppy

davidlebovitz | Candying citron that I got in Switzerland. So surprised - and delighted - to find it in a local market. | http://bit.ly/1gVz5uf

davidlebovitz | Candying citron that I got in Switzerland. So surprised - and delighted - to find it in a local market. | http://bit.ly/1gVz5uf

beyonce | Coachella 2014 | Photo: Robin Harper

beyonce | Coachella 2014 | Photo: Robin Harper