Bryan Kutner is an HIV counselor who shared his knowledge and experience with us for last week's "Please Don't Infect Me, I'm Sorry" story. However, Kutner has taken exception to the overall tone of the piece, so we invited him for a discussion (slash debate?) on HIV risk, prevention, stigma and what all else you want to ask him about.
Robert Anasi moved to Williamsburg in 1994 and spent more than a decade watching the neighborhood transform from an isolated and novel bohemia into the fully gentrified cultural monster that it is today. His new book, The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a first person chronicle of the neighborhood's character (and characters), and of its changes.
Joe Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and, without any money, set out to live off of Craigslist for a full month. Armed with a passport, toothbrush, laptop, contact-less cell phone, and the clothes he was wearing, Garner traveled the US for all 31 days in December, relying on the good people of Craigslist for food, shelter, and transportation. His documentary, Craigslist Joe, chronicles his experiences on the road.
Neil Barofsky was at the very center of the U.S. government's response to the 2008 economic collapse. He spent more than two years, until March of 2011, as Special Inspector General for the TARP program, overseeing and monitoring government bailout funds. Now, Barofsky has written a ferocious book detailing how, he says, "Washington abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street." And he's here to take questions from you, the Main Streeters.
It takes a special, sultry someone to read aloud E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey. With all those "holy crap's!" and "Later, baby's," Anastasia's Steele's inner goddess requires a very specific kind of reading. (Hence the trending Twitter topic, #best/worst50ShadesAudioBookNarrator. For example, Stephen Hawking and Betty White.)
You're an educated, quick-talking, whip-smart son of a gun who prides yourself on maintaining a diverse group of friends who come from varying walks of life. But are there any card-carrying evangelical Christians who run in your group? Do you even know what it means to be an evangelical? Well lucky for you, today is your day to meet one.
This week sees the debut of a fascinating new documentary, Kumaré, in which a director from New Jersey, Vikram Gandhi, goes undercover as a guru and ends up gaining a following through his deception. It's something of a social experiment and you can check out the video above for more background on the premise, or read the synopsis below, courtesy of the film's official site:
Me @ the Zoo, a documentary about Chris Crocker's rise to Internet fame, his "Leave Britney alone!" peak and its aftermath, premieres Monday, June 25 at 9 pm ET on HBO. Chris is joining us for a discussion right now. Below, let's chat with him about his inextricably bound life and career and let's not be dicks.
Proving once again that the US Military makes strategic decisions based on the rantings of the lunatic fringe, our post last week about the Marine Corps' "We teach black people to swim" ad prompted an article about the "controversy" in the Marine Corps Times, and a healthy discussion on the paper's online discussion boards. Sentiment among the ex-military commenters there is currently running 30-0 against the ad having a racial component. "In my life time, I've learned through life experiences, in order for a person(s) to make a comment such as this. That they are racial in one way or another," says one. He's right, you know. (UPDATE: Former gay porn star/ Marine and current conservative blogger Matt Sanchez adds: "Smearing the military is never a big enough issue for the Gawker, it's a reflex. Maybe if they "subtly" stereotyped gay males as promiscuous this issue would have warranted greater indignation.") [MCT. Watch the ad here.]