Source: Feted in China, Xi’s U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope
Francis flew out of Washington, heading to a rapturous reception in New York and a star turn at the United Nations General Assembly, just as Xi was arriving.
Under Xi, U.S.-Chinese relations are at a low, hurt by tensions over cyber theft and China’s assertive moves in Asian maritime disputes.
“To be contrasted with someone who has no military, no economic might and be completely eclipsed, I think it’s astounding. I don’t think the Chinese are noticing the contrast in messages”.
Xi slid further down the U.S. news agenda on Friday morning, when Republican House of Representative Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation. The big networks quickly cut off Xi speaking at a news conference with Obama to follow a briefing by Boehner.
Xi: jerkity jerk jerk JERK
Game of Thrones: Emmy voters really, really like you. The HBO drama just smashed a 15-year-old record set by The West Wing in 2000 to earn more Emmys in a single year than any other TV show in history. Game of Thrones’ roster of wins includes three at tonight’s ceremony, including writing, directing, and a Best Supporting Actor trophy for Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones’ 11 wins already dwarfs The West Wing’s nine, but the number might get even bigger: the series is also nominated for Best Drama, which has yet to be awarded. Scott Meslow
Source: Game of Thrones just smashed a 15-year-old record for most Emmy wins in a single year
Ms. Collins, sister of the actress Joan Collins, had been battling breast cancer, her family said in a statement.
Source: Jackie Collins, Novelist Who Wrote of Hollywood’s Glamorous Side, Dies at 77
Barry Gewen said of Ms. Collins’s “American Star: A Love Story” that it might more appropriately be titled “Coming Up for Air.”
- I think that backhanded compliment is the the best obit for Jackie!
Here it is! Courtesy of Parade magazine from a few years ago. I don’t usually read parade but my room mate does, and she asked if I knew “who this guy was”. As a rabid Sookie books / True Blood fan I was floored. I looked online but never found a digital version so I scanned it in.
Kept it secret. Kept it safe.
In honor of Joe finally getting decent billing in a major motion picture, I give you Joe’s Day! Enjoy 😀
This is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously)
via Not a Good Idea: Publishing Jack White's Guac Recipe.
the Oklahoma Daily published the details of his concert rider this week—the rider included, among other things, the exact recipe to be used for the guacamole White’s team wanted served backstage. It’s nothing shocking (the ingredients are about what you’d expect, though the instructions do include lines like “we want it chunky” and “SAVE THE PITS THOUGH”), but apparently White’s talent company was none too happy with the article
And the recipe:
In the Sydney Morning Herald, Joel Meares offers up 11 alternative obituaries for male authors. For example: "Smirky, and certainly too fond of tanning, Ian Fleming nevertheless could write about spies and stuff."
via 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough Called 'Overweight,' 'Plain' in Obituary.