vol 15, issue 9

Humor

1. Avril Lavigne: Recorded the theme song for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

R. Kelly: In 1997, became the first singer to enter professional basketball when he signed to the Atlantic City Seagulls.

In honor of November being “Sleep Comfort Month,” we present The Eye’s
guide to cuddling. As an activity, cuddling finds itself somewhere in between the
carnal storm of sexy time and the drooling knockout of sleepy time. It can be sexual

The Lead

Alex Benepe, commissioner and CEO of the International Quidditch Association (IQA), smoothed his pearl-white suit and tipped his top hat before addressing the thousands of athletes and spectators gathered for the sixth annual Quidditch World Cup—another sign of the growing popularity of this fictional sport.

Interview

Great cities are multi-faceted, and Sudhir Venkatesh, a sociology professor at Columbia, sets out to record their darker sides.

View from Here

We were driving back from a family dinner at a posh Los Angeles restaurant, the kind whose clientele doesn’t dare to touch the breadbaskets.

The Eye

“Charter schools allow parents to choose the best education for children.” The words are printed in white block letters over a blue-tinted video of families protesting rent hikes for charter schools.

On family car trips to my cousins’ house in Pittsburgh, my four siblings and I—spanning 12 years in age—would engage in heated debates about whether J.K. Rowling would kill off Harry Potter. My eldest brother would assert that Harry’s inherent mediocrity would ultimately necessitate his demise.

“There’s a glass ceiling to break,” sings Lily Allen in her just-released single “Hard Out Here,” which the British performer sells as satirical and scathing commentary on the music industry.

Like many, shall we say, “bandwagon” music fans, I bought the Arcade Fire’s song “We Used to Wait” well after “The Suburbs” earned critical acclaim and several Grammys. My sole motivation was that the girl I was seeing at that time was really into their music.