Is it better to be feared or loved? That's the Machiavellian question at the heart of the new indie film "Whiplash." For Fletcher, the abusive teacher who heads an elite collegiate music ensemble in New York City, that question is simple. Fletcher is played by J.K. Simmons in a role that will surely get him an Oscar nomination.
Appearing naked onscreen isn't something that requires much bravery, writes Lena Dunham in "Not That Kind of Girl," (Random House) a book of essays that delves into the most personal aspects of being a young woman of astounding achievement. Writing and starring in a hit show on HBO? Awesome. Getting paid more than $3.5 million to write your first book? Well, you can stick a feather in your cap and call it macaroni.
When we first moved to New York City in the late '90's, my friends and I, being young, single, and low salaried, decided it wasn't too big a sin to "crash" Yom Kippur services. (Meaning, to sneak into services we hadn't purchased tickets for).