Talking points

  • Beatles alum Sir Paul McCartney was feted at the White House in honor of his receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He sang “Michelle” to the first lady, and I have to say, as another Michelle, I am incredibly jealous.
  • In other White House news and shameless plugs: Daily Show host Jon Stewart mentioned Moment Magazine (independent Jewish mag) in a riff on Obama’s reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. (Full disclosure: I interned at Moment for a total of eight months, and it was awesome. Check out the blog and new issue!)
  • A new cartoon on Comedy Central featuring Jesus in modern-day New York is under fire for its portrayal of Christianity. Critics cite Comedy Central’s willingness to censor images of Muhammad as a sign of a double standard. But, as far as I know, no conservative Christian has threatened to kill a cartoonist.
  • Slate lists several interesting ways to punish BP for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. My favorite: the Glamour magazine approach.
  • The rhythm method of birth control is becoming more popular among teenagers, which might explain why the teen pregnancy rate is no longer decreasing. Though the effort could be appreciated, a condom is much easier and much more effective. No counting!
  • Paste reviews the DVD release of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, featuring Neil Patrick Harris as a lovelorn scientist trying to get into the Evil League of Evil. Did I mention it’s also a musical? Happy happy happy.

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