Conversation Piece, January 21, 2018

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Enjoy our Sunday series, Conversation Piece, a NUVO–curated digest of things on the Internet we think you’ll want to talk about.

And thrust. While performing rhythmic pelvic tips in barre class, has the thought ever crossed your mind that the optics of the exercise program are a bit seductive? It turns out, as Danielle Friedman writes for The Cut, the secret most barre studios don’t promote is that barre’s origins are deeply sexual. Barre’s creator, Lotte Berk, specifically wanted to advance what she called “the state of sex” by encouraging women to pursue sex for their own pleasure. Learn more about barre’s sexy history (and why it’s hushed up) here.

Who’s a good boy? As natural anthropomorphizers, humans love talking to our pets. But perhaps the underlying reason we ask Felix how his day was has more to do with our anxieties or intelligence level than our easy rapport with the cat, or perhaps we instinctively know that our animals are processing our language in their own way. Learn more about what this habit may mean for you and your pet, here.

Super fresh. Perhaps you have seen or heard of sannakji—a traditional Korean dish comparable to octopus sashimi, though in this case, the food is so fresh it’s literally still moving (alarming quickly, for those unused to it). While commonplace in its home country, restaurants that have tried to serve sannakji abroad have come under criticism by those who believe the still-moving octopus is alive. Consider whether this dish is humane yourself, here.

Movie night suggestions. When late film critic Roger Ebert hated a film, he didn’t hold back with the insults—which are admittedly entertaining to read in this round up of zingers, even if you don’t agree with his judgements of films like Charlie’s Angels and Spice World (sample: “There is a word for this movie, and that word is: Ick.”) Perhaps a schlock-film screening is in order? Read the insults, here.

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January 21, 2018