The sweet hooked rug, gone bad: How artist Hannah Epstein gives a retro craft some bite

Los Angeles Times

Hannah Epstein's "Soft Teeth," left, "The Hybrid Kid" and "Mouser" are all from 2017. Hannah Epstein's "Soft Teeth," left, "The Hybrid Kid" and "Mouser" are all from 2017. Hannah Epstein's riotous exhibition at Steve Turner may bring back memories of hours spent with latch hook rug kits -- those ready-to-assemble crafts that, strand by strand, formed a fuzzy image of a cheery rainbow, heart or "Sesame Street" character. The Canadian artist's hooked rugs, however, are the bad sister-in-laws of those anodyne projects. "Monster World" assembles shaggy, snarling, off-kilter beasts that have more to do with alternative comics, cartoons and Internet culture than they do with sweetness and light.


Cubs reward Epstein for turnaround with 5-year extension

U.S. News

FILE - In this Monday, April 11, 2016 file photo, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein talks to media at Wrigley Field before the start of an opening day baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a five-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 rewarding him for an overhaul that has a long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908. The agreement announced Wednesday keeps Epstein under contract through 2021.


Cubs president Theo Epstein got so wonderfully drunk at the World Series

Mashable

If there's any time to get delightfully drunk, it's after winning the World Series and breaking a 108-year-old curse. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein didn't hesitate to get a good buzz going before doing a few TV interviews after the team's clinching Game 7 win. "I'm going on a bender, so wake me up at the winter meetings," Epstein joked as he crashed an interview with Jed Hoyer, the Cubs' executive vice president and general manager. Typically saying "fuck" on network TV does not fly – but when Epstein used our favorite four-letter word in a post-game interview last night, it accidentally made it to air. Cubs superfan Bill Murray interviewed "the boss" in the locker room, and Epstein was quick to douse Murray with champagne.


MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito resigns following reports of financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Saturday that Joichi Ito has resigned as director of the MIT Media Lab amid concern over his financial ties with disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein. Ito, a Japanese national, had been under pressure to step down following revelations of financial assistance from Epstein, who committed suicide in New York prison last month amid allegations that he ran a sex trafficking ring. According to The New York Times, Ito received $525,000 from Epstein for the lab and $1.2 million for his own investment funds. In a statement issued on Aug. 15, Ito apologized for his ties with Epstein. While acknowledging receipt of financial aid from Epstein, Ito said, "I was never involved in, never heard him talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of."


Prince Andrew denies witnessing late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein abuse young girls

The Japan Times

LONDON – Britain's Prince Andrew on Saturday insisted that "at no stage" during his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein did he "witness … any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest." The prince, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, is under heavy fire over his relationship with the disgraced U.S. financier, and admitted in a statement Saturday that "it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010." "At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction." Epstein was found dead in his cell earlier this month, and the prince was once more drawn into the story after a video was released purporting to show him at the criminal's home in 2010. Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring for prostitution a girl under the age of 18 and served 13 months in prison before being released on probation.