Last Call: Katharine Hepburn and contemplating mortality

Kate Bernot 06/13/2018. 5 comments
Last Call

Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and bullshit the night away. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.


Let’s appreciate Katharine Hepburn

Reasons why I have the greatest job in the world: I’m probably the only person who posted not one but two stories about Katharine Hepburn today; as someone who has been steeped in old movies since I was a kid, this makes me extremely happy. Earlier we kicked off a new column here at The Takeout about celebrity recipes, so I went with Hepburn’s famous batch of brownies, which was a big hit with everyone who tasted them. But that wasn’t even my only recent Hepburn encounter: The A.V. Club decided to bring back the Watch This Feature for Valentine’s week, so I got to write about one of Hepburn and Tracy’s last screen outings: Desk Set. If you love Mad Men, but would like to see that mid-century style in its actual time period, Desk Set offers a wonderful portrait of 1950s office culture, along with yet another witty Tracy-Hepburn rom-com. For your Valentine’s Day this week, you can quickly whip those brownies, then fire up that movie, and presto: perfect at-home date night. You’re welcome, and happy (early) Valentine’s Day! [Gwen Ihnat]


How cells die

Because I spend my free time on the internet exploring deep philosophical questions about what it means to be alive—and also slapping dancing hot dog gifs on my photos—I am still pondering the questions raised in this Newsweek article about what happens to our cells after death. New research on both humans and animals suggests that cells in our bodies die via “a ‘step-wise shutdown,’ by which parts of us die gradually, at different rates, rather than all at once.” Even when our bodies have ceased to have a pulse, brain cells might not have degraded far enough to be considered “dead.” See? Deep. [Kate Bernot]

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1 Ariana Grande

7 Rings flac

Ariana Grande. 2019. Writer: Ariana Grande;Richard Rodgers;TBHits;Njomza;Michael "Mikey" Foster;Kaydence;Tayla Parx;Scootie;Oscar Hammerstein II;Victoria Monét.
2 Alan Walker

Lily flac

Alan Walker. 2018. Writer: Alan Walker;Lars Kristian Rosness;Magnus Bertelsen;K-391;Didrik Handlykken;Marcus Arnbekk.
3 Alec Benjamin

Let Me Down Slowly flac

Alec Benjamin. 2019. Writer: Alec Benjamin;Sir Nolan;Michael Pollack.
4 Alan Walker

Lost Control flac

Alan Walker. 2018. Writer: Alan Walker;Thomas Troelsen;Mood Melodies;Sorana;Fredrik Borch Olsen;Magnus "Magnify" Martinsen.
5 Skylar Grey

Everything I Need flac

Skylar Grey. 2018. Writer: Elliott Taylor;Rupert Gregson-Williams;Skylar Grey.
6 Post Malone

Sunflower flac

Post Malone. 2018. Writer: Carl Rosen;Louis Bell;Billy Walsh;Carter Lang;Swae Lee;Post Malone.
7 Westlife

Hello My Love flac

Westlife. 2019. Writer: Steve Mac;Ed Sheeran.
8 Alan Walker

Different World flac

Alan Walker. 2018. Writer: Shy Nodi;Alan Walker;Fredrik Borch Olsen;James Njie;Marcus Arnbekk;Gunnar Greve Pettersen;K-391;Corsak;Shy Martin;Magnus Bertelsen.
9 Sam Smith

Fire On Fire flac

Sam Smith. 2018. Writer: Steve Mac;Sam Smith.
10 Conor Maynard

Way Back Home (Sam Feldt Edit) flac

Conor Maynard. 2018. Writer: Ji Hye Lee;Shaun.
11 Normani

Dancing With A Stranger flac

Normani. 2019. Writer: Mikkel S. Eriksen;Tor Hermansen;Jimmy Napes;Normani;Sam Smith.
12 Slushii

Never Let You Go flac

Slushii. 2019. Writer: Sofía Reyes;Slushii;Aviella Winder.
13 Skrillex

Face My Fears flac

Skrillex. 2019. Writer: Poo Bear;Skrillex;Utada Hikaru.
14 Alora & Senii

Love U So flac

Alora & Senii. 2019. Writer: Alora & Senii.
15 The Chainsmokers

Hope flac

The Chainsmokers. 2018. Writer: Kate Morgan;Chris Lyon;Alex Pall;Andrew Taggart.
16 Imagine Dragons

Believer flac

Imagine Dragons. 2019. Writer: Dan Reynolds;Lil Wayne;Wayne Sermon;Ben McKee;Daniel Platzman;Robin Fredriksson;Mattias Larsson;Justin Tranter.
17 Alan Walker

I Don't Wanna Go flac

Alan Walker. 2018.
18 Mike Perry

Runaway flac

Mike Perry. 2019. Writer: Andreas Wiman;Dimitri Vangelis;Richard Müller;Sasha Rangas;Stefan Van Leijsen;Mike Perry.
19 Gesaffelstein

Lost In The Fire flac

Gesaffelstein. 2019. Writer: Ahmad Balshe;Nate Donmoyer;Gesaffelstein;DaHeala;The Weeknd.
20 Hozier

Almost (Sweet Music) flac

Hozier. 2019. Writer: Hozier.

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