White women talk about Nicholas Sparks, Eat Pray Love, Carrie Underwood and mascara. Black women love lip gloss, self-help and “Pretty Woman.” Latinas are gung-ho for the “Twilight” saga and “Sixteen Candles.” For Asian women, it’s “A Walk To Remember,” lip balm, and Tuesdays With Morrie that make the cut. Middle Easterners get excited by Vogue and Elizabeth Gilbert, while for Indians it’s “When Harry Met Sally” and Jane Austen. Pacific Islanders just love Mitch Albom, chivalry, and a bargain.
You might be wondering what I am talking about. Keep reading »
Sucky people have not actually sucked on MTV for over a decade now, but there was a time when the channel didn’t send us diving underneath the bathroom sink for something toxic. Alas, a cartoon like “Daria” would never exist today and that’s why we “Daria” super-nerds need to get our hands on “Daria: The Complete Animated Series” DVD, which was released this spring. In honor of this momentous occasion, the blog Can I Get A Man With That? called up Tracy Grandstaff, the actress who voiced Lawndale High’s #1 social outcast, Daria Morgendorffer, for five seasons. Keep reading »
Sharpen your pencils, little monsters: The University of Virginia is offering a class on Lady Gaga called “GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity.” Taught by grad student Christa Romanosky, the Lady Gaga class is a prerequisite course to essay writing on the theme of how the mama monster pushes social boundaries. Students will listen to Gaga’s music and watch her music videos, but also read about her influence on feminism and gender expression. UVA has also offered Harry Potter-themed classes to make prerequisite essay courses more interesting. Keep reading »
Do a little happy dance: Amy Poehler will return to “Saturday Night Live” on September 25th to host with Katy Perry as the musical guest. But all is not well on the new “SNL” season — featured player Jenny Slate has allegedly been given the boot. Keep reading »
I have a lot of regrets about my college education.
I regret that tuition was $40,000 a year, so that my classmates were mostly rich, white kids. I regret that I am paying back thousands in student loans. I regret that my journalism program forced me to take an introductory class on reporting, even though I’d already written articles for my hometown newspaper for two years. I regret that I took two different photography classes, but haven’t snapped a single freakin’ photo since. I regret that I wasted time, money, and precious sanity on a required math class that gave me the anxiety attacks of your worst nightmares.
And most of all, I regret that I took as many gender and sexuality studies courses as I did. Keep reading »
Tim Gunn‘s new book, Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, was released today and before you buy a copy, you absolutely must A) read our Q&A with the “Project Runway” guru and B) watch this clip of Tim visiting “Regis & Kelly” this morning. Remember that story about how Tim and a colleague from Parsons saw Anna Wintour being carried down five flights of stairs by her bodyguards after a fashion show? Well, Anna caught wind of it and, damn, she was not happy. Anna‘s director of communications called up Tim and demanded an apology. “For what?” he asked. “For implying that she doesn’t know how to work a Manolo?” Yes, this qualifies as a problem for some people. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
Tim Gunn has a giant pair of balls.
No, I am not intimately familiar with the contents of Tim’s nattily tailored suits. I have read the “Project Runway” mentor’s latest book, a half-memoir/half-etiquette guide called Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons For Making It Work, and let me tell you, this man has chutzpah. The rude and ridiculous behavior of celebs and mere mortals alike — including his own family — are picked apart in the book; Gunn has already attracted attention for his scandalous revelations, from seeing Anna Wintour being carried down a flight of stairs by her minions to Andre Leon Talley being hand-fed grapes. For instance, he describes filming a Macy’s commercial with Martha Stewart and her daughter, Alexis, who referred to her mother as a “goddamned bitch” and called the products she was hawking at Macy’s “crap.” (He also describes the Stewarts’ relationship as “there’s something ‘Grey Gardens’ about the two of them.” Ha!)
But the craziest revelation to me was not about celebs, per se. Gunn’s father worked as a ghostwriter for J. Edgar Hoover, the former director of the FBI who was allegedly a cross-dresser. Well, Gunn strongly suggests that when, as a child visiting his father’s office, he was introduced to the “I Love Lucy” star Vivian Vance it was actually Hoover in drag. “I’m not saying at the age of eight I definitely met J. Edgar Hoover at his office in the FBI wearing a dress and makeup, only that I strongly suspect it,” Gunn writes.
ZOMG is right. After the jump, read all about Tim Gunn’s lunch with Michelle Obama, Gretchen’s “psychosis” this season on “Project Runway,” and how he has hidden this book from his mother all summer: Keep reading »
Someone call Child Protective Services! Baby girl Sidhi Siddharth Sinune of Maharashtra, India, plays with a python that her father brought home after earning extra cash as a snake catcher. “I can’t buy her costly toys, but I can get her snakes to play with,’ he told the Daily Mail. Sorry, that’s a parenting FAIL. But, hey, if she’s not squeezed to death, some day she could have a nice purse. [The Daily Mail] Keep reading »