Every so often, a hot little blog shows up on the scene like the new kid on the block, tentative, shy, poking its head out of the basement it’s been writing in, group-texting the world “HEY GUYS, I’M HERE! LET’S HANG.” The Toast is the latest to fit the bill, and I can already tell that it’s going to be brilliant. The brainchild of The Hairpin’s former book editor Nicole Cliffe and the genius Mallory Ortberg, it’s a new corner of the internet that tackles the intersection of literature and feminism and whatever else strikes their fancy. From their intro:
The Toast is a long email chain about force-ranking the Mitford sisters. The Toast prefers free weights to circuit machines but also enjoys a good sit. The Toast doesn’t care how much you or Marilyn Monroe weigh. The Toast is happy, then dignified. The Toast is not haunted, but would welcome a visit from ghosts.
Amazing. Start here with this piece about dreams by Jen Doll, move on to this conversation about Wendy Davis and her sneakers, then read the whole thing in its entirety. [The Toast]
If you’re looking for a good way to kill some time this weekend between BBQs and beach trips, try this web series ”Model Files,” which features real-life casting agent Preston Chaunsumlit lightly skewering the modelling industry and casting process. This is a standout from Season 1, featuring a bevy of adorable, edgy babies. I’ve watched it at least three times, and it still cracks me up. Check it out!
Rebecca Martinson, modern study in leaning in and sorority girl extraordinaire, has penned an advice column for BroBible called “A Guide To Getting A Guy To Text You The Morning After,” and surprise! It’s full of really solid advice! Rebecca’s like that friend we all have or definitely need — one who gives stringent, bracing advice that leaves you at first clutching your pearls but then nodding your head in agreement. Perhaps this kind of advice is a form of female pickup artistry; these instructions, once you strip away the aggressive, Regina George-ness of it all, are pretty good. The whole thing is kind of a gem. Let’s unpack this.
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Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including a new album from R&B crooner Joe and Frisky contributor Almie Rose’s first e-book — after the jump! Keep reading »
I love a good outtake, I really do. There’s something about seeing actors break down and be actual, real people that swear and mess up at work that makes me have just a teensy more faith in humanity. Celebs — they really are just like us! Take a peek at these outtakes from Gillian Jacobs’ Absurdly Awesome video!
I don’t know about y’all, but it’s SUMMER over here in Friskyland. It’s passed from balmy and pleasant to hot like fire and sweaty outside — my favorite time of year! Summer means barbecues, it means the beach, it means cold drinks and laughter and fireflies and watching the stars — or the lights of whatever metropolis you live in — twinkle, either from a big ol’ field in the middle of nowhere, or shoulder to shoulder on a rooftop in the dark. Lucky for you, Amelia and I put together the perfect soundtrack for all your summer nights and days. Check it out after the jump!
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Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including Mavis Staples’ new album and Curtis Sittenfeld’s latest novel — after the jump! Keep reading »
Casual racism is really having a moment these days. The next pseudo-celeb to stick their foot in their mouth is Kate Gosselin, of “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ fame. Take a gander at this picture. It’s confusing, I know, so let me break it down for you. Kate Gosselin, white woman, mother of eight lovely multi-racial children, is wearing a plastic geisha wig and pulling her eyes back in the manner of playground idiots since time immemorial. What gives, Kate? Maybe she felt her star slipping, and, seeing the “success” Paula Deen is having a of late, was inspired to attempt a curated controversy. Maybe she’s just not the brightest star in the sky. Naturally, the brouhaha she created necessitated a response, so Gosselin took to her personal blog with a response, writing:
Evidently, a fan sent [the wig] for me to wear so that I too could “be Asian” like the rest of my family. At that time, a common topic of our show was “everybody’s Asian” — except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she’d help me look Asian too! It’s normal to talk about and even “exaggerate” the feature differences between family members of a biracial family as they are noticed by curious growing children within the family. These types of discoveries and at home discussions are a normal part of being a loving accepting biracial family and it does not make any of us prejudice!
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I love a bargain as much as the next thrifty gal, but sample sales are one of my personal nightmares, somewhere between being trapped in a room full of writhing snakes and living in a world where “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is the only song I hear for the rest of my life. I’ve been to a few in my day, but I feel they bring out the worst in women, and I lack the steely determination to shop til I drop like the hordes of lunch-break Lindas, clutching armfuls of floaty tops and discount sandals. Conceptually, it makes sense. Clothes are expensive, nice clothes more so. I’m just not one for willfully putting myself into situations where I have to degrade myself fighting over a bathing suit bottom or the last dress in my size.
Perhaps I’ve only had bad experiences, and that’s why I’m so down on the sample sale. Along with the office trip to Pinkberry and the collective mani on the lunch break, sample sales are representative of the icky part of being a woman. I have nothing against shared experiences, and I love frozen yogurt, manicures and discount clothing. It’s just something about the atmosphere inside these things that gives me hives. They are overwhelming, they are crowded, and women who are normally lovely and pleasant people turn into crazed bargain hunters, pushing each other aside and getting grabby over things that don’t really matter. The entire time I’m in there, I’m thinking about this bit from “The Nutty Professor, and it’s not a good look. The experience got much better once I figured out the right way to do it. The opportunity to snap up nice things at a fair price is alluring, so when a sample sale comes to town, be ready with these tips to get the most out of your sample sale experience.
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Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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