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Family Fun Or Family Feud? How To Handle This Thanksgiving

The first line of the Tolstoy classic Anna Karenina reads “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – and the category your family falls into could make or break your Thanksgiving holiday. It’s often said that family gatherings bring out the worst in people, and every year, advice pours in on how to handle yours. Here’s a little bit of help this holiday season, whether you are happy or otherwise.

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Quickies: John Mayer And Gerard Butler Talk Ladies’ Man Life, Glambert Takes His Show To CBS

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“Project Runway” Controversy: Did Irina Rip Off New York Magazine?

On last week’s episode of “Project Runway,” resident mean girl Irina Shabayeva was called out for using trademarked images of Coney Island on the silk-screened tees she was planning to show at Bryant Park. Tim Gunn handed down the word from the lawyers and Irina had to soldier on, making new, original tees to keep her New York theme. But Project Rungay bloggers Tom and Lorenzo think the revamped shirt, emblazoned with reasons to love New York, is no better. They’re pretty sure she lifted the phrases on the shirt from New York magazine’s annual “Reasons to Love New York” issue. Phrases like “Because Robert Moses would have a coronary if he could see our streets now” and “Because people will still do crazy things to live here” seem cribbed directly from the issue. Keep reading »

Quickies: Lindsay Lohan’s Newest Tantrum & Oprah’s Star-Making Powers At Work Again

  • More out-of-control Lindsay Lohan behavior: this time, she apparently tried to scam clothes during a recent Kitson appearance. [Fox News] — Another day, another cry for help from La Lohan. Poor dear.
  • Test your knowledge of Victorian era sexual slang. [TresSugar] — You’ll learn just how “gay” the Gay ’90s were.
  • A German model was charged with trying to extort $100,000 from Cindy Crawford and her husband after threatening to release a stolen photo to the tabloids. [L.A. Times]

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When In Rome: Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi “Parties” With 200 Italian Women

When Muammar Gaddafi went to speak at the U.N. General Assembly in September, he drew controversy — he was protested, shut out of local housing, and his nearly two-hour speech was disparaged in the news. But the Libyan leader may have found a new way to speak his message to the people.

While attending a U.N. global food summit in Rome, Gaddafi reportedly brought some 200 women to a local villa, where he lectured them for two hours about his country and women’s roles in the Islamic faith. Keep reading »

Studying The Catwalk In The Classroom

Princeton University’s campus is about to get fierce! According to The Ink, the blog for the university’s press club, a class on fashion models is among the New Jersey school’s offerings in the spring.

It is the Ivy League, so don’t expect a class discussion on the latest season of “America’s Next Top Model” (sorry, Tyra). “Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models” in the Comparative Lit and African-American Studies departments, will focus on “American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class.” Required texts include the life stories of famous models Alek Wek, Waris Diric, and Irina Pantaeva; students will discuss the constructions of femininity and ethnicity and relate their own ideas on beauty ideals in their assignments. Keep reading »

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