We pretty much think the last good music made came out in the ’90s — and the guys and girls of Merge Records were behind a lot of it. Indie rock bands like Superchunk, Seam, and Neutral Milk Hotel provided the soundtrack for our teenage lives and beyond.
Merge Records is special not only because of the great music it puts out, but also because the label founders are musicians themselves. Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of Superchunk founded the label, and it’s their artist-focused aesthetic that really drives the Merge machine. Keep reading »
Though The Hunger Games has nowhere near the level of pop culture saturation as Twilight, the young adult trilogy is quickly gaining the same rabid fan base. But the similarities between the two fiction phenomenons end about there. The Hunger Games books present a world much darker than Stephenie Meyers’ land of glittery vampires and sullen girls. The story revolves around a post-apocalyptic society controlled by a greedy government working from a place called the Capitol. Keep reading »
French first lady Carla Bruni was supposedly extremely unhappy with the unauthorized biography Carla: A Secret Life, which claimed that she had extensive plastic surgery and was a man eater who still flirts to make hubby Nicolas Sarkozy jealous. So she decided to participate in another biography, Carla and the Ambitious, by Michael Darmon and Yves Derai. But it seems to me that many of the claims in this new book are just as inflammatory. It claims that her husband would be happy to serve just one term—which should go over well with voters?—and similarly describes Carla as a “femme fatale.”
But perhaps the most interesting tidbit in the book? When she totally sells out Michelle Obama. Keep reading »
Puberty! Thank God it’s over, right? Sorry, ladies, but you’ve only hit the snooze button when it comes to figuring out “boys, body issues, and other big-girl drama.” The new book Your So-Called Life addresses that second round of growing pains many women face in their late 20s and early 30s as they deal with mortgages, careers, marriages, aging parents, and ticking (or not ticking) biological clocks. Authors Andrea Lavinthal (a senior beauty editor at RealBeauty.com) and Jessica Rozler tackle the big questions with a humorous and relatable point of view, along with advice from over 30 experts and hilarious been there, done that first-person stories from real women. You’ll breeze through it and then want to buy copies for all of your friends.
A dishy new biography of Lady Gaga claims she crash diets, fooled around with one of her producers, and refused to tour with Kanye West after his 2009 VMAs meltdown.
Gaga was hospitalized six times during 2009 for eating-disordered behavior, claims her former tour manager David Ciemny in Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga, by Maureen Callahan. Ciemny claims Gaga made herself “physically and mentally … sick” trying to fit into her costumes, binging on only junk food and once losing 20 lbs. right-quick to fit into a crazy get-up.
The book, which releases tomorrow, also claims not-so-surprisingly that Lady Gaga’s wackadoodle image was constructed because the music industry didn’t think she was conventionally attractive enough to garner attention. Harsh! Keep reading »
Ryan Simkin spent half a decade as an employee for “Girls Gone Wild,” working his way up to be Joe Francis‘ right hand man. And now he’s written a book all about the experience called Flash! Bars, Boobs, And Busted: 5 Years On The Road With Girls Gone Wild. Naturally, Francis is suing to stop sales of the book. So what is it Joe doesn’t want you to read? Some juicy tidbits after the jump, including how Paris Hilton allegedly smuggles drugs on commercial flights. Keep reading »
Where was this book when I was trying to be a reasonably thin teenage girl? I must have missed it at the library. A must-read! [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
At a time when young celebrities are often ridiculed for their criminal hijinks and pseudo-activism, it’s important to remember that there are folks in Hollywood who actually want to use their celebrity for good. Take actress Rosario Dawson. 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 »
A friend of mine, a guy who used to occasionally step out on his woman and hook up with other girls, had the strangest theory about the female species.
“Women don’t cheat,” he told me, when I asked if he was ever worried she was doing the same thing to him. “It’s just not in their nature.” I just laughed. Of course, I was not at all surprised when he found out she’d been two-timing him for most of their relationship after their inevitable breakup, but he was completely shocked.
There are of course many things that men don’t know about women, mainly because we don’t want them to know, and so we try and keep them hidden really well. But during my two and a half years of interviewing countless ladies for Maxim‘s sex section, I discovered that there are many, many more things that we ladies keep hidden from men … Keep reading »