Former First Lady Laura Bush is not known for saying anything too controversial or even interesting. But holy moly, does her forthcoming memoir, Spoken From The Heart, sound like a juicy read! According to The New York Times, Laura Bush will finally open up about the incident when she killed a high school friend in a car crash at age 17 and even defend President Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina. But the most interesting part of Laura Bush’s memoir, which is to be released in May, is when she alleges that she, President George W. Bush, and several members of their staff were poisoned on a trip to Germany for a G8 Summit. Yes, poisoned. That’s some really cloak-and-dagger stuff right there. Keep reading »
The following is an excerpt from Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick by Molly Ringwald — yes, THAT Molly Ringwald — which is on stands today.
When I was seven years old, I was a tall leggy kid with short shaggy hair and permanently stubbed toes, and for a good deal of time I sported a woman’s stocking (my mother’s) attached to the top of my head with two precisely crisscrossed bobby pins. This seemed to be, in my seven-year-old brain, the best solution as to how to exist in California in the seventies with a gorgeous blue-eyed older sister with long blond hair. I was sure that she knew how it tortured me as I lay on the bed and watched her brush her long straight tresses, and then flip it back over to have it land on her back, as if in slow motion. I was mesmerized by the perfection of it. It was the perfect color, the perfect weight. It even smelled nice. (Farrah Fawcett Shampoo, which I’m pretty sure was just Herbal Essences with a picture of Farrah stuck on the bottle.) I asked my mother if I could grow my hair out like my sister’s. Keep reading »
Last week we asked you to share some of the wisdom you’ve picked up on this road called life in exchange for a copy of Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine’s Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female. You astounded us with your sage words, but we liked leebs‘ comment best:
Take your bathing suit on weekend trips, no matter where you’re going or how fat you feel.
Thanks for all your comments, and don’t forget to enter this week’s contest, tote bags from The Frisky! Keep reading »
Move over Clark Kent, the comic book character with the most hair gel ever is about to hit the market. Issue #145 of Archie & Friends is Jersey-tastic because the comic’s characters are meeting up with the cast of the reality show “Riverdale Shore.” It looks like they got the spray tan lines right, but is the guido gang a little burned out by now? [The Daily What] Keep reading »
A dominatrix: all of us know what one is. But let’s be honest: few of us actually know a woman who earns her living as one (that we’re aware of, anyway). But you’ll become, ahem, intimately familiar with one after reading the recently published book, Whip Smart: A Memoir, by Melissa Febos.
Febos, who nowadays teaches writing and literature at SUNY Purchase College in New York, was just a college student looking to earn extra cash at a Manhattan dungeon. But surprisingly, something about domme-ing men for money appealed to her. Febos — who was also busy acquiring, and then kicking, a heroin addiction — spat, spanked and insulted her way through clients for a whole four years before she left the dominatrix life for good.
I spoke with Febos about what initially drew her to sex work, how she broke the news to mom and dad that she was a dominatrix (yes, they knew!), and what she did with all those kinky clothes when she finally hung up her whip. Keep reading »
“Last week was a rough week for Gayle. Every day, she’s getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies that are now showing up. New daddies who are saying, ‘Hello, daughter! Call me. I need a new roof!’ This too shall pass.”
—Oprah Winfrey subtly referencing Kitty Kelley’s new book, which makes the claim that Vernon Winfrey isn’t actually the Big O’s papa, at the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards. [Examiner] Keep reading »
If you had a vagina in the early ’90s, chances are you read the bestselling relationship book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by John Gray. The book tried to explain the male gender and their supposed inability to talk about emotions based on the concept that men and women are so, so different that we may as well be from from completely different planets! More than a few people — men and women — found this characterization reductive and offensive. But Men Are From Mars went on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, so who really cares, right? Keep reading »
Wouldn’t it be nice if right after you were born, someone handed you a how-to manual telling you everything you’d need to know to get through life? That way you’d understand, from the beginning, that there are many different types of love, failure’s OK, and certain kinds of men should be avoided at all costs. Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine’s Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female, a hardback with beautiful doodle-like illustrations, isn’t a self-help book, but it will get you thinking about love, careers, money, sex, and more, and the authors hand down pearls of wisdom for everything from doing your taxes without crying to avoiding late-night chocolate binges like helpful friends. [$15.61, Amazon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a copy of Backwards in High Heels, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us a a piece of wisdom that you learned for yourself by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, April 23. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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A is for Anarchy
there’s really no rules,
If you’re a punk rocker
you think this is cool
This is the first page of Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet, by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola — it’s an alphabet book where each letter teaches kids about punk rock-ery, like Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols and mohawks. Hey, I’m totally behind any book that encourages children to think outside the box and cultivate originality! But methinks this “children’s book” will mostly be popular with the very, very large children who buy their reading material at Urban Outfitters. [Soundscreen Design] Keep reading »