I’m a tiny bit obsessed with R. Kelly, for a number of reasons. One of them: His epic “Trapped in the Closet” 32-part song and video masterpiece. R. Kelly said that it was like he had made up a whole new genre of music and entertainment, because it was telling a story with words and music. Noooooooooow, just think about that for a minute. Also, he is the guy responsible for bringing the phrase “real talk” into the modern vernacular, so extra credit for that, too. Plus, he’s just clearly so out of his megalomaniacal and bonkers mind. How can you not totally love this dude?
His new autobiography, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, is a rollicking ride, to be sure. Which is why it needed a very special person to recite it on “Jimmy Kimmel” this week. Someone like… Keep reading »
For the last few days, I’ve barely come up for air, I’ve been so engrossed in reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. A clever and cool thriller, the book is about a woman named Amy Dunne who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband Nick, thanks to his odd behavior and a suspicious crime scene, quickly becomes the number one suspect. I absolutely love a good mystery and this one kept me on my toes page after page, but Gone Girl was so much more. It’s also a darkly humorous portrait of a modern marriage facing the challenges of a rough economy and shifting gender roles. The whole time I was reading it, I was unsure of who to root for, if anyone, and was on the edge of my seat till the very end. Gone Girl is one of the most fun, creepy, and witty mysteries I’ve read in years. [$13.97, Amazon]
Fifty Shades of Grey! Fifty Shades of Grey! Fifty Shades of … ahhhh! Somebody get me an aspirin. I have not read this book.I have no plans to read this book. And yet I hear about this damn book so much it feels like I’ve read it. Ackk!! Why do I have no interest in it? I don’t know exactly. I don’t want to eat a live squid either and no one asks me to explain that.
But if I HAVE to give reasons, here are some: I read two paragraphs of the sample chapters on Amazon and couldn’t get any farther. (Okay, so I read some.) I have other books that I want to read, and time is limited, so why would I waste my time reading something I don’t? I do not judge you for reading the book (well, I do, but silently), so please do not judge me for not reading. Deal?
Maybe you also know some elusive women who don’t want to read this book. Here are 11 annoying things Fifty Shades fans say to them. And shouldn’t! Read more…
Romance novels — perhaps fun to read, but totally embarrassing to be caughtreading. Just look at these 10 completely WTF covers of popular romance titles…
I’m going to say something as a feminist ladyblogger that I suspect I’m not supposed to say: Why You’re Not Married … Yet: The Straight Talk You Need To Get The Relationship You Deserve, by Tracy McMillan, actually isn’t a terrible book.
Oh, it has some problematic aspects — and I’ll get to those. But generally what’s wrong with books like Why You’re Not Married … Yet or 2009′s Marry Him! The Case For Settling For Mr. Good Enough, by Lori Gottlieb, isn’t the actual content. I’ve read a decent number of self-help books, both for professional reasons (to write about them on The Frisky) and for personal reasons (to find out why am I such an idiot when it comes to boys), and I even read that godawful Steve Harvey book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man because my surrogate mother gave it to me. I’m open-minded to reading them, I guess you could say. So, while Why You’re Not Married … Yet is getting bopped everywhere from Jezebel to The Good Men Project, who titled their piece “Fuck Off Tracy McMillan,” I’ve actually read the book and what’s more, I loved it and found it extremely useful. What’s wrong with Why You’re Not Married … Yet isn’t the dating advice — it’s how that dating advice is only marketed towards women. Keep reading »