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“The Rules” Are Coming Back — And They’re Still Not Helpful

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For a period in 1995, women stopped calling men on the phone and approaching them in bars. The reason? The Rules, a bestselling dating advice book by Ellen Fein and Sherri Schneider. The book, which became a cultural flashpoint, encouraged women to adopt more old-fashioned rules about dating and relationships, like using an egg timer to limit phone calls to five minutes and never, ever sleeping with a guy on the first (or fifth) date. Though the book was popular enough to spawn several sequels, Fein and Schneider have mostly stayed out of the media in the new millennium. Until now. Their new book, Not Your Mother’s Rules, will be published in February 2013. Though the basic approach is still the same, they’ve updated their formula to include advice about texting, sexting, emailing, and (of course) online dating. Keep reading »

12 Words And Phrases From “Game Of Thrones” That Need To Be Part Of Your Vocabulary

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I’m completely and utterly absorbed in both the Game of Thrones book series, by George R. R. Martin, and the HBO show. It’s so imaginative! As I’ve been reading the books, I’ve been completely enthralled by some of the language Martin uses, both old-fashioned terms and unique turns of phrase that really roll off the tongue, and I am determined to introduce many of them into my regular speech. Here are 12 to start!  Keep reading »

Oh Good, Someone Wrote A Classification Of Women Based On Ethnic Backgrounds

Sometimes I get worried that we’re progressing too quickly re: women’s rights and race in this country, so it was with some relief that I saw the press release for the Field Guide to Chicks of the United States, which apparently offers “amusing insights into the most distinctive physical characteristics, vocalizations, behavioral tendencies and mating habits of American Chicks from regional and ethnic subculture (or species) across the country.”

Ethnic subculture?! Species? Keep reading »

FL Library Removes “50 Shades Of Grey” From Shelves

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50 Shades Of Grey may well be one of the worst-written books ever. But being a blight on the face of literature isn’t the reason Brevard County Public Library in Florida pulled the BDSM erotica novel from shelves: they called 50 Shades ”pornography.” But Brevard County is not consistent in what they consider “pornographic” and what they consider simply “erotic”; The New York Times found other sexy books on the shelves, like The Complete Kama Sutra and Lolita. A spokesman for the county government said the latter books were acceptable because they had “become part of the societal mainstream.” Here’s hoping this is the work of overzealous local government officials, not librarians themselves. In any case, is this a plus-one in the Florida column for keeping such terrible writing away from readers? Or a minus-one for censorship? I’m not even sure. [NY Times]

Evening Quickies: Kevin Federline’s Aunt Penned An Erotic Novel About His Marriage To Britney

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Morning Quickies
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Carey Mulligan married Marcus Mumford this weekend in the UK! Read More »
  • Kevin Federline’s aunt Diane Story has penned an erotic e-book inspired by star-crossed lovers Britney Spears and K-Fed. Pop Baby Krissy Doucet, as the erotic e-book is called, stars young pop star Krissy and dancer Keenan Fazio. It’s all yours for $4.99 on April 26. YOU GUYS, NO. Maybe it will be kind of like 50 Shades Of Grey with Cheese Doodles? [PopCrush]
  • Lindsay Lohan has officially been cast as Elizabeth Taylor in a new Lifetime original movie, “Liz and Dick,” about the late icon’s love affair with Richard Burton. Don’t screw this one up, LiLo! [Uptown Magazine]
  • Prince Harry is headed back to the United States. Be still, my heart. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Chris Brown is selling … puppies? [PopBytes]
  • Jennifer Hudson broke down on the witness stand, testifying against her ex-brother-in-law for the murder of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. Jennifer said her family did not like how William Balfour treated her sister and nephew and warned her sister against marrying the guy.  [People] Keep reading »

A Guide To Nifty Thrifting

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We're totally watching this new reality show about thrift store shopping. Read More »
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I Brake For Yard Sales book photo

Spring is here and that means yard sale season is upon us. Think that rummaging through your neighbors’ bargain-priced junk sounds like the pits? Think again. Yard sales (and their classy older sister, estate sales) are the place to score vintage clothes, gently used books, and fab furniture that just needs a fresh coat of paint. I thought Saturday morning yard sale scrounges were my little secret, but it turns out “Good Morning America” correspondent Lara Spencer is a bargain maven. I Brake For Yard Sales: and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions and the Occasional Dumpster is her ode to thrift shopping and filled with her tips and tricks. (Sharp elbows for nudging out those greedy eBay re-sellers not included!) [$14.50, Amazon.com]

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