New Year, New You at The Frisky has focused on ways to improve our outward appearance by dressing more adventurously, dragging our doughy carcass to spin class, and upping the fabulosity quotient. It’s also explored how to grow in relationships and at work through standing up for ourselves, being more productive, and making the first move. But what about our inner world? After we’ve found the perfect shade of red lipstick, cleaned out our closets, and told a passive-aggressive friend to chill out, what comes next? Well, I propose in 2012 that we try to expose ourselves to newer genres of literature we’ve never experienced before. It’s fine to read the blockbuster novel du jour that make the bestseller list — i.e. The Da Vinci Code, The Pillars of the Earth, The Hunger Games, etc. — but this year, why not try something new? Keep reading »
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and not been happy with what you saw reflected back at you, 150 Pounds is the novel for you. Written by Kate Rockland, the book tackles a heady issue for many women — body image — through the perspectives of two authentic and often at-odds female bloggers, as they examine what the “right” message is to send women about weight. Rockland’s voice is funny and smart, and despite the girly cover, 150 Pounds avoids the usual chick lit tropes. Much like cupcake, you won’t be able to put it down. [$15.82, Amazon]
Ladies, it is time to chew bubblegum and to kick ass. And we are all out of bubblegum, kick, and ass! These are five self-defense books so bad that by the time you’re done reading them, you’ll be dead. Keep reading »
Like Joey Tribiani (from “Friends,” duh), I’ve never met a sandwich I didn’t want to say “How you doin’?” to. I also have a thing for food porn, so the cooking/coffee table book Scanwiches is making my stomach grumble. Full of mouth-watering images of cut-open sandwich insides, like full-frontal food porn, the book also has recipes so you can make the, to now quote Tom Haverford, “sandoozles” yourself. [$19.95, Powerhouse Arena]
We would read Simon Doonan’s grocery list if he published it. Fortunately the Barney’s creative director writes much, much more compelling reading! His new book is Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, a diet guide spoof of Why French Women Don’t Get Fat, that dippy book that suggested we all eat leek soup (and nothing else). Simon Doonan suggests America’s obesity problem is tied to all the macho male chefs cutting big slabs of steak meat. So how are the gays losing weight? By only eating “gay food” — sushi and macarons, of course. That’s the gay diet? Sign us up. [$15.49, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
You know that part in “There’s Something About Mary” where Matt Dillon’s character says he wants to “slow things down, read more books, see more movies”? I have that same thought a lot, usually when guilty pleasures have been hogging up my available brainspace. Where does all the time go? Will I ever finish that pile of books next to my bed? Why do I watch so many “Chelsea Lately” reruns instead?
I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I do have a bunch of great suggestions of blogs and podcasts to check out to eke a little more culture into your life to balance all that “Jersey Shore” viewing. No, the half-an-episode the gang spent sight-seeing around Italy doesn’t count. Keep reading »