In this clip from “The Today Show,” Ann Curry discusses favorite books with Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling, which is, yes, kind of a strange pair. You can tell Mindy is a little freaked out by the set up, and Ann is kind of a stone cold beyotch to Mindy, dissing her while she flirts mercilessly with Bill Clinton. Also, Bill Clinton totally picks all these brown nose-y smart dude books while Mindy picks the fun books you’d actually want to read. Still, it’s really cute when Mindy tells Ann that she wishes she’d been able to get a peek at Bill’s list before she gave her own.
Here at The Frisky’s offices, one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2011 is Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, by the comedienne and all-around-awesome-lady Sara Benincasa. I love this girl for her balls-out honesty regarding her mental health struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety. Agorafabulous! is based on Sara’s one-woman show of the same name, which recounts how vicious panic attacks created a fear of the outside world, to the point where she refused to leave her college dorm room. In this cartoon, Sara explains all about anxiety attacks, the “flight or fight” response, and why you shouldn’t shop at Whole Foods. As someone who has suffered from panic attacks from age 15 onwards, I could have used an explanation like this back when I was hyperventilating and didn’t know what the eff was going on!
‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists. Craziest celebs of the year, wackiest outfits of the year, all that jazz. But here’s an end-of-year list for us bibliophiles: the best books we’ve read all year. If you have a kickass recommendation for a book — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, whatever — send me the title, author, and a couple of lines about why it’s so great to Jessica@TheFrisky.com with the words “best book I read this year” in the subject line. I’ll compile them together for another bad ass book recommendations post like the one we published this summer. Be a dear to your fellow Frisky readers and give us some good books to read, you hear? Keep reading »
Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and fattening and as devoid of family drama as possible. It is a straight up miracle that I was not up and out of bed this morning at 4 a.m., ready to raid the stores like the shopaholic that I am. But you know what? Over the last few weeks, I made a decision not to participate in the rush to spend — after all, Black Friday is just a fancy, corporate-generated pseudo-holiday designed to make the masses feel good about blowing their money. And you know what? There are so many BETTER things to do on this lovely Black Friday than battling long lines and psychotic deal lovers — after the jump, I’ve got 10 suggestions for things you could do instead that will be relatively bruise free. (Seriously, at least one poor sap gets trampled at a Walmart every year.) Keep reading »
If you were a fan of Patti Smith’s moving memoir Just Kids, then you’ll probably be really into this great book of photographs by Judy Linn. But even if you haven’t read Smith’s incredible elegy to her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, you’ll probably want to check out Linn’s work. She and Patti developed a quick and fast friendship, which informed the intimate nature of the photographs Linn was able to snap of Smith and her various friends and lovers. Her photographs are a stirring chronicle of Smith’s pre-fame life, and a quiet glimpse into a true artistic collaboration.
I can’t be the only one thrilled that a few days off work means I have time to sink my teeth into a good book. Actually, it’s more like “a pile of good books that has been accumulating next to my bed while I rot my brain on the boob tube.” I can’t wait to put on my comfiest socks, cozy up with a blanket (and a cat!), and read the days away while my turkey-belly bloat subsides.
What will you be reading this holiday weekend? Anything good to recommend? Let us know in the comments!