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!
“I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the ’80s what ‘American Graffiti’ was to the [early] ’60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”
– Diablo Cody talks about her upcoming film adaptation of the Sweet Valley High teen book series. I am basically losing my mind over this. I still read SVH on the beach during the summer and am still pissed about that ’90s TV series hack job. Bring on the lariat necklaces! The blue-green eyes the color of the Pacific! The perfect size 6 figures! Bring me the Wakefield twins as they were meant to be! [Indiewire]
Sometimes insanity strikes from unlikely locations. For instance, this is a book about Catholics having sex, and what’s more normal than that? They reproduce like gremlins in a pool — and between nuns, school uniforms and Carmen Miranda, Catholics dominate the sexy costume industry. Keep reading »
Thanks to the new book, Stuck Up! 100 Objects Inserted And Ingested In Places They Shouldn’t Be, we now know that a Buzz Lightyear action figure should not go exploring inside an anus. Wait, I thought we already knew that? How did Buzz get up in there — feet first! — anyway? Forget it, I don’t want to know. I just want to gawk. This funny/weird/disturbing collection of X-rays of things that don’t belong in the human body will make you think twice before putting an iPhone in your vagina or a pair of bronzed baby shoes up your ass. [TMZ]
Ever wonder how celebs get so stinkin’ rich? (I mean, Nicolas Cage owns a friggin’ island.) And why the heck were those kids from “16 & Pregnant” on the cover of the tabloids for, like, a whole year? It might seem like it defies explanation, but it doesn’t. In her new book Celebrity, Inc., gossip reporter Jo Piazza shares the behinds-the-scenes machinations that line famous people’s pockets with the green. She knows firsthand why celebs make bank for acting, selling baby photos, tweeting, and endorsing products they might not even have used. Even if you’re not into reading about celeb gossip, the economics of showbiz are fascinating. [$9.99 for Kindle, Amazon]
It’s not a secret that I have a lot of love for Alber Elbaz: there is no one in the fashion industry who seems more genuine than the Lanvin designer. He takes his job and his art very seriously, which is evident season after season in his masterful collections, and in quotes he always sounds sweet and easy-going (unlike most everyone else in fashion). Love! So it thrills me to know that Mr. Elbaz has been penning a 700-page book filled with both text and photos. The tome will document the entire design and production process of a Lanvin collection. Considering how fond I am of Alber and his designs, I may do more than just skim through this one. In true lovably eccentric fashion, the author has declared that some of the pages will be blank, because “that is how I start every day.” Amen. [NYMag.com]