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Morning Quickies: Lawsuit Against “The Help” Author Kathryn Stockett Dropped

  • Yesterday, a Mississippi judge threw out a $75K lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, by Stockett’s brother’s maid. Ablene Cooper claimed the author used her likeness without permission in her novel about white women and their black maids (including one named Abilene) in ’60s Jackson, MS. The judge dismissed the case because a one-year statute of limitations had passed between the time Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and the lawsuit was filed. Stockett has long denied the characters in the book were based on real life people. [NPR]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has always been anti-cosmetic surgery. But she is now considering a boob job for “breast correction” after breastfeeding her two kids. Hypocritical? Or understandable? [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
  • Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ke$ha, and duh, Madonna, are rumored to be in MTV’s VMAs tribute to Britney Spears. Sounds pretty hot. [Pop Crush]
  • This might be the plot of the “Arrested Development” movie. Then again, it might not. [BuzzFeed]

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Famous Writers By Snack Food

Check out what your favorite writers were ingesting/imbibing as they penned works of literary genius. Who knew that oysters, vinegar, and canned meat could inspire such brilliance. If I ever publish there will be a container of hummus, a cup of iced coffee, and a bottle of red wine next to my name. [Laphams Quarterly] Keep reading »

Lady Gaga’s Latest Madonna Move: Releasing A Sexy Coffee Table Book

 

Lady Gaga maintains that “Born This Way,” complete with the high blonde ponytail styling, was not a rip-off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” But now it looks like Gaga is taking another page from Madge’s fame playbook. Gaga is releasing her own photo book, which will be called Lady Gaga, and will contain 350 color and black-and-white photos of her, snapped by Terry Richardson. Richardson apparently followed her for 10 months while she was on tour and recording her new album to create these images. [Huffington Post]

But this book of course, reminds me a whole lot of Madonna’s coffee table book for perverts, Sex. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Kate Monro, Author Of “The First Time: True Tales Of Virginity Lost & Found”

When a friend introduced me to the author Kate Monro over email, explaining she’d just published a book filled with virginity loss stories, I knew that I would love it, sight unseen. The First Time: True Tales Of Virginity Lost And Found (Including My Own) totally delivered! Monro, who used to work for the band Blur and for Dazed and Confused magazine, began collecting stories on a blog called The Virginity Project. For her first book, Monro collated vignettes from Brits and Americans, from grandpas to high school girls, who all reminisced about their first time with fondness, earnestness and occasional heartbreak. It may have been a long time since any of us has been a virgin, but if the bare humanity on display in The First Time is any indication, we could do well to revisit it.

Kate Monro lives in the UK, so we had to conduct our interview over email — but I’d like to imagine we chatted over cups of Earl Grey and some Tim Tams while staring off into the London fog. Our Q&A, which was edited for length and clarity, begins after the jump. Keep reading »

Stupidity Digest: 1516 Ways To Kill The Romance

Romance is a source of mystery for most men. You try to open the door for a woman and she tells you she’s not coming into the men’s room. You spell her name in rose petals and she spells your name on a restraining order. Romance is confusing! Luckily, I remembered something my third fifth grade teacher said to me. Not about romance (he taught me about that with only his eyes and hands), but about learning. He said books! Something about books! Well I tried it. And after reading these books and their 1516 tips on romance, the only thing I know about the subject is that books are idiots. Read more… Keep reading »

Gimme Some Sugar

What goes on in the bedroom has long been considered the “artistic” province of male writers. (Cough Philip Roth cough.) When women write about sex? That’s just slutty! Well, not anymore: Erica Jong has edited Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, a collection of essays, short stories and even one short play about women’s experiences with sex: sex and alcoholism, sex and new motherhood, even sex and Catholic school. (Jong is, of course, most famous for her iconic ’70s novel Fear of Flying, about a young woman’s sexual awakening.) “The Vagina Monologue”‘s Eve Ensler, New York Times columnist Gail Collins, and Jong’s own daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, all opened up about bumpin’ uglies for this scintillating book we couldn’t put down. Sugar In My Bowl may not be better than the big O, but it sure comes close.

[$14.65 Amazon]
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