Even the title of Mindy Kaling‘s new book of essays is relatable: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I’ve totally been there, too, girl. Now all of us can hang out with “The Office” writer/actress any time we want. With her trademark wit and intellect, Mindy shares stories about her immigrant parents, performing a show about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck off-Broadway, and joining one of the most popular sitcoms on television. Mark my words: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is going to make me want to make Mindy Kalin my new BFF. [$25, Powells.com]
It’s recently come to Fake Chloe Sevingy’s attention that she loves Hallo-we’en. And is, in fact, scared of very many things, among them, “Three day weekends with Casey Spooner, Mennonites, the unbearable lightness of being, and uncomfortable silences.” Aren’t we all? [YouTube]
While I attempted to do the booty bounce along with the Fly Girls, my brother would hobble around the living room tucking his upper lip and blinking one eye (his best Fire Marshall Bill impersonation). It was a ritual in our house to watch the ’90s sketch comedy extravaganza, “In Living Color.” The groundbreaking Fox show, which launched the careers of superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, and Jamie Foxx, is getting a second chance to shine. Fox has announced that two episodes will air as part of the network’s 25th anniversary. As if that news was not exciting enough, Keenen Ivory Wayans has signed on to produce one more season of the show with an all new cast. Yay! A ’90s show I actually want to watch again. This could be really, really good. I humbly request the return of LaWanda and Homey D. Clown. [NY Mag]
It turns out that watching “Jersey Shore” is not the most brilliant way to waste one’s time — attending a conference on “Jersey Shore” Studies is. On Friday, UChicago hosted a conference on Jersey Shore Studies, where roughly 25 academics from the U.S. and Canada name-dropped Snooki and The Situation alongside Foucault and Marx. One paper examined the performance of being a “guido” or “guidette” as being similar to the performance of drag; another examined whether the show is an embarrassment to Italian-American culture. These crazy academics even coined a new term to explain all things DTL: “guidosexuality.” Way to take something fun and ruin it with overanalysis, smartypants! You don’t have to justify loving the trashiest show on television with “academic studies.” It’s OK to just, know you, enjoy sh**ty TV. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Watching Justin Timberlake perform “The History of Rap: Part 3″ on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” makes us wish that J. Tims would give up this silly acting dream of his and get back to what he’s really good at: singing panty-dropping jams. Come on Justin, give the world what it wants. [NBC]
I’m getting more and more excited for “My Week With Marilyn” and this new poster isn’t helping. The look on Michelle Williams’ face is pure Norma Jean perfection.