Trailer Park: “The Book of Eli,” “The Last Station,” “Spy Next Door,” “Wonderful World,” “Fish Tank”

It’s a long weekend for some of us, which means you’ve got a whole ‘nother evening to spend. Hooray! And because I know you’re indecisive, like me, I’m just going to tell you what you’re gonna do. You’re going to take your best friend/lover/dog to Red Lobster for cheddar biscuits and Lobsteritas. She/he/it will have the Cajun Shrimp Linguine, and you’ll be having the Surf & Turf. Afterward, you’ll go to the movie theater because there is already a slew of amazing movies out, and now there are five more options — “The Book of Eli,” “The Last Station,” “The Spy Next Door,” “Wonderful Life,” and “Fish Tank.” You will end the night with a goodnight kiss, regardless of who your date was. Fin. Keep reading »

R.I.P., Jay Reatard: A Eulogy In His Own Words

This cover of Death + Taxes with Jay Reatard, who passed away this week at age 29, is so eerie, like most of the art he left behind. The titles of songs like “DOA”, “An Ugly Death” and even his last nihilistic single (a surprise hit on MTV), “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me,” are enough to give us the chills, let alone this prophetic explanation of his process as a musician, from an interview with The New York Times:

“It’s like a Polaroid picture. I’m just trying to get the idea out before the inspiration is gone. Everything I do is motivated by the fear of running out of time.”

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Win This! “Us: Americans Talk About Love”

When you pick up a book about “love,” you shouldn’t expect anything. Love is one of those things that’s hard to describe and even harder to understand. We can’t really know what love is until we’re in it, and the love between two people is unique, so even if you’ve been in love, you’ll never understand another couple’s relationship. When I read Us: Americans Talk About Love, edited by social anthropologist John Bowe (published Jan. 5), I mistakenly thought that I’d be reading true love story after true love story, 300+ pages of happy endings. But Us isn’t about love stories; it is personalized experiences with love: all the highs and lows, messiness and simplicity. And talking about love probably turned out better stories. Seriously, I read through this in, like, two days over the Christmas vacation. Keep reading »

Jessica’s Style Diary: Week In Review

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What I’m Wearing Today:

  • Ali Ro silk blouse from Bluefly.com
  • Ann Taylor Loft navy pants
  • Payless navy blue heels (not pictured)
  • Ann Taylor Loft necklace
  • Forever 21 barrette

The Frisky is obsessed with the designer Ali Ro. Like, everyone here has Ali Ro in their closet. I bought this blouse on Bluefly.com for something like $120, but I’ve seen the same blouse on sites like Gilt Groupe marked down for less. Drat! Still, this blouse is “my color,” so I just had to have it the moment I saw it. I found these pants (which I obviously need to get tailored) at an Ann Taylor Loft for only $15. Score! This pretty necklace, also from the Loft, is the one I was wearing the night I met my boyfriend. There’s this episode of “The Rachel Zoe Project” where Rachel donates the necklace was wearing when she met Rodger to raise money for cancer research. I was thinking Lady, are you insane?!?! How can you give away a memento like that? Even for charity. (Sorry if that makes me sound like a jerk.)

Triple Threat: Rag & Bone To Launch Three Diffusion Lines

Rag & Bone, one of our favorite tomboy-perfect lines, is set to launch three diffusion collections next month. The collections will focus on basics (which, to be honest, doesn’t seem too far from the already generally basic style of the brand), with the fairly self-explanatory titles of JEAN, KNIT, and SHIRT. Expect good everyday staples like skinny jeans, perfectly constructed and worn tees, as well as button-ups that combine just the right amounts of preppy and hipster flair. Keep reading »

Cocaine In Space?

This NASA scandal isn’t nearly as juicy as the Astronaut Love Triangle/Diaper Incident of 2007, but it’s still pretty interesting. NASA says that it found a small baggie of cocaine by a bathroom in a hangar for the space shuttle Discovery, which will be launching in March. Naturally, they’ll be investigating this to the high heavens, and are in the process of drug testing all 200 employees who had access to the hangar. Chances are it was some low-level paper pusher’s, but the scandal-lover in me hopes an astronaut was trying to sneak it in so they could have a coke-fueled orgy while weightless in space. Yeah, I went there. [CNN] Keep reading »

If Only: McDonald’s Becomes McFancy In Your Dreams

As if. We’re not sure we could imagine a world in which Hermès decides to co-brand with McDonald’s. Yet, that’s what the blog The Cool Hunter is attempting to do with these funny fashion foods—get you thinking. In the end, however, this McFancy creative stunt could be a good marketing tool for McDonald’s because just looking at this … mmm fries … Micky D’s down the block … uh, what were we saying? Oh yeah, some more tasty images after the jump. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »

The Inspiration Board: Blanche Devereaux

News of Rue McClanahan’s stroke — get well soon, Rue! — got me thinking about her “Golden Girls” character. Blanche Devereaux was by far my favorite roommate on the hit show because she had a sexy spunk that her golden years couldn’t temper. She knew how to saunter into a room, getting the full attention of every silver-haired fox within arm’s reach. Blanche was flashy. Sequins and satin were her fashion mainstays, but she also had a great collection of billowy loungewear. Items inspired by her, after the jump! Keep reading »

Win This! Us: Americans Talk About Love

Love is one of those things that’s hard to describe and even harder to understand. We can’t really know what love is until we’re in it, and the love between two people is unique, so even if you’ve been in love, you’ll never understand another couple’s relationship. Us: Americans Talk About Love lets us peek into strangers’ love lives with 44 stories collected by social anthropologist John Bowe. As told by a homeless thirtysomething, a married aerobics instructor who fell for a woman, a senior who still smooches her husband on a regular basis, a brokenhearted man who has dated more than 300 women since his wife’s death, and more, these oral reports from across the United States prove that love is anything but uniform. [$10.88, Amazon.com]

WIN THIS! We’re giving away a copy of Us: Americans Talk About Love, but you have to work if you want it! Send an email to contests@thefrisky.com with the subject line “Love Book” telling us how you knew you were in love for the first time and how old you were by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Jan. 15. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Keep reading »

Photographer Meg Wachter Dumps SpaghettiOs On Her Pal

In her series “Dumped!,” Brooklyn-based photographer Meg Wachter pours everything from Pepto-Bismol to cottage cheese to Fruit Loops on her friends’ heads and snaps their reactions. Is it wrong that I find these pics strangely erotic? [Meg Wachter Photo] Keep reading »

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