First, there was “Intervention,” A&E’s harrowing documentary series that takes an unblinking look at the lives of addicts. From naked, screaming meth heads to killing-themselves-slowly alcoholic fathers, the show is equal parts terrifying, riveting, and compelling. While the characters change — pill-popping shrink, homeless crackhead, Listerine-swilling mom — the story is always the same. Somewhere along the road of their lives, these people went reeling off course, and their addiction controls their futures, as they stagger from bar to dealer to homelessness.
Now, “Obsessed” takes a look at people who are controlled by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Whether they can’t stop washing their hands, are convinced the refrigerator will fall through the floor at any moment, or pick at their faces with what amounts to pliers, they are ruled by their OCD. Keep reading »
It is so god-awful hot these days that the short trip from home to the office generally leaves us sweat-drenched (no, not “dewy”). We used to delude ourselves into thinking that we’d make it to the office with a full face of makeup intact. As it turns out, that assumption was full on crazy. So in the interest of being realistic and not finding mascara drip mingling with our lipstick slippage, we’ve put together a fool-proof summer face plan. Here’s how to get it done… Keep reading »
Anna Wintour took the reins of New York Magazine‘s fashion department in the summer of 1981 after working at illustrious titles like Savvy and Harper’s Bazaar. Her staff portrait is above, and how cool is it that she arrived at her New York office with her own desk? Keep reading »
Last night, a crazy, woman-hating man fired 52 shots into a ”Latin Impact” dance aerobics class at a LA Fitness health club outside of Pittsburgh. Three women were killed, and nine others were injured before the guy turned the gun on himself. George Sodini, 48, was a huge wack job. He had major beef with women and had been planning this murder for nine months on his website. On the site, he complained about having no control over his life, getting rejected by women, being a loner, failing at an earlier shooting attempt, and his problems with alcoholism. He even listed his death as August 4, 2009, the day the shooting happened.
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The empire that is Jessica Simpson keeps expanding. (Sigh.) From her humble music roots, she’s moved on to hair extensions, shoes, bikinis and now plus-sized bras. Simpson latest launch is designed exclusively for girls with fuller busts (good news for those of you who complained about this dilemma!). The bras will be part of a larger line (heh) of lingerie that Simpson plans to debut in stores this fall and will include matching underwear, regular-sized bras and sleepwear. The entire range will be available in various prints and fabrics from seersucker to Moroccan-inspired patterns. Interested or over it already? [The Thread] Keep reading »
American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling are reunited with their familiars after being pardoned by the North Korean government yesterday. [Burbank, CA, 8/4/09] Keep reading »
Oh, how time flies! Can you believe the season is almost over?! I know, I didn’t realize it either, but apparently last night’s episode was the penultimate of “NYC Prep,” with the finale just next week. As for another season of “NYC Prep,” things aren’t looking too good considering the low ratings and defensive attitude from Manhattan schools.
Perhaps I was so shocked to realize there was so little time left because this episode was a real bore: Producers continue to put Camille in awkward situations, including her trip to Harvard; Sebastian tosses his hair around; and PC continues to be a hopelessly lost boy. Keep reading »
Everyone knows that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. And we know that touching and ingesting yucky things is how we pick up most bad bacteria. But how exactly does one get the good stuff in her system? Probiotics, that’s how. And new studies show it’s good for all kinds of reasons. Keep reading »