Open Thread: Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor Day weekend! This is the post to come check in and connect with your fellow Frisky peeps. What are y’all up to this weekend? What are some of your favorite recipes/dishes to bring to a BBQ? What was the highlight of your summer? What are you looking forward to this fall? I’ll start: I’m staying in New York this weekend, hanging with friends, hitting Coney Island, doing some flea marketing, and hopefully welcoming a new addition into the world (a good friend went into labor today!). The highlight of my summer was moving to Brooklyn, and this fall I’m looking forward to cooler outdoor workouts, a fiction class I’m thinking of taking, and perhaps a trip to New Orleans. Oh, and one of my favorite recipes to bring to BBQs is this easy — but delish — key lime pie. Your turn! Keep reading »

A Senate Candidate Who Is Anti-Masturbation

Christine O’Donnell has all the makings of an East Coast Sarah Palin. She’s a candidate running for the Senate in Delaware. More specifically, she’s a Tea Party member who is challenging Republican Mike Castle in the upcoming primary. For a while, she looked like a longshot, but all of a sudden, she’s picked up a bit of steam. Which has folks very worried because let’s just say that O’Donnell has some pretty extreme views. Years ago, O’Donnell made an appearance on the MTV series “Sex in the ’90s.” The point she wanted to make: masturbation is evil. Keep reading »

Vena Cava’s Line For Aqua/Bloomingdale’s Is Adorable, Relatively Affordable

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Guess what! Vena Cava, label you love but can’t afford, has teamed up with Aqua, Bloomingdale’s in-house fashion brand, to create a diffusion collection. Here’s what we love about the line—the designs actually look like Vena Cava wares and the styles feel more modified than completely re-done to suit what the industry thinks is “mass market style” (which often reads ugly). For Vena Cava fans, the price points are reasonable, with nothing over $200. After the jump, our five favorite looks! Check out the whole collection at Bloomingdales.com. [New York Times]

“Hellcats” To Set A Guinness World Record

For the past, oh, 20 years, I have wanted few things more than to set a Guinness World Record. Last year, I determined that the most likely way to do this is by gathering a mass group of people to do an activity together, à la getting the most people dressed as Smurfs to one place. It looks like The CW’s new show “Hellcats” has read my mind. (Which is doubly meta since the show about the rough-and-tumble world of college cheerleaders is based on my book, Cheer!.) To promote the show, which stars Aly Michalka and Asley Tisdale, The CW is holding a world record attempt. TOMORROW. Keep reading »

Study Of “The New York Times Book Review” Finds More Men Get Novels Reviewed Than Women

Last week, I posted about authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner and their reactions to fellow writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom. They weren’t just rankled that Franzen was lauded on the cover of Time magazine as a “Great American Novelist.” Or even that fact that it made headlines when President Obama snagged an advance copy. Picoult and Weiner were upset that The New York Times Book Review had reviewed Freedom twice in one week.

“Is anyone shocked?” Picoult tweeted. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” There was a hell of a lot of fallout from this, which, frankly, would be quite lengthy explain; I suggest you read NYmag.com’s thorough recap if this whole story interests you. In any case, while I personally shared Picoult and Weiner’s opinion that female writers are revered less in general from the get-go, as of today there is now hard data to back up their complaint against the Times Book Review. Keep reading »

Did Kanye West “Steal” Selita Ebanks From Maxwell?

See the woman sitting next to Kanye West with her finger to her lips at the US Open? Well, that’s model Selita Ebanks trying to look incognito. The word on Media Takeout is that Kanye “stole” Selita from singer Maxwell, her boyfriend of almost six months. And supposedly Maxwell is so angry that he’s threatened to kick Kanye’s pompous ass the next time they meet, at least according to a MTO “snitch.” Keep reading »

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