Actress Elaine Stritch passed away today at age 89. An outspoken Broadway star, Tony Award nominee, style icon, and Jack Donaghy’s mom on “30 Rock,” Elaine was a woman who was never afraid to say what she felt. One of her most legendary roles was as an aging society woman in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” in which she brought the house down with her performance of the darkly humorous song “The Ladies Who Lunch.” For years, Elaine glamorously lived at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. She was a fixture of New York City, and in 2003, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark. She died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. [New York Times, People]
“This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I’m appreciative of the family, friends, fans and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives.”
On Monday, a woman named Joanie Faircloth released a public statement recanting her rape accusations against Conor Oberst, also known as the singer Bright Eyes. The North Carolina woman had written in an xoJane comment thread that she had been raped by the musician when she was 16. (The comments have since been deleted.) Oberst always denied the allegations and in February, he sued Faircloth for libel. Following her statement released this week, Oberst released a statement of his own. His spokesperson told Rolling Stone it’s unclear whether he will continue forward with the libel lawsuit. [Rolling Stone] [Photo: Getty]
Last week, I wrote about Caleb Reynolds’, a houseguest on “Big Brother 16,” and his unrequited romantic obsession with fellow player Amber Borzotra. While the television show has gone out of their way not to draw attention to Caleb’s out of whack fixation on Amber, those fans who subscribe to the 24/7 livefeeds are privy to how this is impacting his game, her game and the entire house. While Amber certainly has many, many supporters who see that she’s done everything she can to reject his clearly advances, there are others who have called Amber a tease. In response, Amber’s brother-in-law — one of the family members manning Amber’s Twitter feed and website while she’s in the “Big Brother” house — posted an articulate and smart response on Amber’s blog that defends Amber, but more importantly calls out a culture of victim-blaming that extends well beyond this reality TV show. With his permission, I’m republishing his piece below. Whether you’re a “Big Brother” fan or not, it’s well worth a read. — Amelia
Before I begin, just to be clear, this post isn’t about Caleb, the “Big Brother” game, or even about any concerns we may or may not have for Amber’s well-being. This is solely about the way the narrative is being portrayed by some observers: people who are not subject to the pressures/paranoia of the house and have the ability to know just about everything that is said and done before forming an opinion.
Specifically, there has been a worrying rise in “BB16″ live feed followers blaming Amber for somehow playing a part in encouraging Caleb’s unrequited feelings for her. Keep reading »
I will never forgive myself for not being at this Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, movie theater last weekend. Several employees from Myrtle Beach Safari decided to give their chimps a night out at BigD movies (yes, that’s its real name) to go see none other than “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.” If I were there, I’d say screw the movie, I’m watching the real monkeys. Keep reading »
You know that moment when you’re telling your friend about the dream you had last night and her eyes start to glaze over? There’s an app for that. Enter DreamSphere, an app that wants to hear your navel-gazing about how last night you dreamed your best friend morphed into a purple octopus. DreamSphere prompts you to record the symbols in your dreams when you wake up, explains what they mean, and shows you on a map where others are dreaming about the same thing. It also studies patterns in your dreams over time to analyze parts of your waking personality, like how assertive, anxious or confident you are. Not surprisingly, I’m kind of obsessed with it. Keep reading »
This weekend, I’ll be standing by my friend’s side at her wedding as one of her trusty bridesmaids, and I can already tell you that my hair is going to look flawless, Beyoncé style. I’ve scoured the web for months trying to find the perfect hairstyle to go with my drapey, Grecian-style gown, and found a bunch of looks that guarantee I’ll achieve the Greek Goddess appeal I’m looking for. For all you brides and bridesmaids out there hoping to find that elegant, ancient look with a modern twist, use these ‘dos as your hair inspiration.
Clinical depression sucks and it’s only growing more common. Almost one in two people in the U.S. will suffer from depression or another mental health condition at some point and about one in 17 Americans actually has a serious mental illness right now.
Despite its rising rates, depression can be hard to wrap your brain around, especially if you’ve never had it. It’s not easily treated or cleared up by positive thinking, or yanking yourself up by your bootstraps, or shoving your feelings to the dark corners of the back of your mind. It’s so much deeper and more insidious than that. I once described depression this way:
“None of those external [good things you have going for you] truly register or resonate when you have depression. You can logically identify them as Good Things, and you know they are supposed to make you feel Good, but you can’t feel them, they can’t get in. It’s like your brain is wearing a full-body armor designed to keep only the good things out. Bad things … get ushered in instantly, like VIPs.”
People who don’t have depression don’t always know what to say that could possibly help to a friend or family member going through the all-encompassing yet simultaneously utterly numb sensation of your own brain turning against you. Here are a few things not to say (unless you want said friend or loved one to grow homicidal as well as miserable): Keep reading »
Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews has taken a lot of bullshit and slandering for being a (conventionally attractive) woman in her field, so I’m pretty nauseated to see yet another jab at her by some radio bros who felt it was necessary to call her a “gutless bitch.”
Kirk Minihane, a cohost of “The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show,” wasn’t pleased with Andrews’ recent dugout interview with baseball player Adam Wainwright. She mentioned that social media controversy had developed over whether Wainright threw easy pitches to Derek Jeter at Tuesday night’s All Star game, so he clarified to her that he didn’t.
Her response to him was, “Don’t you love social media?”
“No, I don’t,” Wainwright said. Keep reading »