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Frisky Q&A: Six-Word Memoirs On Love And Heartbreak

A couple years ago, the storytelling magazine SMITH issued a challenge to its readers: “Can you tell your life story in six words?” Inspired by the legend that Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could complete a story in just six words (His story: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”), the magazine’s call for mini-memoirs was answered with thousands of submissions and resulted in the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning. Because so many people’s submissions dealt with love and heartbreak, SMITH followed up with the newly published book, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak. We talked to SMITH co-founder Larry Smith about what will get your story included in the next book and how his own love story goes.
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Gossip Girl: You’re Related! Plus Five Other Reasons To Breakup

Dan and Serena, decided to get back together on last week’s episode of “Gossip Girl.” But Lonely Boy and S were in for a surprise when they found out that they are…RELATED. Sort of. Their parents had a secret love-child many, many years ago and the twosome share a half-brother. EEK! Sure, their love runs deeper than Chuck Bass’ pockets, but this is an obvious reason to break up with someone, right? Because as Serena said, “it’s a little too hillbilly.” (And you know they don’t stand for that on Park Ave.) Instead, these two decided to stay together, for now, and make the best out of a redneck situation.

This does bring up an interesting point. No matter how deep in love you may be, isn’t there a point in some relationships where it’s time to breakup? Couples stay together out of convenience and comfort, but deep down you may know it’s just not working between the two of you. And if being related in some sick twisted scenario isn’t a reason enough to throw in the towel, here are five reasons to breakup, after the jump. Keep reading »

Signs Your Lover Is Having An Emotional Affair

The emotional affair is when your lover is looking for someone with whom he can experience an intense emotional experience. His primary reason for the affair isn’t sex. Since emotional affairs are more subtle, you’ll have to spend more time gathering evidence because this type of affair is simply easier to deny. Here’s what you should look for, according to Ronald T. Potter-Efron, Ph.D., M.S.W. and co-author of The Emotional Affair after the jump. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Go Ahead, Go For Your Crush

Okay, real talk. This isn’t exactly the happy-ending story I’d like it to be, but I’ve got to share with you the details of my recent fantasy crush cum real mini-relationship, if only to encourage everyone to buck up and make some moves in the new year.

Have you ever seen a guy working in a store you frequent, and developed a massive crush on him? Er…I have! For the past eight months, I’ve been completely smitten with a guy who works at my local bookstore. I’ll admit the crush had become a bit extreme; I’d spent over a hundred bucks on books and befriended the entire security staff in an effort to work up the nerve to talk to this dude. Why? Because he was, hands-down, the hottest guy I’d ever seen. Also, anytime we’d spoken, (i.e. “Did you find everything, okay?”) I thought it was obvious that we’d have a real connection. Clearly, things were getting serious. I’d even started setting aside Chris Brown during my sexytime fantasies, and thinking of bookstore boy. So, eight months after the inception of the mega-crush, I introduced myself. Keep reading »

Love Vandal: If Love Is The New Hate, What’s The New Love?

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Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

Handle It: Seven Things To Do When You’re Really, Really Angry

We’ve all had those moments. First, you feel your face start to tingle, then your heart begins to pound, and then you ball up your fists and feel like kicking a wall (or at least tearing to shreds that “service agreement” that after three weeks brought you no service at all.) Anger can be powerful– but there are healthy and unhealthy ways of dealing with it. Handle your frustration properly, and it can get your blood flowing and spur you on to make positive changes. Here’s how to tame your inner raging bull… Keep reading »

Does Kate Love Leo TOO Much?

Watching Kate Winslet’s acceptance speech last night for her Best Actress Golden Globe award, I was struck by several things. First, my God, the woman has tremendous skin. What do you think is her secret, besides, you know, regular facials, expensive creams and living the good life? Second, was that an orgasm Kate was having as she stepped on stage? If so, does that make her the first person in history to experience a live, televised climax during an awards ceremony? Is there a separate award for that? Third, do you think Kate would seem as elegant and lovely if she spoke with, say, a thick Jersey accent? And fourth, Kate really, really loves her some Leo. She loves him so much, in fact, it’s a bit, well, awkward. All her gushing (“Leo, I’m so happy I can stand here and tell you how much I love you and how much I’ve loved you for thirteen years.”) even elicited some nervous laughter from the audience, which got me thinking: what are the rules for platonic male-female friendships? Is there a line — especially when either party is romantically involved with someone else — that shouldn’t be crossed? Who decides what the line is? And if there’s a line, did Kate cross it last night when she told Leo, “I love you with all my heart, I really do” as her husband sat by and watched? Keep reading »

Dating Drama: To Movie Date Or Not To Movie Date?

“Dinner and a movie” may sound like the most boring, clichéd date ever, but I think movie dates are hot. When you go to the movies with someone, you learn a lot about them: what kinds of films they like, whether they pay for the tickets, how they behave in the theater. You may not be talking during the movie, but there’s a lot to be said for body language. Keep reading »

First Time For Everything: I Called Off My Engagement

Recently, I committed the ultimate relationship taboo: I told a man who wanted to spend the rest of his life with me that I couldn’t marry him. Even worse, I broke off my engagement at a time in my life when many of my close girlfriends are blissfully picking out wedding dresses and drafting tender vows of love to their soon-to-be husbands. Welcome to your late twenties, ladies.

During my engagement purgatory phase, when I’d finally gathered enough courage to share my indecision with a few confidantes, I was met with a collection of theories on how I would know if my fiancé was “the one” or not. After the jump, find out why all the nuptial advice I got amounted to a load of courtship crap when it came to my relationship. Keep reading »

For The Week Of January 12-18, 2009

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Trust there isn’t anything you can say to your honey that he doesn’t know himself. Although you would like to emphasis certain flaws in his character a little more intensely, so he really gets it, hold back the fire. Be willing to be the bigger person and be his supporting cast. Time to do those little tasks that’ll help him along instead, AKA the silent partner.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Cocky behavior might be the thing that sparks your interest with a certain someone, but when that act goes on longer than necessary with no intermission, it’ll have you running for an exit. Forget trying to curb this wild one under your control, as it won’t be worth it. To say he’s an unaware narcissist would be an understatement.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Your psychic powers will be on red alert and there won’t be anything you don’t know. Don’t fight the urge to test out your powers by asking questions and seeing what your mind conjures up. However, know you’re playing with fire, as all that you will learn might not be as sunny as you’d hope.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Don’t bother trying to make any decisions. In fact, if you want to keep yourself happy, do the opposite of whatever you plan to do. Seems the grass will be greener on the other side this week and the more you can take a trip on over there, the more satisfying the results. Seems this week waking up on the wrong side of town will have its rewards.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

A stubborn someone will be ruining your bliss, making you feel like your stuck in a barrel of glue. Yes, it’ll make you feel less than sexy and wonder why this certain someone can’t get it together to see clearly. Take this as a sign of worse days to come and use it as an opportunity to understand not all is so pretty beyond the surface.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Watch what you say as tempers will flair easily this week, causing whatever you’ve been building in your love life to crumble. To avoid wrecking a good thing, play the mysterious card to concentrate on smoothing out dilemmas in other areas of your life. Not only will this save you from hassles in general, it’ll keep getting you laid.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You’re the sign of the imagination, so instead of letting nostalgia get the better of you, pick up those paintbrushes, guitar or put on those dancing shoes and work it. There are many more things to do in life than wallow and despite the heavy feeling that will be swarming into your mind, know you also have the power to fight it. You have the choice, be a victim or a volunteer.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Birds of a feather flock together, so don’t be too surprised when a friend starts spouting off her mouth in the most unapologetic way about you and your honey. Sure, you can chalk it off as jealousy or you can use it as a springboard for some self-awareness. Not to say you have to air out your dirty laundry, as some quite time in your journal can be just the trick to work it out.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Nothing you’ve been striving for is going to happen this week, as it all goes into standstill mode with the mercury in retrograde action that begins on the 12th. Yes, the world just won’t hand over rewards easily and in fact it might even snatch a few away. With this little info in your hands, feel free to take those personal days from work and go full out into slug mode.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Your emotions will be on fire, blowing everything you hear and feel out of proportion. Of course, this will give you the fire to lay on some of the most intense and drama-laden monologues you’ve given in a long while, so to make the most of it. Put on your most outrageous looks, get under a spotlight and let it out. Your bravado alone will win you applause.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

If you find yourself hooking up with someone from your past that was once no good, chances are there might be a small rip in the universe that somehow makes it work now. Not to say it’s forever, but for right now, the lust will be able to hold you steady and give you some of the best confidence boosting sex you’ve had in ages.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Sudden changes in your relationship are going to have you scrambling for your sanity. Not only are agreements going to hit the rocks, but your overall morale with your current state of affairs will go down the tubes too. Seem those cracks you saw ages ago have started to work their damage, as for patching them up? Instead, it might be time for a complete renovation.

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