“Summer In The City” is not just a hit song in the ’60s by Lovin’ Spoonful. It’s also author Candace Bushnell‘s second “prequel” young adult novel about Carrie Bradshaw, a.k.a. the way she keeps making mucho clams off “Sex and the City.” (Not that I blame her!) Summer In The City picks up where The Carrie Diaries left off: it’s the ’80s, 17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw has come to New York City to take writing classes the summer before college, and she gets mugged as soon as steps out of Port Authority. (If she was coming from Connecticut, she would have stepped out of Grand Central Station, but whatever.) Carrie calls the one phone number she has on her — her best friend’s cousin — and meets Samantha Jones, her first friend in New York. Later in the book, Carrie meets Miranda Hobbes “in front of Saks, where Miranda is protesting pornography,” according to USA Today. Hey, if we have to revisit the ’80s sex wars about feminism and pornography, better do it with Candace Bushnell than Andrea Dworkin, right? Charlotte York does not seem to make an appearance in Summer In The City — but maybe that will be for a possible third prequel.
Hey, let’s get real: I’m totally going to buy this book and read it in one night while eating a pint of Cherry Garcia. [USA Today] Keep reading »
Wanna know who I hate? The Long Island woman whose husband hired the “Sex and the City” set designers to convert a spare bedroom into the Park Avenue closet Big gives Carrie. Set designers Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz said an unnamed retired businessman spent $175,000 to makeover a 400-square-foot guestroom into the closet of any Manolo gal’s dreams. The lucky lady’s “SATC” closet now features sliding drawers for accessories, racks organized by designer, and 400 pairs of shoes, according to The New York Post. The set designers said they inventoried each of the woman’s items to make sure there was a space for it in the dream closet — and the result is it’s “very similar” but “bigger” to Carrie’s. Jealous. [UPI.com] Keep reading »
It’s nearly impossible to imagine anyone other than Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw. But if Darren Star ever wants to do an all-male revue of “Sex and the City,” he should call on illustrator Cedric Rivrain. Rivrain cross-dresses like Carrie in a photo spread for Double Magazine and has her poses, pouts, and the delightful way she skips after making a purchase down pat. [Refinery29] Keep reading »
I can’t help but wonder how Carrie Bradshaw would be living today with all of this talk about recession, stimulus packages and financial woes. Would her apartment be just as fabulous, or would she forgo the updates and spend her hard-earned cash on more shoes?
I’d hope her apartment would stay just as chic as when production designer Jeremy Conway and set decorator Lydia Marks first laid hands on the glamorous interior. So I took it upon myself to recreate the look of her superstar bedroom — on a major budget. I like to call this the “Recession-Friendly Bradshaw Abode.” Read more … Keep reading »
Word has it that a new porn parody is in the works, this time of “Sex and the City,” and it’s called “Sex and the City: A XXX Parody.” Isn’t this, like, sort of redundant? I mean, sure, the original “Sex and the City” didn’t exactly feature hardcore sex, but it seems somewhat a bit too much to spoof a show about sex with a porn version of it. Or maybe that’s just me. Kayla Paige, seen here, will be playing Carrie. Britney Andrews will be taking on the role of Samantha. Bobbi Starr will be Charlotte. And Zoe Voss will be Miranda. “It does a great job of poking fun at the original show,” Starr told AVN.com, “while still embodying the central theme—female unity though an open discourse in sex and relationships.” Uh, OK. Is that what porn’s about? I had no idea. [FishbowlLA] Keep reading »
I know some ground rules have been placed on redundant “Sex and the City” conversations, but I’m pretty sure I am safe with this one. This weekend, I found myself with some flexible finances, four days of free time, and an urge to avoid serious thinking. All this added up to a friend and I planning to go see a movie on Friday night. We narrowed down our choices to “Sex and the City 2″ or “Shrek Forever After.” In the end, even though I watched the show religiously and was one of the many Carrie-clad individuals who showed up for the midnight screening of the first film, I chose “Shrek.” Here’s why. Keep reading »
Carrie Bradshaw is not only a Manhattan and fashion icon, but as a dating columnist, she’s considered a dating icon as well. Why? She’s selfish, immature, manipulative, impulsive, and, let’s face it, kind of psycho. She gives women, even kooky women, a bad name. Ladies, feel free to emulate Carrie’s style and visit her favorite NYC haunts, but when it comes to dating, it’s best to do anything but what she does. Carrie makes several common mistakes throughout the “Sex and the City” series and by watching her missteps, women can learn a lot about what to do and, more importantly, what not to do, at all stages of a relationship. Keep reading »
In elementary school, I was the only kid in my class whose favorite Ninja Turtle was Donatello. Later, I was the only one of my girlfriends who chose Jon Knight as her favorite New Kid on the Block. In other words, I have a thing for the runt of the litter. And the current runt of the pop culture litter is Miranda Hobbes, the one who nobody picks as their favorite “Sex and the City” character. Keep reading »