When I was in high school, I read How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and I was like, “eh.” Ever since then, every time I’ve read stories and books about women awakening to their strength and becoming empowered in their womanhood, I’ve had exactly the same reaction (and to be fair, I have the same feelings about the bildungsroman in general, regardless of gender). Except once.
It’s been hard for me to put my finger on what I love so much about Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, or what I love so much about Elizabeth Gilbert in general. Here are my top three books: Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, and Antoine de Saint-Éxupery’s The Little Prince — stories that, at heart, are about atrocities and devastating loss and how people or characters cope with the aftermath. Keep reading »
Forget Kanye! Forget Taylor! Here’s Florence + the Machine performing “Dog Days Are Over” on the VMAs last night. The stage show was very over the top: Cirque du Soleil meets Burning Man at the Parthenon. The redheaded and barefooted one took home her first VMA award that evening for the “Dog Days” song, which you may recognize from the “Eat Pray Love” trailer, too. The video won for Best Art Direction. Keep reading »
Not everyone is as lucky as Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, to spend a year in exotic locales to recover from a bad breakup. As a 30-year-old New Yorker returning to singledom after a string of long-term relationships, I can only dream of consulting a Bali guru to show me the right path. With graduate school loans, rising rent, car payments and the need to hold on to my job in this shaky economy, the thought of getting away to reflect and restore seems out of reach and, in Gilbert’s case, very expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Here, I put together nine affordable things a newly single gal could do to feel better and possibly find love again. Keep reading »
The Daily Beast brings up a good point today about the phenomenon that is “Eat, Pray, Love.” Writer Danielle Friedman asks, “What’s it like to be the guy whose heartbreak launched a multi-million-dollar feel-good franchise?” She tracked down Michael Cooper, Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex-husband, and discovered that he is now a public interest law scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He’s also remarried, to a Canadian diplomat, and has two young sons. However, he wasn’t interested in commenting on the movie, the book, or Elizabeth Gilbert in general.
Which is interesting, because last year he was contracted to write a rebuttal book. Keep reading »
While a large portion of the female population is rushing out to see the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love, comedy writer Andrew Gottlieb is hoping that men are at home reading his answer to it, Drink, Play, F**k. With Gilbert’s blessing, Gottlieb penned a satirical memoir, released in 2009, where fictional character Bob Sullivan roams the world after his marriage falls apart. Gottlieb asked himself, “What would a man do in this situation?” Answer: Sullivan goes to Ireland to drink, to Las Vegas to play, and to Thailand to bone. Okay, that’s hilarious. [NY Daily News]
After the jump, some more chick books that we’d love to see the male versions of. Keep reading »
We can’t wait to see “Eat Pray Love” tonight, but in the meantime, Dogeared is keeping us occupied. The jewelry company has a line of delicate trinkets and jewels in honor of the film. We’re particularly taken with this purple macrame bracelet. The bright purple color mixes up standard metal chain bracelets. Wear it alone, with your watch, or with a bunch of bangle bracelets. We couldn’t agree with the message more: “I deserve something beautiful.” That’s right.