In February 2004, Piper Kerman arrived at the women’s prison in Danbury, Conn., to serve a yearlong sentence for a drug-related crime she’d committed 10 years before.
“There’s no visiting today,” an officer told Piper when her fiancé pulled into one of the parking areas.
“I’m here to surrender,” she said.
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The moment Sally Seltmann started to sing at the Presbyterian Church during SXSW, my ears instantly perked up. Maybe it was the sound of her angelic voice in a dimly lit church or her jaunty, delicate melodies that got me. After hearing her perform songs from her soon-to-be-released album, Heart That’s Beating (due out on… READ MORE »
Fascinating fact about Toni Collette: she is the second most recognizable and highest-paid Australian actress in Hollywood, after Nicole Kidman. However, if you put the two of them in a cool contest, Toni would win every day of the week. Ever since Toni played Muriel, an ABBA- and wedding-obsessed woman who escapes her abusive father… READ MORE »
The Frisky: What do you like a woman to smell like?
Isaiah Mustafa: Butterflies and salt taffy. The Frisky: What was it like working on the Old Spice commercial? We heard you filmed the commercial in one shot — and that it took something like 50 or 60 takes to get it right. READ MORE »
A relationship book called Marry Him: The Case For Settling For Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb has been the topic of much blog discussion in the last few weeks, thanks to its controversial suggestion that women should throw out their list of dealbreakers, settle and marry the best guy they can find. Also on… READ MORE »
Maura Kelly has a unique job — she blogs about her dating life for Marie Claire. Her column, “A Year of Living Flirtatiously,” is a frank, humorous, self-deprecating account of her travails on the front lines of dating. The project started when Kelly realized that if she approached finding a man with as much zeal… READ MORE »
When Cherien Dabis was a teen growing up in small town Ohio, the First Gulf War broke out. Her family began getting death threats and her Palestinian father, a doctor, lost patients. These experiences came to inspire the filmmaker to write and direct the award-winning “Amreeka,” a movie that tells the story of… READ MORE »
After her hugely successful book, Eat, Pray, Love, was published, Elizabeth Gilbert settled into a lovely life with the man she met on that personal journey. Both she and the guy, known as Felipe in the book, had been married and divorced before, and they told themselves they weren’t going to get married again; just… READ MORE »
For the last month and a half, I have been utterly glued to “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew” on VH1, in which the salt-and-pepper-haired Dr. Drew Pinsky counsels semi-famous entertainers who are battling sex addiction. We’ve written a bit about the topic on The Frisky, sometimes expressing dubiousness that it’s even that common, but the… READ MORE »
Erica Kennedy is known to many readers for her hip-hop novel Bling, but her latest novel, Feminista, has been making waves for its so-called entry into the “bitch lit” genre and its unapologetically ballsy protagonist, Sydney, a writer who finds love almost despite herself. Kennedy, who blogs about “feministas” in pop culture, from Michelle Obama… READ MORE »
On the season finale of “MERRIme.com,” Mr. Weisman interrupts Merri’s “binge” and reinstates his original ultimatum. MAC and Jess comfort a very down-and-out Merri, when a familiar face arrives on her doorstep. Who could it be? Cliffhanger, cliffhanger? [MERRIme.com] … READ MORE »
When I’m having boy trouble, you know who I wish I could call? The twins from “Sister, Sister.” On this episode of “MERRIme.com,” Merri seeks advice from Tia and Tamera after a slip of the “L” word causes her to panic. Later, Stephen makes a move on a vulnerable but aggressive Merri. [MERRIme.com] … READ MORE »
In episode 13 of “MERRIme.com,” Jess and Lindsay throw Merri a party that turns into more than a surprise. Merri learns her “lesson” after a master class from PleasurePreacher1. Um, something tells me Merri should have read our piece on online dating dealbreakers. [MERRIme.com]
With money tighter these days, more and more people… READ MORE »
When you’re on a date with a guy and he gets up and disappears into the bathroom for an extended period of time, what do you assume he’s up to? Does it even matter? Isn’t an epic bathroom trip a dealbreaker in the initial stages of dating anyway? On this episode of “MERRIme.com,” Merri… READ MORE »
Stand-up comedian and author Aaron Karo rose to fame as a college freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, where he began writing down what he called “Ruminations,” small observations about the universal truths of college: the dorm rooms, the friends, the food, the classes, the beer pong … and the women. (A sample “rumination” from… READ MORE »
Food is an essential for life, of course, but it’s also a vital component of relationships. Without food, what would we do on dates? There would be no candlelit dinners, and no romantic champagne and strawberries or other supposedly aphrodisiac combos. In her new book The Gastronomy of Marriage, Michelle Maisto explores what happens in… READ MORE »
In episode 11 of “MERRIme.com,” after dinner with Mac and his boyfriend Christian, Merri realizes that Drew is just a “friend” and Patrick is much, much more. Has that happened to you before? Where you’ve woken up one day and realized you had feelings for someone you never thought you would? … READ MORE »