Tina Fey is a “Bossypants”

Full disclosure: I’m not an avid reader by any stretch of the imagination. I am currently “in the process” of reading seven books.* That number would have been eight if I hadn’t finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this weekend or if I’d gotten around to starting The Hunger Games yet. Read More Tina Fey is a “Bossypants”

How Gossip Mags Mess With Your Perception

Full disclosure: I am a recovering gossip mag addict, which is why I know so much about the content of the tabloids. Read More How Gossip Mags Mess With Your Perception

The Films We Love, And The Ones We Don’t

In 1927, Russian literary scholar Boris Eikhenbaum published an essay entitled “Problems of Cine-Stylistics,” wherein he discusses what is commonly known as cinematic specificity; that is, what makes the cinema a unique art form, particularly in comparison to its two closest relatives: photography and the theatre. Read More The Films We Love, And The Ones We Don’t

One More Reason to Love James Franco

With all the pity (and scorn) that I feel toward female celebrities as I see them struggle with conforming to the oppressive beauty standards of their industry, I sometimes forget what the men have to deal with. More so than women, male actors frequently have to deal with invasive questions and speculation about their sexuality. You could probably name several actors off the top off your head that you’ve heard are gay. (I won’t list them all here, because to do so would be somewhat hypocritical, eh?) Read More One More Reason to Love James Franco

The Amazing Books that Inspire Writerly Envy

Over Christmas vacation I read only one book, which is far fewer than I normally consume on long, lazy days, but it was the best book I’ve read in a very long time–Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys, which is a rare gem in that I loved it, but it didn’t elicit the usual “book envy” my favorites do. If any of you readers are aspiring writers, particularly of the poetry or fiction persuasion (and I know you’re out there!), then you know what I mean when I talk about “book envy”–that often-confusing mixture of both delight and jealousy that accompanies finishing a wonderful book, the type that makes you sigh, “I wish I had written that.” Read More The Amazing Books that Inspire Writerly Envy

Who Wants to Talk about The Walking Dead?

By now you’ve had ample time to catch up on this series, including the newest episode which aired on Sunday night. This isn’t going to be a recap (Slay Belle already did a better job than I could); it’s just some musings about the show thus far, and I’m going to assume you’ve watched all three episodes. Let this serve as your stern warning that this post is going to be spoilerier than the spoilingest spoilers you’ve ever read. Read More Who Wants to Talk about The Walking Dead?

We Try It: 30 Day Shred

Full disclosure: This is a biased review because I have already tried the 30 Day Shred and I am obsessed with Jillian Michaels.  I had a dream last night that she was my personal trainer at the gym.  The only thing (besides low water pressure) that I don’t like about my new apartment is that the floors are creaky and I’m pretty sure I will be an asshole if I do the shred, so I haven’t been able to do it. Read More We Try It: 30 Day Shred

Anthroholics: How “Lifestyle Brands” Market to Women

Full disclosure: Anthropologie, their website, their catalog, their backlit models, their barfy animal designs, their faux-vintage everything, their impractical housewares, their head-scratch-inducing styling, their might-as-well-be-full-price sales, their transparent embrace of all things privileged and crusty-rich: it makes me swoon. Read More Anthroholics: How “Lifestyle Brands” Market to Women