The other night, walking from the L to the 2 at 14th Street, I passed a girl who’d been a few years ahead of me at college and whose Facebook statuses I occasionally notice and, I’m ashamed to admit, snort at derisively, I think stemming mostly from the fact that she once embarrassed me during a radio station board meeting. She looked tired and overworked and her head was down and I...
If you know of anything better than the way hair falls over a bare shoulder (halter dress), I don’t want to hear about it.
We are, most important, in 1942. In The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera implies that he feels a bit ashamed at having to name his characters. And although this shame is hardly perceptible in his novels, which are full of Tomases, Tominas, and Terezas, we can intuit the obvious meaning: what could be more vulgar than to arbitrarily give—from a childish desire for verisimilitude...
Gawky Opie Griffith-esque teenager reading It on the 2 train at 6.15 last night.
thenotes: “How do you think _____ ______’s book ends?” “If it’s anything but a killing spree, I’m disappointed.”
Q. Ghostly Visitors: I have always been able to see ghosts. It’s not a big thing, and it’s not something I advertise—it’s just something most women in my family are able to do and is accepted as normal. Now I have a 4-year-old daughter who can do the same thing; she chats about seeing my father, who passed away before she was born, as well as my husband’s grandmother....
Just heard some guys making a Tammy Faye Bakker joke on the street.
Anger stated for years he intended to write a Hollywood Babylon III, and in a 2010 interview he told that it had been finished but was placed on hold, explaining, “The main reason I didn’t bring it out was that I had a whole section on Tom Cruise and the Scientologists. I’m not a friend of the Scientologists.” In 2008 a third book, titled Hollywood Babylon:...
Q: I enjoyed the TV coverage of the Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, but I rarely hear anything anymore about her dogs. Does she still have dogs? — C.T., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I wish the Keira Knightly ‘Anna Karenina’ had been kept from me until winter, when it will get lost amongst (hopefully) better movies, with reviews that say things like “the costumes are sumptuous!” and “[character actor] brings a lot of gravitas to his small but crucial role!” and then we never talk about it again.
“Want to hear a story?” “OK.” “So I bought this shower gel from Kiehl’s and then forgot about it, and last week I remembered and grabbed it before I got into the shower, and it was awful! It was thin and kind of scratchy and I figured it must’ve gone bad, so I marched right up to Bloomingdale’s and went over to the Kiehl’s counter and said,...
Can I defriend someone if they say mean things about Morrissey on Facebook?
Resisting the urge to pull my dress over my head, always.
This isn’t going to become a Tumblr about nesting (only spooky things make nests, anyway), but—why are all of the shower curtains so ugly?
On Sunday night I took, as I am sometimes wont to do, a book and a glass of Scotch into bed. The book was read and the Scotch drunk at the usual speed, and then I fell asleep. At some point during the night I pulled out my nighttime hair-holder (it’s made of satin and not particularly fetching, but I have a great deal of hair and it’s the only thing that holds it reasonably when...
Civil War museum seeks help in identifying... →
I can’t wait until Gangster Squad comes out and then we can all stop pretending Ryan Gosling is in any way interesting or attractive.