Fugs and Pieces, April 24th, 2015


HAPPY FRIDAY! As a gentle reminder, The Royal We is currently on sale for $9.99, if you are a reader of e-books. Allow me to link you up:

We also have a Facebook page for the book, where you will be able to get easy updates on signings and events and whatnots, if that’s your jam. We were extremely excited to find out this week that we were #3 on the Washington Post‘s hard cover bestseller list, and we have you guys to thank for that — quite literally; I am sure all of you awesome people who came out and bought the book at Kramerbooks made that happen, and we are so so so thrilled. (FYI,  we signed a lot of stock at Kramerbooks, and I’m sure they still have autographed copies left, if you want one. They ship everywhere and are super nice, so call them if you want one, and it can be yours! Otherwise, the book should be everywhere now. Again, thank you all SO SO SO much for your wonderful support.)

– Barnes and Noble has a juicy list of fictionalized biographies you might like. (I really liked The Paris Wife, and the Zelda one is on my TBR list.)

– Speaking of B&N, one of our Fug Nationals is currently putting together a literary festival and book fair in Columbia, Missouri, and anyone shopping at any Barnes and Noble on April 25 and/or on BN.com, and who uses the code 11572427 can support it. So if you’re going to B&N or BN.com to, say, procure a book about an American girl who falls in love with a prince  just, say, hypothetically), drop that code and help bring books to people.

– This is an awesome piece on the dude who creates the fictional ad pitches on Mad Men. It’s SO interesting. (Vulture)

– And you are going to love this piece on Jezebel about the woman who does the costumes for Outlander.

– AND this is an awesome article about writing a great lede, courtesy of WSJ reporter Barry Newman.

This is a beautiful and wonderful tribute to Gilbert Blythe, as Jonathan Crombie died this past weekend, heartbreakingly. (The New Yorker)

– THIS IS AWESOME: How to Beat the Cast of Dynasty in the Drinking Game “Never Have I Ever.” (McSweeney’s)

Let’s read about hot hot hot Michiel Huisman. (Buzzfeed)

– This is an interesting piece about a nobleman who spent much of his life dressing as a women in the 18th century. (All Things Georgian)

– I have to quote Pajiba on this one: This ‘Spider-Man’ Short List Is One Way to Kill Enthusiasm for Another ‘Spider-Man’ Movie

– Again, from my favorite series on The Toast: How to Tell If You Are In a Shirley Jackson Story. “You care nothing for your family but are extraordinarily fond of, and protective toward, the jam jars in the basement.”– Vulture takes on the all important questions of what to watch when you just want TV on in the background. (My go-to is Law and Order)– Speaking of TV, Daniel Fienberg at HitFix did yeoman’s work running down fifty TV shows on the bubble, and what he thinks may be their fate.

– Over at The AV Club: How to navigate the weepy world of Lifetime movies.

– Per Lainey, there’s a rumor that Bradley Cooper is dating Irina Shayk. I don’t buy this one, for some reason.

The Atlantic examines how fashion co-opted Coachella.

– This is an interesting piece on the world’s most powerful passports, at The Telegraph. (Sweden wins AGAIN)

– This headline reads like Mad Libs:  Mario Batali doesn’t believe Gwyneth Paltrow will ever get married again. WELL THEN JUST CLOSE THE BOOK. (Celebitchy)

Vanity Fair explains why you can’t stop singing the theme song to Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtBecause it’s A MIRACLE!



Royals Round-Up, April 24th, 2015

Get ready! We’ve got Harry and haircuts and horse races waiting for you, as the wait for Baby Cambridge Two continues.

As a gentle reminder, The Royal We is currently on sale for $9.99, if you are a reader of e-books. Allow me to link you up:

- It’s a Kindle Select Pick, which means that you can get it for your Kindle here

- You can get it on iBooks here and read it on your phone or iPad.

- If you have a Nook, it’s ALSO $9.99 on Ye Old Nooke here.

- If you do your e-book-reading on Kobo, you can get it for $9.99 here.

We also have a Facebook page for the book, where you will be able to get easy updates on signings and events and whatnots, if that’s your jam.

ELSEWHERE, please enjoy the following royals-related bits and bobs:



Fug The Show: Wolf Hall Recap, “Anna Regina”

In which I realize I cannot TOTALLY follow the passage of time on this show; one of the great lady villains of Tudor-related Historical Fiction appears; there’s a Protestent flash mob; a dude gets tossed into the Tower and burned at the stake; and Call-Me-Risley makes a brief but very well-accessorized appearance.


Recent Fugs and Fabs: Rose Byrne

I hope all this red-carpet treading means that the universe won’t let the Annie remake tar Rose’s career.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]


Recent Fugs and Fabs: Jennifer Morrison

Whoever styled her for the Tribeca Film Festival earned a big old gorgeous thank you bouquet and possibly a raise. Because Jennifer Morrison hasn’t had this successful a run in a long time.

[Photos: Getty]


Recent Fugs and Fabs: Kate Mara (with Michael B Jordon, Jamie Bell, and Miles Teller)

After nine years covering Fashion Week, I’ve had brief interactions with a variety of people, which makes it easy for me to make snap judgements about them that I then pass on to you. Like, every time we’ve ever spoken to Rose McGowan, she has been AWESOME and is a total hoot (and is completely smart, so any time y’all worry about her because she’s wearing something wacky on her head, I feel confident in saying that I think she’s just a delicious eccentric).  Alexa Joel is ALSO a delight. Anna Chlumsky is THE BEST. And Kate Mara was ALSO lovely and smart and likeable, so I am happy that she’s getting to stand around in a variety of outfits next to the likes of Michael B Jordon and Miles Teller.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]