Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

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 (and, seemingly, living as) a women in the 18th century. Spying is involved. I feel like this has to be only part of the story. (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!



Fugs and Pieces, April 10, 2015

Hey guys! We are getting the weekend started  little early this week because we are zonked from traveling around with The Royal We. We will be back to full capacity next week and HOW — the MTV Movie Awards are on Sunday, so we’ll be kicking out the jams on Monday morning with a vengeance. And I also promise I will get the first Wolf Hall recap up before it airs again on Sunday.  Thank you all SO SO SO much for coming out and saying hello in DC and NYC this week. It has been beyond wonderful getting to meet you all and we feel incredibly grateful that we have such an awesome readership. We really do love you guys; Fug Nation is the best community on the internet, as far as I am concerned. (As a reminder, we are going to be at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 19th at 1:30pm, and in Chicago for their book festival on the weekend of June 6th and 7th [time TBD], so if you’re in either of those towns, please come out! We really wish we could come to more cities, but it depends on where our publisher decides to send us. With any luck, we’ll be sent out on the road for more events in the fullness of time.)

– This does seem like a good place to remind you that the book is available at last, and you can buy it from a variety of online purveyors, your local indie, or get it from your local library. If you do decide to read it: THANK YOU, very very much. To make it easy for you, you can:

– Huge thanks to Glamour, who named the book to its Spring Break Book List (“The pages turn as easily as a tabloid feature on the royal couple—and you’ll end up just as obsessed with Bex and Nick as you already are with Wills and Kate,” they say) and to People, which made it one of People‘s picks this week, which literally fulfills one of my life dreams.

– THAT out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. Namely, I can’t believe JK Rowling was in New York when we were, and we didn’t run into her and make her our best friend, to whom we could ask all kinds of annoying questions about Ron Weasley. (Lainey)

– We NEED this Golden Girls Lego set! (Time)

–Oooh, look at all these good bookstores! (Smithsonian)

– You are doing good work, Vulture: Your Guide to the Hot Sons of Hollywood

– OH YES: The Most Iconic Sunglasses Styles of All Time (Marie Claire)

– I LOVE this series on The Toast. This time: How To Tell If You Are In A Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta. Like, “The love of your life is either your childhood sweetheart whom you have never forgotten, or a man you met fifteen seconds ago,” and “Everyone around you knows your greatest secrets well enough to sing appropriate choruses as you reveal them.”

– This 1974 US Forest Service cocktail guide is awesome. (Esquire)

– Nora Dunn is DISHING the SNL dirt. She is totally invited to Drinks With Broads. (Pajiba)

– Speaking of dishing the dirt, this interview with Liz Smith in The Hollywood Reporter is so freaking great.  She RUNS Drinks With Broads.

– Well, it looks like this Emma Stone/Andrew Garfield break is for real. LOVE IS DEAD. (Celebitchy)

Look at all this cute personalized jewelry. (I LOVE personalized things. I wear a necklace with my initials on it AND my bag is monogrammed.) (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

– These vintage Lilly Pulitzer ads are AWESOME. (The College Prepster)

– This is interesting, at Buzzfeed: I Saw My Admissions Files Before Yale Destroyed Them

– Also really interesting: Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating World (Collector’s Weekly)


Fugs and Pieces, April 3, 2015

Kicking out a little early today because this weekend is a holiday for many people, and we hope you all get to skedaddle home for Good Friday or Passover or REASONS KNOWN ONLY TO YOU before closing time today too. But before we get into linkage, a reminder that our book, The Royal We, comes out THIS UPCOMING TUESDAY (although if you are in Canada, it’s on shelves in certain Chapters right now, FYI, so if you happen to be out and about this weekend, you might want to pop in and pick yourself up some hot fictional British princes [EDITED: We've been told that Canada has pulled the books from the shelves and are now holding them until Tuesday, when they are officially on sale, so hold your fire.]). We are so so excited for you to FINALLY get to read it, and we can’t wait for you to meet Nick and Bex, and everyone else.  In aid of the book, we are doing some signings this upcoming week and we’d love to meet you.

You can come out and say hello:

Tuesday, APRIL 7: NEW YORK, NY

Book Culture on Columbus, 7 p.m.

450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd)
New York, NY, 10024

For more details and to RSVP (totally optional, but helpful), click here.


Kramerbooks, 6:30 p.m. (They have a bar on the premises!!)

1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

For more details, and to RSVP (again, optional, but helpful), click here. Seating at Kramerbooks is going to be limited, but there will be plenty of standing room (and we won’t drone on forever, don’t worry). If you require wheelchair accessible seating or require a reserved seat, please email Sarah at Sarah@kramers.com and one will be happily reserved for you!

We have other events coming up later in Los Angeles and Chicago, and those deets are here at our Events and Signings page. Put on your fascinators and come on by!

AND NOW, back to your regularly scheduled:

– This history of the “One Shining Moment” montage is SO RIGHT. (Decider)

– Grantland expounds on the similarities between Melrose Place and Mad Men and it’s great. (Amanda is Don, obvs.)

Elle takes a look at Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant’s work day.

– From Jezebel: The Violent, Royal Story of How Tartan Became Your Favorite Plaid

– OH YES. Over at Entertainment Weekly: X-Files revival plans return of Walter Skinner and Cigarette Smoking Man. I can’t wait to see how they do this, given that CSM LITERALLY EXPLODED in the finale. PS: Yes, I will be totally recapping the return here at GFY. Are you kidding? I’ve come this far.

– Also on TXF tip, this piece in Paper is great: How Dana Scully is X-Files’ Anti-Style Hero  

– I love how Vin Diesel is NEVER blase about anything. (Lainey)

– This story about how a man’s stolen iPhone took him to China, made him a star, and got him a friend, is really great. (Buzzfeed)

– As is, in the utterly opposite way, this piece in The Independent about the worst things people have done to their Sims. I TOTALLY have murdered a Sim in my time.

– Pajiba has heard a rumor that Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are dunzo and we are all distraught if this is, in fact, the case.

– This is an interesting piece on Racked about “credit card obsessives,” people who LIVE to rack up points/miles

– I also enjoyed this piece in The Atlantic: The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas. (The lead photo there, Angie and Jesse, are forever in my heart. I cried my eyes out when he died.)

POISON GOWNS! (The Hairpin)

– And a history of stockings, over at All Things Georgian.

– This headline made me giggle: Gwyneth Paltrow’s aura-reading confirms that she’s an amazing person. (Celebitchy)



Fugs and Pieces, March 6th, 2015

A gentle reminder: you can read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, for FREE! (It comes out in just about a month; I can’t believe it.) And if you’re in the US and interested in winning a galley version of the book, Goodreads is giving away 15 of them — the contest ends on Monday.

And now…please enjoy the following:

– Speaking of books, W has a preview of Robin Givhan’s upcoming book, The Battle of Versailles. I can’t wait to read the whole thing; I love the way she writes.

– Per the NYT, spray deodorant is BACK! (I am actually delighted by this, because I bought some Dove spray-on when we were in London and IT WAS AWESOME and I was really sad when it ran out. Let’s just talk about deodorant, you guys.)

– Fashion Spot has put together a guide to the history of Anna Wintour’s assistants.

– Let’s eyeball the ten most expensive hotel suites in the world. (Harper’s Bazaar)

– And these beautiful, BEAUTIFUL libraries. (The Independent)

– This is a great interview at Heroes and Heartbreakers from an author of historical romance novels about..well, let me just give you the headline: Keeping “It” Clean: Hygiene, Hot Sex, and the Historical Romance Novel

– Gawker has a tell-all about what it was like to work at The Daily Mail (I Know). It’s not particularly complimentary. I know, this is shocking to you.

– Did we know that Amber Rose is writing a tell-all? I will read this.  (On the Books)

– I love this history of restaurant matches. (Eater)

– And this look back at some of Madonna’s more iconic tour ensembles. (Bustle)

– Over at Lainey, Denzel and Lenny Kravitz got dinner together this week, and Lenny is wearing sunglasses at night, and yet somehow my reaction is not, “it’s got to be so dark for him! How is he not walking into trees?!” but rather, “jeez, Lenny looks good.”

– So sue me. I like the new Carly Rae Jepson single. (Paper)

– Hee. Ranking the 21 Worst Movie Haircuts of the 21st Century. (Pajiba)

Cousin Matthew has been cast as The Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast (opposite Emma Watson) and I AM IN. (Celebitchy)

– Speaking of Downton, I have loads that will be of interest. First, the New York Times put together an interactive look at how actual historical events fit into the series to date. Also at the NYT is an interview with Julian Fellowes in which he doesn’t seem to realize that he IS writing a soap opera; and a wonderful piece about the show’s food stylists.

– Also on the Downton tip, Hypeable had a great chat with Matt Barber, AKA Atticus Aldridge.

– WHAT. Is this the worst purse of Paris Fashion Week? I think maybe yes. (Elle)


Fugs and Pieces, February 27, 2015

I seriously had to think about what year it was when I wrote this. And then I got the date wrong. Where AM I, and why isn’t the answer “Tahiti”? Post-Oscars is a confusing time.

First of all! ICYMI, you can now read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, for free! FREE! Also, Goodreads is giving away 15 signed galleys, so be sure to enter if you are interested! (Unfortunately, the giveaway is for US readers only.)

In non-book-related news, it’s also possible that you missed some of our Fashion Week shenanigans given the Drama and Grandeur of the Oscars that came right on the heels of NYFW. If so, we’ve got a round-up of everything we did and wrote for Cosmo here. You cannot miss Heather asking Martha from The Americans about what it’s like to boink Matthew Rhys when they’re both wearing crazy wigs.


Romance titan Bertrice Small died this week. When I was a teenager, I was OBSESSED with her Skye O’Malley series. (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

– And Leonard Nimoy died today, which I am so SAD about. The New York Times has a neat video of him explaining the origin of the Vulcan hand signal.

You guys will love this piece on Ralph Fiennes, and not just because a Fug National was quoted therein. (The Telegraph)

Jamie Lee Curtis interviews Signourney Weaver for Interview and it is awesome. To wit: “I played a woman who kept a hedgehog in her vagina in one play; I was schizophrenic in another. It was just so much fun.”

– YAY! Allen Leech — AKA Tom Branson on Downton Abbey — did an AMA on Reddit. You should know that he called Maggie Smith “The Notorious M.A.G.”

– Speaking of Downton, here’s a great piece on that showstopper of a dress that Rose wore last week. (Spoilers, obviously, if you’re not caught up.) (Radio Times)

– PNEUMATIC TUBES! I’m obsessed with them; Lapsed Historian has a FASCINATING piece about their use in London.

– That T Swift is savvy; she explains to People StyleWatch why she posted a bikini pic on her Instagram. Spoiler: to screw with the paparazzi.

People also has a cool video, reliving the Oscars red carpet in 90 seconds.

– The pics from inside the Vanity Fair Oscar party are great, if you haven’t seen them yet. Like this one, of Bandaidcatcher Casteroil talking to the Sisters Collins.

– And I love this piece from Bon Appetit about Oscars gowns that remind them of recipes.

– The first image from the Jem and The Holograms movie is HERE! (Pajiba)

– Open Culture explains why people do their best thinking in the shower. Which is true for me. I once almost rented an apartment that had a white board hanging over the bathtub. I think I walked in and said, “well. A writer used to live here.”

Drew Barrymore is writing a book of “personal essays,” which could potentially be interesting. She has lived a life. (Lainey)

Apparently Jude Law was almost cast as Superman. That is INTRIGUING. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, February 20, 2015

You guys, the Oscars are on Sunday. I hope you’ve been eating your Wheaties. We’re not live-blogging the red carpet, but you can follow along with all the shenanigans on Twitter — and of course we’ll be ALL OVER IT here on GFY on Monday. Until then:

– Speaking of the Oscars, we revisited the 2005 Oscars red carpet for Cosmo.

– Still speaking of the Oscars, Vanity Fair live-blogged the 1995 ceremony, AKA the year of Uma/Oprah.

People put together a “where are they now?” about famous Oscar dresses.

– Also from VF: the make-up artist from Grand Budapest Hotel tells us how she turned Swinton into an old lady.

– AND! The reunion of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer!! This article is so good. I love you, Capt Von Trapp.

– I think you’ll enjoy this article about the hidden meanings of Celebrity Pinterests. (Zulkey)

– Robin Givhan’s writing about fashion is so smart. Here, she takes on Kanye, and menswear, for the Washington Post.

– Relevant, as they say, to your interests: ‘Dawson’s Creek’: The Pacey & Joey essential episode guide, thanks to Zap2It.

– Hottest Heads of State ranks the US Presidents in Order of Hotness, which is obviously the most important metric for a leader.

– This is a great piece in the New Yorker about Key and Peele.

– Also at The New Yorker, a very thoughtful and interesting reflection on Joan Rivers.

– The Toast reflects upon the dream of Chris Evans being one’s boyfriend aka MY OWN PERSONAL DREAM.

Carey Mulligan looks great in the trailer for Far From the Madding Crowd, which I have actually never read. (Lainey)

– This is amusing: 18th century advice on “How to Bag a Handsome Man.” (History of Love)

– I love that Pajiba is still obsessed with the craziness of Winter’s Tale.

Elle’s drawings of NYFW are really neat.

–I’m sure you want some of the inside deets on the Cumberbatch wedding. (Celebitchy)