Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs & Pieces, September 30th, 2016

Oy vey, how is tomorrow October already? September, we hardly knew ye. Despite that Los Angeles is hot as the surface as the sun, I am emotionally ready for fall, and it’s all like this in my heart now:

GQ had a fascinating article about how we trace guns in America. Spoiler: Not very well, and yet, extremely, extremely well at the same time. This is a great, compelling piece of journalism.

– Also at GQGQ is hitting it out of the park this week — is this wonderful essay by Michael Chabon about taking his son to Paris Fashion Week. It will really just squeeze your heart; I cried at the end To wit: “From the moment he became himself, what made Abe different—from his siblings, from classmates, from most of the children who have ever lived—was the degree of comfort he felt with being different. Everybody wants to stand out from the crowd, but so few of us have the knack, and fewer still the stomach for bearing up under the crush of conformity. It was always Abe’s rare gift not just to stand out, and bear up, but to do those things with panache. And the way in which he expressed his difference most reliably, and with the greatest panache, was through dressing up.” (It also reminds me how very much I love Chabon’s writing.)

– For Grub Street’s 10th birthday, they’re having former Grub Street Dieters do their diet now as compared to their past ones, and it’s great. You guys know how much I LOVE Grub Street Diet. I particularly liked this one from Stacy London (whom I love).

New African Woman has an interesting profile of Kibonen Nfi, a Cameroonian designer who’s a favorite of Lupita Nyong’o.

– This is great, at Deadspin: Pakistan’s National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist

– At Vulture, Heather and I got to write a piece pitting Don and Betty Draper against Homer and Marge Simpson, in their Battle of Great TV Couples.

–Pajiba salutes the Inimitable, Exhausting Wonder Of Physical Books

– This piece at The Ringer about John Mayer is a little bit mean and a lot bit funny.

– I always like reading Lainey’s take on the way tabloids cover gossip — here, about the way the Brangelina divorce is being covered. (You know I’m into the logistics of the press.)

– Also interesting: her take on whether Disney is really going to buy Twitter. My personal response was: As much as I am wary of the Mouse owning everything, maybe Disney would actually do something about Twitter’s giant issue with abuse!

– Racked asked, “Honestly, Why Do Clutches Even Exist?” And the answer is actually very interesting.

– Also at Racked, this great piece about Dress For Success. This will warm your heart, and also make you want to volunteer for Dress For Success. Did you know that it got off the ground with the help of a bunch of New York City nuns? Fascinating, and moving.

– At Revelist: The 25 most absurdly ‘sexy’ Halloween costumes based on TV and movie characters, ranked. Dibs on Sexy Chewbacca!

– The New Potato promises A MAJOR HOROSCOPE UPDATE!

– Just gonna leave this Celebitchy headline here: Tom Hiddleston goes full ‘leather daddy’ for Interview Mag.

– You will love this, at Atlas Obscura: A Guide to the Real-Life Homes of the Heroes of Children’s Literature. I have friends in Portland who live very close to Klickitat Street, home of Ramona and the rest of the Quimbys, and I screamed with glee when we drove past it, last time I visited.

– Bloomberg had a really fascinating piece about how the cast of Hamilton negotiated profit-sharing, which sounds dry, but is NOT.

– And, finally, this is really old, but I just stumbled onto it recently and enjoyed it, and so might you: Paste Magazine salutes vintage cookbook illustrations.

And, in case you missed anything at GFY this week:



Fugs and Pieces, September 23rd, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am tired. Some of that might be because we started this week on Sunday with the Emmys. If you missed any of our coverage, you can find it all here.

Also a great and far-ranging discussion happened in our post about the Brangelina Break-Up, which I think you’ll enjoy (or at least find interesting) if you haven’t already gotten into it.

And, elsewhere:

– I cried throughout this wonderful article at ESPN about Vin Scully. I have, in fact, cried five or six times about Vin Scully’s retirement this week alone. That is not hyperbole; I am honestly distraught. As many of you may know, I am a native Los Angeleno. So is my mother. So was her mother. My father moved here when he was a year old. I’ve had family in Los Angeles for over 100 years. We are all Dodgers fans. I don’t mean casually. My first word was “dog,” because my grandfather had a dog. But my first sentence, the first thing my family taught me to say, was “yay Dodgers!” (I had a hard time with my Ls and Ys, so it usually came out “lay, Dodgers!” — or, I suppose if I was feeling French, “Les Dodgers!”)  We always had the Dodgers on TV, every night, during baseball season. And that meant Vin Scully’s comforting, elegant, perfect voice filtered through every single summer of not only my life, but also my parents’ lives. Sometimes I would be watching the game intently. Sometimes I would have the game on while I read a book. But the game was always on. I know that baseball fans understand how great Vin is. But for Dodgers fans, Vin is quite sincerely a member of our families and has a tiny piece of all of our hearts. I cannot express to you how much he means to this city, and how emotionally unprepared we all are to turn on the TV or the radio and not hear him wishing us a pleasant evening, wherever we may be.

– Robin Givhan — one of my favorite writers; not just of fashion, but period — wrote for the WaPo about the dress Rosa Parks was carrying the night she didn’t move to the back of the bus, a dress that is now on display in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which the Post has covered at fascinating length, and which I very much want to visit. It opens tomorrow.

– I also recommend John Lewis’s essay about the process of making the museum a reality. It is beautifully written, of course — I picked at least six different portions to quote. I recommend reading the entire piece, but if not, at least read this: “[I]n the final analysis the truth can lead to only one conclusion: We are one people, one family, the American family. We all live in one house, the American house, the world house. It will lead us to see the divine spark that resides in each and every one of us and is a part of the entire creation. It will lead us to see that we are more alike than we are different, that we are not separate, but we are one.”

– I loved this, at Racked, and I think you will also enjoy it: The Politics of Pockets

– I really loved this piece at Curbed: 101 smallest things you can do for your city. I, in fact, cried when I saw the photo of Bill Cunningham they used to illustrate part of it. (I am emotional this Fugs & Pieces; I cried at Vin, John Lewis made me cry, and I also cried over Bill.)

– This GoFundMe to bring back Hart of Dixie made me cry also, except laughing. It’s really funny. To wit: “I want to bring back Wade’s jerk brother Jesse for an altercation choreographed by a team of professional Hollywood fight choreographers. This fight will end in Jesse’s death and Earl’s resultant spiral back into the dark pit of addiction.  For this scene I need no fewer than 300 baby goats.”

– Speaking of Brangelina, Anne Helen Peterson wrote an amazing and brilliant piece about it at Buzzfeed.

– And Lainey has been KILLING IT with her coverage of the ins and outs. Like, she’s written SO MUCH about it over the last few days. If you need the latest, she’s there for you. (I was also interested in her take on how Chelsea Handler — one of Aniston’s best friends — is handling this whole thing. In short: Chelsea is acting like a jerk.)

– I liked this piece at Vogue about Chatsworth House.

– At Pajiba:  Emma Watson Still Kicking Misogyny’s Ass: College Edition

– Esquire has a long piece with Andrea Tantaros about why she is suing Fox News that is worth your time.

– At Collectors Weekly: Roadside Curiosities: Things That Make You Go “What the Heck?”

– All 139 Grey’s Anatomy characters: RANKED. [Revelist]

– Related, at The AV Club: Shonda Rhimes’ characters are defined by what they drink

Other highlights you might have missed this week at GFY:


Fugs and Pieces, September 16th, 2016

Happy Friday, Fug Nation! The Emmys are on Sunday, so as usual we will be live-tweeting the red carpet on Twitter at FugGirls, and then ALSO as usual we’ll deluge you with coverage here on Monday.

Before we begin, a big note on the ad issues some of you have been experiencing: Some of our overlays have been popping up for readers far too frequently, and it’s come to our attention that this is often — paradoxically — due to the use of ad blockers. Specifically, in this case, the one affiliated with Google Chrome. (It’s a long technical explanation that has to do with cookies and such.) If you turn off Chrome’s ad blocker, it will fix that issue and the site will run more smoothly; we’ve already had GFY readers confirm this to be true. We believe a longer-term solution is in the works, and we’re doing some front-end/back-end work on the site as well that we hope will help. But in the meantime, this means we have to advise you to turn off your ad blockers for GFY.

Which brings us to: If you enjoy reading GFY, please consider turning off your ad blockers anyway. Because ad blockers are proving financially ruinous for small, independently owned sites like ours. Reader experience has always been important to us, and in a perfect world, we would run GFY ad-free. Unfortunately, the reality is that for this to remain our job, and for GFY to have its best shot at remaining on the Internet, we need ads to appear in front of people’s eyeballs; they are the only income we receive for our work, the only way to pay for exorbitant photo access fees and hosting, and thus, the only way we can stay in business. (And when those ads are for big legit companies like KFC and Toyota — as opposed to, say, Big Jim’s Barfeteria and Parasite Emporium – we frankly count ourselves very lucky indeed.) We value your readership very much, and we hope to be celebrating a lot more milestone birthdays with you here. And obviously, ad blockers are not the sole reason sites are going out of business, or the only difficulty of running an Internet business. But they do make it harder, so while we understand you will continue to browse the web however you choose and that it’s none of our business, we felt we should explain that — in this case – turning off the ad blocker is not only going to help you in a technical sense, but it may also keep Fug Nation alive. If you’re willing to do us this courtesy, we’ll be forever grateful. Thank you!

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That boring stuff out of the way, let’s move on:

– Via WaPo: Skeleton of teenage girl confirms cannibalism at Jamestown colony. !!!!

– At Racked: The Distinct Pleasure of the House Dress. I am wearing a house dress right now!

– A high school student in Sherman Oaks, CA, invented an app to help kids find people to eat their lunches with, which is so sweet, and I hope it takes off like crazy and everyone has awesome lunches from now on. FYI, if you ever run into me or Heather at a social event, please know that you can always hang out with us. Do not be put off by my Resting Murderer Face! (This reminds me, H and I went to see Waitress while we were in New York — it’s wonderful — and a Fug National came up and said hello and it was AWESOME to met her.) [NPR]

– There’s a rumor, via Lainey, that Diane Kruger is dating Garett Hedlund. He was with Kirsten Dunst for several years, until recently, so I can see that he might have a type? (Kiki is now allegedly dating FNL’s Landry, which is delightful.) Diane’s shirt is…compelling.

– Collectors Weekly brings us 7-Up’s Most Beautiful, Hallucinatory Billboards

– At Pajiba, they’re enumerating The Best Performances In an Otherwise Terrible Movie

– At Girls of a Certain Age, they’re talking about top ten wardrobe musts – the kind of post I live for.

– At The New Potato, a classic apple pie recipe.

– I LIVE for the wallpaper in this Victorian house featured on Design*Sponge.

– Over at Celebitchy, I learned that ALLEGEDLY Taylor Swift has set her cap for Zac Efron, which seems like a bad idea all around.

– At Revelist: 9 ways ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘One Tree Hill’ were actually the same show

– And, if you missed anything around GFY this week, some highlights:



Fugs and Pieces, August 26th, 2016

Programming alert! The VMAs are Sunday (we took a look back at its red carpet from 2006 earlier today), so make sure you swing by on Monday for complete coverage. Until then:

– This is so flipping good. Elle had a variety of Emmy nominees perform the “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” monologue from Friday Night Lights. Sterling K Brown as Coach Taylor is essentially the only thing I need in my life, ever, it turn out:

(At one point, I swear Tracee Ellis Ross is doing Marta Karolyi, also. Plus, I mean, Keegan-Michael Key. And Rachel Bloom! It’s just really good.)

H and I wrote a retrospective of Britney Spear’s most iconic red carpet looks for Cosmo, and it was really fun. Also, in case you forgot: BODY BE BANGIN’. Wow, Britney.

– Also: You’ve got another week or so to take advantage of the Buy Two Get One Free sale that B&N is having on their favorite paperbacks, one of which is The Royal We!

– This is amazing, at Bright Side: Auto mechanics pay homage to the legendary artworks of Renaissance painters

– Also fascinating: Forensic analysis of pigtails to help identify original ‘mutineers of H.M.S. Bounty’ [Phys.org]

– The Cut wonders, in light of Nate Parker’s college rape accusations, Is It Okay to See Birth of a Nation?

– At Mashable, these are fascinating late-1800s photochroms of Istanbul.

– At Lainey: Aw! I also totally forgot these two were married, and I love them together.

– Also at Lainey, is it so WRONG if I want these two to get back together? IS IT?

– Relevant to our interests, at Revelist: 11 times Helen Mirren proved she’s a feminist goddess

– This is a really interesting look at the history of A Star Is Born, at Vulture.

– Really interesting, and highly complex, at Indie Wire: Plagiarism Accusation Ignites Behind-the-Scenes Battle Over Costume Design

– At Pajiba, we get our weekly Jason Momoa. THANK YOU.

– At Fashionista, Amy Schumer joins the ranks of a variety of celebs complaining about how much the Met Gala sucks. Gosh, it’s a shame that you’re legally obligated to attend it!  You know, in fairness, I get that the Met may not be Amy’s jam but that she felt she needed to go for her own PR. And that’s a totally, totally legitimate choice that she made for her career — and guess who got a Vogue cover this year? Exactly. I do not, however, think that it’s particularly necessary to go on Stern (now that said cover is out, and she’s gotten baller coverage from Vogue of her new memoir), and trash the whole thing (and backhandedly insult Alexander Wang in the process). Just…don’t go again? Problem solved!

– At Celebitchy, this is legit a question to which I need the answer:  Did Joshua Jackson & Ruth Wilson have a wine-soaked hookup this week?

And, finally, if you missed a few days here at GFY this week, some highlights:

– Here’s a round-up of all our Olympics coverage!

– We had a great chat about the items we like to buy whilst on vacay.

– We gave Blake Lively the retrospective treatment.

– J Lo baked a pie! She made it nice!

– Chloe Sevigny wore THE CUTEST shoes.

– This is probably the final round of September issues covers.



Fugs & Pieces, August 19th, 2016

I can’t believe the Olympics are almost over! If you’re a super-fit athlete, do you want to just come over and hang out at my house to help me ease out of this? Thanks!

– Via Celebitchy, Taylor Swift gave a million dollars to victims of the floods in Louisiana. Good for her. I hope all our Fug Nationals in Louisiana are safe and dry right now. The Red Cross says this is the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy; they are accepting donations and offer ways to help here. As always, if you are aware of other opportunities to help, please feel free to share them in the comments.

– This piece from Sara Benincasa (at Medium) is great. A man emailed her to ask her why she’s gotten so fat. She takes him to school. (This reminded me of the time someone emailed me out of the blue to let me know that it was quite obvious why Heather was married and I was not. It’s because I lack “sparkle,” if you’re wondering.)

– Eater has an amazing and heartrending piece about women-owned restaurants in South Sudan refugee settlements.

– Oooooh, look at the secret libraries of history! [BBC]

– I was, like, frozen with indecision when the time came to choose a story about this BONKERS INSANITY that Ryan Lochte pulled in Rio this week. In the end, I went with the Washington Post’s take: “Ryan Lochte is the dumbest bell that ever rang. The 32-year-old swimmer is so landlocked in juvenility that he pulled an all-nighter with guys young enough to call him uncle. His story to NBC’s Billy ‘what-are-you-wearing’ Bush had the quality of a kid exaggerating the size of a fish, and notice how he was the hero of every detail. That was always the most dubious, implausible part.”

– I also loved this piece from David Mahoney, on Medium: Ryan Lochte Uses Olympic Spotlight to Bravely Come Out as Total Douchebag. “Lochte considers this a brave new world for douchebags everywhere. ‘It’s cool, bro,’ he said. ‘There’s no need to thank me.’”

– This Buzzfeed longform is one hell of a read: Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered

– Apartment Therapy examines a very interesting habit of TV viewers (with a lovely shout-out to us in the process).

– Maureen Ryan’s take on the Amy Schumer/Kurt Metzger palaver is well worth your time, at Variety.

– Revelist counts down the 50 most essential Gilmore Girls episodes.

– You’re going to want to read this interview with Daveed Diggs about personal style. [The Window]

– Over at Lainey, an update on whatever could possibly be going on with Hiddleswift.

– I also appreciate Lainey breaking down whatever the hell happened with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez this week, because I missed the beginning of it and never quite figured it out. (After she posted this, The Biebs took down his Instagram entirely, at least for a bit. KIDS. PUT DOWN YOUR PHONES. MY GOD.)

– It’s a history of synchronized swimming! [Smithsonian]

– Pajiba has informed me that I’m going to chuck it all and join the world armwrestling league.

– Lit Hub tells you How to Arrange Your Kitchen According to Julia Child

– I think you will respond to this piece on Girls of a Certain Age, which is a salute to the enduring appeal of the striped shirt.

– Related: Traveller traces the history of the Breton stripe.

– This is an amazing piece at Elle: What it Really Takes to Get the Perfect Street Style Shot

– Via The New Potato, I’m totally going to make these Strawberry Rose Popsicles.

And, in case you missed it here at GFY, here are some highlights this week:


Fugs & Pieces, August 12th, 2016

Happy weekend! Please enjoy the following:

– Before I forget: The Royal We is currently part of a promotion Barnes & Noble is doing wherein if you buy two of their favorite paperbacks, you get one FREE! I am here to enable you.  Go buy some books! (We were also extremely excited to see that The Royal We was included in last week’s print issue of Entertainment Weekly, as #22 on their list of 50 Best Pop-Culture Pick-Me-Ups!)

– At Fashionista, this is totally relevant to your interests: Fashion History Lesson: How Halston, Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren Changed Olympic Uniforms

– Also relevant, at Revelist: 17 times Gillian Anderson was better than you’ll ever be

– Sometimes, when the world is too much, I just want to look at pretty pretty pictures — like these Instagrams snaps from around the world, at This Is Glamorous

– Speaking of “too much,” this long-read at Buzzfeed, about the issues Twitter has as a company in fighting their (serious) issues with abuse, is really interesting. I do think that unless Twitter can figure out a way to deal with the massive amounts of trolling that happens on their platform, it will be the end of them. Most people, in general, don’t want to spend a lot of time being abused online, and while Twitter is great in a lot of ways (we love tweeting with you guys, for example), I’ve seen it get more and more negative over the last five years, which, frankly, can’t be great for their business model.

– At Mashable today I learned that everyone in Fiji was so excited about their gold medal game in rugby 7s at the Olympics yesterday — which I watched on CNBC or something; yesterday during the day I watched rugby AND archery AND judo! — that one of their banks closed for half an hour so that they could watch their team win Fiji’s first gold medal ever. Then there was a lot of celebrating and crying, which is as it should be. YAY FIJI!

– At Lainey, I learned that The Rock is basically writing Blind Items now.

– Also at Lainey: I am DELIGHTED that Leslie Jones is in Rio as of today. I wish they’d let her take Al Trautwig’s job.

– I really enjoyed this profile of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. She is fascinating, and feisty, and she led a “Pantsuits Rebellion” in 1993. The whole thing is highly quotable, but I particularly loved this bit: “Mikulski remained the only Democratic woman in the Senate for her first six years until the image of [Anita] Hill in 1991 getting grilled by the all-male judiciary committee sparked something of an uprising the following year with the elections of Patty Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer. Headline writers hailed it ‘The Year of the Woman.’ Mikulski responded in classic contrarian fashion: ‘Calling 1992 the Year of the Woman makes it sound like the Year of the Caribou or the Year of the Asparagus. We’re not a fad, a fancy, or a year.’” I don’t want to spoil the kicker of this piece for you, either, but it is simply great.

– Over at Pajiba:  What It Means to Be a Difficult Actress vs. a Difficult Actor. The list of things “difficult actors” have done is AMAZING and includes both “ate a locust on the set of Tombstone just to weird people out,” and “repeatedly fucked up lines so Frank Sinatra would have to keep eating cheesecake which he hated.” (Pajiba’s previous piece about unbearable Method acting shenanigans is also really good. Shia DeBeouf’s section alone is BEYOND and why, I think, he doesn’t work much anymore. When Brad Pitt has to move you to another hotel because you smell too badly to stay at the same one as your co-stars…HOW BAD DO YOU SMELL? Well, dear readers, he claimed he didn’t bath for four months. I really really pity hair and makeup and costumes in that instance.)

– At Celebitchy, Ian Ziering claims he’s talking to Hulu about rebooting the real 90210. I was at a live-reading of the DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES episode of said TV show last week, and Charles Rosin was there and was asked about this rumor. He said that Ian is always bringing this idea up and he hasn’t heard anything about it being for real, but I got the impression that he’d be delighted if something came of it. This also seems as good a place as any for me to note that I am concerned about Shannen Doherty’s health, given that her breast cancer has spread. It was nice to see this snap of her and Sarah Michelle Geller together recently. Be well, Shannen Doherty.

– You will enjoy this profile of Christian Siriano at Elle.

– And you will want to read this, at Colossal: Outfits Sourced From German Public Transportation Fabric by Menja Stevenson

– Heather and I were delighted to be part of Read a Romance Month, where we wrote about our favorite romantic comedies. (And shared some behind-the-scenes deets about The Royal We.)

– And, in case you missed anything here at GFY this week, some highlights!



Fugs & Pieces, August 5th, 2016

Happy Olympics Opening Ceremony Day!

– At Glamour: President Barack Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

– We were delighted to see The Royal We in this round-up on The Cut of travel essentials. You know I love articles about packing!

– Also at The Cut: Talking to Hillary Clinton’s Hairstylist About Work-Life Balance. Written by Linda Wells, formerly of Allure, FYI.

– This is SO FASCINATING, at Art News:  Remembering When Melrose Place Became a Conceptual Art Project. For example: “To be clear: a fictional character’s fake ad agency gives real publicity to a real museum that is exhibiting the real (secret) art that appeared in the fake world of the real show. The art world has come to increasingly pander to popular culture—the shoehorned appearances of various celebrities in museum programming come to mind—but for a brief moment in the late ’90s, high-brow and low-brow media were seamlessly integrated, to such an extent that very few people even noticed.”

–This piece, at The Guardian, is a ROLLER-COASTER, intense and fascinating: The Gucci wife and the hitman: fashion’s darkest tale. “Even before the impromptu ‘confession,’ persuading Reggiani to remain low-key was a lost cause. One of her first acts of freedom was to go shopping on Via Monte Napoleone – Milan’s Bond Street – decked out in gaudy jewels and movie-star sunglasses, with a large pet macaw perched on her shoulder. The paparazzi couldn’t believe their luck. Lady Gucci, as she used to be known, was back.”

– This Town & Country article is really good, and, ultimately, quite melancholy: Who Was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy?

– At Lainey, hot Joel Kinnaman, for those of you interested in some hot Joel Kinnaman.

– This Keri Russell/Matthew Rhys interview at The Hollywood Reporter is A DELIGHT. I want to be friends with them.

– At Pajiba: The Less than Impressive Working Titles to 30 Memorable Films

– Awwww: 14 ‘Cursed Child’ partygoers share their favorite memories of being ‘Harry Potter’ fans (at Revelist). Those youngsters are mostly charming EXCEPT the woman who tried to finish all the books before her friends did, so she could spoil the endings. That’s a friendship dealbreaker! DON’T DO THAT! Also, I’m really old.

– At Elle: Why Is the Term “Latinx” So Important?

– Over at Celebitchy, your weekly Hiddleston. (Do you still care, or has Hiddleswift killed the love?)

– At The New Potato, this interview with Tamron Hall is really good.

– This week’s recipe, courtesy of Good. Food. Stories., is ROSEMARY APRICOT SHORTCAKES YES PLEASE.

– I really enjoyed, at Jezebel: The Grande Dame Who Collects History in One of New York’s Oldest Homes

– Buzzfeed asks the important question: Can You Guess The Olympic Sport By The Athlete’s Butt?

– Finally, in case you missed anything at GFY this week, some highlights: