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Fugs and Pieces, May 27th, 2016

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to my fellow Americans! It’s officially SUMMER! I hope your weekend is just like the above, Ian Ziering included.

And because of the holiday, we will be taking Monday off — unless something totally BONKERS happens; also, unless I get bored and decide to celebrate the opening of White Polo Pants season — but we will definitely be back to business as usual on Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend — if you need a book to read by the pool, can I suggest The Royal We? – and have an extra side of potato salad for me, because I love it. (PS: If you bought the book on iBooks, you should now have the bonus chapter. If you don’t, delete the book from your device and re-download it again from the cloud and it should pop up. We had no idea this was going to be so complicated!)

– This is fascinating, at The Atlantic: A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France

– At The New York Times: Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.

– I mean, you will OBVIOUSLY want to read this Daveed Diggs profile at Esquire, right? Right. He is so smart and so handsome and also he wears a Breton stripe sweater in one of the photos.

– I LOVED Linda Holmes’s take on the new season of The Bachelorette at Monkey See

– Can we solve this Blind Item over at Lainey?

– A delight to see The Royal We on this list of must-read summer paperbacks at The Zoe Report.

– At Avidly: Who Holds Your Hair?: Towards A Literary Theory of Drunk Puking: “All Wharton criticism needs to immediately reorient itself around the basic tragic insight that  House of Mirth is the story of Lily hoping to find just one person who will hold her hair, and her  slow brutal realization that no one, no one, will do it for her.

– Per the New York Post, the home that Harriet the Spy lived in is for sale, a cool 4.5 million. There is, to my great joy, a dumbwaiter. (No word on whether or not it comes with a tomato-sandwich maker.)

– This was a great piece at GQ, about a woman who takes her mom to a hemp convention.

– Racked has a report from THE OLYMPICS OF HAIR!

– Upon the occasion of her birthday, EW wonders…which Helena Bonham Carter are you? Turns out I am Lucy Honeychurch, which is EXCELLENT NEWS, as this means I get to make out with Julian Sands at the height of his hotness in a field of poppies. I CAN’T WAIT.


– The recipe of the week! At Camille Styles, PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS! (I’m ready for summer drinking.)

– At The Toast: A Comprehensive List of Things Sad Kit Harington Looks Like

– At Pajiba, a discussion of the best way to end The Americans

– Over at Celebitchy: Is Hiddleston dating “a hot historian”?

– The Hollywood Gossip rounds up SECRET HOLLYWOOD BABIES.

– And if you missed it, here at GFY:

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Fugs and Pieces, May 13th, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! Please enjoy the following as you wait to be released from work. It involves the Matthews drinking wine and chortling:

– I was really sad to read today that The Toast is shuttering on July 1st. Getting to write If Prince Harry Were Your Boyfriend for them was one of my favorite freelance assignments, and, in addition to finding their content funny and smart and weird in the best ways, I felt a kinship with them, because there aren’t very many independent, small-press-style blogs run by women who just…write whatever they want. I also always really appreciated Nicole Cliffe’s great transparency about the financial realities of the gig on Twitter — she always banged the drum that ad blockers were eventually going to kill them (and, possibly, all of us), and that’s not always a popular truth to unfurl. I wish everyone there the very best and look forward to seeing what projects they do next. I will miss that site. (We also wrote a post for them about our writing process, which I often forward to people when they have questions.)

– As a programming note, the Eurovision finale is this weekend, and we will certainly be covering it this year! I’m not 100% sure when, because our Official Eurovision Correspondent Heather is off on a much-deserved vacation, but we will get to it.

– I think you’re going to enjoy, at The New York Times, a look at #StarringJohnCho. I wholly and unequivocally agree that Hollywood needs, like, A LOT more John Cho. JUST LOOK AT HIM.

– At Vanity Fair: Why the Enduring Fascination with the Mitford Sisters Won’t Die

– This Ta-Nehisi Coates essay – called “On Homecoming” — at The Atlantic is, unsurprisingly, extremely good.

– My friend Marissa wrote this very affecting essay about her friendship with a younger woman, on the Washington Post

– Apartment Therapy takes us on a trip to the White House Bedroom Through the Years

– I really enjoyed this Paper interview with Spencer Pratt. YES, SERIOUSLY.

Tom Verducci’s profile of Vin Scully — the legend who narrated every summer of my life — is so, so so good, at Sports Illustrated.

–This interview with Olivier Rousteing of Balmain is interesting. To wit: “He admitted that among his 3.1 million followers on Instagram there are some haters, but ultimately the naysayers don’t faze him. ‘It doesn’t mean that I’m not a good designer, because if your clothes are bad, you don’t sell.’” I don’t know if I agree with that thesis.

– This article about the life of Broadway understudies is so interesting. (Broadway World)

– At Lainey, Bomer and Gosling together. HOTNESS ALERT!

Robin Givhan’s piece on Bill Clinton’s wardrobe — yes, Bill‘s — is great. I have such a writerly crush on her.

– At Collectors Weekly: Railway Paradise: How a Fine-Dining Empire Made the Southwest Palatable to Outsiders

– If you haven’t read this yet, you should. At The Guardian: The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies.

– At the NYT, you will want to read this profile of Leslie Odom Jr, if you are a fan of Hamilton. And maybe even if not.

– Over at Celebitchy, apparently Tyga and Kylie Jenner have broken up and it’s “acrimonious.” LOVE IS DEAD!

– I always enjoy this feature at Pajiba: A Serious Discussion About Which Of The Avengers Is Best In Bed, Part 2

– Over at The New Potato, I love Martha Plimpton forever. An excerpt: “Q: How do you practice beauty from the inside out? A: That’s funny.”

And in case you missed it, some highlights from this week on GFY:


Fugs and Pieces, April 22nd, 2016

Happy Friday from the UK! We are having a wonderful time here, thanks to our friends at Visit Britain, and hope you can follow along with us on our Twitter, our Instagrams (this is Heather’s, this is mine), and our Snapchat, where we are FugGirls, and we are ridiculous. Elsewhere:

– It was Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday this week, and The Atlantic examines Jane Eyre and the Invention of the Self. I would never name Charlotte as my favorite of the Bronte’s — I prefer Emily — but I will always appreciate her for giving us the “Reader, I [WHATEVER],” construct, which is perfection, and I have likewise enjoyed being able to make a lifetime of jokes about people shutting their crazy wives up in the attic and never thinking to mention them again, including to the women whom they were about to marry, MR ROCHESTER.

– And, at Brainpickings: Charlotte Bronte’s Beautiful and Heartbreaking Love Letters of Unrequited Affection

– I really like the name Chrissy Teigen and John Legend choose for their little girl. (Lainey)

– Two years ago, Vulture collected 24 Outrageous Prince Stories, and they are still wonderful to read.

– And, at the Washington Post, the always wonderful Robin Givhan writes about his style. I love the title of this piece: Prince broke all the rules of fashion, and damn did he look good.

– For more Prince links, visit our Prince retrospective and scroll to the bottom; it includes the fact that the Hamilton cast performed “Let’s Go Crazy” at last night’s show. !!

– Mental Floss has an oral history of the time Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault — 30 years ago this week.

– At Celebitchy, apparently Cheryl Burke really hates Ian Ziering. How utterly random.

– At Smithsonian, Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Mars

– Visit Britain rounded up pubs that Shakespeare drank in, which are still serving. I wish I’d gone to one this week!

– This is funny, at Pajiba: The Thinking Person’s Most Regrettable ’90′s Crushes

– At Time, I love these vintage posters of national parks. (Via Girls of a Certain Age)

Here’s all the intel on all the new faces on the US money — news we missed a bit being in the UK. I am really excited for all these new bills; it’s about damn time (this last post is quite interesting, as well). (The New York Times)

– This is fascinating: 400-year-old dress found in shipwreck sheds light on plot to pawn crown jewels (The Guardian)


Fugs and Pieces, April 15th, 2016

Don’t forget to pay your taxes, Americans!

– This is a super piece at Vox about the making of The Americans in which the reporter, Caroline Framke, shadowed the creative team for five months.

– This piece in the Tampa Bay Times about the lies of so-called  farm-to-table is really compelling.

– This is a wonderful piece at Refinery 29: The Ugly Reality Of Quitting Your Job & Moving To Paradise

Tessa Thompson has been cast in the new Thor, which is awesome news. (Lainey)

– Kind of thematically in keeping with Wills and Kate’s current tour, I enjoyed this at Design*Sponge: 10 Indian Ceramic Brands

– This is a lovely New York Times piece celebrating Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday! May she have 100 years more.

Kiki Dunst and Country Strong have broken up, which saddens me, because they were cute together and — obviously — I only want Kirsten to be happy. I don’t know what happened, but Team Dunst. (Celebitchy)

Potato pizza? YES PLEASE. (Smitten Kitchen)

– In which we learn that Anna Wintour has seated Idris Elba right next to her at the upcoming Met Ball, because she is human after all. (Fashionista)

– I’m simply going to quote this Gawker article: This Argument in British Parliament Is Just Extremely Good Shit

Thrillist has ranked all the Real Housewives, and I have NOTES. For one thing, there is WAY too much Miami on this list! NO Miami Housewife should be ranked above Alex McCord! I also — why I do understand the reasoning — do not like the #1 ranking, because I haaaaate her.

– Did you hear that AMC is considering allowed texting in movie theatres? I AM OUT. (Pajiba)

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


Fugs & Pieces, April 1st, 2016

There will be no April Fools jokes in this post. READ WITHOUT FEAR.

ALSO! The paperback of The Royal We — with bonus chapter! — comes out on April 26th, and Heather and I will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 9th and 10th. All the details on both of these developments are here!

– This is so great, at the New York Times: What I Learned From Kristi Yamaguchi

– This was made for me! At The Stylist, 35 of the best Breton tops. Do go on!

– I enjoyed this piece about Parker Posey and Snapchat at W. She’s the best.

– Also the best? Zoe Kazan, who I love, and who talked to Nylon about some of her new projects.

– At Lainey, MUCH Hiddleston for you. (I had a dream the other night that Hiddleston and I were married. We were very happy together.)

– At Man Repeller: Five Women of Color Get Real About the Fashion Industry.

– I wanna try Dorilocos SO BAD. (Eater)

– Can you guess the Mean Girls line with just a screengrab? 12 FOR 12 YOU GUYS. (Vulture)

– Over at Pajiba, I suspect you will enjoy Peter Dinklage’s SNL promos.

– Via Celebitchy, this is BONKERS:  Justin Bieber fans who paid $2k to meet him had to pose with a cardboard cutout. OH BIEBS.

– At The New Potato: 17 Face Masks To Do This Weekend. Well, if you insist.

– This week’s recipe is via Smitten Kitchen — a personal go-to! — and it’s a chocolate peanut butter tart, YES PLEASE.

– Anne Helen Peterson’s piece on Ben Affleck is so good. (Buzzfeed)

– I LOVE this video. Paris in two minutes, oh la la!

(Bonjour Paris | A Hyper-Lapse Film – In 4K from Tyler Fairbank on Vimeo.)

And, finally, in case you missed anything around GFY this week, some highlights:


Fugs and Pieces, March 25th, 2016

I know it’s spring break for a lot of people, that those of you in the UK are on a bank holiday weekend already, and some of you might have a short day today because it’s Good Friday. Wherever you are, I hope you’re enjoying it.

Beverly Cleary turns 100 on April 12th, and Today sent Jenna out to talk to her. It’s really a lovely segment; when Judy Blume says that Beverly Cleary is her hero, I might have cried. (Today)

– Over at Lainey, Idris Elba is looking good. (I mean, obviously. BUT STILL.)

– I think we all needed this, thanks to Atlas Obscura: The Ultimate Spring Baby Animal Cam Compendium

Ten seasons of Michael Kors’s zingers in five minutes. Including my favorite, “SHE HAS AN AVOCADO GOITER.” (They did not include the time he said it looked like someone was wearing a brioche, which is my REAL favorite.) (Previously.TV)

– We have Fug Madness, Pajiba has the Fictional Character Sex Tournament. Must I specify that this post is full of saucy language? It is. It also contains the very good life advice, “DON’T HAVE SEX WITH WIZARD EVA BRAUN.”

– The New Potato interviewed Tori Spelling and apparently her ideal dessert is flan. I mean, I like flan, but of all the desserts in the world?

– I love this interview with Darren Star in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.

– The Frisky asks, Why Is Martha Stewart Drunkenly Riding A Hoverboard in Qatar? Why NOT?

– I really love MTV’s weekly piece, DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT, which is about all the dumb shenanigans celebrities get up to on the Twitters.

– On that tip, this is about everything I like: The History of Cocktail Menu Design (Imbibe)

– And, speaking of, here’s this week’s recipe, at Good. Food. Stories.: Aaron Burr, Sir: A Milk Punch Cocktail. This post is fascinating, and covers history, Hamilton, AND booze.

– Via Celebitchy, I KNOW you want to eyeball Jason Momoa.

– At Smithsonian: Europe’s eight most endangered cultural landmarks.

– Also at Lainey, please help me crack this Blind Item.

And here at GFY, in case you missed it, a few highlights:


Fugs and Pieces, March 18th, 2016

Happy Madness! Hope your March Madness is going well, and, as ever, don’t forget to vote for your Fug Madness brackets!

– First and most importantly: The Matthews are SO CUTE in their Wine Show. You wouldn’t think it would be that cute to see Matthew Goode open a bottle of wine, but it is. (Also, this is a great reminder of how GOOD Rhys’s American accent is.)

– This amused me. Pajiba has a whole post that’s just pics of actors with and without beards. It’s called BEARD OR NO BEARD.

– I feel like…you need to see this, obviously: Watch Emma Watson and Lin-Manuel Miranda Sort the Founding Fathers into Hogwarts Houses. Emma is FANTASTICALLY Hermione-y about this. (Playbill)

–On that tip, at EW: 10 historical facts that didn’t make it into Hamilton

– I literally laughed out loud at this headline on Lainey: Everyone looks bored in X-Men: Apocalypse

– Also at Lainey, I want to figure out this Blind Item, you guys.

– Look at all this fab bathroom tile! (SF Girl By Bay)

– The New York Daily News put together a whole piece about famous guest stars on Murder She Wrote, bless them.

– At Mental Floss, here’s the best scientific image of the year! (It’s ebola. Sincerely.)

– At Vulture: The Miracle of Hair on The People v. O.J. Simpson: Brow Toupees, Bad Beard Trims, and ‘the World’s Tiniest Wig’

– Over at Celebitchy, this short list for the Young Han Solo project sort of makes me want to jump off a cliff.  Not because any of them seem so terrible, but just because…the very concept of a non-Harrison Ford Han Solo bums me out.

– At the New York Times,‘Valley of the Dolls,’ Pitched to a New Generation

– At Design*Sponge, What’s In Your Toolbox?

– At Atlas Obscura: Found: Two Secret Rooms in King Tut’s Tomb. !!!!!!

– This dude lives in a plane. (A retired one. Not in the air.) That sounds like hideous torment to me.

– This week’s recipe is thanks to Good. Food. Stories: Tomato-Vanilla Jam. Just trust Casey.

– And here at GFY,