Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, July 22nd, 2016

WHAT A WEEK.  And I just saw the news coming out of Germany — if any of you are in Munich at the moment, I very much hope you and yours are safe.

Everyone, please feel free to pour yourself an entire bottle of wine and distract yourself with the following:

– Liz Meriweather is covering the RNC for Vulture and you guys. Her dispatches are PAINFULLY BRILLIANT. Read all of them, but for sure please read Last Weekend’s Hottest Romance Was the Doomed Coupling of T&P in the Trump-Pence Logo, and You Wouldn’t Understand Melania Trump’s My Little Pony Glimmer Truths.

– At Lainey: Kiki Dunst is directing an adaptation of The Bell Jar.

– Via Deadline, Tara Lipinski is producing a drama for Hulu about competitive figure skaters. I AM IN.

– EXCELLENT. At Revelist: Every ‘Degrassi’ character ever, ranked.

Michelle Obama’s Carpool Karaoke is great. (Vanity Fair)

– You know who else is great? John Cho, in this Vulture interview.

– Via The Guardian, FKA Twigs held a free dance workshop in Baltimore. This whole story is very heartwarming.

Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey are writing a comic for Marvel (with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who writes Black Panther) and it sounds awesome. (New York Times)

– At the BBC: WW2 silk escape map dress sold in Harrogate. !!!!

– At Celebitchy, they’re wondering whether or not Hiddleswift will last until the Emmys.

– Speaking of celeb break-ups, RIP (officially, finally) Pacey and Diane. (Vanity Fair)

– At Elle: I Got a Haircut in Every Foreign City I Visited on Vacation. This is very touching and good. To wit: “Even today, when political and cultural differences can once again seem unbridgeably wide, reflecting back on these salons—where fans gently wafted hairspray-scented air, summer light filtered in hazily from the streets, and I was deeply reassured to find that most people are intelligent and kind, when you get to know them a little bit—I feel my heart beat more slowly and my fears of unknown others fade.”

– Over at Pajiba: A Reminder to Anyone Who Thinks Leslie Jones Ruined ‘Ghostbusters’: The Original Ghostbusters Hate You

– At The Ringer: A Close Reading of Kim Kardashian West’s Latest Film: Kanye and Taylor’s Phone Call

– I loved this Top Shelf at Into The Gloss: Betty Halbreich, Personal Shopper, Bergdorf Goodman

– At The New Potato, Isaac Mizrahi is a delight.

– At Vogue: Idris Elba, Day and Night! The Actor on His Off-Duty and Red Carpet Style

- Via Bustle, MY HERO:  An 86 year old woman thwarted a would-be robber using bacon as a weapon.

And, in case you missed any of this week’s highlights here at GFY:


Fugs and Pieces, July 15th, 2016

It’s the weekend, at last. It’s been another difficult week for the world — I long for just one week devoid of tragedy, please, 2016. France, we are thinking of you. (And I literally just saw that something might be happening in Turkey?) As ever, I hope everyone in Fug Nation is well.

In case you need something to read:

– This piece at Harper’s Bazaar — Inside the World’s Chicest Cult – is SOMETHING. ELSE. For example: “At the end we aren’t allowed to leave for lunch until we have a proper group hug. We all pick and choose what we believe, but what I thought about with my dry eyes as women cried over tree reparations was that the oppression of fairy folk is pretty far down my personal list of priorities for getting the world in order.”

– At Lucky Peach, Nineteen of Roald Dahl’s Most Important Food Inventions

– At Esquire: The Greatest Celebrity Conspiracy Theories of All Time

– Lainey takes on Jennifer Aniston’s recent op-ed piece.

– I laughed out loud at the headline on this Racked piece: Choker Watch 2016: How Long Will They Still Be a Thing?

– In the run-up to the Olympics, an interesting story from the AP: In China, ‘Happy Gymnastics’ replaces grind of strict study

– Related, at The Gymternet: Gymnastics Hair: A Retrospective

– At Celebitchy, ALLEGEDLY the Jen Garner/Bffleck divorce IS off. We were JUST talking about this and my thought then was that this was just idle gossip, but now that Us Weekly AND People are touching it…Oh, Jen. I don’t know. I just don’t know.

– The Four Seasons Restaurant is closing forever tomorrow, and Town and Country put together a slideshow of archival photos. It’s neat — from vintage menus to Princess Anne.

– Relevant to our interests, at Pajiba:  Ranking the Men of Jane Austen By Swoon Factor

– At The New Potato, a salute to the bold lip.

In case you missed anything here at GFY, some highlights:



Fugs and Pieces, July 1st, 2016

Happy Canada Day, Fug Nation! It is also GFY’s 12th birthday, which is an amazing thing for me to contemplate. I cannot tell you how happy we are to still be here, and to have gotten to hang out with you guys for a dozen years. Thank you for making that possible.

And, in honor of our birthday, Canada’s birthday, and America’s birthday (which is Monday), we are going to be taking the long weekend along with…well, probably a LOT of you. Enjoy it, and we’ll meet you back here for Business As Usual on Tuesday, July 5th. Until then, please enjoy the following — and, if you need a book to read over the long weekend, um, I have a very self-serving suggestion? (IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY. I’M ALLOWED.)

– I will miss The Toast, which stops publishing today, very very much. For a lot of reasons, but in great part because they published pieces like this one, which is absolutely delightful: If Barack Obama Were Your Dad.

– Also, Hillary Clinton wrote a really lovely piece for them today, saying good-bye. No, THE Hillary Clinton. No, for real. It’s pretty amazing.

– I thought this, at Slate, was really interesting: Why Is the New York Times Crossword So Clueless About Race and Gender?

– Also at Slate is this wonderful oral history of Angels in America.

– We talked about this Mother Jones piece in the comments of last week’s Fugs & Pieces, but I wanted to link to it here in case you missed it: My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard. It’s a very long piece, but extremely worth your time.

The Atlantic had a wonderful tribute to Pat Summitt, who died this week.

– This year has been so awful for celebrity deaths. Cathy Horyn penned a wonderful piece about Bill Cunningham for The Cut. I loved Bill, as I think everyone who went to Fashion Week did, whether we knew him personally or not — which I did not, although I did once screech at at a security guard who wasn’t letting him into the tents for Richie Rich (of all things), “LET HIM IN, IT’S BILL CUNNINGHAM!!!!!!” for which he very sweetly thanked me. (Bill did, not the guard. That dude must have been a last-minute fill-in, as the NYFW security folks are almost always the same crew, and they certainly know Bill Cunningham by sight.) I will very much miss seeing his friendly, curious, kind face at Fashion Week. It feels like the end of an era.

– This RULES, at Maximum Middle Age: Get the Look: Endora from Bewitched.

Ana Gasteyer’s Grub Street Diet is one of the best ones they’ve had, I think.

– At Lainey: Drew Barrymore might become a talk show host? I can kind of see that, actually.

– This is so interesting, and very apt for us, at Racked: How Did Celebrity Airport Style Become a Thing?

– Two Nerdy History Girls prove that sheer dresses have been A Thing FOREVER

– At Pajiba: Calvin Harris Could Give a Master Class In How Not to Handle a Breakup

– At Celebitchy: It is INSANE to me that Leslie Jones had problems getting a designer to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere, but it was also sadly not surprising.

– At Vanity Fair: Joan Rivers’s Private Collection Is Up for Auction—See the Over-the-Top Items You Can Bid On

– Over at The New Potato, DIY face masks! They sound delicious.

And here at GFY, in case you missed it:

[Gif via GIPHY]


Fugs and Pieces, June 24th, 2016

Happy weekend?

– Over at Lainey, you may be interested in this take on Ben Affleck’s (I think SUPER WASTED) rant about Tom Brady on Bill Simmons’s new show.

Esquire has a really interesting piece about the origin of the phrase “Booty call.”

– They also have a lovely — and expansive — piece celebrating the one year anniversary of marriage equality.

The New Yorker has a great salute to Lois Duncan, who died last week.

– Also great, at Lenny Letter: A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club Books

– At Racked, and relevant to my interests: A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma: How to Wash Striped Shirts

– Also at Racked: The Woman Who Makes the Met’s Fashion Exhibits Presentable

– The Stripe suggests we all have some winesicles.

– At Pajiba: I Tried The Burger King ‘Mac and Cheetos’ So You Don’t Have To

– Jen Doll went on a group tour of Hawaii with her mother and a bunch of other 70 year old women, and her essay about it — on Cup of Jo — is lovely.

– Kind of related, this is essay on Jezebel: My Magical Night in Vegas With Celine Dion 

– At Celebitchy, the T Swift Romance PR Machine is really going hard on this Hiddleston thing.

– I really enjoyed this interview with Constance Wu, at Vulture.

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




Fugs and Pieces, June 17th, 2016

Happy weekend, Fug Nation! Hope it’s relaxing and full of delicious, poolside drinks. Let me help you find something to read:

Esquire has an interview with a man who survived the weekend’s terrible tragedy at Pulse in Orlando. It is a harrowing read, but I recommend it if you think your heart can take it.

– At the Washington Post, beautifully written, and moving: In praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club. For example: “People talk about liberation as if it’s some kind of permanent state, as if you get liberated and that’s it, you get some rights and that’s it, you get some acknowledgment and that’s it, happy now? But you’re going back down into the muck of it every day; this world constricts. You know what the opposite of Latin Night at the Queer Club is? Another Day in Straight White America. So when you walk into the club, if you’re lucky, it feels expansive. ‘Safe space’ is a cliche, overused and exhausted in our discourse, but the fact remains that a sense of safety transforms the body, transforms the spirit. So many of us walk through the world without it.”

– This is so interesting, and surprisingly beautiful, at Atlas Obscura: Behind the Scenes Photos of NYC’s Steinway Piano Factory

– Lainey, of course, has LOTS OF THOUGHTS about Swift-Hiddleston.

– So does The Atlantic, with Hiddleswift: Celebrity Romance as Fan Fiction

– If you watch UnReal — which is amazing; one of my favorite small things that it captures about working in reality TV (which I have) is how shitty everyone starts to look at the office X weeks into the show. I have never looked more hideous in public than I did five weeks into working on For Love Or Money 4 – you will want to read this New Yorker piece about UnReal.

– Obviously, at Collectors’ Weekly: The Polyamorous Christian Socialist Utopia That Made Silverware for Proper Americans

– At The Toast: If Oscar Isaac Were Your Boyfriend. I will miss that series very much when The Toast shutters on the 1st.

– Over at Celebitchy, we learn that Sean Penn wanted to name his son “Steak,” but Robin put her foot down.

– I LOVE pieces like this one at the NYT: What David Sedaris Can’t Travel Without. Packing pieces are my fave.

– Related, at Into The Gloss: How To Travel Like a Jetsetter (Even When You’re Not)

– At Racked: A Lab-Grown Diamond Is Forever

– Pajiba wonders,  What Movie Is Going to Save the Summer Box Office?

– At Vulture: 11 Celebs on the Last Thing They Bought Online

– At Design*Sponge: SO MANY SANDWICHES.

– It’s SO HOT IN LOS ANGELES right now. I am totally going to make The Chic Site’s Sweet Tea Popsicles.

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


Fugs and Pieces, June 3rd, 2016

Happy weekend, everyone! Please enjoy the following:

– A late add, as this news just broke (it’s 10:15pm PST as I write this): The New York Times obituary for Muhammad Ali is very good, and extensive.  The piece in their sports section is also quite a good read (in particular, it’s interesting to see the past NYT coverage of his career and life, which they have loaded into slideshows). I am sure there will be more remembrances in the next few days — if you come across a good one, please feel free to share it in the comments. (Like this one, which President Obama wrote in 2010. It’s nice to know that Ali got to read that one.) My mother met Ali, briefly, here in Los Angeles back in the day, and the story is stuff of family legend.  The short version is that he was basically the most charismatic, handsome, charming man — certainly in Los Angeles, and possibly in America at the time. What a loss for us all.

– The man who did all the original Sweet Valley High covers ACCEPTS COMMISSIONS. Should Heather and I get a portrait done?! I want this one:


– At The New Yorker: The Mind-Blowing Athleticism of Simone Biles, which is a video. You guys. Simone Biles is amazing. She is extraordinary.

– Related: Vanity Fair‘s portraits of (assumed) Olympians are excellent, and also hot.

– This piece at the New York Times – called J. K. Rowling Just Can’t Let Harry Potter Go — is an interesting look at the way some characters are hard to abandon for writers.

– Also fascinating at the NYT, this profile of Lizzie Grubman. There’s…a lot to unpack within.

– This is an interesting long-read at Buzzfeed about the meteoric rise of DryBar.

– Pajiba says: Hollywood Can’t Seem To Find Hot Asian Actors, Allow Us To Help. I….may have found myself staring at this post for a little longer than was wholly proper. I REGRET NOTHING.

– At Lainey: AT LAST, the Guys and Dolls remake appears to be happening. Last I heard, they were thinking of Channing Tatum for it and…can Channing sing? I guess Brando can’t sing either, and god knows, Channing can dance.


SUNGLASSES. (The New Potato)

– Frock Flicks takes on the Top Five Portrait Reproductions in Historical Costume Movies.

– At Celebitchy, this is great: Gina Rodriguez loaned a fan her Golden Globes dress to wear to prom. How awesome is she?

– This is fun, at Decider: The 5 ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Musical Numbers Most Improved by Explicit Lyrics

– At the Washington Post, the always-brilliant Robin Givhan examines the question we’ve all been asking: Does Rodarte actually exist?

– You’ve probably already read this essay from Joe Posnanski about Hamilton, and his daughter, but it’s lovely.

– Atlas Obscura investigates: How Novels Came to Be Written in the Voice of Coins, Stuffed Animals and Other Random Objects

– It’s the 10th anniversary of The Hills — how old we all are — and MTV has ranked every. single. episode.

And, in case you missed it here on Go Fug Yourself, here are some highlights from this past week:



Fugs and Fabs: Gigi Hadid

It has recently come to my attention that Gigi wears a wide variety of trousers. I don’t like all of them, but I want to applaud anyone this committed to the quest for the unusual pant. We’re ALWAYS telling people to wear them, after all.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]