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Fugs and Pieces, August 28th, 2015

Summer’s almost over here. And yet it still feels as if I am living on the surface of the sun. Sit in front of your AC and read the following:

– This is a fascinating piece about what Spotify can teach us about the relative timelessness — or otherwise — of music. Spoiler: “No Diggity” holds up. But anyone who’s heard it recently knows THAT. If you like music or data or graphs, this is totally for you. (Poly-Graph)

– I love Robin Givhan’s writing, and this piece about the three Americans who recently stopped that would-be shooter on a Paris train is some of her best. (Washington Post)

– This piece in Marie Claire about the crazy stuff stylists do in order to get the shots they need for hair product ads is an interesting, quick read.

– I enjoyed this piece in Slate about trends in book covers — and not just because The Royal We was included!

– Speaking of, we were delighted to be included in MM.LaFleur’s end of summer book picks!

– Heather wrote a piece for BabyCenter about her family’s decision to delay her twins starting kindergarten.

– If you haven’t read this week’s Afternoon Chat, about everyone’s weirdest date, YOU HAVE TO READ IT. I am not kidding. It has everything: Nazis! Vampires! ATTEMPTED MURDER.

Behold Seinfeld recut as a cheesy, serious movie. It’s gold, Jerry. Gold! Also I swear I’ve linked to this before but ENJOY IT AGAIN if that’s the case. Elaine’s credit is particularly amazing. (Vox)

– You’ll enjoy this piece in praise of Nellie Bly. (The Daily Beast)

– In your F&P Recipe for the Week, let’s just eat a whole bowl of Grilled Jalapeño Popper Dip for dinner!

–A journalist at Buzzfeed asked five different personal shoppers to find her something “flattering.” Let’s just say that results varied.

– At The Toast: Things I Believe With Perfect Trust And Perfect Faith Drake Did Over The Last Three Years To Become Worthy Of Serena Williams. To wit: “Casually looked up tennis scoring names on his phone just before starting conversation with her, clenching his fist and muttering to himself, ‘It’s love, fifteen, thirty, forty, game, you can do this, Aubrey.’”

– Speaking of, Claudia Rankine’s piece about Serena for the New York Times magazine is well worth your time.

– Oh man. Gary Marshall is making a movie called Mother’s Day. You may remember that he also made Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve and YOU GUYS, I CALLED THIS. I called it in 2011! WHERE IS MY CHECK??? (Lainey)

– Over at Pajiba: This Target ad for Star Wars is SERIOUSLY great.

Bring It On is fifteen years old. The choreographer, Anne Fletcher, and director Peyton Reed talk to Entertainment Weekly.

– Speaking of seminal films of that era, Susan May Pratt — the best goddamned dancer in the American Ballet Academy — chatted with Buzzfeed about her career: “It’s kind of disappointing to have one’s career peak in your mid-twenties and have it be a downhill slide since.”

– Brangelina is moving to London, presumably to be closer to their besties Wills and Kate. (Celebitchy)

– Finally, you know how they’re making a musical of The O.C? You want to hear their rendition of “California.”


Fugs and Pieces, August 14th, 2015

FRIDAY AT LAST. Los Angeles is like A BOILING VAT OF LAVA right now; wherever you are, I hope it’s temperate and perfect. To the links!

Here’s your Hiddleston update, and it includes A GIANT HAT. (Lainey)

– At Pajiba: Pop-Culture Inspired Fantasy Football Team Names For Those Uninterested In Brady Ball Puns. I like anything with a That Thing You Do! reference.

– On the sports tip, I LOVE Grantland’s coverage of HBO’s Hard Knocks.

– T Swift is obviously buying this amazing Scottish castle. (Lonny)

– At the Washington Post: How the Brat Pack got its name — and spoiled celebrity journalism forever.

– How does Josh Jackson feel about Dawson’s Creek being in re-runs now? Let him tell you himself. (Video) (TV Guide)

– At Smithsonian: Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries.

– It’s possible that Britney has been secretly rehabbing her knee all along?!?!? Because her dancing is way, way better all of a sudden. (Buzzfeed)

– Oooh, I love a Beauty Routine article and this is LUPITA’S. YES. (Harper’s Bazaar)

– Also right up my street, at Elle: The Best Celebrity Airport Looks.

– The winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest — in which writers compete to write the worst opening sentence for a book that they can come up with — have been announced. FWIW, I’d probably read all of those books.

And your weekly Cumberbatch! I will note that the one time we’ve interacted with Cumberbatch (Heather interviewed him at the Emmys), he was totally a delight. (Celebitchy)

– This piece about crinolines on Mashable is fascinating.

Totally relevant to our interests: how 8 fonts got their names. Surprisingly, the Garamond origin story we invented for The Royal We isn’t on there….(Quick and Dirty Tips)

– I LOVE what Keira Knightley named her baby. (Lainey)

Heather and I were on the Extra Hot Great podcast this week, where she presented the best episode of Melrose Place ever for induction into their Hall of Fame, and we took part in a real nail-biter of a Game Time.


Fugs and Pieces, August 7th, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! As a reminder, all of Fug Nation currently gets 15% off sitewide at GiGi New York with the coupon code GFY15, through 8/10. Go buy yourself something pretty.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux got married! (Lainey)

Buzzfeed wants to know if you can ID a Channing Tatum movie from just a screengrab. (I scored an awesome 10/12!)

– Oooh, here are some inside shots of that Idris Elba Maxim shoot. (Lainey)

Heather and I were asked about our favorite summer reads, and the one’s we’re most looking forward to in the last few weeks of this summer, over at Conde Nast Traveler.

– Check out WWD’s salute to Arnold Scaasi, who died this week.

– The Economist looks back at one Jacob Fugger, AKA Jacob The Rich.

– Can I interest you in this Guide to Pride and Prejudice retellings? (Book Bub)

– Speaking of, The Telegraph wonders, could Mr Darcy afford a stately home today?

– Enjoy this oral history of Bring It On! (MTV)

Vanity Fair presents a Brief History of the International Best Dressed List…

–… and this year’s list.

– The recipe of the week is for a Watermelon Martini. YES PLEASE. (The Stripe)

– The nanny implicated in the Ben Affleck/Garner split is, I think, kind of loving this. (Celebitchy)

– Cosmo brings us 11 “Empire” Guest Stars and What They’re Doing on the Show This Season. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS THE FIRST I AM HEARING THAT COMMON IS GOING TO BE ON EMPIRE!

– BookRiot presents 5 Classics That Should Definitely Become CW Shows, and it is amusing.

– The headline of this Pajiba story is so poetic: Henry Cavill on Sex Scenes: ‘All You’re Doing is Smacking Your Nuts Against Someone’

– Fascinating: What It Was Like to Seek Asylum in Medieval England (Atlas Obscura)

– Let’s enjoy British Vogue‘s Emma Watson lookbook!

– I enjoyed this Diablo Cody interview over at Refinery29.

– Shall we see how well the cast of Wet Hot American Summer has aged? (Vulture)

PBS is rounding up Instagram shots of the last shooting days of Downton Abbey. Noooooooo, don’t leave me, Lady Mary!

– This is funny, at Racked: Ex-Boyfriend Book Blurbs

Listen to Kelly Clarkson cover “Wrecking Ball.” IT’S SO GOOD. That song is on the playlist I listened to the entire time we were writing The Royal We and it brings me all kinds of feelings. (Entertainment Weekly)

– This is relevant to our interests: Favorite Travel-Sized Beauty Products! (Wit & Whimsy)


Fugs and Pieces, July 17th, 2015

First! The Royal We is now available in English in e-book in many many MANY MANY countries, one of which is probably yours!  And, in most of these places, it’s currently on massive (massive) sale, so snap it up while you can — it should be on all platforms that you use for your e-book reading, from Kindle to Kobo to iBooks, but here are the Amazon links for those of you in the countries where GFY has the most readers, just for ease of use:

Thanks so much for all of your support of our book; we appreciate it more than we can say. AND NOW, to your weekly linkage!

– This is a great article, in the New York Times, about Tay Hohoff, who edited To Kill a Mockingbird. I love this anecdote: “One winter night, as Charles J. Shields recounts in Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, Ms. Lee threw her manuscript out her window and into the snow, before calling Ms. Hohoff in tears. ‘Tay told her to march outside immediately and pick up the pages,’ Mr. Shields writes.” It is amazing to read that someone as brilliant as Lee wanted to throw her manuscript out the window; apparently that really is a universal feeling for writers of all skill levels.

– Further, on the Mockingbird/Watchman front, this is a very sobering piece from Bloomberg about whether or not its publication is truly at Lee’s behest. I personally decided not to read Go Set a Watchman a couple of weeks ago — before the reviews — because it seemed to me, from what I had read, that its publication was likely not actually her decision, and I didn’t feel comfortable reading what was a first draft being posited as a sequel. I am interested in the book as a historical artifact — my degree is in English literature, and I specialized in the American novel of the 20th century, so this is really in my wheelhouse, academically speaking — but not like this. I totally understand if other people feel differently, though.

– This is an autoplay video, FYI, so turn down your sound if you are at work, but Daniel Radcliffe sat in as the receptionist at Nylon this week.

– Pajiba tackles the Emmy nominations. To wit: “2. The Award for “Shouldn’t That Nomination Have Gone To Timothy Olyphant” Goes to: Jeff Daniels for Newsroom.”

– This is a fascinating and sad piece from Anne Helen Peterson at Buzzfeed about Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and date rape.

– We were really excited to be on Jess Lively’s podcast this week, talking about The Royal We, our work progress, what we’re working on now (you’re reading it) and all kinds of things!

– I’m just leaving you this amazing headline from The Telegraph: Drunk squirrel wreaks havoc at private club

Buzzfeed looks back at the Clueless premiere. There are very few, like, totally important designers being worn!

– This is really neat: The Diaries of Miss Fanny Chapman, “detailed diaries about the fascinating day to day life of a single, 30 something woman who lived with her aunt during the Regency period,” now online.

This is a very interesting bit about a rumor in Star this week about a Jennifer Aniston/Leblanc hook-up, and why the source in question is less than reliable. (Lainey)

– Speaking of hook-ups, also over at Lainey, there is chattering that there may be a Sienna Miller/Affleck thing in the works. I feel like that couple would be a potentially fascinating trainwreck.

– At Maclean’s, this is a wonderful piece about the man who discovered Pluto, and whose ashes just whizzed past it.

– This is a very interesting piece at Eater about food radio.

– On the topic of food, this Jezebel headline says it all: Britney Spears Grocery Shops Like a Teen Whose Parents Are Out of Town

– Do you love Jane Austen? Do you like The Onion? This piece on The AV Club is for you.

– And this is great, at The Toast: The Sequel To Rebecca The Second Mrs. de Winter Deserves

– Jesse Eisenberg needs to…maybe not really talk to people that much. (Celebitchy)

– A PSA from Elements of Style: That is a Shirt, Not a Dress.

– On the topic of shirts, Kim France picks out ten perfect white ones at Girls of a Certain Age.

Esquire brings us the best beards of the All Star Game.


Fugs and Pieces, July 10th, 2015

Happy weekend!

– The Wall Street Journal talks Wimbledon’s strict dress code.

– And the Visit Britain blog has a good post on the history of ladies tennis ensembles.

– Grantland’s Wimbledon coverage continues to be divine. To wit, of today’s Murray/Federer corker: “12. You know how Murray’s wife, Kim Sears, is a professional pet portraitist? This is unquestionably the greatest fact in tennis. I’ve gotten into the habit of charting Murray’s matches based on the pet portraits Kim Sears would paint to capture their emotional turning points. So, like: Murray loses the first set, 5-7: A cocker spaniel is wearing a fireman’s helmet, yet it is raining.

- You want to see this Newsies/”Uptown Funk” mash-up.  JUST TRUST ME. (Cosmo)

- This piece from Lainey about Jennifer Aniston’s new fragrance — NEAR DUSK! Her third! Who knew? — amused me. Also, I have a subscription to People and I was totally unaware of any of these perfumes, which makes me concerned for my own reading comprehension.

– I enjoyed — and did terribly one — this quiz at Eater: Is This a Real Cookbook?

– As Heather said, this story at Blind Gossip IS OUR FUTURE.

– News you can use, via Cup of Jo: How to Keep Wine, for a Day or a Decade

– Huge thanks to Glitter Guide for putting The Royal We on its Must Read list for July!

– The Toast explains how to tell if you are a Mitford sister. (Spoiler: lots of Hitler)

– Also at The Toast: 15 Years of Center Stage: A Personal History

– Relevant to your interests: How To Get The Jane Austen-Inspired Room Of Your Dreams (Literally, Darling)

– The rumor is that Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt have broken up…because he’s in love with Sandra Bullock. I am sad for the demise of a long-term relationship, but I am there for Hamm Sandy (a moniker I read at Jezebel). (Celebitchy)

– Pertinent, over at The Cut: A Celebrity Divorce Expert Tells All!

– This is nifty, at My Modern Met: Photographer Expresses Himself through Creative Suit Combinations. (That’s their headline and it seems very vague. Just click on it!)

– Pajiba says: Laura Prepon’s Scientology Interview Is A Total Bummer

– Ooooh, these are one of my favorite things: 10 Time Capsule Rooms Left Untouched for Decades. (Mental Floss)

– You’ll enjoy this, via Slate: The BBC’s Hilarious 1948 Style Guidelines “On Matters of Taste”


Fugs and Pieces, July 2, 2015

Yes, it’s only Thursday! We are kicking off early this week in honor of the 4th of July holiday here in the United States (and also because half of the world’s celebs are currently on a boat and out of camera range right now, thanks to said holiday). However! I will be covering Princess Charlotte’s christening on Sunday, so swing by this weekend if you get a spare sec. Until then:

– If you are looking for something to read this long holiday weekend, and you haven’t read THE ROYAL WE yet, here is a gentle suggestion that you take it to the beach/pool/BBQ/silent retreat/family reunion this weekend!

– Rumor has it that Sean Penn has moved along to….Minka Kelly. Interesting. (Lainey)

Lainey’s also, of course, all over the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner divorce. I, on the other hand, am already trying to figure out who each of them should date next. Obviously, we all want Bffleck back with J Lo, for the gossip and the spray tans. I might want J Gar to hook up with Chris Evans. If I can’t have him…

– Grantland’s tennis coverage is grand, and this piece about Federer is no exception: “Ask what it means, in a sports culture whose obsession with legacy and dominance verges on the psychotic, for the greatest player in tennis’s history to have spent half of his career as a kind of Nike-blazered Prospero — still special, still magical, but from his old role atop the game, banished..”

– Watch Channing Tatum vogueing (and other classic dances, all in 30 seconds). DO IT! (Vanity Fair)

Us Weekly‘s 25 Things You Don’t Know this week is Mariah Carey and IT’S AMAZING. To wit: “2. I have an extreme aversion to overhead lighting.”

– Also amazing, in a totally opposite way, from The Guardian, is Kazuo Ishiguro’s essay about how he wrote Remains of the Day. IN FOUR WEEKS. This is old — it ran in December — but someone just send it to me and it’s well worth a look.

– You want to look at pictures of Chris Evans. (Socialite Life)

– Please tell me one of you is going to make this Cake Stuffed With Pie for the holiday weekend. (Thrillist)

– The New York Times looks back at Donna Karan’s career upon her retirement.

– Pajiba’s headline on this story wholly echoes my thoughts: Unless We’re All Being Pranked, Paul Thomas Anderson Is Making a Live Action ‘Pinocchio’ Starring Robert Downey Jr. Like…what?


– The AV Club is right: A supercut of people in movies giving the middle finger is surprisingly satisfying.

Bon Appetit tells us how to have a better lunch at our desks.

– Huge thanks to A Design So Vast for naming The Royal We one of the best books she’s read so far this year.

– Girls of a Certain Age just wants you to win some caftans!

– I enjoy this Yahoo Travel piece about Secret Travel Uses For Common Accessories. (Has auto-play video.) I LOVE travel hacks.

– Here’s your Weekly Hiddletstone. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, June 25th, 2015

Happy weekend to all! If it’s hot where you are, may I suggest you take a look at our recent Afternoon Chat about hot-weather meals? Because it is awesome. Elsewhere:

– Today, gay marriage is legal in the United States, and if you haven’t read the final paragraph from Justice Kennedy’s ruling, you really should. It’s quite beautiful. I cannot wait to cry over everyone’s courthouse wedding pictures at my desk!  (Slate)

– We rated the HOTNESS of the dudes at the Magic Mike XXL premiere, for Cosmo.

– This is a GREAT list of good summer reads, and I’m not just saying that because Emma Straub said very nice things about The Royal We indeed. (Brooklyn Based)

– This is likewise great, at Buzzfeed Books: ALL the books referenced in this season of Orange Is The New Black.

– Also at Buzzfeed: Bea Arthur’s Top 10 Strangest Outfits On The Golden Girls

– Let’s look at Taye Diggs in costume for Hedwig and The Angry Inch! (People)

Clueless is twenty years old — almost old enough to legally drink! — and Grazia has given us a gift guide.

– At People: 11 Real-Life Harry Potter Destinations You Can Visit. OKAY!

- All this Rose McGowan stuff is fascinating. Good for her for her honesty. (Lainey)

– As is this piece about how, literally, they replaced Eric Stolz with Michael J Fox in Back the the Future. Some of you will actually know some of this, because I’ve told part of the story herein before, because Christopher Lloyd talked about it in detail at a screening of all three BttF movies that I went to at the New Beverly here in LA, years ago. It’s good stuff, and I can’t WAIT to read that Making Of book. I hope they talked to Claudia Wells, the actress who played Jennifer Parker, who told us at the same event that Stolz’s Method acting was so extreme that he would call her at home at night and ask to speak “to Jennifer,” and it used to drive her mother crazy, because Claudia’s real life sister WAS actually named “Jennifer” and she never knew who the person on the phone actually wanted. (Vulture)

– YES: 10 Best Summer Punch Recipes. I LOOOOOOVE me some punch, which honestly rarely ends well for me. (Camilla Styles)

– Jason Lee’s ex-wife, Carmen Llywelyn, wrote some interesting stuff about Scientology, which she’s disavowed since their divorce. It’s worth a look. (Pajiba)

– Speaking of, at Gawker, for your perusal: A Comprehensive Updated List of Every Celebrity Linked to Scientology

– I cannot think how long this took to write. I BOW DOWN, VULTURE: Every Seinfeld episode, ranked. EVERY EPISODE, JERRY.

– Let’s look at ALL these pictures of Victoria Beckham traveling. (Refinery29)

– How fabulous is Iman — at 60! — on the cover of Vogue Italia? The spread inside is great, too.(Coloures)

– Here’s some scruffy Fassbender for you. (Celebitchy)

– Julie Kent — recognizable to fans of Center Stage, and a great dancer – has danced her last performance after 29 years. (People)

– This is quite a story: British art dealer discovers unknown Monet pastel taped to another work (The Guardian)

– Also at The Guardian, the 10 best independent bookshops in the world, as recommended by readers

– YOU GUYS. They’re making a musical of The O.C.! (Hypable)

– This is always one of my favorite articles of the year: the Minnesota State Fair has announced its new foods.  Deep-fried ribs! Mac and cheese cupcake! Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-a-Stick ? BACON FUNNEL CAKE. (Pioneer Press)