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Fugs and Pieces, November 20th, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone!

First, a bit of news, and I apologize to those of you who’ve already read about this in Royals Round-Up. But! We are thrilled that The Royal We has made it to the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards! Huge thanks to everyone who has voted for us throughout the competition! Voting closes on November 23rd, and you can vote for us, or for any of the other extremely worthy finalists, here.

– This piece, on the selfie, at Medium, is really, really interesting and well worth your time.

– Full disclosure: I haven’t had the time to read this very long Maureen Dowd piece in the New York Times about women in Hollywood yet, because it published this morning and I had to finish Royals Round-Up by 1pm PST. But I’m about to read it, and Twitter tells me I will be interested in it.

Do you want to look at some pictures of Idris Elba? OF COURSE YOU DO! (Lainey)

– Also, at Vulture, the most important quiz of our time: Can You Name That Shirtless Man? Reader, I can. Mostly.

– ALSO At Vulture, this piece about Hailee Steinfeld’s new musical career has all the thoughts I’ve also thought about said new career.

– Previously.TV imagines what the Mad Men telenovela that Rogelio came up with — and was sued for — on this week’s Jane the Virgin would look like, and it is funny.

– Women in the World talk to Jennifer Finney Boylan, who is on I Am Cait, and who wrote a best-selling memoir about being transgender in 2003. She has a new book out this week; her interview is thoughtful and smart. To wit: “I guess we can dive right into the question of identity with this because, am I really still a transgender woman? I mean, I went through the transition twelve years ago, so in many ways all the dust has settled in my life . Now I simply identify as a woman. I didn’t go through all of this to become a woman with an asterisk. At the same time my history is different from that of many other women, and it’s something that I’m proud to talk about,” and “I found [my first book] very difficult to write because I was also a young transgender-person at the time. But I was not out, not by a million years. It was a problem. How do you write about the world if you don’t really live in it? How do you tell a story if your own life isn’t true?” I could quote many things she says; you should probably just read the whole thing.

Cenedict Bumberbatch looks WACKY in Zoolander 2. I embrace that fur coat. (You know, in theory.) (Celebitchy)

New York has this amazing piece, part interactive, that looks at the history of one block in New York over the years, door to door. It’s very ambitious — I haven’t read the entire thing yet — and fascinating.

– At Book Riot: 6 Books You Can Discuss At Thanksgiving, By Wine Glass

– At Pajiba:  You Betcha, These Are the Most Troublesome Accents Currently Blasting From Your Television

– I think you’ll enjoy this, at Dazed: The hidden meanings behind the clothes in Cruel Intentions

Allure talks to Chewbacca about his beauty routine. Vodka is involved.

– Are you in a Maeve Binchy novel? How to tell, at The Toast.


Fugs and Pieces, November 13th, 2015

A Note from GFY HQ: I wrote this post before the absolutely horrible events in Paris unfolded tonight.  At the moment, The Guardian seems to be a good place for news and intel, but the New York Times has also temporarily lifted its paywall, so as to provide news to everyone. France24 also has had excellent (English) coverage.

Fug Nation Paris, I pray that you are safe and well. Please let us know how we can help.


We are lucky: The Royal We advanced one round, and is now in the semi-finals for the Goodreads Choice Awards — for Best Fiction of 2015 — and we’d love to get your vote to help us move into the finals. You can vote for us, or anyone, here. Thank you!

– As I mentioned in Royals Round-Up, Heather and I saw Hamilton this weekend when we were in New York for a quick business trip. It was awesome, and this is funny (and true), at Bustle: 16 Stages Of Becoming Painfully, Irrevocably Obsessed With ‘Hamilton’ On Broadway

– Speaking of Hamilton, we saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate Javier Munoz — who does every Sunday matinee, and who’s been working with LMM this way since In The Heights — and Vulture has a great interview with him about the experience of being LMM’s second in a color-blind musical about the Founding Fathers. For what it’s worth, Munoz was fantastic.

If you haven’t read these comments, wherein Fug Nationals talk about women in their lives who inspire them, you should. Your stories are amazing and touching and heartbreaking and awesome: Each of you knows (or is!) a woman who could be the heroine of an amazing book.

– I enjoyed this interview with Gabourey Sidibe at Buzzfeed. I also didn’t know she has a memoir coming out!

– At The Toast: Unsolicited Advice For The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, Working Within Their Social Parameters And Not Suggesting They Just Invent Feminism Because That’s Anachronistic

This Sports Illustrated piece about Michael Phelps — post-rehab — is really interesting, especially if you are (like me), a fan of swimming, the Olympics, and talented men with good abs who are beset by personal demons but fight through them to triumph. (Well, ideally.) It’s also fascinating to me to watch someone like Phelps go from wunderkind to adult athlete. I am a big fan of Phelps — I was ALWAYS Team Phelps when he went up against Lochte, for example — but one of my favorite things about sports is that they are, at their best, a story: There are underdogs, and triumphs, and coming from behind, villains and rivals and allies, heroes and weasels and romances.  This gives a fascinating insight to a lot of what we didn’t know was going on behind the scenes, and what might happen in the final chapter of his career.

– At Lainey, the latest on the Gwen/Gavin break-up — it seems that he was allegedly carrying on with the nanny for something like three years.  (However, since before that scoop broke, BlindGossip has been running items that COULD POTENTIALLY ALLEGEDLY be decoded to imply that Gavin had been planning to leak a major false story to try and defuse those persistent gay/bisexual rumors. So. The plot thickens?)

– This is great, especially for a native Los Angeleno like myself, at KCET: The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying ‘the’ Before Freeway Numbers

– At Celebitchy, a run-down of Cate Blanchett’s recent interview with Guardian Weekend.

– From Atlas Obscura: Secret Chambers, Grain Silos and the Long, Long History of Pyramid Conspiracy Theories. I love a good pyramid conspiracy theory!

Over at The New Potato, The 25 Best Holiday Drinks. Cheers!

– From our friends at Pajiba: 12 Years Later, Mary-Louise Parker Finally Opens Up About That Skeezebag Billy Crudup

The Atlantic is running a bracket to determine who on TV is THE ACTUAL WORST. (Fitz is clearly in the running to take it all.)

Shia LaBeouf is…screening all his movies in a row at some theatre in New York and is sitting through this himself, with a webcam on his face or something? PEOPLE ARE WEIRD. Anyway, Vulture sent someone to check it out in person, and it’s quite a good read.


Fugs and Pieces, November 6th, 2015

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a weekend of thrilling positive life developments and snacks.

First of all, apologies if you’ve already read this in Royals Round-Up, or elsewhere, but Heather and I are thrilled that The Royal We is up for Best Fiction of 2015 Award in this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. You can vote — for us, or any of the other worthy nominees — here!

Fashionista reports that J Law has left Rachel Zoe BUT! She’s sticking with two of Zoe’s former associates who, for all we know, were the ones dressing her all this time ANYWAY. Call me when she leaves Dior, y’all.

– I LOVE this piece on LitHub from a book cover designer, speaking specifically about redesigning paperback covers, even more specifically the paperback edition of Dept. of Speculation, which is a GREAT cover. It’s extra interesting to me personally, as I know the women at Grand Central who worked on the cover for The Royal We went through like 100 options before we landed on the right on. It is hard and fascinating work.

– At Celebitchy: Alicia Vikander might replace Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

– I was at this event! As you will see if you click through, as my tweet is quoted: Carrie Brownstein marries two fans at her L.A. book event.  You guys, it was AWESOME. (Jacket Copy)

– At Women In The World: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became “Notorious R.B.G.” You guys, she can do more push-ups than I can.

– I really enjoyed this at Cosmo: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a College Professor. (The author, Aileen Gallagher, often edited my and Heather’s work when we wrote for New York, and she was [and presumably still is] a GREAT editor, who has become a college professor.)

– Allow me to quote our friends at The Cut: Say Bonjour to This Justin Trudeau Paper Doll

Refinery29 ordered from a variety of those vaguely sketchy-seeming, yet cheap and highly fashionable, Asian online clothing purveyors you may have run across in your shopping. I TOO once ordered from one of the sites mentioned and the dress was actually quite cute, but VERY short on me.

– Heather and I were some of the writers surveyed for this piece on Mental Floss, but it’s fun regardless: 20 Writers On Their Must-Have Desert Island Read. A LOT of us — including me — wanted to bend the rules to bring all the Harry Potter books.

– Always like to see SMG getting some love — here, from The New Potato.

– Like I wasn’t going to bring you this, from Pajiba: The BBC Just Gave Us the Best Ever Christmas Present: Idris Elba

- Lainey OF COURSE has thoughts about the Blake/Miranda/Gwen/Gavin of it all. (Including some dish that came pre-confirmation.)

– At Vulture: Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban Destroy This Phantom of the Opera Ballad in Front of World’s Most Intense Audience

– I cried laughing reading this when it was happening on Twitter, like, literally tears running down my face. Don’t eat while you read because you might choke. At The Bloggess: Mortification is what bring us all together.


Fugs and Pieces, October 30th, 2015

Happy almost Halloween, everyone!

First, a bit of housekeeping: If you are seeing a Toyota ad pop up at an unreasonable rate — if you are seeing it every single slide in a slide show, for instance — please clear your cache, as we’ve been advised that will help resolve the problem. If you continue to see it at an alarming rate after doing that, please email us at fuggingitup AT gmail so we can help our tech folks suss out what is happening. Because the issue is only happening sporadically, it’s been hard to replicate and fix. We are, however, working very hard on it, I promise! Thank you very much for your patience, your understanding, and for all of your help while we get it to work properly. Ads keep GFY in business (literally; without ads, we will cease to exist), but reader experience is of the utmost concern for me and Heather, and fixing this is a priority for us.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming:

– In case you missed it, we kicked off Vulture’s High School TV Showdown by choosing which show is super, Buffy or Dawson’s.

– Is it wrong that my reaction to this story about an 85 year old jewel thief — who has been stealing jewels for 50 years! – is, “good for you!!!” Probably. (The New York Times)

– Our friends at Pajiba are helpfully tracking the new TV season’s cancellations and renewals.

– This is so, so interesting, at Atlas Obscura: Where U.S. Mail Went to Die

– OH YES: Nine Costume-Design Secrets About Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Vanity Fair)

– This is relevant to many of our interests, at Macleans: How I conquered the queue to get tickets to the Harry Potter play

– Lainey has the scoop on Halle Berry’s impending divorce.

– I love this acoustic version of Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” — my own personal favorite track on 1989.

– Did we know that Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny are making a movie about Lizzie Borden? I am in. (Lainey)

– This headline made me giggle, at Celebitchy:  Tom Cruise got weirdly territorial about the refrigerator on the ‘Mena’ set

Thanks to The New Potato for this recipe for the perfect mulled wine. I LOVE MULLED WINE.

– At The Telegraph: London’s most haunted Tube stations!

– Entertaining, at GQ: I Was a Halloween Costume Model

– I enjoyed Socialite Life’s Classic Hollywood Throwback Thursday of John Barrymore.


Fugs and Pieces, October 23rd, 2015

First of all: Apologies if you are already well aware of this fact, but I know that not everyone comes here every day, and not all of you follow us on social media, and we are very excited: In case you missed itas per EW:  Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman team up to adapt The Royal We.


In other news:

– I assure you, you want to read Pajiba on Gwendoline Christie.

– This is SO GOOD, at Cosmo: I Dressed Like Cookie for a Week to Get Over My Imposter Syndrome. Please trust me when I tell you it’s worth your click; it’s so much more than what the headline implies.

– Also at Cosmo: “We Can’t Publish the Word ‘Sex’”: What It’s Like to Be the Editor of Cosmo Middle East. It’s interesting. To wit: “The standards of slander and libel here are completely different to [in] the U.S. If someone feels that they’ve been offended by something in the magazine, they just need to prove in court that they felt offended, and that could actually result in a jail time for me. It’s literally the person who puts the magazine out, rather than a fine being slapped on the publisher or something like that. It’s literally a potential jail sentence. Every month when we go to press, I kind of cross my fingers and take a few deep breaths and hope that nothing is going to go wrong, and it hasn’t.”

Did you read about these passive-aggressive AirBnB signs in San Francisco? Do not come for the librarians, you fools! #TeamLibrarians (SF Weekly)

– Lainey has all the scoop on Colin Jost being out as head writer at SNL.

– This is great, at The Toast: All I Want For The New Gilmore Girls Revival Is For Emily Gilmore To Become A Late-In-Life Lesbian

– And I love this, at Avidly: Essays that we, as ladies of early middle age, would like to see written. Including “This Investment Sweater Will Probably Not Solve Your Social Anxiety Problems, But Then Again It Might,” “How to Phrase Insincere Offers of Help in the Kitchen,” and “Perfecting the Art of the Cocked Head “Really?” Response.”

– At Slate, this is a really good article that I highly recommend, about diversity in television’s writing rooms, attempting to answer the question, “On screen, TV is more diverse than ever. Why aren’t writing staffs catching up?”

– As I’m sure you know, it was Back to the Future Day this week. Celebrate with this, on HitFix: The Secrets and the Untold Stories of the iconic ‘Johnny B. Goode’ scene in ‘Back to the Future’

– Chris Rock is hosting the Oscars again! (Lainey)

– At Zulkey: It’s that time of year again: items you can buy me from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

– This Celebitchy headline made me giggle: Zooey Deschanel explains naming her daughter ‘Elsie Otter’: ‘I love otters.’ I mean, that seems fair.

– Recipe of the week! Or, technically, recipeS: The New Potato has THREE mac and cheese recipes!

– Thanks for this, Mental Floss: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon Shows Links Between Your Favorite Historical Figures

– Finally, I couldn’t resist including this: The Washington Post had a really great piece (I am biased) called ‘The Royal We’ and the revitalization of movie romance. No pressure!



Fugs and Pieces, October 16th, 2015

ENJOY! I made this for you!

– FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE! No, seriously: Book Riot is suggesting books for people who love Clue.

– This week’s (cocktail) recipe is courtesy of Waiting on Martha: Rummy Spiced Cider

Cosmo has partnered with Dispensing Dignity  to help homeless and low-income women who cannot afford to buy feminine hygiene products. I donated, and I hope they raise a lot of money.

– This is fascinating, at Atlas Obscura: From WWII to Syria, How Seed Vaults Weather Wars. I didn’t know anything about any of this and it’s amazing. I could cut and paste all of it — people are dying to save seeds; botanists are thwarting Nazis! — but here’s just a taste: “During the Georgian civil unrest of 1993, just before the country’s Sukhumi Seed Station was destroyed, an 83-year-old botanist named Alexey Fogel escaped into the Caucasus Mountains with its entire lemon collection.” Do yourself a favor and read this.

This Brie Larson piece on Buzzfeed — by Anne Helen Peterson — is well worth your eyeballs. To wit: “We’ve created such a stigma around ‘strong women are bitches,’ and who wants to be that? There are certain laws and codes that are ingrained in us, and we don’t even understand that there is this option of no. It’s a word that, over the years, I’ve grown more and more comfortable with — that I’ve really grown to love very much. And it’s an incredible feeling to be put into a situation where you feel like you can’t say no, and then you go, Oh wait, I have this word I can use: no. ”

– Lainey weighs in on the Taylor Swift/Calvin Harris break-up rumors.

– Where else but McSweeny’s would you find something called Mostly Uninformative Infographics? They’re about the tech sector, and Justin Timberlake is involved.

This is my favorite lede of the year, courtesy of the AP: “A former meerkat expert at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love spat over a llama-keeper.”

– This was an interesting piece at The Atlantic. Let me share the opener with you: “If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can.” But there’s way more to it than that.

– Here’s some Cumberbatch for your Friday! (Celebitchy)

– You guys, it’s the end of an era. ANTM is ending this season. Buzzfeed ranks its winners. I STRONGLY DISAGREE with a lot of these rankings, but I fully agree with number one. ALSO, since we’re talking about ANTM, we actually saw Jaslene walking in Michael Costello’s show this fashion week. I LOVED JASLENE. Actually, I ALSO saw Yoanna, but she was waiting in line next to me for something. She was REALLY tan. You don’t need to be so tan, Yoanna.

I also loved Margaret Lyons’s piece on ANTM over at Vulture: “Let us not forget Shandi’s amazing ‘You had sex?’ phone call, or Jade’s unpredictability, or Melrose’s perky idiocy. Yaya’s respieto. Bre’s granola bars. When everyone claimed Michelle had a flesh-eating bacterial infection, but she actually just had impetigo. Angelea suing Tyra. Lisa deciding to pee in a diaper. We watched and wondered: Why were some women so against getting haircuts? Why couldn’t anyone memorize one damn line from whatever mascara commercial they were pretending to make? We were all rooting for you!” (PS: Also, some GFY Trivia: Working on ANTM is where Heather met her husband.)

– At Collectors Weekly: When Book Lovers Guarded Their Prized Possessions With Tiny Artworks

Tracee Ellis Ross works out in red lipstick, because she’s awesome. (Into The Gloss)

– This was a really interesting piece at Eater, about Danny Meyer eliminating tipping from all of his restaurants.

– Over at Jezebel: In Honor of Angela Lansbury’s 90th Birthday, Here Are 90 Photos of Angela Lansbury

– New York, did you know you have a speakeasy bookstore? (The Guardian)

– Ooh, let’s all rent one of these private islands! (Esquire)

– At This Is Colossal: A French Museum Dedicated to Over 100 Hyperrealistic Miniature Film Sets. !!!!!!

–This is funny, at Pajiba: Go Home, IMDB. You’re Drunk: 17 Times IMDb Algorithm Mischaracterized Your Favorite Stars. (The fact that Woody Harrelson’s isn’t AT LEAST Cheers is confounding.)

– The Toast brings us a vision of Harry Potter where Hermione stops doing anyone’s homework for him.



Fugs and Pieces, October 2nd, 2015

How is it already October??? While you reflect on the ever-quickening passage of time, please enjoy the following.

– At Book Riot: 8 Classic Novels Retitled As Clickbait

– Love this chat with the costume designer for Girls, over at Design*Sponge.

– Blake Lively is closing Preserve. Here’s the take on Lainey Gossip.

– This is neat! From Mode, 100 years of wedding gowns in 3 minutes. (You Tube)

– You guys, Keanu is aging SO HANDSOMELY. (Lainey)

– The New York Times did a whole piece on how fashionable Pacey is now.

– OBVIOUSLY you want to read this recent, and dishy, interview with Christine Elise — or, as you may know her, 90210′s Emily Valentine. (Complex)

– This is a great chat with Ruth Reichl (who has a new cookbook out!) at Cup of Jo.

– And if you enjoyed that, you might want to read this (longform!) piece about Ina Garten at Eater. It’s fascinating and good. (I love Ina; I have literally all of her cookbooks.)

–Pajiba suggests some creepy podcasts for October. (I swear, podcasts are the only way I get any housework done at all.)

– Also at Pajiba: Anne of Green Gables Is a God Damned Fashion Icon. TRUE.

– I hope to master The J Crew Roll on all my sleeves this fall! (College Prepster)

– At Refinery29, I LOVE this piece about the power of the black turtleneck, which is one of my own personal favorite items of clothing.

– Your recipe link for the week is near and dear to my heart. At Camilla Styles, maple molasses donuts. I LOVE YOU DONUTS.

– Did you know that, per Refinery29, You Can Eat A Holiday Feast In The Great Hall At Hogwarts???!?!?!?!?! At least until the Dementors show up and ruin everything.

– This is fascinating, at Lapham’s Quarterly: When Women Ruled Fashion.

– And, at All Things Georgian, a look at Georgian era bling.

Tim Gunn DOES NOT like Anna Wintour. By the way, the story that he tells about her being carried down stairs, which Anna’s people deny? I heard it far before this all came out, and from a very reliable source. ALSO, the stairs down which she was allegedly carried ARE TERRIFYING so I understand the thought process. You know, kinda.  (Celebitchy)