Fugs and Pieces, April 20 2012


As a reminder, The LA Times Festival of Books is this weekend!  On Sunday, April 22,  Heather and I will be signing copies of SPOILED (on deep sale on Amazon at the moment) at 11:00am at the Mysterious Galaxy booth (that’s booth #372), then appearing on the YA Stage at 1:30 along with awesome authors Deb Caletti and Joanna Philbin, and THEN signing AGAIN after the panel. The first three people at each signing will get a free, signed advanced copy of MESSY! It’s all free and open to the public — no tickets are needed for events at the YA Stage. Come on out, Los Angelenos!

–  Speaking of books, I know you want to look at the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world. (Speaking of Los Angeles, our truly beautiful Central Library made the list.) (Flavorwire)

– The Atlantic wonders, what does “young adult” mean, anyway? (Atlantic Wire)

– This is awesome. Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran figures out how much many of our favorite TV real estate properties would cost. Cliff and Clair Huxtable are going to make a MINT if they sell the place now that Rudy’s moved out and they’re empty-nesters. (Vanity Fair)

– NPR samples my beloved/disgusted Doritos Locos Tacos. (Wait, Wait! Don’t Blog Me)

Vulture casts a wide net looking for other dead singers to hologram-ize. WHAT ABOUT JEM? Wait, did I just kill Jem? (Vulture)

– Are you living in one of America’s top ten cities for hipsters? I am not. (Time)

– Aw, I hope Jason Segel and Michelle Williams DO get married. (Celebitchy)

– Guess what, Fug Nation? WE HAVE OUR OWN TOWN. It’s in Austria. See you there! (Daily Mail)

– I feel like James Franco needs to take a vacay from….everything. (Lainey)

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Comments (23):

  1. Mjx

    YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! The town of my birth (yes, it’s in the US) is NOT on the list of top te cities for hipsters! Now, maybe the rest of the irritating bastards who think it’s THE place to show the world how cool (translation: indifferent to the wishes of any other living entity) they can be will also leave. Hey, it’s possible; I fully exptected to my city on that list, but it escaped :)

    • Libby

      Ditto! I expected my hometown of Boulder to appear on the list, but instead they listed……Denver. Go figure!

      • Kate

        I live in Denver. It’s ridden with hipsters. Young ones too! 13 year old boys with paint on black jeggings running around on skateboards. I would say Boulder is more for hippies :)

    • Jenn

      Heh. I live in Portland, OR. No shock there at it coming in at #2. Can’t look out my damn window without seeing ironic shirts and skinny jeans.

  2. Anna

    Sorry to disappoint you, but the good people of Fucking voted against the name change after all. No Fugging for the foreseeable future.

    • Jessica


      • Jessica

        (Although honestly good for them. They must make tons of money in tourist gear.)

      • Starling

        They actually DON’T make a lot of money from tourist gear. In fact, any tourist gear you find does not come from the town itself (or at least this was the case a few years ago). It generally comes from surrounding towns. My husband and a couple of friends and I veered that way a couple of years ago, and the locals were not exactly happy to have tourists tromping around. I can’t say I blame them. We still got the picture though :)

      • Steph

        I thought I read that they couldn’t change the name to Fugging, because there already IS a Fugging a short drive away!

        Yeah Vancouver library on the list! I love that place.

  3. amys

    Good luck at the Festival! Wish I could be there!

  4. vandalfan

    I’m surprised that you did not note the passing of Jonathan Frid, a.k.a. Barnabas Collins. He was the Original Sexy vampire.

  5. sarahtress

    Here’s the Hipster’s Guide to Oral Hygiene, from the Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/life/article/The-Hipster-s-Guide-to-Oral-Hygiene-Brush-and-3430546.php

  6. Veronica

    How bad is it that I guessed roughly half of that hipster city list before I even read it? Living within hours of Philadelphia has taught me the face of the beast.

    Also, that NPR article is hilarious. Now, I’m just going to HAVE to try one of those Doritos tacos just for the experience of that much self-loathing.

  7. Megan

    I cannot tell you how much I want JS and MW to be an item. SQUEE! I don’t typically get so excited about celeb hookups, btw.

  8. Chasmosaur

    I live near Eau Claire, Wisconsin these days – a.k.a. Justin Vernon’s Western Wisconsin home town, and home of UW Eau Claire, one of the larger UW campuses outside of Madison.

    In the past year with Bon Iver ascendant, you would not BELIEVE the number of hipster-esque people you see wandering around. Which looks really bizarre against all the farmers when you go to Farm & Fleet. (I can only think they are going ironically, or their parents sent them.) Sure, we have a “eat local” scene, but that’s because outside of the town limits, most everything is a farm.

    Coming from the East coast – where I used to work in an office filled with actual hipsters – I just want to pull them aside and say:

    “Oh honey, NO. You live in Western Wisconsin – I don’t think you are technically allowed to be a hipster. So put on some comfy jeans and sneakers, pick up a case of Leinenkugel’s, and go get a Smoked Prime Rib, okay?”

    • Janice Second

      There are a few cool bands from Eau Claire. Megafaun are from there (they live in NC now tho) and that whole group of dudes in Gayngs have some origins there too.

  9. witjunkie

    I’m glad Fucking didn’t change their name. Here in Flyover Land we have Licks. Driving past the Big Bone Lick sign never fails to lighten the mood. I’ve seen a French Broad Lick too. Heh heh.

  10. Jenna

    I live about 40 minutes from Hell, so good on the good people of Fucking.

    I am surprised and somewhat pleased that Detroit didn’t make the hipster list. Please God, let the people who came up with that list never find out about Dally in the Alley or Marche du Nain Rouge.

  11. Steph

    There is also the infamous Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada.

  12. jennifer

    Great Fugs & Pieces again. Those libraries were incredible!

  13. Hannah


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  14. Janice Second

    I’m surprised Baltimore isn’t on there. Tons of hip bands (Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Beach House, Wye Oak, and more) and a good art school (MICA). Hipsters errywhere.

    I live in Brooklyn, the original hipster destination :(