Fugs and Pieces, February 14 2013


Happy day after Valentine’s Day, Fug Nation! Speaking of holidays, this Monday is President’s Day in the United States, and we are taking the day off (also, we have to rest up for the OSCARS next Sunday). Celebrate by watching this Honda commercial where Lincoln and Washington slow jam, over and over again. And then pop back on Tuesday, February 19 for regular postings. Also:

– The Cut did this brilliant slideshow of Marc Jacobs’s front row over the last ten years. You need to take this journey back in time. (The Cut)

David Beckham takes Harper to lunch. She is clasping a flower. I die. (Socialite Life)

This dude ran out for milk but his car got stuck at 125 pmh. FOR AN HOUR. For some reason, I find this hilarious and I suspect that reason is because no one died. (The Atlantic)

Vulture poses the question, YOU’VE GOT MAIL V. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE. And I can’t believe there are people who think MailĀ  is superior! Heather and I went on a whole tirade about it, that culminated in Heather yelling, “IT’S CLASSIC ROSIE O’DONNELL” and then us collapsing in giggles. (Vulture)

– You will love this look at G-Rated Moments of Swoon in YA literature. You might even swoon. (Avidly)

– Did you watch the Teen Tournament on Jeopardy this week? Because it featured my favorite new person ever, Leonard. Leonard is a baller and I love him. (Grantland)

– This “fashion film” featuring Lizzy Caplan is a scream. (The Cut)

They are exhuming poet Pablo Neruda’s body as part of a murder investigation, which is fascinating all over the place. I love it when people don’t get away with murder. (Time)

I know you want to read the New York Times profile of Connie Briton, y’all. (NYT)

– Yikes, Charlie Sheen keeps loaning Lindsay Lohan money. This is going to end in tears. (Lainey)

This article about astrologer Susan Miller is a really good read. (The Cut)

Very Specific Rules from Real Libraries. (A note: I did NOT put this up to make fun of librarians, whom I adore as a group. I just really enjoy it when people make signs about rules, especially when those rules involve preventing bats from flying into anything. The comments are generally also interesting — lots of librarians weighing in about crazy shit going down at their library.) (Mental Floss)

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Comments (37):

  1. Sandra

    Becks and Harper continue to be meltingly adorable together. The weird-@ss rules at libraries all exist for a reason; usually because a person or people actually did that very anti-social/dangerous/stupid thing. This is for the protection of the patrons as well as the librarians, collections, and facilities. You have to have specific written rules so you can chuck those people out for violating them. And to save getting sued by a member of the public because it happened. Wrong is not the same thing as prohibited or illegal and you can find yourselves without recourse.

    • GFY Jessica

      No offense was intended to librarians, I just enjoy rules of all sorts.

      • Sandra

        Oh, none taken. I just like to inform folks that there are methods to our madness. We know perfectly well that ours is a geek-intensive profession. :)

  2. Lila

    I’m not Rosie O’Donnell, but…. (weirdest sentence ever heh) I CAN’T BELIEVE you think Sleepless beats Mail! :O

  3. jenelope

    My car got stuck accelerating once (ice in some line or other). I took it out of gear, pulled safely over to the side of the road and turned it off.

  4. Lizzy

    Huh, I’ve always found “Sleepless in Seattle” a bit stalkerish (for Meg Ryan’s character) & incomplete since they don’t actually meet until the final minutes of the movie. “You’ve Got Mail” manages to pull off the opposites attract/instant hate morphs into love schtick quite well, and both leads get to grow and escape the roles (and professions) they’ve inherited from a parent.
    OK – off to check out the Marc Jacob’s front row through the years pictures…

    • AmandaD

      I don’t know that it’s all that much more stalkerish than knowing the real life identity of the woman you’re online with and not letting her know who you are for quite some time; but using the online relationship to your advantage to make her think there’s more of a connection between the two of you than there actually is to make her like you.
      (Although I agree with others that both movies are rather problematic.)

      • ChristieLea

        Let’s not forget the fact that he’s ALSO hoping his big-box bookstore puts her adorable, character-laden bookshop, which she inherited from her mother, out of business. I could not get past that.

  5. S

    YGM is awful. I can recite When Harry Met Sally by heart, and I adore SIS, but YGM manages to take all of Meg Ryan’s adorableness and exaggerate it to the point that you want to smother her with a fluffy white puppy with a pink ribbon around its neck.

  6. Julie M

    Go Leonard! I watched the first night with my kids & we planned to watch the second just so we could see Leonard but life intervened. Soooo glad to hear he won.

  7. Tara

    I sent the Leonard clip to my husband a few days back and said, “Leonard wins on style points alone!” but when you add smarts and demeanor–look out! Go, Leonard!

  8. Margaretta

    Um…I know it isn’t Ephron, but my favorite Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan collaboration was Joe Vs. The Volcano. I know it isn’t the best movie, but it is one of those “special/shared memories” type movies for me. Otherwise, When Harry Met Sally and Moonstruck are the best romantic comedies from the 80s.

    • holly

      One of the most underrated movies ever! People take it too literally, when it is meant to be a fable. I think it is really a different genre than YGM or SIS, even though the actors are the same.
      Meg Ryan as Patricia:
      “My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.”

      • Cat

        I completely agree. Joe Vs. The Volcano is a very unappreciated movie. It always seemed more like a magical realism tale than a rom com. That scene with the raft and the impossibly big moon rising up out of the ocean is one of my all time favorites. That being said, in terms of the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks triumvirate, I do like SIS better than YGM.

      • Carla in Kentucky

        Yes! And, “I have no response to that,” which I have used for years. Never underestimate the value of truly great luggage.

  9. Teresa

    YES TRIXIE BELDEN AND JIM FRAYNE!!!!! I pored over every book in the series I could find, looking for exactly those little moments of swoon.

    Also, there is never enough Harper.

  10. hillary l.

    Oh, You’ve Got Mail is the best, hands down. It’s got actual character development, for one, and an amazing ensemble cast (Steve Zahn! Jean Stapleton! Heather Burns! Greg Kinnear! Dave Chappelle! Chris Messina! PARKER POSEY, for goodness’ sake!), and a love of books, and New York…. it’s the best.

    (There might be a *teeny* bit of bias, considering I met my husband online eight years later. But I still love it, and it holds up. Holds up, even though they’re using AOL, the internet equivalent of the rotary-dial phone.)

    • Annie E

      Word. SiS is boring and the characters incomplete and/or unrelatable.

  11. Sarah

    Leonard was amazing.

  12. understateddiva

    Sleepless, obvi. He bankrupts her store and kills her dream in YGM. I always thought that was a bit, i dunno, anti-feminist. Sleepless has a problem, as a romantic archetype, too, though – she leaves the nice, sweet guy she’s with for an unreal fantasy guy she barely knows. Seeing this at 12 may have messed with my head a bit.

  13. S

    RE: Sleepless in Seattle vs. You’ve Got Mail

    Those movies are BOTH….let’s go with flawed.

    • keekey


      That said, I’ve never re-watched Sleepless in Seattle because I found it so boring the first time while I will guilty pleasure watch You’ve Got Mail occasionally, mostly because I love Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Steve Zahn, etc.

  14. Lynn

    Susan Millertime!

  15. Jen

    Hearing that people think You’ve Got Mail is better than Sleepless in Seattle reminds me how I felt when I discovered that there are people who don’t believe in evolution. It’s like the world went topsy-turvy.

  16. Sajorina

    Every time I see David Beckham with Harper, I can hear my ovules scream “Use Me”!

  17. Beth

    I can’t stand You’ve Got Mail. The Shop Around the Corner, on which it’s based, is much better! Sleepless in Seattle is a little better, but not by much. Their characters are just insufferable!

  18. Lisa

    I just came to say Leonard is possibly the most awesome kid ever. Way to go!

  19. AMS

    I was a bit surprised at how dismissive the author of the Susan Miller profile was of her profession, which he several times equated with fortune-telling and trickery, of her persona, and of her readers. I wonder if she realizes how unkind that portrayal was?

  20. Suzie

    I love them all- Joe vs. the Volanco, Sleepless in Seattle and You got Mail. I love how impassioned everyone is about which is better. :)

  21. Mo

    Sleepless v You’ve Got Mail isn’t even worth discussing….Sleepless is MILES better!!!

  22. Mo

    Best Rule List Ever….my kids elementary school recess rules included:

    no running on mulch (note, the playground IS MULCH)

    and my favorite -

    Monkey Bars are One Way.

  23. Dani

    I started out thinking, “Obviously, SIL is vastly superior to YGM!” But people make some good points about YGM, and I’ve realized it actually has the makings of a better movie. BUT, Meg’s overacting, and I wish Tom’s character was nicer, or had better reasons for being such a lying prick. When it comes does to it, WHMS is the clear winner. And now I will watch them all.

  24. sarrible

    That Connie Britton profile has convinced me that she totally nailed Tim Riggins. Which makes me want to buy her All the Drinks.

    • LT1

      Oh my goodness, I hadn’t thought of that but it makes so much sense.

      I collect YA novels from the turn of the (last) century through the 1980s and I just love those G-rated romantic moments. And the article would have been a failure for me without a Meg and Calvin moment so I was really happy one was there.

  25. nichole

    So I clicked through the Marc Jacobs fashion show. I came away with 2 things – apparently Little Kim is a fan (or it’s the only show she can get into) and Carmen Electra looks so pretty with minimal makeup.

  26. nichole

    G-Rated Swoon Worthy moment miss – Gilbert’s final proposal to Anne. “I don’t need sunbursts and marble halls.” I squeal every time I read that last chapter.

  27. Lena Lamont

    Whaaatt??? Until this moment, I did not know that people actually like You’ve Got Mail, LET ALONE think it the ultimate Rom-com OR that it’s superior to Sleepless In Seattle. Again, I say Whaaaaaat???? I feel like I’ve slipped into some alternate universe and I want to go home. Look, I love rom-coms, even bad ones, and yet, I do not much care for YGM, thank you.