Happy holidays to all and sundry! I hope they’ve been merry and bright thus far; personally, this year has gone so fast and also been SO LONG.
At Lainey: How is this Brangelina divorce STILL GOING ON?
Also at Lainey: Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are hosting the Golden Globes and I feel like….this should be good? They were great when they presented together at the Emmys, and they’re both smart and likable? Neither one of them is going to phone this in, JAMES FRANCO. (Sandra Oh is also — correctly! — a nominee. I am ALSO excited to see what she wears! She has generally great and also interesting taste.)
Vox reports: Reconsidering the Jewish American Princess. This is so interesting and thoughtful.
File this one under “Pieces I Wish I’d Thought to Write Myself,” at Vanity Fair: From Blake Lively to Lena Waithe, Women Wore the Best Suits in 2018
Well said, at Zulkey: Guide to writing your celebrity memoir.
At Pajiba, this headline is A RIDE: Here To Teach Us About Archaeology is Evangelical Christian and Ancient Alien Truther Megan Fox
Kinda related — at least, via the Fox connection — is this very interesting piece at Buzzfeed about Jennifer’s Body, which is sincerely really good. (I remember seeing it on cable and thinking, “wow, they marketed this movie totally wrong,” which, it turns out, is a bone of contention for the filmmakers too.)
Excellent, at Buzzfeed: This Iconic Hollywood Screenwriting Team Should Be Household Names By Now. (It’s about Karen McCullah and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, who wrote 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, and She’s The Man. Heather and I did an event with Smith several years ago, when she had a YA book out, and she was WONDERFUL and I’m glad her brilliant career is getting some love right now.) This piece is really good.
At The Atlantic: Our friend Amina’s dog went viral this week. That’s not the entirety of what this piece is about — it’s about the long and interesting history of dressing your dog to protect it — but it’s TRUE.
Also really interesting and worthwhile at Buzzfeed: How “Philadelphia” Has, And Hasn’t, Changed How We See AIDS
So so good, at GQ: The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.
Do you want to read about two amazing women? At the New York Times: 2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers.
I also wanted to draw your attention to an excellent cause that Dorothy Zbornak posted about in the comments. Let me quote her: “There are still 2,400 children incarcerated in Tornillo, near El Paso, TX and Christmas is fast approaching. These children are not allowed visitors, any gifts, or even a hug. Nope, no hugs. There’s no telling when the children will be released, but in the meantime, a Texas state senator has arranged an Amazon Wishlist with pre-approved soccer balls so at least the children will have a gift this year. There are a few small caveats: the soccer balls must be a size 5 and received at the senator’s office before Dec. 13. Here is the link.”