Happy February! We’ve got a big, exciting announcement! Heather and I are launching a Substack, called (of course) Drinks With Broads, and we’d love it if you’d join us. Don’t worry, GFY isn’t going anywhere — this is going to be “in addition to,” and not “instead of,” and we think it’s going to be really fun. We’re going to have post-awards show round-ups, television recaps, hot takes, probably also some cold takes, live chats for subscribers during things like the Oscars, and many other varieties of hopefully delightful shenanigans — boom, right into your inbox. It’s going to be a great way for us to keep talking about everything from The Gilded Age, to whatever Jessica Fletcher wore on an episode of Murder She Wrote that we randomly stumbled on, to interesting interviews with cool women, to discussions of great summer books — and, as they say, more!
Transparently, in addition to being fun, this is also an important step for us to take in order to stay in business; as you may know from the many recent rounds of layoffs in media and the shuttering of various publications, the media landscape is very tough sledding at the moment. Over the years, folks have asked if we could offer a subscription model and while that doesn’t work here on GFY, it definitely does for this newsletter, which will have free and paid subscription levels. We’d love to see you there, too, and deeply appreciate any level of support that works for you!
But while we’re here, I’ve got a lot of things for you to peruse this week:
The NYT covers a story VERY close to my heart: WALLPAPER IS BACK!
A very diverting read at The Cut: Do You Know How to Behave? Are You Sure? How to text, tip, ghost, host, and generally exist in polite society today.
This is fascinating, also at The Cut: The Promise of Pyer Moss Kerby Jean-Raymond was one of fashion’s most celebrated young designers. Then what happened?
Really interesting, at Lainey: The Gisele Bundchen School of Goodbye.
While you’re thinking about your Super Bowl dips: Ro-Tel’s Origin Story: From the Rio Grande Valley to Pantries Across the U.S. [Texas Highways]
Speaking of dip, I want to eat this: Warm Seven-Layer Skillet Dip [Bon Appetit]
Fascinating, at Esquire: Inside Book Twitter’s Final(?) Days
JUICY — and very Blind Item-y — at Lainey: Jessica Simpson’s gossip sliding doors.
Surely in your area of interest: “You’re So Vain”: An Oral History of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days [Vanity Fair]
Great, at Texas Monthly: Rodeo Fans Should Grow Up Learning About This Legendary Black Rider
Another interesting read from the Frugal subreddit: Things you have started making from scratch because everything got so expensive?
Now I want Kraft mac and cheese: An Ode to Kraft Dinner, Food of Troubled Times [Catapult]
Ars Technica reports: Two decades after the Columbia disaster, is NASA’s safety culture fixed?
YIKES. This whole thing has been MESSY: Erika Jayne’s estranged husband Tom Girardi charged with fraud for allegedly embezzling millions of his clients’ money. [Socialite Life]
….do I need shearing Birkenstocks? They’re on sale! [ShopBop]
Just this idea is totally wild: I watched Groundhog Day every day for a year. Here’s what I learned. [The Guardian]
This is not how I thought this headline would end: Former school official accused of embezzling $1.5 million worth of chicken wings. [CBS News]
I LOVE Lily Allen and David Harbour’s house. [Architectural Digest]
Finally, as a heads-up, the Grammys are on Sunday, so make sure you pop back on Monday and catch up with all the shenanigans. ICYMI here this week, we had a great chat about your current obsessions, a really helpful one about how you’re exercising now, and I rounded up a bunch of good trousers.