A look back the actor's career—and his shirtless ping-pong photos:
"Redford comes into the shop where homely Streisand works, and she’s all, 'Look who’s here, America the Beautiful,' and you’re all, YES, TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SAID. But then you get suckerpunched by how effectively this movie convinces you that Redford would fall for Streisand, with all her spunk and unruliness and radicalism. The essential message of this movie is that Hot Guys Like Brains and Sass. The secondary message is that Your Romance Will Then Be Plundered By Asshole Red Mongerers."
PUBLISHED: May 22, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3971 words)
A mother hires a call girl for her son:
My brother Danny lost his virginity at age 25. To a call girl named Monique. Hired by our mother.
My mother didn’t bother asking Danny for his permission before engaging Monique’s services. She didn’t ask my father to condone the transaction. Nor was she troubled by social mores or laws against solicitation. She deserves a Mother of the Year Award.
PUBLISHED: May 8, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1928 words)
The origins of one of Hollywood's earliest femme fatales:
"Theodosia Goodman grew up in Cincinnati, the child of middle-class Jewish immigrants. Her father was a tailor; her mother kept house. She went to high school, she went to two years of college. She was a middling actress with middling looks, age 30, stuck in the Yiddish theater circuit, with a bit role in the occasional film. She was wholly unremarkable — one of hundreds of women working toward the same end.
"And then, in 1915, totally out of nowhere, she became THE BIGGEST SEX SYMBOL IN THE WORLD. As the star of A Fool There Was, she embodied the cinematic 'vamp' — the evil, predatory woman who seduces men with her dark ways, sucks him dry, and leaves him for ruin. Her name was no longer Theodosia Goodman, but Theda Bara — an anagram, naturally, for 'ARAB DEATH.'"
PUBLISHED: Jan. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3322 words)
A writer interviews her uncle, who worked as Cyndi Lauper's makeup artist:
"It was for a new singer and it was for an Italian TV show called Popcorn, which was a music show. So they rented a flat and I walk in the next morning, and there's this huge king-sized bed. And there's Lou Albano and these other wrestlers and Cyndi and her mom. And I'm like, 'Ugh, Jesus, what am I doing here? Who are these people?' And then they start playing the song, 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,' and I'm like, 'Ohhh, that's... it.' I just knew it was gonna be a hit. So I made myself indispensable. I mean, doting, putting her shoes on, everything. I really laid it on thick because I really wanted it. Two months before that, while I was still in school, I was watching MTV one night — which was just a few years old — and I thought that's what I really want to do. I was telling people — trying to get the word out, put out some feelers — and they were like 'That's impossible, it takes years.' And I wouldn't hear it. People that I knew knew other artists who were just getting labels or trying to get labels, so I just thought I'd start there. But then I got the call from Cyndi."
PUBLISHED: Nov. 5, 2012
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3935 words)
Cooper played heroic cowboys and espoused all-American values while the studio system helped hide his offscreen affairs:
"Cooper became a hero to many, even as he developed a reputation as one of the most notorious philanderers in Hollywood. He had stiff competition — Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, the list goes on — but Cooper may or may not have slept with EVERY. SINGLE. CO-STAR. No matter his age, no matter their age, he was insatiable, before and during his marriage. How to reconcile his moral righteousness onscreen with his philandering offscreen? That was the work of Fixers, gossip magazines, and the studio system at large, which ensured that Cooper was never caught, never denounced, and held up as a paragon of American values. Of course, the way he looked in pants didn’t hurt."
PUBLISHED: June 8, 2012
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4845 words)
Three things informed me about my physical appearance when I was a little girl. First, my mother used to grab my ponytail and, observing how thick it was, say,"Thees ee' wha' they call een Ecuador 'reech girl hair.' Because ees nice an' theek." The second thing was when a creepy neighbor, looking at my five-year-old legs admiringly, informed my father that with those long legs I'd “grow up to be a tall beauty one day.” And last, when I was in the first grade, a little girl named Yoriko and her friend, another Japanese girl, came up to me in the cafeteria blushing and giggling, and said, "You have ... big ... NOSE!" Whereupon she and her friend covered their mouths, giggled, and ran away.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 7, 2011
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4048 words)
My stomach drops. I specifically Google “Ambien in Dubai.” I discover it's illegal there. Of course it is. Even people who come with their pills in the prescription bottle and a note from their doctor? Jail time. It's a gray area, some people say on the message boards. I am pretty sure “Gray Area” is not a term used in Sharia Law. (I have been following Amanda Knox since day one and she is innocent.) I’d rather not do a real life reenactment of Brokedown Palace. I don't want to be a story people learn from. Why is this alarming? Amy, don't you know you're not supposed to take Ambien every night? Yes, yes I have heard that. But no one ever told me that if you take it every night and want to get off of it, the withdrawal is comparable to that of heroin.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2011
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3376 words)