Taylor Swift: I’ve Been Slut-Shamed My Whole Life!

There’s a new Taylor Swift album in stores at the moment. That sounds like a very antiquated statement, as music is rarely purchased in stores these days, and most consumers prefer to stream it or otherwise pluck it from the content ether and shove it in their ears. But Taylor basically is the musical mainstream these days and she’s cut so many deals with so many corporate entities that you will find a display of Lover CDs next to the register if you walk into your local Wal-Green’s today. Seriously. Give it a shot. None of this is to disparage Taylor or her achievements — she had a clear goal… Read More

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Kailyn Lowry: Dragged By Fans For Truly Ridiculous Reason

Kailyn Lowry enjoys coffee. She credits it with helping her to keep up with the demands of her hectic lifestyle, and she even selected Coffee Convos as the title of her wildly popular podcast. Earlier this week, Kail decided to ask her Twitter followers for advice before purchasing a new Keurig machine. And apparently, that was a mistake — because now her beans aren’t the only thing getting roasted. It all started innocently enough when Kail posted a pic of the Keurig display at what appears to be her local Target location. This caused a handful of apparently very unstable followers to absolutely lose their sh-t: So what was it… Read More

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Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones: It’s Over!

Heartbreaking news has come from one of the Bachelor Fam’s most outrageously attractive couples. Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones found love on — and after — Bachelor in Paradise. Now, the devastatingly beautiful has an announcement: It’s over. “I know you guys have been asking about John and I recently,” Tayshia Adams begins her Instagram caption. “And as much as I like to keep my personal life private,” the reality star reminds fans. Tayshia acknowledges: “I realize you have all watched and been a part of our journey from the beginning.” “Therefore to stay true to that,” she continues. “I need to be open and honest with you in… Read More

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An Elegy for the Gangster

Illustration: Simon Montag; Netflix Almost as soon as the movies could talk, they talked about crime. In 1928, five months after the premiere of The Jazz Singer, Warner Brothers released Michael Curtiz’s Tenderloin, a “part-talkie” underworld potboiler that grossed almost $900,000 on a $188,000 budget. (The film has since been lost; Curtiz went on to direct Casablanca.) In 1931, Warner released Little Caesar and The Public Enemy, two films that, along with the Howard Hughes–produced Scarface in 1932, effectively invented the gangster genre. In these three movies we see every major hallmark of the genre take shape: the antihero who’s preternaturally fluent in violence; his intoxicating rise, spurred by an… Read More

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro: Will He Really Spend Six YEARS in Jail?!?

Based on numerous photos from his Instagram page, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is spending a lot of time with his daughter these days. Which is a really good thing. Because he may not be seeing her very much in the future. Fans of the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star may have thought that Ronnie was going to avoid any harsh legal penalties after the Los Angeles County District Attorney chose NOT to charge him with any felonies. Instead, Ortiz-Magro was hit with numerous misdemeanor violations for his alleged actions early on the morning of October 4. The veteran reality star and father of one is accused of threatening his girlfriend, Jen Harley,… Read More

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro: Will He Really Spend Six YEARS in Jail?!?

Based on numerous photos from his Instagram page, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is spending a lot of time with his daughter these days. Which is a really good thing. Because he may not be seeing her very much in the future. Fans of the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star may have thought that Ronnie was going to avoid any harsh legal penalties after the Los Angeles County District Attorney chose NOT to charge him with any felonies. Instead, Ortiz-Magro was hit with numerous misdemeanor violations for his alleged actions early on the morning of October 4. The veteran reality star and father of one is accused of threatening his girlfriend, Jen Harley,… Read More

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How Solitude Feeds the Brain

By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLean Writers, says the novelist Jami Attenberg, often like to be alone. But few take solitude as far as the Cuban poet Dulce María Loynaz. For decades, Loynaz lived alone in a mansion at the center of Havana, writing enigmatic, evocative poems—many of them just one line—that could be both deeply confessional and stubbornly withholding. In a conversation for this series, Attenberg, the author of All This Could Be Yours, explained how the poems collected in Absolute Solitude, an English translation… Read More

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How Solitude Feeds the Brain

By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLean Writers, says the novelist Jami Attenberg, often like to be alone. But few take solitude as far as the Cuban poet Dulce María Loynaz. For decades, Loynaz lived alone in a mansion at the center of Havana, writing enigmatic, evocative poems—many of them just one line—that could be both deeply confessional and stubbornly withholding. In a conversation for this series, Attenberg, the author of All This Could Be Yours, explained how the poems collected in Absolute Solitude, an English translation… Read More

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Caitlyn Jenner Turns 70… Gets Snubbed by Khloe?!?

Caitlyn Jenner is 70 years old. The former Olympian, long-time reality star and transgender activist has been through quite a lot duringn her time on Earth — which may explain why a bunch of her loved ones hosted a blowout birthday party for her in honor of this occasion. Indeed, most of Caitlyn’s kids were in attendance for the event… despite having some issues with Jenner and what she previously wrote in her autobiography. For this special party, however, most of these issues were placed to the side and a grand time was had by all. With one exception, that is. Who missed the party? And what, if anything, should… Read More

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