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Friday, March 20, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Zayn is always the one you worry about. He always seemed to be the most fragile. And he wears it on his body. So this “stress leave”, over a few photos that showed up on social media, and the ensuing anxiety for both him and his fiancée…I believe it.  Read Full Intro

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dear Gossips,

The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens this weekend. Shailene Woodley and Theo James have been on promotion for it for the last couple of weeks. As you know, if you’ve been reading this blog for a few years, I was big on the first book (review here  Read Full Intro

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Been on a really heavy reading streak the last few months. By heavy I mean volume and content. Part of it is that I let my shelf get too high. And I’ve been preparing for Canada Reads. The debates begin next Monday.  Read Full Intro

Professor Clooney’s New York weekend

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 9, 2015 16:55:21 March 9, 2015 16:55:21
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Amal and George Clooney were out for dinner in New York this weekend. As you know, they’re in town because he’s shooting a movie there with Jodie Foster. Or you could say they’re in town because she’s now a visiting lecturer at Columbia’s Human Rights Institute. "It is an honour to be invited as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School alongside such a distinguished faculty and talented student pool. Full Story

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dear Gossips,

Did you know that it’s Chinese Valentine’s Day on Thursday? The Chinese Squawking Chicken gave me a list love matches and mismatches that I’ll post later this week. Speaking of the Squawking Chicken… I wrote a book called Listen To The Squawking Chicken that was released last year.  Read Full Intro

The Book of Drew

Maria Posted by Maria at February 26, 2015 17:35:44 February 26, 2015 17:35:44
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Drew Barrymore just turned 40 and has announced she’s going to write a collection of autobiographical essays. This is usually that point at which I’d piss and moan about celebrities who slip into any profession on a whim, but, um, I love a personal essay. And I think Drew will have some very interesting stories to tell. Full Story

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Fifty Shades author wants to whip sequel into submission

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 20, 2015 15:53:24 February 20, 2015 15:53:24
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Whatever we may think of it, Fifty Shades of Grey is an unqualified hit, with $300 million at the worldwide box office and counting. In some respects, that’s a good thing: A movie by women, about women, for women is a monster success. Every time we clock a win like this, it gets that much harder to deny that movies by and about women can’t be profitable, or are somehow “risky”. Full Story

Carey Mulligan is Just.So.Good.

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 19, 2015 15:59:36 February 19, 2015 15:59:36

We studied Thomas Hardy for a few weeks in one of my elective Fem-Lit university classes one year. I was not great with attendance at the time. There was a casino that had just opened two hours away. My parents were out of the country. For several months, I made some very bad decisions. Can’t recall why I showed up for that session in particular – probably lost all my money – but I’ll never forget the discussion, even though I hadn’t done any of the reading. Full Story

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Fifty Shades of Want vs Need

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 6, 2015 15:28:32 February 6, 2015 15:28:32
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Duana taught me something I repeat often here on my blog. In her case, as a screenwriter, it’s about how the story and the audience relate, and how it’s the writer’s job to: Give them what they need, not what they want. I’ve been thinking a lot about this as we near the release of Fifty Shades Of Grey, reading reports of tension between the director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who’s admitted that she and author EL James struggled to agree on the creative direction of the film. Full Story

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