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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear Gossips,

Sally Rooney’s Normal People was released in North America a year ago this month and became an instant bestseller, just like it was in the UK when bookstores couldn’t keep it in stock. I ripped through it in one sitting and then read it again, twice.  Read Full Intro

SD In 30 Minute Segments

Maria Posted by Maria at March 24, 2020 19:09:46 March 24, 2020 19:09:46

During this time of uncertainty, people are using their time to master a new skill, like needlepoint or knitting. Some are baking bread or learning an instrument or language or writing a book. I’m doing none of that.  We are conditioned to use every spare moment for self-improvement so self-distancing at home and ‘doing nothing’ feels wrong. Full Story

Ben and Ana: Photo Credits and Sally Rooney

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 19, 2020 14:10:37 March 19, 2020 14:10:37
Backgrid, The Mega Agency, Splash News

Can we just go with “Benana”? Can we put it to a vote?  I apologise. It’s just too easy, low hanging fruit, and I can’t resist it. I’ve been SD-ing for days now, I haven’t seen anyone other than my husband and dogs, I’ve lost all shame. So Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are “Benana” to me. Full Story

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Gossips,

It was announced yesterday that the Costume Institute Gala (aka Met Gala) has been postponed following the advisory from the American Centers for Disease Control that all public gatherings of more than 50 people be avoided for at least eight weeks.  Read Full Intro

Jessica Simpson’s history with John Mayer

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 5, 2020 18:16:02 February 5, 2020 18:16:02
Backgrid, Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Jessica Simpson’s book, Open Book, came out yesterday – and as promised, she has been OPEN. This is what you want out of a celebrity memoir: not just the tea but also the context; it has to be more than X and Y was an asshole, it’s better when you fill in the emotion behind it, when you colour in the history between the margins of the gossip stories we’re already familiar with. Full Story

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Jessica Simpson tells her stories 

Maria Posted by Maria at January 23, 2020 18:12:52 January 23, 2020 18:12:52
People Magazine

Jessica Simpson is on the cover of PEOPLE to promote her upcoming memoir, Open Book. She’s leading with a big admission: that she had a problem with pills and alcohol but is now sober. (The PEOPLE excerpt also includes details of her childhood sexual abuse.)           Full Story

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dear Gossips,

My friend and colleague, Cynthia Loyst, is one of the most sensitive, empathetic, and seductive people I know. She has a big heart and feels deeply. Her first instinct is to relate her feelings to others, so as to better understand them.  Read Full Intro

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dear Gossips,

Ending the year and the decade in this space with a book, just released today: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. This is her first book, which makes Kiley Reid what I like to call an FBB - First Book Bitch. Previous FBBs include Yaa Gyasi (Homecoming  Read Full Intro

Whitney according to Robyn

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 7, 2019 15:16:43 November 7, 2019 15:16:43

If you are a fan of Whitney Houston, you know about Robyn Crawford. Robyn was Whitney’s best friend from adolescence to adulthood. Robyn was Whitney’s creative director for a while and toured with her often. Where there was Whitney, there was always Robyn, until Robyn quit and left in 2000 because she couldn’t watch Whitney spiral out anymore …and also Bobby Brown. Full Story