We rushed into Midtown’s fancy french bistro Cognac, already five minutes late to meet Cheryl Strayed, the recently (or not) outed authoress of the Dear Sugar advice column. On Stephen Elliott‘s site The Rumpus, Dear Sugar has blossomed in the two years since Ms. Strayed took it over from her predecessor, Steve Almond. It went from snarky relationship advice to something much more personal…and universal, under the 43-year-old Portland author’s touch.
Dear Sugar always answered her readers’ questions with anecdotes from her own life, but instead of over-sharey, Dear Sugar became something of an online Oprah. She’s been there, honey!
She was only in town for the evening, to read selections from her new memoir, Wild, at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. The New York Observer had approximately 1 hour to pick the advice queen’s mind…but we created a catch for the Portland native. Instead of answering for a general audience, our questions were specific to New York (or at least a major city).
To be honest, we spent all night thinking of questions that Ms. Strayed already hasn’t answered: Facebook relationships, money, jealousy, infidelity. We had only been able to come up with one. But it was a dozy.
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Blog Fucked in Park Slope has a photo of the large pile of used purple cushions sitting outside the skeezy Park Slope movie palace. Perhaps this’ll improve the theater’s dolorous reviews on Yelp? (Fun pastime: Ctrl+F the term “bedbugs” or “bed bugs” on that page [ex: "And then there are the Read More
- Tom Wolfe is great for many reasons, including the fact that he wears white tuxedos and the fact that he was quoted last night blaming computer screens’ poor backlighting for the mortgage crisis. Also, his books are good.
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Bedbugs are bad news, unless you’re in the business of fighting them. Info from New York startup Panjiva highlights a new winner – mattress protectors.
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There’s a bug in the system at Google New York! Citing a tweet from a marketing person there, Silicon Alley Insider reports that Google’s headquarters in Chelsea are the latest corporate office in New York to be invaded by the relentlessly colonial creatures, thus following in what is by now a proud Read More
You don’t understand me. You just think of me as someone who crawls into your bed at night, sucks your blood and injects poisonous saliva into your skin. To you I’m an “infestation,” one possibly on the verge of reaching “epidemic” proportions since the beginning of my “global resurgence” a decade ago. I’m a threat Read More
On the heels of a city press conference yesterday declaring war on bedbugs—a war that seems more PR- than policy-driven—Curbed reports that the Time Warner Center is the latest skyscraper to suffer a bedbug scare, and has the memo to prove it!
The memo, sent by the complex’s property manager to Read More
Maybe bedbugs are just bookworms in disguise.
The little guys — who are the city’s freak out du jour this summer — have snuck into Hachette Book Group. But this is not the first time they have attacked the book world: last summer they were found at the Penguin building. Read More
They’re now snacking on the shame-silenced residents of the Upper East Side. New York relates the tale of one mother from the East Eighties, whose debugging regimen required relocating to the family’s weekend home for a full two months:
Margaret says she “felt a strange mixture of being exhausted, defeated, and paranoid Read More
Scholastic became the second New York publishing house in a week to suffer a bedbug scare this past Friday afternoon, as employees were told to put whatever belongings they needed over the weekend into plastic bags and asked to go home. As was widely reported at the time, a similar scene had taken place at Read More