off the record
The pop philosopher and self-help author Alain de Botton has taken on an impressively wide array of subjects, such as love, sex, travel, happiness and religion. In his latest work, Mr. de Botton puts on his press critic fedora and turns his attention to something more concrete: the media.
You know, we almost wish Kanye West had been a little bit crazier in his Interview dialogue with Steve McQueen. But he was almost normal…at least for Kanye. (It certainly wasn’t a Bret Easton Ellis podcast, or even a middle-of-Yeezus-concert-level insanity.) In fact, it was almost lucid, which, when talking about Kanye West, translates into sub-par.
But there was at least one interesting moment of the whole endeavor, and that was Mr. West finally opening up to what got him through the VMA “I’m gonna let you finish” backlash of ’09.
They See Me Trollin'
On November 13, Victoria’s Secret held it’s annual Fashion Show.
Security at the downtown armory was air tight for this year’s glitzy mess of a spectacle.
With all those bedazzled ta-tas, Taylor Swift and leggy front-row fixtures, there was little question as to why. Next, the hoi polloi shuffled to the Meatpacking District’s newly minted Tao Read More
One 39-year-old creep may finally achieve his dream of sniffing Taylor Swift’s hair–at least if 4chan has anything to do with it.
A contest organized by Boston radio station KISS 108FM is offering to send one lucky winner to a Taylor Swift show on July 27th and get their picture taken with her. When you register for the contest, you generate a unique link; in order to win, you have to get as many people to click on that link as possible once a day until the end of the contest.
If anyone missed Lesley Stahl’s segment this weekend on 60 Minutes (though come on, how unlikely is that?), you might not have noticed that her profile of Taylor Swift, “A Young Singer’s Meteoric Rise,” was actually just a re-aired interview from 2011.
Which is fine–Ms. Stahl tells the audience that “we first met Taylor Swift in 2011, during her Speak Now tour,” and on the 60 Minutes website, they disclose “The following is a script of “Taylor Swift” which originally aired on Nov. 20, 2011 and was rebroadcast on May 19, 2013″–except that it says something about Taylor Swift’s “meteoric rise” that most people would have no idea that this interview was two years old. Or that on Twitter, 60 Minutes gave no clue that this would be a rebroadcast episode.
A Kennedy in Trouble
Updated: Tina Fey responds below!
Have you been reading all about Taylor Swift telling Amy Poehler and Tina Fey that they are going to hell for their Golden Globes jokes in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair? Or wait, was that Katie Couric who told Taylor Swift that, and the singer was just relating it back in an anecdote? Did Amy Poehler say she was actually going to hell? Did Couric totally rip off a very famous Madeleine Albright quote about a basketball?
If you are confused, don’t worry. Here are some GIFs from Mean Girls to help explain.
Conor Kennedy, the 18-year-old son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and second-most-recent ex-boyfriend of Taylor Swift (right behind Harry Styles from One Direction), was arrested yesterday for protesting at the White House.
Big Apple Idolatry
Tonight at 10p.m., CBS airs the Grammy Awards Nomination Concert, a splashy special co-hosted by Taylor Swift (whose album Red, despite having come out in 2012, won’t be recognized this year due to the eligibility calendar). So who will be nominated? We have a few minimally educated guesses:
– How’s this for a wedding present: Justin Timberlake’s buddy, real estate agent Justin Huchel, filmed a bunch of homeless people wishing the best for the actor/singer and his new bride, Jessica Biel. See, it’s funny because what could the homeless possibly offer Hollywood royalty except wishes? Not everyone thinks this joke is in good taste, but then they probably haven’t seen Biel’s wedding dress. (Video after the jump.)
Taylor Swift, our generation’s kinder, gentler Alanis, has broken her silence about the 2010 song in which she broke her silence about John Mayer. Though the tune “Dear John” alludes to the age difference between the country singer and her elder pop-rock paramour, his bad history in relationships, and, well, his name, Taylor Swift is Read More