There are a few things I love so dearly that finding out someone doesn’t like them can make it instantly very difficult for me to relate to that person. “By Your Side” by Sade is one of them. The song has magical soothing powers. It’s a bit like being inside during a summer storm, wrapped in a blanket and watching rain graze the windowpane. (You probably shouldn’t tell me if you don’t like it.) —Anna Hadfield
PROBABLY ONE OF MY TOP 10 OR 20 FAVORITE SONGS NO LIE.
While Magic Mike does caution about the dangers of a party lifestyle, the stripping itself is portrayed as sweaty, lucrative fun. There is no shame here, which hopefully will convince audiences to be as uninhibited in their response. Sometimes a guilty pleasure is just a pleasure.
Louis wrote a long, wonderful review of Magic Mike for BlackBook.
All of the cats and dogs in the world have evolved to the top of the food chain and enslaved the human race. You have concocted separate poisons to kill the species, but only have enough raw materials to eliminate one.
And I remember when I met him, it was so clear that he was the only one for me. We both knew it, right away. And as the years went on, things got more difficult- we were faced with more challenges. I begged him to stay. Try to remember what we had at the beginning. He was charismatic, magnetic, electric and everybody knew it. When he walked in every woman’s head turned, everyone stood up to talk to him. He was like this hybrid, this mix of a man who couldn’t contain himself. I always got the sense that he became torn between being a good person and missing out on all of the opportunities that life could offer a man as magnificent as him. And in that way I understood him and I loved him. I loved him, I loved him, I loved him.
I put together this playlist of some of the best songs from Nora Ephron movies, from the underseen Cookie to Andie MacDowell’s song from Michael to the most obvious selections from You’ve Got Mail. Enjoy.
This was here, for We’ve Got Mail in February. Nora reached out to us wanting to help with the event and raise some money for Housing Works; getting an unexpected email from Nora Ephron was one of the best, coolest things that has happened to me at this job. She was wonderful and will be missed.
One of the most wonderfully surreal moments of my time in New York was entering the Upper East Side building where her office was housed. She had personally assembled a collection of signed You’ve Got Mail memorabilia to be raffled off at our event and I was directed to pick it up in the lobby, where I rummaged through the oversized yellow orthopedic shoe store bag (I actually held Nora’s oversized yellow orthopedic shoe store bag!) to find a signed poster, DVD, and tote. I thought it would be painful to give the items away at our event, but being in a room filled with over 300 delighted Nora Ephron fans made parting with it—being able to share it—an honor.
I wrote a little something about why Nora Ephron meant so much to me for BlackBook.
You're in a sandwich line with Beyonce and Rihanna. Bey orders the tuna salad. Ri orders the egg salad. Neither of them has enough money to pay for their sandwich, but you have enough for yours and a second.
So this is Lunchtime Poll: a daily hypothetical question to be answered creatively and humorously and as best as you possibly can. Answer your best answer, live your best life, then read the best responses at the end of every week.
Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild comes out this weekend and, obviously, I’m very into its score – which was used in the trailer. Since it isn’t streaming or available for purchase, I’m currently ~dealing~ by listening to the scores to Zeitlin’s short films Glory at Sea and Death to the Tinman (the former being the inspiration for Beasts).
He wrote them. He directed them. He composed the scores. He’s 29.