Now that Francine Pascal's young-adult series Sweet Valley High has spawned the recent Sweet Valley Confidential and the new e-book series The Sweet Life, perhaps it's time to explore how your Sweet Valley High gets made. I interviewed Ryan Nerz, 38, author of Eat This Book and the forthcoming MARIJUANAMERICA, and a former ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley High series (in 1998). He talks about how he — a straight man — got inside the heads of teen girls, how smoking pot helped the creative process, and how he wrote his bros into the lives of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.
How did you get into [ghostwriting for [...]
RESULTS: Repeated inhalation of tobacco smoke causes loss of airflow and lung volumes. Marijuana smoke, however, had the opposite effect, increasing both airflow rates and capacity.
CONCLUSION: Unlike cigarette smoke, use of marijuana does not result in lasting respiratory harm.
The exciting news of the day is that pot isn't bad for you, unless it makes you sneak weirdly out of your friends' homes, which is another good reason to turn once again to Caitlin Podiak's informative Cannabis 101. (The full study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is also available here.) A frequent smoker, when asked just now how he feels [...]
"Every Monday night, I get together with my girlfriends — all moms with demanding careers — and get stoned. Then we do yoga." —The Mommyish moms are off with a bang. Or whatever the sound of lighting a joint is. Also: cocaini-pedis, heroitch 'n' bitch, methamphetupperware parties, etc. Now you go.
Marijuana is a hot topic today for some reason. We'll join in to remind you of this 2010 New York Times story about the inner workings of legal pot dispensaries. Or how about the history of marijuana laws in the US? Or ladies who might be fun to meet at a party? And Floyd. And croissants. And scene.
The summer I turned 21 was a bad one. I had just finished at beauty school — more on that here — and was working as some sort of hybrid cosmetic sales rep/office administrator at The Hudson’s Bay Company, in Toronto. I floated from counter to counter based on promotional events — one week, I would be at Clinique for their skincare event, the next at Elizabeth Arden for their “buy one, get one” event. I would spend some days on the floor helping the sales people and the rest of the time in the office crunching numbers for the head office. I was starting to realize I [...]
I'm a terrible waitress. I know this because I’ve been fired from every waitressing job I’ve ever had, and this is not a great thing if you’re an unemployed actor who needs a rent-paying gig that offers both flexibility (for auditions) and enough cash to keep you afloat (between acting jobs). It was 2006, and I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. But then a major TV network flew me from New York to Los Angeles to screen test for a sit-com pilot, and I landed at LAX with $500 to my name and a certainty that THIS was the gig that would finally put me on [...]
In wine country, pot-infused wines are the open secrets that present themselves in unmarked bottles at the end of winemaker dinners and very VIP tours (it bears mentioning that most winemakers are cagey enough to keep the manufacture of such wines far from winery grounds). The wines range in style and intensity as broadly as “normal” wines and winemakers do. Some practitioners of the fruit-forward, higher-alcohol, New World style take a similarly aggressive approach to infusing wine. “I know a winemaker that takes a couple of barrels a year and puts a ton of weed in it and lets it steep, and that wine is just superpotent,” says a James [...]