Posts Tagged: milestones

Celebrating One Year of Prince George, My Favorite Celebrity

Exactly one year ago, the Royal Baby bravely maneuvered his way out of the Royal Birth Canal—today is Prince George of Cambridge’s first birthday.

I know this, because I love this baby. I love him. I’m normally pro-baby—I’m certainly not anti-baby—but I look at George’s pouty Winston Churchill face and feel inappropriately, irrationally attached, like I secretly birthed him and then was made to forget it by the powers that be in a convoluted Doctor Who subplot. I have no interest in I Wanna Marry Harry, but I’d seriously consider attending the casting call for I Wanna Kidnap Prince George, Rename Him Rusty Obama McFreedom, and Flee the Country, But [...]


10 Years, Actually

Ten years ago this week, A.O. Scott reviewed Love Actually in the New York Times:

The film's governing idea of love is both shallow and dishonest, and its sweet, chipper demeanor masks a sour cynicism about human emotions that is all the more sleazy for remaining unacknowledged. It has the calloused, leering soul of an early-60's rat-pack comedy, but without the suave, seductive bravado. The worst kind of cad is the one who thinks he's really a sensitive guy deep down.

Nice try, Mr. Scott, but Love Actually is a movie overflowing with so much joy that what bubbles over shields it from all criticisms. Rowan Atkinson [...]


"I felt lighter and better, and all those clichéd things."

You know, at least I’m not lying saying “my girlfriend” anymore. And in all fairness, all my girlfriend jokes — for anybody who thinks, Oh, that’s sad, he had to make up whole stories — I didn’t make up whole stories; they were real stories, I just changed the gender. And by the way, if that doesn’t prove how much same-sex couples are the exact same as heterosexual couples, not once in my career did anyone ever hear a story I told and say, “Wait a second, that doesn’t sound like anything we … ” It’s all the same.

Vulture interviewed comedian Todd Glass (Louie, The Sarah Silverman Program) about [...]


This Is The Day Before 40

“July 18th” read the email that appeared a couple of weeks ago at the top of my inbox, so bold-faced and full of promise.

Ah, the day before my 40th birthday, I thought; Josh must have something fun planned for My Big Middle-Aged Moment. Dinner at State Bird? A weekend in Big Sur? Ooo, a Billy Joel concert?

Back when 40 sounded as far, far away as 50, I had all sorts of plans, too. Oh, by 40 I was supposed to have been a New Yorker staff writer; a Kenyan-level marathoner; an unselfish mother. (I mean, if a mother at all, which was not so much on my "To [...]


Miss Kansas Is Inked

"Theresa Vail, competing as Miss Kansas, is apparently the first Miss America competitor in the history of the pageant to display her tattoos on stage." [Atlantic Wire]


The Moment Before

1. Outside the art room. Eighth grade. The school hallway walls are yellow and the tile is speckled. You’re younger than me but also taller so you have to lean down a little. I’m not sure how to do this, if I am supposed to stand on my toes, or just wait for your face to get down near mine. I keep my eyes open even though I’m pretty sure the right thing here is closed.

2. Outside my house, side door, on the steps. Nighttime, summer after ninth grade. You’re taller (again), older this time. I’m pretty sure you’ve been waiting for me to signal that it’s okay [...]


10 Years, Actually: Rufus

This is part of a week-long series celebrating the tenth anniversary of Love Actually.

We last saw Rufus in London Heathrow Airport. After helping Sam sneak past security, he gathered his topcoat and proceeded to his gate. New York. Non-stop. He hadn’t been to the city in nearly two decades, but was finally ready to return. After picking up extra holiday shifts at the jewelry store he was able to save enough for a two-week stay. It would be more than enough time find her, he thought. It would even be, perhaps, more than than enough time to fall in love again.

Though he never really fell [...]


Wisdom Shoes: Sex and the City Is 15

Sex and the City, the seminal Darren Star-Michael Patrick King series about New Millenium Womanhood, turns 15 today. To celebrate, we’ve unearthed a long-lost, unfinished draft penned by its sex columnist star, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker).

They say with age comes wisdom—that as we get older, we are wiser. But I’ve been thinking a lot lately about age and wisdom, and about what it means to be wise. Are we wiser because we are older, or is wisdom an ageless beauty? Because when I think about my friends, I don’t think about them being older, just more assured and more fabulous.

Wisdom, I think, is like trying to [...]


Happy Banaversary

Happy 15th Anniversary to former sketch comic Eric Bana and Rebecca Gleeson – I think? I Googled their anniversary for a whole day a few months ago and found one or two references to this date so I set an alarm in my phone to remind me of when it was. It happens to be one week before his birthday as well, which is FOR SURE August 9. So he probably celebrated his birthday on their honeymoon, which is sweet. Happy early birthday, Eric! The 6' 2 ½" actor will be 44. What else can we say about Eric Bana? Everything?