September 7th, 2021

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Reddit Ask : What is the worst book you’ve ever read (and why?)

reddit user idontdigdinosaurs asked "What is the worst book you’ve ever read and why?" I picked some at random but if you wanna read the full thread you can click on the source.

- 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
"Couldn't believe how poorly written this check-out aisle trash was. Just page after page of no substance and finding new ways to describe genitalia."

- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
"Basically bro culture disguised as philosophy. Pure junk."

- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
"A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and NOT because it’s “heartbreaking”. It isn’t, it’s numbing; an exercise in torture porn. She takes a character and debases him as much as she physically can, but balances it with “oh he’s brilliant at everything and everyone loves him, but he has a hard life”. It’s empathy as written by someone who’s never experienced it, which it turns out is just cruelty. At some point I started to think “you could’ve just not written this story – you had that option.” It’s over 700 pages of slapping a character around because the author feels like it. Yanagihara grabs you by the throat and says “I WILL make you cry” and my reaction was “I’m not going to cry just because you tell me to”. It’s all tell, no show. “Oh let me tell you how AWFUL Jude’s life is”. Do you have to? There’s a Simpsons episode in which Bart and Lisa host a news show for kids and Bart starts doing sappy human interest stories for ratings. When Lisa criticises him he responds “I’m sorry you couldn’t feel for him” to which she replies “You didn’t feel for him either, you big phoney!” That’s my relationship with A Little Life: it’s a sanctimonious novel that dares you not to feel for a character that it clearly doesn’t care about. It’s an abusive book, not in that abuse is depicted but in that the relationship between author and character is abusive; it’s the literary equivalent of pulling the wings off a fly out of psychopathic curiosity. I found myself hoping Jude would die to save him from being written about. It’s just awful, grating, nasty claptrap. Hateful, purile, vindictive nonsense without meaning. American Psycho is a disgusting book that many people can’t get through, and I totally understand why, but all the pornographic violence in that has a point. A Little Life has absolutely no point to make.

The writing is sometimes nice. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt at times."

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what's the worst book you've read??

Camila Cabello Covers Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U

For some reason Camila Cabello decided to cover Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U during her BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge performance.

SOURce + full performance

Caitlyn Jenner Has Commitment Issues About Texas’ Abortion Law

It looks like Caitlyn Jenner has commitment issues while discussing Texas’ new law effectively banning abortions after 6 weeks.

Talking with CNN she says, “I am for a woman's right to choose. I am also for a state having the ability to make their own laws. So I support Texas in that decision, that's their decision.”

The Olympian turned reality star and now politician is currently polling at 1% in race for California governor.


This Week's Soap Promos (Sept 7-10, 2021)

I'm starting to catch up with "Days of Our Lives", thanks to the new "Beyond Salem" mini-series and my fave soap blogger from back in the day being hired as a new writer on DOOL. As such, I figured I'd try to revive weekly soap posts.

This week on "Days of Our Lives"

DOOL Spoilers

This week on "General Hospital"

GH Spoilers

I've mostly been enjoying GH lately (granted, I only watch select clips of select stories on YT). Dreading what's to come tho. Peter still being alive (not that I'm remotely surprised, just DEEEEEEEPLY annoyed) The Carly/Jason union and then Maurice Bernard (Sonny) threatening his Sonny's explosive reaction at being "betrayed" (they thought you were fucking dead and no one betrayed anyone by trying to keep you awful "business afloat). Wish they used the "Sonny's dead/has amnesia" story as a chance to finally bury the mob storyline.

This week on "The Young & the Restless"

Y&R Spoilers

#TeamSally but only because I love the actress from her work on the game "Control". Haven't actively watched it since Josh Griffin took over again.

This week on "The Bold & the Beautiful"

B&B Spoilers

I love the Sheila character and her history from the 90's but it's really hard the enjoy the character now knowing what a MAGAt that Kimberlin Brown is. Admittedly, it's been well over a decade since I last actively watched B&B.

I hope I can fulfill's IsntDaveOne's legacy. <3

Mods, this is my first post. I hope I did everything right.

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Unsolved Mysteries: who is Max Davis?

Okay, ONTD detectives, it's time to investigate an unsolved mystery!

In Mindy Kaling's essay Big Shot, she says that in 2016 she spent the holidays with her family in Honolulu. While having Christmas dinner at Duke's in Waikiki, the waiter told her that another celebrity was having dinner at the same restaurant.

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Source: my Amazon account and my kindle

In More Formula 1 Silly Season News, George Russell Signs Long-Term Contract with Mercedes 🏎 💷

Another totally surprising, unexpected, unbelievable, didn't see that coming, unforeseen, unpredicted, unanticipated, startling update, George Russell will be going from a Williams to join Sir Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes-AMG Petronas after Valtteri Bottas's tenure with the team will end this season. Oh by the way, Russell signed a long-term contract as opposed to Valtteri's constant one-years, but this also could signify that they need to prepare for Hamilton's retirement and his contract will be reviewed at the end of the 2022 season.

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Sir Lewis's IG

For our one George Russell stan, I promise to try to not be too mean. Also, I can't believe I'm fucking obsessed with motorsport now. Well, whatever it's a pandemic, anything can happen. 🤷🏾‍♀️
Wanda Gasp

New Books Hitting Shelves This Week

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers.

Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly’s daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea’s line. Determined to save what’s left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back.

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Michelle Branch to mark 20 years of 'The Spirit Room' with virtual concert

Michelle Branch's major-label debut album, The Spirit Room, turned 20 last month, and the 38-year-old singer-songwriter is ready to celebrate. This Friday, September 10 at 8pm CT, she will perform the album in its entirety for a special livestream hosted by Moment House, followed by a virtual Q&A. (Tickets are $10!)

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Branch has also revealed plans to release a rerecorded, 20th Anniversary Edition of The Spirit Room on vinyl. To tease the project, she dropped the 20th Anniversary Edition of album cut "You Get Me" last week.

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Despite debuting at number 28 in the US with sales of 68,000, The Spirit Room made Branch a star, spawning three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Everywhere (#12), "All You Wanted" (#6) and "Goodbye to You" (#21)—and going on to be certified double platinum by the RIAA.

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What's your favorite song off The Spirit Room?

Christy Carlson Romano Alludes To Katy Perry Stealing Her Record Deal

From Christy's Throwback Kitchen to now sharing personal details about her life, in Romano's latest YouTube video, the 'Even Stevens' actress shares how she was once in the process of leaving broadway to pursue a music career.

She explains that she was paired to work with The Matrix. She was given a song she loved and wanted to record called, 'Just A Song,' which had Katy Perry on the demo. She says she recorded the song and then shortly afterwards met Katy herself over dinner with songwriter friends. She explains this is before Katy Perry became "Katy Perry" and was pursuing her own record deal. Christy says she was excited to meet her because she loved her voice, the song, and while she knew Katy was searching for her own deal, she didn't see her as competition at the time.

Christy then tells Katy over dinner about her own development deal with Jason Flom and that she recorded Katy's demo for Just A Song.

Not even one month later, Christy Carlson Romano was told she no longer had a deal and that Katy Perry had a development deal with Jason Flom.

Christy says it's possible they had already been talking or her own conversation inspired Katy to seek out Jason, she says she isn't certain.

She ends her video by saying she has no "ill feelings" towards Katy Perry, that she loves her voice, and that ultimately she's happy that she is not a recording artist herself. She adds that Katy Perry worked hard on her craft and deserved the contract over her.

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Sunmi ~ phone

Anya Taylor-Joy for InStyle’s October Beauty Issue

  • In this interview, Anya talks about growing up "feeling like people didn't like or trust me because they couldn't put me in a box. I was always the Argentine girl in England. I was the English girl in America (...) so I never really fully belonged."

  • Says "I never feel like I'm resting on my laurels, because I don't realize I have them yet."

  • She also talks about how despite being overworked or stressed, she feels very privileged and lucky. "But I still don't really think I get it. Every time I see my face on a billboard, I have a sharp intake of breath."

  • Taylor-Joy tells the magazine that she's learned recently that you have to do what makes you feel good, not what other people tell you should make you feel good.

  • To no one's surprise, her favorite holiday is Halloween, and her all-time favorite costume was Mia Wallace from "Pulp Fiction".

  • She will star alongside Margot Robbie and Christian Bale in David O. Russell's new film, play Furiosa in the prequel to Mad Max, and, this month, co-star with Jojo Rabbit's Thomasin McKenzie in Edgar Wright's stylish psychological thriller "Last Night in Soho".

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Frankie Jonas Convinces a Bunch of Influencers to Pose with His Scientology Necklace

Frankie Jonas is getting major backlash after participating in a TikTok trend where he had some huge influencers pose with his Scientology necklace.

The now deleted video lives on Twitter features popular TikTok stars Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Noah Beck, LILHUDDY and Olympian Suni Lee.

oh god their publicists must be having a field day lol

The View: Season 25 Back in Studio, Hot Topics

Panel is Whoopi, Joy, Sunny, Sara

New season, new music


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James Wan Shares First Look at Patrick Wilson in 'Aquaman 2'

  • James Wan, director of Aquaman sequel 'Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom' has shared a behind the scenes look at Patrick Wilson's ocean daddy King Orm.

  • Caption reads: Verified I found this guy @thereelpatrickwilson stranded on a desert beach, doing his Cast Away impression. #Aquaman

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Jake Gyllenhaal Looked Sexy in Venice

Jake Gyllenhaal is out of quarantine and traveling in Italy for the Venice Film Festival. He was promoting his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut The Lost Daughter. He is also starring in the upcoming film The Guilty.

He also ran into someone dressed as his Marvel character.

Which movie are you most excited for?

The Lost Daughter
The Guilty

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Scott Disick, 38, and Amelia Hamlin, 20, break up after Kourtney drama: 'She ended it,' says source

Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin have called it quits after nearly one year together.

"She ended it," one insider shared to Yahoo! "It was bound to happen, but last week's drama probably sped it up."

Disick sent Kourney Kardashian's ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima a direct message on Instagram in which he called her out for showing PDA with current boyfriend, Travis Barker.

Hamlin did not directly address the situation, but on Sunday she wore a top with the message, "Don't you have a girlfriend?"

"Amelia's done with Scott for now. She wants to be strong and to move on. She had had enough and it was time. Her friends are all rallying around her and supporting her through this. Everyone knows she deserves better. She knows it too," an insider told E! News.

"They have been arguing a lot recently and Scott's DMs to Younes really set Amelia over the edge," the source continued. "She was very embarrassed over that whole situation and Scott wasn't very remorseful. It's really hard to date Scott because he will never fully be over Kourtney. It's always a point of contention in every single one of his relationships. The split was a long time coming and many of their friends agree it's for the best."

Hamlin's mother, Lisa Rinna, used a :) emoji on Instagram in a screenshot of an article pertaining to the break up.

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Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly Make Steamy Joke About Airbnb Table That ‘Saw Some Things’

Megan Fox and MGK shared a “racy” post vacation pic.

ONTD: What’s the wildest thing you’ve done on a table? Or at an AirBnB?


Breaking: Britney Spears’ Father Asks Judge to End Her Conservatorship

In a surprising turn of events, Jamie Spears filed a petition on Tuesday to finally put an end to the conservatorship.

Jamie Spears filed a petition with probate judge Brenda Penny, saying that recent events have shown that she “should get that chance” to control her own affairs.

“Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding,” wrote his attorney, Vivian Thoreen.

“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance,” Thoreen wrote.

In a statement to NBC News from Britney's attorney, Mathew Rosengart, called the petition a massive legal victory and “vindication” for Britney.

“It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing — which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel — we will also continue to explore all options,” he continued.

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Tiger King zookeeper Erik Cowie found dead in NYC

53 year old Erik Cowie, known for his appearance on the Netflix show Tiger King, was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment on September 3. No drugs were found at the scene.

Cowie was a zookeeper at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. After Joe Exotic was arrested, Erik stayed at the facility to take care of the animals. He later testified against Joe about animal abuse at the facility.

Artist: Joe Roberts

Trash human attempts to profit from death of Michael K. Williams

Part-time entertainment and liquor entrepreneur (but full-time troll) decides the death of Michael K. Williams is the best moment to not only push his product but also to revive long-ago beef. Leading to a social media slapping by foes and fans alike.
50 Cent but the dragging is free.

And so SO many more.
Artist: Joe Roberts

Megan Thee Stallion assists BTS to another smasheroonie week at Numero Uno

Megan Thee Stallion helps BTS to another unprecedented week at number one on Billboard as ARMY once again does their one and only job, uncaring and unbothered by accusations of buying chart position for their faves.


The Real American Crime Story - Here's A Sneak Peek of RHOSLC's Premiere! (It's Shahmazing!) 🚁

- watch the video y'all!

- but the feds make their Bravo debut. Saw this and immediately wanted to make a post for we can talk shit about the Shahbominable Scheming and those Shahbominable Braids

- so just in time for the upcoming premiere. OP takes back everything she said about the 1st season being mediocre (low key, still kinda was though. Reunion was fire tho) but these heffas will take us to a level that transcends reality television

- "Wait, what if she was on the run?"

- The Feds said, "Who gonna check us, boo?"

- season premieres this Sunday!

Steve and Robin

John Mulaney announces that he and Olivia Munn are expecting on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

• During his appearance on Late Night, Mulaney talked about his year so far.

• The comedian, who is currently playing sold out shows on his "From Scratch" tour, talks about how he went to rehab in September 2020 and moved out of the home he and now ex-wife Anna Marie Tendler shared. In December, Mulaney entered rehab following an intervention, and in spring 2021 he visited LA where he "met and started to date" actress Olivia Munn.

• He went on to say, "I got into this relationship that's really beautiful with someone incredible...and we're having a baby together. I was nervous when I was about to say the news!"

• The relationship was first confirmed to People Magazine in May and the two were photographed together later that summer. It will be the first child for both Munn and Mulaney.