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Yesterday, Esquire writer Ned Hepburn published an open letter to actress Jennifer Lawrence, and, in the long tradition of open letters (celebrity-related or otherwise), it fucking sucked. Which, sure. That makes sense, right? Anyone who thinks highly enough of themselves to think that they have the right to give advice to someone they don't even know, it sort of goes without saying that such a person will only be able to offer words that are,...
"Whose Brooklyn Is It, Anyway?" asked A.O. Scott in the New York Times this weekend. The film critic took a trip down Brooklyn's memory lane—reminiscing about the borough's on-screen persona in such TV shows as Welcome Back Kotter and movies like Do the Right Thing—in an effort to put Brooklyn's rapidly changing demographics into some sort of historical perspective. The genesis of Scott's nostalgia-trip was director Spike Lee's recent rant against gentrification and its negative effects on...
Just a few days after another model went public with her accusations against Terry Richardson, brands like Equinox and H&M, which had had long relationships with the photographer, announced that they would no longer work with Richardson. While Richardson has been accused before of impropriety during his photo shoots, he has never responded directly to accusations, and both he and his career have seemed impervious to any and all allegations directed his way. This...
So lately, open letters from celebrities have been hard to escape. Attention-starved, well-meaning men and women of various degrees of fame have been unleashing their opinions (usually on the topic of one Miley Cyrus) to the world at large, in the hopes of...well, what exactly? In the hopes of getting Miley's attention? Probably not. Probably it's more about getting the attention of, well, everyone else because these are, after all, open letters. But so, just...

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