10/20/15 2:26pm
Judah Friedlander photo by Yoko Haraoka

Judah Friedlander
photo by Yoko Haraoka

Most of the time, setting up a celebrity interview (whether to promote a TV show, movie, book, whatever) results in an extended series of emails between publication and publicist; it is very rare for the subject at hand to become directly involved. And so it was with no small amount of surprise that—after emailing back and forth with a representative from Hachette, the publishing company behind comedian Judah Friedlander’s new book If the Raindrops United—I received a text reading:

Hi. Its Judah. I think ur interviewing me and want to come to a show of mine. Let me know the details. Thx

The surprise came not because the text was unwelcome—in fact, it’s much easier to set up a meeting with someone directly, rather than through a third party, no matter how helpful that third party is—but because it is so, so rare for any well-known person (let alone someone who was featured for seven seasons on one of the most acclaimed television shows ever, as Friedlander was in 30 Rock) to actually deal with the minutiae of promoting him- or herself. But within minutes of meeting Friedlander (a day after a flurry of helpful, friendly texts), it was easy to see that the comedian is something of a rare breed: open, warm, helpful, and generous with his time in the service of promoting a project about which he feels strongly.  (more…)

10/09/15 1:31pm
No matter how well-manicured your bush, you still might need oil.

No matter how well-manicured your bush, you still might need oil.

I love beauty products. I rarely have more fun than when I am slathering on a face mask or applying new lipstick or literally anything having to do with creams or oils or tinctures. Maybe it’s the amateur astrologist in me, but I just really like the idea of playing around with potions. But while there’s plenty of different salves to apply to my skin and deep conditioners to put on my hair, I’ve long wondered (or, you know, never really thought about, despite being a huge fan of my vagina and how it works) how to take care of the hair below my belt. Enter: Fur Oil. (more…)

01/20/14 12:11pm


In the first two seasons of Girls, the third episode always wound up being one of the most talked about of the season. In the first season, we discovered that Hannah had HPV and that she liked to dance to Robyn in her bedroom. Hannah! Just like us some people! In the second season, Hannah did a ton of coke off a toilet seat and ran around New York in a neon mesh tank top all in the name of stunt journalism. Hannah! Just like us some people! And this episode is also sure to be one that’s talked about a lot (and not just because of Gaby Hoffman’s full bush and thigh bruises), but because the appearance of Hoffman as Adam’s sister Caroline goes a long way to explaining why Adam is not only drawn to Hannah when she’s flailing and spiraling, but also why he has such a driving urge to save her. It all comes back to our families, you guys. They fuck us up.


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