News broke recently that both 24 and The Hills are now in the midst of their final seasons (24’s final season is currently airing, while MTV will debut the final season of The Hills on April 27th). On the surface, these two shows do not have much in common, but they each hold a soft spot in my heart—at various points in the past, I would have described each of them as “my favorite show on TV”—but I cannot deny that I am now happy to see them go.
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What we read while practicing torch lighting for 2012….
- John S reviewed Lauren Conrad’s latest book, the new best-seller Sweet Little Lies. Conrad went on Good Morning America to promote it. Meanwhile, her old nemesis Heidi Montag announced that she’ll pose for Playboy… again.
- French pop-philosopher Bernard-Henry Levi rips Immanuel Kant in new book; too bad basis for said ripping is a critique of Kant written by a non-existent philosopher who was invented by a satirist. Even if BHL had claimed it was for philanthropic concerns, Kant would not have approved of the lie.
- Leon Wieseltier on why the Internet is hurting young writers. Hey, Leon, help us out with a link! Also at The New Republic, Ruth Franklin on the fading idea of “American” fiction.
- Joe Lieberman is a flip-flopper, kind of.
- If you haven’t yet read the John Mayer Playboy interview–in which he throws out the N-word, calls Jessica Simpson “sexual napalm,” and treats masturbation with a reverence we haven’t seen since one Alexander Portnoy–here’s your chance to catch up for the watercooler. The interviewer to Mayer’s interviewee, Rob Tannenbaum penned his own reaction-to-the-reaction piece for The Daily Beast, criticizing the efforts of those like the usually reliable Stephen Marche at Esquire.
- And because we’re not entirely sure if 1988 was better than 2000 in the dunk contest, a bonus video:
“Interesting,” said Madison, although really, it wasn’t interesting at all.—Sweet Little Lies
When we last left the loosely life-like literary creations of Lauren Conrad, they were deeply mired in controversy. Our heroine, Jane Roberts, had just slept with her boyfriend’s best friend and, once the tabloids had gotten hold of the photographic evidence of the affair, absconded to Mexico with her reality TV co-star, Madison Parker. Unbeknownst to Jane, however, it was Madison who had the photos taken and delivered to Gossip magazine in exchange for more publicity.
Does this sound interesting? Because really, it’s not interesting at all.
Any regular viewer of The Hills, the real-life inspiration for L.A, Candy and now Sweet Little Lies, knows that a surprising amount of the show consists of nothing happening.* People go to dinner, they go to clubs (usually Les Deux), and they go to work; and then they tell other people about what happened at dinner, at the clubs, and at work. The most interesting aspect of the show, really, is how the show itself affects the reality it captures. How does having your life put on TV affect that life? Continue reading »
So Tim took, among other things, umbrage at my listing the start of the fall TV season as a reason to be excited about September back when we ranked the months. Well, I know it’s not a traditional thing to get excited about, but it’s mildly exciting to get a whole new crop of television shows, not to mention the return of old ones. So, in my defense, here are ten things to be excited about in the Fall 2009 TV Schedule: Continue reading »
L.A. Candy, Lauren Conrad’s first novel, is a book that raises all sorts of important questions. For example, what exactly is “just the right amount of sexy stubble”? What qualifies as “off-the-charts SAT scores”? What is the appropriate attire to wear with a microphone?
In the proud tradition of Jack Kerouac, James Joyce, and Philip Roth, Conrad’s first novel is semiautobiographical: The story follows Jane Roberts as she moves to L.A. to fulfill her dream of becoming an “events planner,” and on the way gets cast as the star of a reality series.
Those looking for a true roman à clef, however, may be somewhat disappointed. While there are clearly some analogs that a seasoned viewer of The Hills cannot miss (“Jesse Edwards”=Brody Jenner, “Hannah”=Whitney, “Fiona Chen”=Lisa Love/Kelly Cutrone) there are no real Heidi or Spencer counterparts and the book isn’t really a thinly veiled tell-all of the “juicy secrets” behind the show.
The most revealing section of the book in that respect may be the Acknowledgments page where, in addition to thanking her “collaborator” Nancy Ohlin, Conrad thanks her “best friends”: Maura, Lo, Jillian, Natania and Britton….Now, I know Lo, but who the hell are those other four?! Eighty percent of Lauren’s BEST FRIENDS are people who I’ve never seen on TV before? Continue reading »