Drake, Rihanna, and the Curse of the Celebrity Couple Tattoo

Hollywood’s on-again-off-again “it” couple, Rihanna and Drake, have apparently gotten matching tattoos. New celebrity couples sealing the deal with a tattoo is hardly new; rather, it seems like the expected romantic course of action is as follows: (1) Be seen in public and stir up a media frenzy, followed by (2), get some sort of … Continued


Why Bob Dylan Shouldn’t Have Won a Nobel Prize

  Bob Dylan is one of the most beguiling and vital artists in the history of American popular music, but he doesn’t deserve a Nobel prize in literature, because what he does is not literary. Literature is something that exists to be read. To be blunt about it, Dylan’s lyrics are close to being unreadable. … Continued


JT Leroy and the Limits of Postmodern Deception

In the early 1980s, my family and I, living in Newton, a suburb of Boston, were victims of a hoax. A scruffy, boyish young woman, wearing a red hockey jersey emblazoned with the letters “CCCP,” her hair cropped and uneven, “popped out of nowhere,” in my father’s words, while he was conducting a practice for … Continued


A Glimpse of Virtue at a Politically Correct Emmy Awards Show

Amid the predictable left-leaning cant that characterizes most Hollywood awards events (for example: Transparent producer Jill Soloway demanding that we “topple the patriarchy” and actress Kate McKinnon dedicating her award to Hillary Clinton), it’s easy to overlook the best acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards last night: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ tearful and heartfelt tribute to her father, who died … Continued


Raising the Dead

Recently, when footage of a Whitney Houston hologram rocking out with Christina Aguilera on The Voice leaked online, the response was almost universally negative. “It’s not right and it’s not OK,” was the nearly-unanimous reaction. For those of you who innocently believed that Houston’s performing days were over (given that she died in 2012), let us … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Music

Amy Schumer Truthers

Over the weekend, comedian Amy Schumer was in Greenville, South Carolina, for a performance. She decided to take a jog before her show, but when eager fans spotted her and began taking pictures and video of her, things got interesting. One man evidently got too close to Schumer, who claims that when she asked him to … Continued


Celebrities and Their Terrible Non-Problems

Rich people, Hollywood actresses, and the media elite like to think they understand the struggles faced by middle and working class Americans. And very often, they try to act as if they share those difficulties. Gwyneth Paltrow is the poster child for such behavior. Her most noted example was when she once publicly said, without … Continued


Are We Too Hard on Kanye?

Why are we fascinated by Kanye West? He has been a dominating force in the music industry ever since he released his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2003, but he’s also been the object of ridicule for stunts such as his infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards interruption of Taylor Swift, which launched a … Continued


The Cult of Ugliness: America’s Celebrity Fashion Crisis

“Contemporary art has made a cult of ugliness,” British philosopher Roger Scruton once wrote. Looking at Hollywood award shows this season, I think the same can be said of contemporary celebrity fashion culture in America.  And it’s not just at awards shows. At last year’s gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, whose … Continued

Celebrities, Fashion

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Laissez-Faire Marriage Plans

Fresh off his “Best Actor” Golden Globes win for his role in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio finds himself in a minor maelstrom surrounding his stated views on having children. From the New York Daily News: “Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this?” he replied to a query about … Continued