A former White House speechwriter and Stanford alum, Erin Vargo has ghostwritten on behalf of political, creative and corporate clients (including executives at Disney, Ernst & Young, and Cisco Systems). She currently specializes in ghostwriting memoirs and autobiographies. Erin lives in Texas along with a stash of her favorite books and shoes.

When Ratings Matter More than Manners

Cara Delevingne was interviewed on Good Day Sacramento last week as part of her press tour for her movie, Paper Towns. What might have been a run-of-the-mill exchange escalated into an exchange of barely veiled insults. When Delevingne was asked whether she, being “so busy,” had actually read the book that the movie was based … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Television

The Unlikely Virtue in Celebrity Twitter Wars

Nicki Minaj surely understood that she was lobbing a social media grenade when she confronted MTV on Twitter, strongly condemning their decision to snub her record-breaking video, “Anaconda,” in the Video of the Year category. Her comments were brief (per the nature of Twitter) and damning. If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda … Continued


RIP “Manly” Journalists—and Good Riddance

  Fellow columnist Mark Judge published an article on Acculturated on Monday with the sensational title—“Where Have All the Manly Journalists Gone?” In describing his father, a 30-year veteran writer and editor of National Geographic, along with a number of high-profile men in the field, Judge advances his personal and highly biased understanding of journalistic … Continued


Kim K Cover Shows ‘Rolling Stone’ Doesn’t Care About Rock ‘n Roll

Sinead O’Connor spoke out against Rolling Stone’s July cover model, Kim Kardashian, on her official Facebook account yesterday: The post drew tens of thousands of likes, comments, and shares, and no shortage of insults. O’Connor was quickly labeled a “one-hit wonder,” “has-been,” and “irrelevant” by commenters, many of whom were more upset about her use … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Why Kris Jenner (or any Mom) Shouldn’t Dress Like Her Daughter

Kris Jenner was recently spotted wearing a black, bondage-inspired Givenchy bodysuit paired with peep-toe, thigh-high boots—a combination that might have been considered standard style for the sultry “momager”—except that the same outfit was worn by daughter, Kim Kardashian West, several months earlier. Jenner added a black blazer to tone it down slightly, but she was … Continued


The Boy Who Cried ‘Abandonment’

On Father’s Day this year, Oliver Hudson (the less famous brother of actress Kate, and son of Goldie Hawn) published a snarky caption on Instagram of a childhood photo of his biological father, Bill Hudson: “Happy Abandonment Day,” he wrote. The post garnered a great deal of attention in the press and prompted a fair … Continued


Bristol Palin Deserves a Lecture About Arrogance, Not Sex

Bristol Palin took to her faith-based blog to announce her second pregnancy yesterday on account of the “constant trolls… !!!” who spread the rumor before she was ready to share it. The announcement comes one month after she called off her wedding to Dakota Meyer (a week before the wedding date), and her tone was … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

Sugar Daddies: Girls Just Want to Have Funds?

There’s an old joke that goes as follows: A man asks a girl if she will sleep with him for a million dollars. She says yes. He then offers her two dollars and she slaps his face, saying, “What do you think I am?” He answers, “I know what you are. We are just haggling … Continued


‘Orange is the New Black’ Emphasizes Sex Over Survival

Netflix released a third season of Orange is the New Black last week, and devoted followers spent the weekend binge-watching all 13 episodes. As with previous seasons, reviews of OINTB were overwhelmingly positive, aside from a handful of critics, who decried the show’s “irresponsible portrayal of men” and the sad irony of a show based … Continued

Entertainment, Television