Pity Our Overconfident Celebrities

The Dunning-Kruger effect is defined as a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority. In other words, it’s when dumb as rocks folks think they’re brilliant. We all know people who suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect: spin instructors, mommy bloggers, anti-vaccination zealots, essential oil peddlers, people who shop at Whole Foods. Nearly … Continued


Anne Hathaway Achieves Enlightenment—Sort of

Apparently fish do need bicycles. That might be the conclusion from Anne Hathaway’s recent interview with Elle. The actress who seems to have it all—a blockbuster career and a lovely family—told the magazine that her husband Adam Shulman “changed my ability to be in the world comfortably. I think the accepted narrative now is that … Continued


What Iggy Pop Taught Me About Depression

Post Pop Depression, the acclaimed new album by rock icon Iggy Pop, is partly about grief. Pop recorded the album while he was mourning the death of his longtime friend and collaborator, David Bowie; as Pitchfork reviewer Stuart Berman described, “Post Pop Depression is awash in a fog of melancholy.” It makes perfect sense that … Continued

Celebrities, Music

Why Disney is Trying to Teach its Child Stars “Life Skills”

The Coreys didn’t have access to Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter at the height of their fame. And yet, both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman struggled despite having all the trappings of success. The 1980s teen stars appeared in some of the decade’s biggest films, including Stand By Me (Feldman) and The Lost Boys (Haim, Feldman). … Continued


Ivanka Trump’s Car Seat “Scandal”

News flash: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump let their kids ride in the presidential motorcade without car seats. Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my! Apparently, there aren’t enough important things going on in the world to prevent this from becoming headline news, with CNN devoting an entire story to the possibility that this event … Continued


Why Sarah Silverman Is Wrong about Motherhood and Sacrifice

Comedian Sarah Silverman doesn’t have children, and she wants the whole world to know why. “As a comic always working & on the road,” she recently tweeted, “I have had to decide between motherhood & living my fullest life & I chose the latter.” As a comic always working & on the road I have … Continued