Ins & Outs for December 2010

OUT IN
Greece Germany
Mount Athos Greece
Kate Middleton’s ghastly mother Camilla Parker-Bowles
decorative political morons the end of Christine O’Donnell
the Burmese military Aung San Suu Kyi
limos Town Cars
less getting to know the royal couple let’s have the wedding already
Tavi: child fashionista Karl Lagerfeld in every capacity
the red carpet Lagerfeld’s private lunch with Princess Caroline in “Lagerfeld Confidential”
robocalls Shepard Fairey’s Suu Kyi poster
Vampire squid and your mortgage Matt Taibbi: an expert on both
In Treatment: new season In Treatment’s “Sunil” character
Spain Italy
Portugal Spain
Animal shelters need $$$ now: give Zenyatta: the magnificent racehorse
freak pets that end up in shelters fish: always room for a bowl
hopping Asian carp The first ever Census of Marine Life
Law and Order: LA Law and Order: SVU
Facebook The Facebook Movie
letting Buck House slowly collapse weak jobless “recovery” throughout Europe & NA
George Michael not making music Nicki Minaj
subway streetcar
The Event: I give up Oprah Abandonment Syndrome
the dying art of hiding schlock embarrassing bits on iPod lists: Tom Jones, anyone?!?
CNN BBC
Marc Jacob’s “Bang” campaign Creed: Spice and Wood visuals
Kathy Griffin (just kidding) Cher
Thierry Mugler’s “Angel” Solange Azagury-Partridge lips ring
Blackglama PETA
interviewing MJ’s kids journalistic ethics: get some
judges lawyers
doctors nurses
Mick Jagger Keith Richards
Sarah Palin, forever Hillary is all that remains

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10 Responses to “Ins & Outs for December 2010”

  1. Blattman says:

    OUT: Arachnophobia; IN: Me getting some sleep at night… ;)

  2. Liz says:

    Why does no one mention Kate Middleton’s father? He looks handsome. Please advise.

    • Erin O'Brien says:

      No one mentions the father because 1) he dresses and behaves appropriately and 2) he has an intact, middle-class family. The mother chews gum in front of the Queen and wears blue jeans and horrible black heels to announce the wedding her of her daughter to Prince William. Also, she has the most disgustingly chav family: they are like something out of a Sue Townsend novel. Whereas the father eats with a knife and fork.

  3. Liz says:

    Further Question: It strikes me that Tavi is an unusually fine fashion writer, for someone of any age. Surely the senior fashion writers who say they’re ticked off that she’s a “novelty” or who imply that she has no fashion judgement are just jealous of the fact that she’s such a good writer? “…crumpled pastel dresses that looked as if they’d been stained with tears at Calvin Klein” is pretty smart and funny.

    • Erin O'Brien says:

      You are probably right. It is very hard not to be jealous of a child with one of so few arts journalism jobs out there. Critics of Tavi would say that she is too young to write with depth: she couldn’t possibly have assimilated centuries of the histories of fashion and art. You can’t be 15 and have the insights of an Adam Gopnik or Anthony Lane. But then, why shouldn’t there be room for another voice? OK. IN: Tavi, fashionista.

  4. Liz says:

    The only other person who I know who has such a gift for the apt comparison is YOU! I think Tavi is also a prodigy. It’s quite possible. And, if her parents are writing for her, then they’re pretty damn exceptional writers too.

  5. Tim Van Huss says:

    I am so goddamn jealous that you are so goddamn smart Erin. I want to be remembered in some small way when you are famous. I think that you actually are already, I will continually think that you are using a some pseudonym and are in fact a noted, brilliant, cerebral &; famous commentator on pop culture. Would you PLEASE reveal yourself as this is starting to make me angry.

    That being said I caught a show on my local community radio station on Matt Taibbi of him addressing an audience on his recent writing about the financial meltdown. He did an excellent job at breaking it down. I did not realize that as a journalist he spent a lot of time in Russia working odd jobs and writing about the disaster capitalism popularized by your fellow Canadian Naomi Klein. He worked as miner and different odd jobs after Russia was “democratized” and spoke a lot about how many of the old regime party faithful remained in power and how much they still do and all the spin about how democracy and capitalism has worked in the part of the world when the same people still hold all the wealth and the poor still have nothing to eat.

    Also, I like CNN being out and the BBC being in. I listen to the BBC quite a bit because that is the only way you find out what is happening in the states. Al Jazeera is also a good way to find out what happens in the States (and what the REAL opinion of the middle-east is of westerners).

    Excellent post…who are you really? If you are famous already I deserve to bask in your celebrity!

    • Erin O'Brien says:

      Hi Tim: I’m just me, believe me, no secret celebrity, but thanks for your kind remarks!

      I love Matt Taibbi. In addition to being a brilliant analyst of economics, he is hysterically funny. I have his first few books.

      Naomi Klein went to my university and people are very proud of her success. She was the editor of the school paper when I wrote there! NO LOGO was absolutely brilliant, and she was so young when it came out. I agree, she shares many of Taibbi’s good qualities.

  6. Sister Wolf says:

    I love Matt Taibbi too. I love the little space between his teeth.

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