21 Things I Learned from 131 Years of Ladies' Home Journal

Ladies' Home Journal was launched in 1883 by the Philadelphia-based Curtis Publishing Group; over its lifetime, it straddled three centuries. But it's a monthly publication no more—the staff has been gutted and it'll survive as nothing more than a "special interest publication" sold only on newsstands. I.e., a ghost. » 8/21/14 2:40pm 8/21/14 2:40pm

Dolce & Gabbana Ask Anna Wintour to Squash Tax Fraud Exposé

Last year in Italy, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana — the designers who founded luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana — were found guilty of tax fraud. Now they're reportedly trying to squash an exposé to be published by Vanity Fair — and asking Condé Nast artistic director (and Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour… » 8/04/14 3:20pm 8/04/14 3:20pm

This Week in Tabloids: Normals Who Dated A-Listers Spill Sex Secrets

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman heads to the newsstand and picks up the latest issues of Ok!, Star, In Touch, Life & Style and Us so that together we may worship at the altar of Tabloid. This week: Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello continue to be hotter than the hinges of Hell; Jen Garner is… » 7/30/14 3:50pm 7/30/14 3:50pm

This Week in Tabloids: Kim Cries as Kendall Is Declared 'The Hot One'

Welcome back, friends. Once again Callie Beusman assists as we "read" the tabloids so you don't "have" to. This week: Selena Gomez may have gotten boobs for Bieber; Mila Kunis is pregnant and alone; Beyoncé and Jay Z are done for real this time; and Kim Kardashian is in tears because Kendall says "I'm the hot one now." » 7/16/14 3:10pm 7/16/14 3:10pm

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… » 7/15/14 5:43pm 7/15/14 5:43pm

This Week In Tabloids: The Hideously Cruel 'Worst Beach Bodies' Issue

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman assists as we quaff goblets of gossip. This week: There's beef between K. Middy and HRH Liz; George Clooney is one step closer to an "I'll Raise This Baby Alone" cover; and the dreaded "Best and Worst Beach Bodies" issue is fucking awful. » 7/02/14 3:15pm 7/02/14 3:15pm

This Week in Tabloids: Ben Affleck's Gambling Addiction Out Of Control

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman and I slog through the pages of In Touch, Us, Ok!, Life& Style and Star so that together we may inform you of what the tabloids are up to. This week: Cameron Diaz is having a Good Charlotte baby; and Prince Harry's watching reality TV; and Ben "Batman" Affleck… » 6/11/14 3:00pm 6/11/14 3:00pm

The Star of This Week's TIME Cover Is a Rape Pennant

Next week's issue of TIME tackles some pretty heavy issues — rape on college campuses ("We gotta change our school name! Rhinelander Academy for Personal Enlightenment makes a terrible acronym!), the kidnap of 276 Nigerian girls, botched executions. But perhaps most horrifying and unfathomable of all: Joel Stein's kid… » 5/15/14 10:21am 5/15/14 10:21am