I Read I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To So You Don't Have To

“Hmmm...” said the man behind the counter at McNally Jackson as he looked at the book I was buying while he rang up my purchase. There was the cover, loud and proud: I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules for Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After. “It’s for work,” I responded, with a high laugh I… » 4/16/15 12:50pm 4/16/15 12:50pm

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Will Be a Movie and Reese Witherspoon Will Be in It

Apparently Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is the best selling non-fiction hardcover book of all-time (excepting the Bible and Koran) with over 7 million copies in circulation. So naturally, Hollywood is going to try and make some cash off of the title by turning it into a movie. Much like the vomitrocious … » 6/22/12 6:10pm 6/22/12 6:10pm

Self-Help Books Are Not Just For Desperate Twits

Jessica Simpson is self-help book enthusiast. "I am the first person to go to Barnes & Noble and buy the new self-help book," she says. You're shocked, we're sure, that J. Simp perpetuates the concept of self-help reader as sad sack single girl desperate for a man/learning the meaning of life through shoe purchasing.… » 12/04/08 4:00pm 12/04/08 4:00pm

How The He's Just Not That Into You Guy Actually Helped Me Get Over My (Married) (Strip Club DJ) Ex-Boyfriend

Tormented? Driven witless? 99 problems but therapy bills ain't one? Welcome to "Save Your Life, Cheap!" in which we write about the dumb things that get America's uninsured through hard times. AA meetings, James Joyce, Ani di Franco, suicide hotlines…anything nonalcoholic can apply, the more embarrassing the better.… » 6/26/08 3:30pm 6/26/08 3:30pm

John Prescott's Ugly Common Person's Guide To Coping With Eating Disorders

Remember that deputy Prime Minister who resigned two years ago with Tony Blair only to resurface a year and a half later with a memoir about his decades-long struggle with bulimia? The British press sure does! And while coverage of this confession has generally fallen into the category of "merciless mockfest", an… » 6/19/08 1:00pm 6/19/08 1:00pm

25 Things All Women Should Learn To Do Already

In honor of its 75th anniversary the May Esquire has a big pullout feature called "75 Skills Every Man Should Master." The premise — Magazines! Lists! — is not exactly revolutionary, and the "skills," such as practicing "brand loyalty to at least one product" and "making three different bets at a craps table" are not… » 4/25/08 3:00pm 4/25/08 3:00pm

"Quarterlife" Vs. The "Return Of Saturn": Which Existential Crisis Is More Stupid?

I will never forget the first time I noticed the term "Quarterlife crisis." I was about to turn 25 and I had just left a big-time newspaper job in Los Angeles to try magazine writing (and phone sex!) in Philadelphia. I was in the throes of a really really wise platonic-romantic entanglement with someone twenty years… » 3/25/08 12:00pm 3/25/08 12:00pm

Auntie Anne Has More Secrets Where That Pretzel Recipe Came From...

Auntie Anne just wrote a memoir. Why the fuck would you want to read a book about the life of Auntie Anne? Well, see, she's a centimillionaire motorcycle enthusiast who grew up a Mennonite in Amish country. She met her husband through a youth group, and married as a teenager. Her second daughter was run over by a… » 1/04/08 5:20pm 1/04/08 5:20pm