Eat Pray Love

The Skeptic’s Guide to Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer who has been, in some ways, cursed with great success. Her 2006 book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia was such a raging, zeitgeist-capturing forever-on-the-list bestseller that it, paradoxically, practically erased her decade’s worth of work as an author that could do anything: write the hell out of a short story, books in fiction or nonfiction, and a haunting magazine feature that stays with the reader. Eat, Pray, Love turned Gilbert into “Elizabeth Gilbert” the self-help brand, a woman with a viral TED Talk and the approval of Oprah. And she still has it — she’ll be one of the “life trailblazer” speakers on Oprah’s eight-city “The Life You Want Empowerment Tour” in the fall. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘The Signature of All Things’ and ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert Defends Female Readers

Elizabeth Gilbert’s engrossing new novel, The Signature of All Things, is the story of a 19th-century botanist named Alma Whittaker. Janet Maslin noted in her generally positive New York Times review that Alma is the sort of “serious” woman who might “never have read the 19th-century equivalent of Ms. Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Since she has no interest in fiction, she might sniff at The Signature of All Things, too.” I’m not sure she’s quite right, since the book is a rousing account of female intellectual development, which in many ways is also the subject of Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert was kind enough to talk to Flavorwire by phone about the book and some of those themes last week. Here’s what she said. … Read More

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10 Books That Should Be Challenged Instead of ’50 Shades of Grey’

Every year, we hear about the hugely depressing spectacle of books being challenged and removed from American libraries and schools because someone out there objects to their content (usually on the grounds of depictions of people enjoying themselves in bed.) This week it was hugely successful erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey, which has been removed from the shelves of libraries in parts of Florida for its depictions of, y’know, people having sex. Absurd as the whole situation is, it did get us thinking about some books that are far more deserving of being removed from library shelves than EL James’s sexual exploits. Obligatory disclaimer: we’re of course not in the market for banning any books, but we’d much prefer to find the kiddies reading 50 Shades of Grey than any of this lot. … Read More

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Literature’s 10 Best-Dressed Characters

[Editor’s note: Flavorwire is counting down our most popular features of 2010. This post comes in at position number 6It was originally published August 4, 2010.] If you’re the kind of person who’s into transformational mid-life journeys told with self-deprecating charisma, the you’re probably pretty psyched about the forthcoming film version of Eat Pray Love. And you may also have some of the film’s myriad product tie-ins on your shopping list: The adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s wildly popular memoir has been franchised into everything from candles to tea to perfume. Designer Sue Wong has even launched a line of Eat Pray Love-branded clothing. But since her costume-y designs are leaving us a bit cold, we couldn’t help but thinking about which of our favorite literary characters might provide better sartorial inspiration. After the jump, peruse our list of literature’s best-dressed figures and leave your own suggestions in the comments. … Read More

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Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Chick Flick

Eat Pray Love is one of those zeitgeisty books that seems to have actually created an army of readers in its image: educated, divorced, middle-aged women with a hankering to “find themselves” in Europe and Asia. In fact, fans have been so enthusiastic that they landed the book’s Balinese healer in the hospital. (Or maybe he’s just really old. You decide.) Now, as one of the summer’s most anticipated chick flicks, it promises to win even more converts. In fact, it occurs to us that lots of other popular lady films have spoken loudest to certain kinds of women with certain subconscious desires. And, with that in mind, it’s time to stereotype you by your favorite chick flick. (For the record, we thoroughly enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada.) … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds at Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we listened to Steve Jobs snark back at journalists and announce free iPhone cases for all. We geared up for Inception with a roundup of sci-fi films that mess with characters’ heads, literally. We watched Ariel Pink make the familiar strange in his “Mistaken Wedding” music video and welcomed… Read More

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What's on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we took a virtual tour of New York’s sculptural street art. We looked at 15 Venn diagrams that were supposed to explain the Internet’s fascination with Venn diagrams. We were happy to discover Pauly Shore is not only still alive, but having really awkward one-night stands. We wondered what… Read More

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