Vanity Fair

Why Gwyneth Paltrow Will Always Inspire Schadenfreude

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When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin broke the news of their “conscious uncoupling” on GOOP yesterday afternoon, the announcement immediately crashed the lifestyle website and sent the average person into peals of laughter. And after that laughter came the feelings like, “Oh, Gwyneth. It’s too bad you’re getting a separation! Why did you announce it on your lifestyle website, using the most hilarious wording possible? What is a ‘conscious uncoupling,’ and is that better than the way that some people head towards severing a relationship, where they’re throwing vases across the room and having to deal with crazy mediators en route to a divorce?”
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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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2013’s Best Books to Give as Gifts

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If you’ve got a coffee table or bank account big enough to collect all of them, 2013 was a pretty fine year for beautifully packaged books that were interesting reads, but could also make any room look smarter. For those of you who plan to give books as gifts this holiday season, we’ve collected some excellent options published within the past 12 …Read More

The 10 Most Ludicrous Lines from ‘Vanity Fair’s’ Controversial Jessica Chastain Piece

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Late last night, Deadline made some Internet waves by accusing Vanity Fair of pulling a post mildly critical of Jessica Chastain in deference to the Best Actress nominee. The post, which went live on January 25th (just before Oscar voting began), was taken down within 24 hours, and has since been scrubbed from their archives. Deadline’s Nikki Finke assumes a giant conspiracy (of course), but we’re intrigued by VF’s own explanation for the post’s removal: “We took it down because it ran counter to what a number of people at the magazine believed.” Having read the post — written by Deputy Editor Bruce Handy — in its entirety, we’re actually sort of buying that argument. It’s not that Handy’s piece (which Deadline reprints in full) is particularly rude or mean-spirited; it’s that it’s filled with ridiculous arguments and silly assumptions. Here are the ten worst lines.
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