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NEWS: Lohan's Interview, Gaga V. Perez, Hostages, Ambush In Egypt, Public Sex Boxes

Road During a post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan confessed to being an "addict", and blamed the start of her troubles on the success that she met immediately following the release of Mean GirlsLindsay Lohan

Road Conflict in Egypt continues to rage on as an ambush claimed the lives of 25 soldiers earlier today in the Sinai Peninsula. 

Road Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton took to Twitter yesterday in an apparent feud after Hilton allegedly tried to enter Gaga's apartment. 

Road Gaga also released the video to her new single, "Applause" today. 

Road The U.S. Navy released a guide for gay service members about same-sex partner benefits

Road Oscar Pistorius appeared in court earlier today and apparently wept during his hearing. His trial is set to begin on March 3rd. 

Road A hostage situation continues as an armed man keeps several people captive in the German city of Ingolstadt. Twitter Feud 

Road Ashton Kutcher's jOBS didn't seem to draw very many crowds this weekend. They were apparently too busy watching The Butler

Road At least 37 people were killed in Bihar, India when an express train crossed tracks at a remote station. 

Road Mexican authorities have captured the leader of a major drug cartel: Mario Ramirez Trevino. 

Road Alexander Skarsgard bared it all on last night's episode of True Blood (ALERT: link contains spoilers).  Prince-shares-breakfast-can-wait-cover-art-featuring-dave-chappelle1-400x400

Road Sen. Rand Paul, who has vowed a "government shutdown" as Obamacare laws take effect, confessed yesterday that he "doesn't think it's a good idea."

Road Prostitutes in Zurich will now be able to offer their services under the cover of private drive-in sex boxes

Road Apparently, Prince has no problem taking a joke...

Road Beyonce dares you to hate on her new hairstyle.

Road Nick Jonas is apparently putting his beefy bod to work for a good cause.

Road While Princess Diana has been dead for over a decade, conspiracy theories surrounding her death are still alive and well. 

Road Russell Simmons had no idea that a "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" might offend a few people.

Naomi Watts' 'Diana' Biopic Has a New Trailer: VIDEO


A new international trailer for the upcoming Princess Diana biopic Diana starring Naomi Watts focuses heavily on Diana's relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, played by Naveen Andrews.


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NEWS: Manning, Dolan, The NSA, Josh Hutcherson's Penis, Baby Puffins

Road A verdict for Bradley Manning should be announced later today. 

Road Thanks to controversy surrounding his most recent escapades of online "sex messaging", Anthony Weiner has dropped to fourth place in a poll published by the Huffington Post. HuffPost also quipped: "Carlos is in danger..."  Josh_hutcherson_nude_leaked_nsfw

Road Meanwhile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has no problem judging gay people, but he refuses to judge Anthony Weiner.

Road Debate has emerged online over a nude photo currently making the rounds in various gossip blogs. Life Of The Rich And Famous claims that the member-in-question belongs to celebrity straight-ally Josh Hutcherson. Others remain unconvinced. 

Road A teacher who recently appeared on an episode of Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island will now be losing her job thanks to an anti-gay slur she used while being filmed. 

Road Home prices are continuing to rise, and this most recent year-to-year jump is the highest that the housing market has experienced since March 2006. Experts cite a drop in foreclosures and fewer houses being left on the market among the chief reasons. 

Road The NSA has announced that it will be declassifying more documents regarding their controversial surveillance programs. 

Road Miley Cyrus released the 'director's cut' of her video for "We Can't Stop". Why do they need a director's cut? To get rid of the product placement, of course!

Road Lea Michele has spoken out for the very first time since the death of Cory Monteith. 

Road Matt Damon stopped by Univision's Despierta America to promote Elysium. Apparently, he doesn't really speak Spanish, but he seems to at least understand it very well...

Road They created a Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino. Seriously...see for yourself. Diana-goop-vf-30jul13-01

Road Neil Patrick Harris took his hubby and kids to the premiere of Smurfs 2. Naturally, the whole family was absolutely adorable.

Road Angelina Jolie topped the list of highest-paid celebrities.

Road Politico recently posted a rather unfortunate typo about Hillary Clinton on its website. 

Road Princess Diana will be gracing the cover of September's Vanity Fair, thanks to her new infant grandson and her upcoming biopic with Naomi Watts. 

Road Drivers in the town of North Berwick, Scotland, are being advised to keep an eye out for young puffins that could be hiding under their vehicles. Scientists say the young puffins settle there after leaving their burrows for the first time. The Scottish Seabird Centre has issued a statement...but who cares?! Baby puffins!!!

It's A Boy! The Duchess Of Cambridge Gives Birth To A Son: VIDEO


The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son weighing in at eight pounds six ounces. The birth of Queen Elizabeth II's first great-grandson was announced first via press release and then, as anticipated, on a proclamation set forth on a gilded easel in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, the same easel first used to announce the birth of the baby's father, Prince William, in 1982. The New York Times reports:

“Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24 today,” the statement proclaimed, nearly five hours after the actual birth. “Her royal highness and the child are both doing well.”

Prince Charles, said he and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were "overjoyed" at the good news. A spokesman for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh added that they were "delighted."

The Duchess and the young Prince of Cambridge are expected to stay in hospital overnight. We may not get our first glimpse of the new prince until tomorrow morning. Congratulations to the happy parents!

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The Duchess Of Cambridge In Labor, Says Royal Family: VIDEO


Her royal highness The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly in labor. After much anticipation and speculation as to the baby's gender, it appears the world will soon get to meet the Prince or Princess of Cambridge. The New York Times reports:

"A brief message on Twitter was the first of a series of carefully scripted disclosures set to culminate in the announcement of a birth that seems certain to draw unparalleled media coverage, even in the annals of Britain’s headline-making royal family.

“Her royal highness the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, in the early stages of labour,” said a message from Clarence House, the official residence of the duchess and her husband, Prince William, the duke of Cambridge.

A spokesman for the couple, speaking in return for customary anonymity, said that the duke and duchess had traveled without a police escort. “Things are progressing as normal,” the spokesman said.

EASEL There has been no official word on whether the duke and duchess are expecting a boy or a girl, and information about the birth is expected to be closely restricted. 

The formal announcement that a baby has been born will be made in a statement driven by car from the hospital across London and posted on an easel on the grounds of Buckingham Palace."

A recent change in the laws of succession guarantees that regardless of the baby's sex, once born, the Prince or Princess of Cambridge will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, and the baby's father, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. 

DIA little over thirty-one years ago, Princess Diana emerged from St. Mary's hospital with Prince Charles and baby Prince William of Wales in tow. William's brother, Prince Harry, was also born at St. Mary's.

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Duncan Fallowell’s 'How To Disappear: A Memoir For Misfits': Book Review


Fallowell coverIt’s hard to know how to describe this strange, appealing book, which recounts adventures—geographical, intellectual, sexual—undertaken by the English writer Duncan Fallowell over the last thirty years. It calls itself a memoir, and in Britain the book won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for “literary autobiography”—but this is autobiography of a very peculiar kind, invested in explorations of exotic places and unusual lives rather than in confession or personal revelation.

The lives Fallowell explores are bound by two things: a misfit quality and a talent for disappearance. One piece follows the career of an Indian woman who first marries and then is abandoned by an English nobleman; she spends the rest of her life in obscurity, desperately striving to reclaim her place at the high table of fashionable England. In another, Fallowell is asked to write a profile of an unknown artist who has bought an island in the Hebrides; having traveled there for an interview, he waits with the locals for the new landowner, who never arrives.

Not all of Fallowell’s subjects are quite so obscure. “Who was Alastair Graham?” seeks out an early lover and muse of Evelyn Waugh, who fled his fashionable friends to seek refuge in a fishing village on the coast of Wales. And the final, extremely moving essay takes up Princess Diana, “the most legendary personality of the age,” who “made the most astonishing exit.”

But it’s inadequate to talk about these essays as if they were primarily determined by their subjects. Nearly all of these pieces are structured by chance: a casually acquired Indian Yearbook sets Fallowell off on one adventure; a random encounter in a bar sparks another. In the book’s first piece, recounting a trip to the Maltese island Gozo, a vaguely menacing man repeatedly appears until, through a series of digressions and evasions, we find ourselves of a sudden in a narrative of seduction.

What this means is that Fallowell writes as a great traveler travels: governed by accident, open to possibility, free of any agenda save curiosity. He despises the packaged, controlled experience, insisting instead on openness to surprise and risk. “The crucial fact in all adventures is the gift,” he writes. “Something coming at you unannounced, unscheduled, free of charge, impossible to refuse.”

Even in their investigations, then, these pieces are anything but goal-oriented, and their openness to misdirection allows them an exciting expansiveness. "Nobody has come up with a satisfactory explanation which marries human psychology to history,” Fallowell claims, and as they pursue their individual subjects these essays also meditate on the larger forces shaping those lives: the legacy of British colonialism, the “state terror” deployed against gay men in Britain between the wars, the mad culture of celebrity by which Princess Diana was caught.

Duncan-fallowelThe effects of history are not always what one might expect: in their grief for Diana, Fallowell writes, “People were impassioned but slowed right down. Which are the two best conditions for sex.” He then recounts the “transcendental, unexpected burst of ‘yes’” that fueled a month of seemingly constant sexual encounters.

For all their intellectual pleasures—Fallowell is ever entertaining and sometimes brilliant, quick with aphorisms that nearly always find their mark—it’s the supremacy of sensuous experience that the book finally proclaims, not just “those divine gifts of pleasure and beauty, anguish and excitement in human life which are sex," but also the pleasures of old hotels, of images glimpsed through the windows of trains, of flowers “floodlit by the moon.” One night in India, he writes, “Taking off my clothes and extending my full length I rolled from the top of the hill all the way down, crushing lilies as I went, wetting my naked body with cool lily juice.”

And so the book is a memoir after all, offering not so much the facts of autobiography as an account of vision and value, a kind of manifesto for an impassioned life lived far from the usual roads. “If you are drawn by something or someone,” Fallowell writes, “you have to give it a try,” which sounds simple enough but often proves so difficult. What’s most moving in these sinuous, surprising essays is the example Fallowell sets as he tries to hold himself to that standard—working to learn, however difficult it is, “how not to be shy of the heart.” 

Previous reviews...
Frank Bidart’s ‘Metaphysical Dog’
Alysia Abbot's 'Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father'
Gerbrand Bakker’s ‘Ten White Geese’

Garth Greenwell is the author of Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award as well as a Lambda Award. This fall he will be an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.


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