After editing an advice column for two years, I’ve decided that there is no such thing as advice. There are only problems and the ways people handle them. Advice, on the other hand, is when you hear a description of someone else's problem and then tell the person something about yourself. Hopefully whatever you say is funny or interesting, but it has little to do with actually helping anyone. It may seem or feel like it does, but there are always more variables than we'll ever be able to see or understand, and best case scenario you’re pressing on the problem a little bit in a way that engages [...]
In the vast backseat, Chris was even more flirtatious than before, touching my arm and my knee. At this point, which was a… number of drinks in, it was easy to forget that it really was an interview, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't cross my mind that something might happen (and that we'd go to the Oscars and get married and have babies forever until we died?). But there was always the question of how much of it was truly Chris Evans, and whom I should pretend to be in response.
I thought this story ["The Mistake That Nearly Cost Me Everything," by Piper Kerman] was very interesting, and I can't wait to read her book. It's amazing to think that something we may have done 10 years in the past could affect our future.
Kellymusil, marieclaire.com (Marie Claire, June 2010)
Keep It Real, Taylor! The jeans issue with Taylor Swift caught my eye ["Bombshell in Blue Jeans," August 2009]. I was so inspired when she talked about the challenges she overcame to get where she is today; it convinced me that my dreams aren't worth giving up on. Samantha G., Sarasota, FL (Glamour, October 2009)
Do you guys dream in color? Me, I dream in silent black-and-white squigglies, but they make me laugh. Dreams-where do they come from? I guess that's one question we'll never know the answer to. Not until we can invent tiny cameras that go in our heads. Kristy J., Atlanta
This is the ridiculously long story of how I exchanged regular deodorant-antiperspirants (Secret, Dove, Degree, etc. — the ones that make you smell nice) for natural deodorants (Tom’s, Jason’s, the crystals, etc. — the ones that make you disgusted with yourself, your body, your clothes, and the haze of putrescence that surrounds you at all times). Here we go. READ MORE
Wish You'd Reconsider I am appalled at the comment you made concerning Michelle Obama in "The Style 100." Saying she deserved a Congressional Medal for "banishing the nattily tailored First Lady suit" was distasteful. Apparently you don't know what the medal is since you made such a lighthearted comment. Judy C., Santa Clarita, CA (InStyle, March 2010)
You deserve a Congressional Medal-thrown at your head. But I know that there's a lot of you guys working there, so imagine like you're all standing in a line and the medal just goes through each of you guys's heads one by one. Blam, blam, blam! It also has a little gun [...]
This question is casual and simply off-hand, but where are the people? I want to approach one and talk to he or she. There is nothing unusual about me, though. On the contrary, I am a normal human woman who lives here on America. I keep my typical human thoughts in my brain, which is inside my skull of bone. Just one regular human woman looking for other humans to meet and stand near, for reasons that are the same as your reasons.
Anonymous, via e-mail
I just received the latest issue of SELF, and I'm looking forward to enjoying it from cover to cover! The section on how to save someone's life in an emergency, the delicious-looking recipes and the fashion suggestions I can actually afford are among the many standouts. It's the best issue I've gotten in a long time. Style and substance-that's why I subscribe! Keep up the good work. Kerrie Smothers, St. Louis (Self, August '09) My most recent copy of SELF fell through the slot in my door with a bang, and I screamed because I thought it was a gunshot. Nope-it was just my magazines in the mail! Anyway, [...]
Winning Hands I haven't worn playful nail polish since I was an adolescent, but the painted nails in "Power Points" [September] were so stylish, they made me reconsider my go-to French manicure. Your article showed me that my nails are another accessory I can have fun with. Stephanie B., Overland Park, Kan. (InStyle, November 2009)
Why do we have ten fingers? That seems like a lot-personally I think I'd rather just have one. I'd want it to be made out of all the other fingers, though, so what I'd do is cut them all off and sew them together end to end, and then reattach the whole thing back [...]
Short and Sweet I really enjoyed reading Johanna Cox's article "Get Shorty" [August 2009]. I think I must have married one of the only straight men who actually prefers short hair. Ms. Cox and others have to ask themselves why they would desire a man who is that superficial. The great thing about hair: It grows back. Kristina, Easton, MD (Glamour, November 2009)
I don't mean to brag, but my husband doesn't care what I look like. He's like, "Nope, doesn't matter." I'll be like, "How do I look, Dave?" and he'll be like, "I don't know-not looking, can't hear you." Seriously, he'll be like, "Do whatever, leave me [...]