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Stars With Shopping Carts

We’re way overdue for a new Stars With Shopping Carts installment, so let’s get to it!

This week’s theme: “Young Hollywood – And Its Hasbeens”. Oh, Tinsel Town, you’re so fickle.

You tell me which of the following shoppers are still hot and which are not.


The Hills reality star Lauren “L.C.” Conrad:

Lauren Conrad

Tweezed eyebrow’d heartthrob Zac Efron:


Faye Dunaway-feudin’ Hilary Duff:


Former actress Lindsay Lohan:

lindsay lohan shopping 030208

That ’70s Show cutie Mila Kunis with male friend:


An old picture of Nicole Ritchie and then-friend Misha Barton, another former actress. (Remember The O.C.?):


Now you vote! Who’s still got a career, who’s done, who’s hanging on by a thread?

Stars With Shopping Carts!

I’ve put together another fun-filled installment in our “Stars With Shopping Carts” series. This one has a theme! It’s vampires.

Let’s get started with two former Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars:

Though she looks healthier than Buffy in Season 6, Sarah Michelle Gellar still needs to fill up that cart and eat something:

Buffy’s vampire lover Angel, er, David Boreanaz:

Kirsten Dunst, who starred in Interview with the Vampire when she was a wee lass:

Now, a few stars who look like vampires:

Kelly Osbourne, whose dad Ozzy bit the head off a (vampire?) bat:

Mary-Kate Olsen working her vampire chic look:

Finally, two people who suck the life out of everyone around them, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of MTV’s fake reality show The Hills:

Who’s the spookiest? Let’s vote!

I’m reading

You’re on your own for the next few hours. I’ve got bit of freelance work to do and then I’m sitting down (actually lying in the bed) with Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. I always meant to read the book back in the 1980s when it caused such a ruckus and opened up a conversation about race and class issues in the United States. (I was an annoyingly well-read teen, yes.)

However, the book, set in the newly yuppified Manhattan of the 1980s, holds up frighteningly well. With shows like Gossip Girl and The Hills popular with the teen set, Real Housewives for the wannabe glamorous, and modern day icons like rich bitch Paris Hilton, American culture has come full circle again.

What’s important nowadays? The right address. A bigger, better cell phone. (Thanks, Apple!) Clothes with the right labels behind your neck. For awhile, in the 1990s, we renounced that stuff (or at least kept our material lust a private matter). But, status and elitism are back and more fashionable than ever. Even WASPiness is in vogue again. Nowadays rappers dress like preppies. Speaking of preppies, 1980s bad boy Robert Chambers aka “The Preppy Murderer” is back in the news after all these years by getting himself arrested on drug charges.

All of it makes the book – which might have been passe’ a few short years ago – all the more interesting to read.

The great Kafka porn debate continues…

So, to get you up to speed: earlier this month, a British scholar announced that his upcoming book would reveal a heretofore unknown fact about famous and long-dead Czech writer Franz Kafka, author of The Metamorphosis and The Trial. Namely, Kafka enjoyed pornography.

Now, a bunch of Kafka scholars from Germany, eager to preserve the writer’s saintly rep, are spitting mad and accusing the British scholar, whose book was published yesterday, of, among other things, anti-semitism.

Isn’t it nice to have Kafka in the news? It’s such a welcome break from Spencer and Heidi.

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