The Most Nuanced Moments of The Carrie Diaries

With series writers that include former Sex and the City veteran Amy Harris and Candace Bushnell herself, it’s no surprise that The Carrie Diaries is as well-thought out and nuanced as the original show about “sexual anthropologist” Carrie Bradshaw. With season one beginning in 1984, the show is rife with precise allusions. Some episodes …

Why New York City is the Worst Place on the Planet for Valentine’s Day

I’ve been with people who grew to hate me. But before that I also experienced the mushy, sentimental side of love—the hand-holding, the promises of never separating, the actual desire to never separate So I feel pretty objective about the dual reactions a person can have to Valentine’s Day. There …

Joan Didion’s Guide to Leaving New York Gets the Ultimate Homage with “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York”

There is a feeling you get when you move to New York that can never be recaptured by any other experience in your life. It is a combination of excitement, panic and endless reserves of hopefulness. The seminal 1967 essay by Joan Didion, “Goodbye to All That,” which appeared in …

All The Times Christina Ricci Tried to Play “Normal (or Semi-Normal)” Girls and Failed

Christina Ricci is categorically known for her offbeat film roles and, for this reason, it almost doesn’t make sense when she chooses to play someone who is “normal” or non-camp. Her forays into the status quo have never typically been carried off that successfully. Appearances in shows such as Ally …