Rachelle's Reading List, Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

by Rachelle Hruska · March 3, 2011

Is Goth the new hipster? Why do smart men date dumb girls? And, why do LA restaurants all have secret menus? Plus, who were the pioneers of downtown NYC in the 70s? Will Denton loose his bet to Sorgatz? Would Jack Dorsey be a good mayor? These are just some of the questions we asked today....

1. David Carr has such a great point today on Charlie Sheen [NYT]:

“Mr. Sheen was charged with a felony for an incident on Christmas Day in 2009 in which he threatened to kill his wife, Brooke Mueller, while holding a knife to her throat. According to the police report, Mr. Sheen “started to strangle Mueller then he pulled out a knife he always carries on his person and held the knife to Mueller’s neck and threatened, ‘You better be in fear. If you tell anybody I’ll kill you.’ ”

Yet none of these incidents got Mr. Sheen fired from his lucrative day job as a sitcom star, not even suspended. What did? He insulted his boss.”

Last fall, Mr. Sheen went on a rampage in the Plaza Hotel in New York. A hired escort who had locked herself in the bathroom claimed he had put his hands around her neck and threatened her while his former wife Ms. Richards and his children slept down the hall.

More Sheen news:

Jimmy Fallon does a great spoof on Sheen, introduces a new fragrance called "Winning for Men"

How did Charlie Sheen get his Twitter account verified so fast? [AdAge]

We are all part of the Charlie Sheen problem. We are addicted to "meltdown porn." Good point, Andrea Tantaros. [NYDN]

Charlie breaks Guinness World Record for reaching 1 million Twitter followers the fastest (it took him just 25 hours and 17 min) [VF]

2. Leave Theodora Richards alone. Seriously, these two girls, (her sister is Alexandra), all things considered, are not JUST the daughters of Keith, they are actually cool in real life. Theodora was arrested after spray painting T heart R on the outside of a convent in Soho. Which could, I suppose warrant her front page coverage on every NYC daily paper, except for the fact that the entire act of "vandalism" was an INCH in length (see quarter in photo at left). [NYP]

3. According to French newspaper Le Figaro- the Dior show at the Musée Rodin will go on tomorrow but Sunday's John Galliano show is canceled. [@fromthefrontrow]

4. The Armory Show opens up on the West Side this week. I love this work by artist Reed Seifer. It's an edition of 1,000 real dollar bills emblazoned with a high-gloss foil stamp reading "NEW YORK IS A LOT OF WORK." (It is). [Gamma]

5. Congrats to Lockhart Steele and his entire team over at Curbed/Eater. They have officially taken over D.C. Makes me think it's time to send Stanley back into action down in our nation's capital. [Eater]

6. Friend Jack Dorsey has a HUGE article in Vanity Fair. Where does he hope to go after co-founding Twitter? A lot of places actually...like into public office. He tells David Kirkpatrick of his dream job-mayor of NYC, his obsession with city maps and his ambition to make Square the payment network of the future. [VF]

You may have read about him in our very first tech roundup today on the site: [GofG]

7. Is goth the new hipster? Which retail stores are rocking? The high-end ones like Saks are a given, but, surprisingly, teen favorites like Hot Topic is high on the list. Hot Topic is still around? I thought the goth trend was so, like 1999? [WSJ]

8. I'm obsessed with this AnOther Magazine story on the Pioneers of the Downtown Scene in NYC from the 1970s. Below, Laurie Anderson, The Pillow Speaker:

9. Anthony DeRosa does a great article on "The rise and fall of Gawker media" for [Reuters]

10. Nortwestern University defends it's impromptu live sex-demonstration after class. [ChiaraAtik]

11. Why not invite Will and Kate to tea? Here's a clever way to spice up your cup of tea...drop a dash of royalty in there. [Windsorknot]

12. Check out a list of the celebrities that make money through Ads on their Twitter. [Ad.ly]

13. What came before cute cat videos and Internet Memes? The hula-hoop. [TheDaily]

14. Jeff Bridges' personal photos from the shooting of True Grit are online and they are fabulous. [JeffBridges]

15. The Top 10 Most Admired Companies by Erick Schonfeld. On the list? Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. [TechCrunch]

16. Check out this photo from the Trump sibling ski trip. "Don, Eric, his girlfriend Lara, and me on the slopes of Aspen." [@IvankaTrump]

17. Southern states have country's most credit card debt. San Antonio topped the list with an average credit card bill of $5177. [MySanAntonio]

18. This struggling 4-piece band, "I Love Monsters," got a nice little boost of confidence when Lady Gaga herself showed up in Union Square mid-performance of "Born This Way."


19. Watching Arrested Development Alone. (I do this quite frequently). [ThoughtCatalog]

20. More and more dentists are offering botox to their patients as a way to boost revenue. They say they are uniquely qualified to offer the facial injections because of their extensive training in the "musculature and anatomy of the face." hm. Actually, this does make sense. [PP]

21. The Times covers the Native Society. The uptown club is full of members with long ass names with Roman Numerals after them. It's a "LinkedIn for the Bridgehampton polo set." and, it's extremely pretentious. Says member Anne de la Mothe Karoubi: "When you grow up in New York City, our minds develop faster," she said. "You're not from Wisconsin, you’re not from the middle of America. We're international, we're focused, we're driven."

God I'm so glad I didn't grow up here. Bonus! I love the GofG shout out in the article! "After a December party at the Classic Car Club near SoHo, the party blog Guest of a Guest cattily dismissed the group as "a sort of Saint A's, the Princeton/Columbia faux-literary society that aspires to bolster social cachet through exclusivity but only serves as a safety net for the awkward in need of constant validation." [NYT]

22. MBA graduates are good at lots of things, but writing isn't one of them. [WSJ]

23. Will Nick Denton loose his bet to Rex Sorgatz over his pageviews? (I hope so). [Reuters]

24. Inside the mind of an online writer. Look at this Charlie Sheen flow chart that little Foster has been working on all day! Cute! [FEK]

Also, check out this pretty clever sign the guy spotted today at Variety Coffee: [TigerBlood]

25. "Joan Didion makes me excited to get older." A look at some very fashionable literary ladies. Soooo cool. [Ironingboard]

26. Why do smart men date dumb girls? John Carney investigates. And? Well, it's complicated. [CNBC]

27. The ULTIMATE In-N-Out Secret Menu (and Super Secret Menu!) Survival Guide. [AHT] And! "Isn't it weird when you leave New York and everyone's, like, nice?" [KatieBaker] We were JUST talking about how every restaurant in LA has a "secret menu." Why hasn't this caught on in NYC?

28. Finally. 54 Cereals we loved and lost- a tribute. OMG RENEE! (That's my sister). RENEE YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS SITE! It's like revisiting childhood with you. [Urlesque]

Well, that's all for me today. Do you have something to include in tomorrow's list? Email me: Rachelle@guestofaguest.com!

[Wednesday's List]