Rachelle's Reading List, Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2010

by Rachelle Hruska · October 26, 2010

Last night's Gossip Girl visited the Boom Boom Room, my favorite Taylor Swift song from the new album, and the creative art collective that is about to be demolished. Also, did you know that Anna Wintour used to work at Penthouse Magazine?! Me neither. Here is what else I'm paying attention to today:

1. Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Tim Gunn on last night's Gossip Girl. This show is getting better again right? I mean I feel like it kindof lost the plot last season, but last night's episode, featuring Jared and Ivanka welcoming the Humphrey-Vanderbuilt clan into the Observer's bachelor party at the Boom Boom Room could be confused for real life.

[Ivanka Trump and Jared Trump on last night's Gossip Girl. Photo via FEK]

2. "I've been listening to Taylor Swift non-stop for 15 hours. This is the result." [JoyEngel] Taylor really is dating Jake Gyllenhaal? [Perez Hilton]

Taylor's Twitter status: [Twitter]

Think you know Taylor? Go and check out the Hidden Messages she hid in "Speak Now" and what they really mean! [Yahoo]

My favorite song on the album has nothing to do with a boy. Go listen to "Never Grow Up" and tell me that it didn't have you in tears: [PLAY]

3. The City has been officially canceled by MTV. [Refinery 29]

4. Lydia Hearst looking hot in SLEEK magazine. [Lydia's Diary]:

5. Sony Retires the Walkman. After retiring the floppy disk in March, Sony has now, after 30 years, officially halted the manufacture and distribution of the cassette Walkman, the first low-cost, portable music player. The final batch was shipped to Japanese retailers in April. Once sold, they will no longer be available through the manufacturer. Time to go make sure you still have yours. It's officially worth something. [CNN via David Hershkovits]

6. Pee Wee Herman previews start tonight on Broadway! [Pee Wee]

7. The Still House Collective. For the past several months, a group of artists including Brendan Lynch, Dylan Lynch, Isaac Brest, Alex De Corte, Greyson Revoir, Nick Darmstaedter, Jack Greer, Grear Patterson, Lucien Smith, Mike Gillotti, Jane Moseley, Alex Perweiler, and Louis Eisner, have taken over an abandoned floor in a large commercial building on Church Street that is about to be demolished and renovated back into what it was meant to be used as: an office space.

The group is used to taking over atypical work spaces, their first exhibition was at a 7 Eleven. The trampoline about to burst from the piles of concrete rocks in its center (above) served as a sort of  centerpiece...for both the open house showing last Friday, and, in a sense the entire project. The fun will be over this week when corporate constructors come in and really demolish the space (and not in the name of art).

8. Madonna Opening Fitness Clubs around the world. [Fit Perez]

9. The New Faces of Social Media. Out in this month's "Fast Company" magazine, the piece includes YouTube celebrities (like iJustine) and "unexpected players that exert outsize impact and power online" (like pal Gary Vaynerchuk). Check it out! [Fast Company]

10. The Bill Clinton Touch. When Bill Clinton visits a restaurant, everyone notices. Especially if that restaurant is in a foreign country. When Clinton is in the States, his diet is non exciting (and vegan!): "For health reasons, he is a vegan these days, and during recent travels on behalf of Democratic candidates his diet has included miso barley soup, black bean burritos and cauliflower and potato curry, typically prepared by a member of his entourage."

[Helping a Reykjavik food stand establish a worldwide reputation in 2004]

11. Anna Wintour spent two secretive years at Penthouse Magazine! "Back then, in the swinging '70s, the girl needed work." [NYPost]

12. Here's a list of upcoming sample sales in NYC. From Furla to YSL and everything in between. This is a great roundup! [The Vie Society]

13. Tim Palen's Living Portraits from Tyler Perry's upcoming "For Colored Girls" held a reception on Sunday night. "It's always interesting to see the line blurred between fine art and technology" says friend, Ashley Simko:

[Via AshleySimko.com]

14. Here's a look at Larry Page's first Google Business card. Printed on crappy inkjet printer paper! nice. [Dennis Crowley]

15. Finally, I'm getting excited for tonight's Whitney Gala. Even though it's a packed night (I'm starting with Business Insider's 100 cocktail party, the Elle party at the MoMa), it's something I always look forward to attending. Mainly because scenes like this tend to happen: [Last Years Gala]

That's all for me today. Do you have something that I should include in tomorrow's Reading List? Email me at Rachelle@guestofaguest.com!

[Monday's List]