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June 18, 2004


Dear Vanessa --

* Madonna may be on the verge of converting to Judaism, here.

* In a report on the success of Hanky Panky's 4811 thong (not online), the WSJ reports that "Thongs are the biggest thing to hit underwear in the last 20 years. They accounted for one-quarter of the entire $2.6 billion panty market last year." Let's see: subtract all over-60 women as unlikely to be wearing thongs; take into account the likely fact that many women between 40 and 60 don't wear them except on special occasions ... Hmm, that would seem to mean that every American woman younger than 30 is wearing a thong at this very instant.

* Home-sex videos by two foreign public figures have turned up on the web. One video (read about it here) shows an Englishwoman wonderfully named Abi Titmuss -- hard to tell what kind of celeb she is -- frolicking with an as-yet-unidentified woman; the other (watch some footage here) shows a Croation pop star having torrid porn-type sex with a man. Question: has the scandalous and accidental release of a home-sex video become a required step in the gotta-be-a-celeb game?

* Nicole Kidman takes a bath with a 10 year old boy in her latest film; authorities glower, here.

* Prices have just been cut at this not-to-be-missed educational site here.

* "Harvard Man," James Toback's last film, featured swinging FBI agents and a philosophy prof with a Betty Boop voice. For his new one, When Will I Be Loved?, Toback has persuaded Neve Campbell to take part in some "unconventional" love scenes. I'm a huge Toback fan. Although I'd never suggest anyone actually watch a Toback movie -- as a filmmaker, he doesn't deliver much beyond exuberant fantasy and inspired casting -- Toback himself is one of the most entertaining people I've ever met. When I had a chance to spend a little time in his circle some years ago, I often found myself thinking, "Wow, someone should follow this guy around with a camera. Now that would be a great movie!" I'm glad to see someone has had the sense to do just that. You can read about the Neve project and the Toback documentary here.

* Another documentary I'm eager to see is this new one here, about the very eccentric Japanese erotic photographer Noboyushi Araki.

I wonder how many of these links I obtained thanks to Daze Reader, here ...



posted by Michael at June 18, 2004


Thongs: I thought the whole point of underwear is that it doesn't go....up there.
Terribly unhip of me, but aren't they, like, uncomfortable?

Posted by: ricpic on June 19, 2004 9:17 AM

Let's hope one of the gals comes up with an answer to that question, and not one of the guys ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on June 19, 2004 11:25 AM

I hate thongs. But, I think men prefer them..

Posted by: Pocahontas on June 19, 2004 9:40 PM

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