The World Continues to Not Make Sense

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What the ever-loving hell is going on with this country?

What’s a misconception that people have about you?
[Another long pause.] They think I’m a party animal, which … I am a party animal. I mean, that might be one thing. But I am a party animal. But on the other hand, I haven’t … I’m now extremely moderate and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.

Mazel tov. That’s not easy. I’m also in the process of trying to quit.
Oh, really?

Yeah, I had a problem with it.
Why? Just too much?

It messes with my head and makes me less productive.
Yeah, that was a little bit of my issue. Just 30 solid years of just partying too fucking hard.

What do you do to keep from relapsing?
Well, like, last night, someone had — not just good herb but sativa; really good sativa. There’s a joint, and beautifully rolled. I like a beautifully rolled … and I just was like, I mean, I’ve gone this long. It would be weird to just be like, “Okay, let me have a hit off that,” and then suddenly go back to smoking too much, which is … I don’t have a problem at all with smoking. I think it’s great. I think it’s a great drug, in terms of … Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria. Or the … what do you call it?

The effect?
Right. The effect of it is euphoria. But when you’re doing it all the time, it just becomes … Well, you know. I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available. I really don’t want this interview to turn into a whole thing about that.

Well, congratulations. It’s not easy.
I still drink. But I try to be moderate with the drinking, too.

Woody, good luck to you man. An entire nation of people trying to escape from their own nightmares is looking up to you tonight.

Russia is After Sarah Jessica Parker

It's all good, innocent fun:

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker doesn't have to feel left out of the foreign policy social scene anymore -- the Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak would be happy to meet with Parker, too.

The invitation came Friday, from the Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, in response to Parker's Instagram post on Thursday. The "Sex And The City" star channeled her character Carrie Bradshaw to joke about the controversy surrounding the meetings between Kislyak and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the subsequent revelations that more Trump administration advisers have met with the Russian ambassador. 

Parker's Instagram post features a scene from the HBO series showing Bradshaw typing on a laptop with a caption, resembling the television script, that reads: 

    "I couldn't help but wonder... has the Russian ambassador been meeting with everybody except me?"

    I am an expert on sawhorses, and the one on which Miss Parker has positioned herself is very sturdy and would be excellent for a flooring project or even stacking hardwood materials. Think of a dark oak floorboard, perhaps five or six inches wide with a pronounced groove to it. That is the limit of my knowledge on such things. I don't know what the Russians want with her, but it has to be related to her knowledge of America's television industry.

    Unlike the Trump people, if Parker were to meet with the Russians, I am certain that she would report her meeting to the authorities and provide the FBI with as much information as they would require. I doubt very much that she would lie about any bags of money handed to her by Russian agents.

    She's the One

     PHOTO: Luke Fontana for Observer;  Hair by John Ruggiero; Makeup by Mai Quynh; Styling by Jessica Paster; Shot on location at Bigfoot Lodge
     PHOTO: Luke Fontana for Observer;  Hair by John Ruggiero; Makeup by Mai Quynh; Styling by Jessica Paster; Shot on location at Bigfoot Lodge

    I adore Aubrey Plaza and I always have:

    If you are standing right now, I suggest you sit down, because we’re going to begin with some truly shocking news: Aubrey Plaza is not a 50-year-old man.

    Truthfully, this should be clear to anyone who has followed Plaza on her rise to stardom over the years—the seven seasons portraying the human embodiment of an eye-roll, April Ludgate, on NBC’s Parks & Recreation, her quieter standout roles in indies like Safety Not Guaranteed and Ned Rifle, or more recent big-screen endeavors like Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. Certainly, it’s clear to me, sitting across from the actress at a Los Feliz noodle bar, a month before she’s set to co-star in Legion, FX’s Marvel-universe mind-bender from Fargo creator Noah Hawley.

    Really, she's the best of her generation. Someone needs to give her a really, really good role and watch what she does with it.

    Why Does Christie Brinkley Have to be on the Right Side of Feminists?

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    Emmanuelle Hauguel/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

    I'm not understanding the fuss here.

    Christie Brinkley is 63 years old. She appeared in Sports Illustrated numerous times. She's appearing in it again.

    When did she ever say that you have to be just like her and if you're not, you're doing it wrong? She's celebrating being alive and with her daughters. She's just doing what she's been doing most of her life--modeling. Here you have a person who's just happy to find work as a model. Isn't that enough?

    When did we start thinking that there was something else that had to go with modeling? Are we mad that she isn't telling everyone what to think and what to do because she looks great for her age? And no, she doesn't have to look great for her age to have value. She has value because she's a person who is basically able to do what she used to do. When I think of Christie Brinkley, I think of a model. 

    I don't worry about the other stuff, and neither should you.