After seeing Taylor Swift interviewed by “Nightline’s” Cynthia McFadden and then reading about this singer cover girl in the on-the-stands Glamour magazine – I found myself wondering why more of these multimillionaire singers of our modern times can’t be more like Taylor?
She is charm personified. Sort of half-innocent, half-smart, philosophically looking at her success and not believing it or being taken in by it. Don’t know when I have been so impressed by a personality I don’t even know and will probably never meet. And she can really sing.
I wish more young people who are obsessed by “fashion” and busy creating their own styles would just calmly sit down and read Tim Gunn’s new “Fashion Bible.”
It starts with the fig leaf and the toga but runs through all sorts of antique fashion items right up to skinny jeans, graphic T-shirts and the sexy slippers that are hurting your feet right this minute.
The dignified Tim, star and serious teacher on “Project Runway,” has produced a most readable work that gently advises and points the way for you to wear your own ideas without coming across as crazy.
Tim covers the waterfront explaining how the ’60s ruined underwear for Americans, how Beau Brummell created a mode of evening dress that men have worn for more than a century and the way cargo Capri pants are a plague and unnecessary to everyday living, etc.

“The reports that I drank heavily (after my diagnosis) are an exaggeration. The trouble is, once one article said it, others copied, because it made a good story. Anything that has appeared in print so many times has to be right, right?”
That is the brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in Playboy magazine for October. He is suffering from ALS. Even an intellectual guy like Mr. Hawking knows that once the mass media gets hold of a “hook,” they are loathe to let it go. It’s so much easier not to correct.
Am I imitating the New York Times or vice versa?
I no more than commented on everybody on TV wearing sleeveless dresses in frigid air-conditioned studios (see Gayle King, for instance, and Mika Brzezinski on their shows) than the Times does a big take on women admiring Michelle Obama’s well-toned arms and showing them off.
Then I wrote defending Elizabeth Warren (of Massachusetts) for saying she had Native American bloodlines from her Oklahoma forebears because most people believe their ancestors about a family’s Native American lineage and brag about such myths.
Then David Treuer does a big piece for the Times on this same idea. It tells “how Americans adopted the mythic virtues of Native Americans as their own.” (That’s just what I was saying in defending Elizabeth Warren!)
We hope pop star Justin Bieber is feeling better, after throwing up on stage the other night. He handled it smoothly, asking his fans, “Do you still love me, even though I’ve just thrown up?” Of course they did. And even loved him while he was upchucking. (The sound of his singing voice continued to be heard clearly through the speakers. Oops!)
Well, that’s the way it’s done these days, especially in gigantic stadiums. Most singers perform “live” to their back-up tapes, just in case they’re not feeling up to hitting those high notes.
In the old Judy Garland days, when the great singer’s voice was wavering, she’d say, “Oh, don’t worry, I’ll just scream the last note, the orchestra will play louder and I’ll throw my hands up in the air, a big ‘Judy’ gesture.” And it worked, too!

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