Kim Gatlin, we’re officially in a fight. Sure, it hurts my feelings that you are a good 20 pounds lighter than I am on the best day. Maybe there were a few hard feelings about the fact that you were once married to a Gatlin brother. (I used to have a mad crush on Larry Gatlin in second grade. Sing it with me: “All the gold in California….”) And of course, I harbored a lot of sour grapes about the fact that you not only finished writing a book, you got it published. And now this. According to Perez Hilton and the very smart Robert Wilonsky, Darren Starr, creator of Sex and the City and Melrose Place, has optioned Gatlin’s Good Christian Bitches, and he’s shopping it at all the major networks. Well played, lady. Well played.
Happy Tuesday to you, readers. If today is your birthday, you are a Virgo. And if you are a Virgo, this is your horoscope:
It’s a really good time for you to stretch your boundaries and ensure that your people are all making way for you. Your great energy is just right for trying something that is totally new to you [emphasis mine].
What excellent advice! So excellent, in fact, that I recommend even non-Virgos heed it today, by doing the following:
Want to work side by side with Zac Crain? Want to hear Nancy Nichols tell stories about Skip Bayless in editorial meetings? Want to get paid to use a keyboard attached to an actual computer? Then peep this job listing, and act now if you’re qualified. We’re about to wrap this search.
D Magazine has an immediate opening for an assistant editor. The job entails writing pithy descriptions and reviews of restaurants and bars across North Texas, using a web CMS to wrangle the large database of listings that feeds our online offerings and our iPhone app. The successful candidate (hereinafter called the “SC” to avoid that thorny “he or she” gender issue) needs to be unafraid of computers and telephones. The SC needs to give a damn about the local dining and bar scene. The SC needs to be of legal drinking age. The SC might not have any journalism experience but might just perhaps already have a blog on which the SC writes about food and/or drink. The SC will be meticulous, because in this brave, new digital world, copy editing and fact checking aren’t going to be done by anyone other than the SC in most cases. The SC, in other words, will know the difference between “everyday” and “every day” – and, while we’re at it, that “whipped chick peas” on a fancy menu really just means hummus. The SC might be able to tell us who cooked at Aurora without having to resort to Google. And, finally, the SC will be happy to work long hours for short money. Just being honest here.
Send a cover letter, rÃ©sumÃ©, and a 200-word description of your favorite bar or restaurant to editjob_at_dmagazine_dot_com.
Jonah Lehrer looked at the latest research and found:
1. This story is just heartbreaking. David Jones was found guilty of manslaughter of a couple and their three children. Yesterday, he gave an interview. I truly feel he is sorry. Though he was sentenced to 15 years, he says dealing with his paralysis and the guilt of killing those five people is a life sentence. But he still lays blame on the brakes of his car not working.
2. This 8-year-old abduction story is quite different from last week’s 5-year-old abduction/miscommunication incident. Instead of following a stranger to his vehicle, she yelled until she was able to get someone’s attention. Now she’s giving talks about it. So my question is: is the difference because she’s three years older or because she’s been taught what to do?
3. Here’s something you don’t often think about worrying about while in a plane: your pilot becoming distracted by a strip club. But that’s what happened Sunday when a flash of light blinded a pilot before his descent into Dallas. The light was traced to Bombshells Caberet on I-35 and Walnut Hill. I have nothing to add.