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LOS ANGELES (AP) The celebutante-turned-model has ended her five-month engagement to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, Us Weekly reported Friday on its website, quoting a statement it said Hilton released to the magazine.
"I'm sad to announce that I've called off my engagement. Over the last couple months I've realized that this is the right decision for me. We remain best of friends, and I'll always love him. I hope people will respect my privacy during this emotional time," Hilton told the magazine.
...Latsis gave the 24-year-old hotel heiress a 24 carat, $5 million diamond engagement ring. It was not immediately clear what would happen to the ring.
Speak for yourself, unniscient Associated Press. It is immediately clear to me what will happen to the ring. Just as all things Parisian are immediately clear to me.
Friday, September 30, 2005
A Sentimental GED
Prejudice against the popular is a terrible thing. I fight it within myself. I almost didn't link this tremendous artifact because it was already in the blogdex top 10. But as I watched it for the sixth time in a row, some inner core of decency and fairness asserted itself. "You really like it, so link it ferchrissakes", a voice said. There was a stern wisdom in that voice. But a basic kindness too. Could almost have been my father's voice. But maybe I'm just getting swept up in the moment. Like hotel furniture being swept away on a whiplash torrent of blood. Yes, very much like that.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
The Crystal-Driven Life
This inspirational tale got monumental play in Christian circles, and the media generally, in its earlier, incomplete form. I feel major admiration for Ashley Smith. She put the missing parts back in when most of her biggest fans would have been just as glad for them to go on missing. (Oh to discover the excluded details of every story you thought you already knew--heartache, bliss and madness that way lie. So let's go!):
ATLANTA - Ashley Smith, the woman who says she persuaded suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to release her by talking about her faith, discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal.
...In her book, "Unlikely Angel," released Tuesday, Smith says Nichols had her bound on her bed with masking tape and an extension cord. She says he asked for marijuana, but she did not have any, and she dug into her illegal stash of crystal meth instead.
Smith, a 27-year-old widowed mother who gained widespread praise for her level-headedness, says the seven-hour hostage ordeal in March led to the realization that she was a drug addict, and she says she has not used drugs since the night before she was taken captive.
...During the ordeal, Smith says, she pulled out Rick Warren's book "The Purpose-Driven Life" and read to Nichols a chapter called "Using What God Gave Me" to gain his trust. Nichols later released her, and she called 911 and told authorities where to find him.
..."It's hard for people to understand the miracle of the story," she told the newspaper. "This was totally a God thing, to me in my life. This was God getting my attention, going, `I'm going to give you one more chance.'"
...Smith says in her book that as the night wore on--after Nichols had snorted some of Smith's meth--she tried to win Nichols' trust by talking about her faith in God and relating to him her personal stories. 2:07 AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
I Pick Freddie Moore, Sight Unseen
(USA Today)...It is the first marriage for Kutcher, 27, and the third for Moore, 42. They are followers of Kabbalah.
The actress was married to Freddie Moore (1980-84) and Willis (1987-2000), with whom she has three daughters: Rumer, 17, Scout, 14, and Tallulah, 11.
Here's a fascinating LA Times piece about the death of HIV denialist Christine Maggiore's young daughter from AIDS-related pneumonia. Maggiore has been the chipper face of the no-such-thing-as-AIDS movement for years now. She's probably gotten more press in more unlikely places than all the rest of the denialists combined. It was, for example, her organization that the band the Foo Fighters supported with a benefit concert a few years back.
The story's last paragraph, Maggiore's anguished but cracked invocation of cosmic justice violated, is especially revealing of her talismanic mindset:
"Why our child — so appreciated, so held, so carefully nurtured — and not one ignored, abused or abandoned?" she wrote. "How come what we offered was not enough to keep her here when children with far less — impatient distracted parents, a small apartment on a busy street, extended day care, Oscar Mayer Lunchables — will happily stay?" 6:25 PM
A Bucket of Warm Washington Gold
From the Kansas city Star, via a Republican NatCom press release defending Julie Myers' nomination to run the Arabian Dog and Pony Association, or whatever that job is she shouldn't be getting, comes a new euphemism for piss:
The Kansas City Star's Matt Stearns: "Myers' Resume Glistens Of Washington Gold -- Ivy League Law School, Clerk For A Federal Appeals Court Judge, A Series Of High-Level Bush Administration Jobs." 6:16 PM
Let Us Now Praise a Fourteen Year Old Putdown
I like Dennis Cooper, and he's come up here a couple times lately, so I should refrain from posting the late David Feinberg's quip at Cooper's expense, both because my allegiance is with Dennis, who I've always read, and not with Feinberg, who I never have read (as yet), and because I should probably cut down on Cooper content here. In the end though, those reasons aren't enough to withstand the cat-five force of a good, nasty line. From a 1991 interview:
Keehnen: So what's the story with you and Dennis Cooper?
Feinberg: They keep calling him the bad boy of gay lit, but isn't he really the gay boy of bad lit? That's all. 2:27 AM