Rich Roll, Russell Brand and White Men Talking About Their Addictions

Back in the day, Britney Spears shaved her head. Craig Ferguson, then host of The Late Late Show, took the opportunity to explain why he wouldn’t make any Britney jokes. What followed was a 12-minute, deeply moving monologue about Ferguson’s recent sobriety anniversary. Of Spears, Ferguson eventually said, “She’s 25. She’s a baby. She’s a…

“What if He Had Fallen?” Yeah. But He Didn’t.

A few weeks back, as the Grouse Grind was opening for the season, I mentioned to someone that maybe I’d do it again this year. It had been awhile. I was feeling fit. A few days later, when she checked up to see if I’d gone, I said, “No!” With a laugh, like, “of course…

Amy’s Horrific ‘Big Bang Theory’ Makeover, Climbing, and Fear

I wouldn’t say Mayim Bialik is my hero like, say, Alex Honnold is my hero. But I admire her tremendously. She is unabashedly herself in an industry that pushes an alarming degree of conformity. She’s ballsy. Vegan. Openly religious. And you know she must have cringed when she learned how Amy Farrah Fowler’s story was…

Sunday

A woman I don’t know well was talking to me about her university-bound son the other day. She was concerned about his choice of schools, since he was only 18 and had never lived away from home. So she wanted him to opt for the smaller, less prestigious college in lieu of the monolith that…

What is ‘Unconscionable’ in a ‘Shark Tank’ Deal?

Tonight on Shark Tank, the first entrepreneur, Meredith Jurica of Makeup Junkie Bags, didn’t need a deal. But she was a bit of an unusual case. She didn’t seem to be on the show just for the promotion. She sincerely wanted a shark partner, even after more than half the panel was out — refusing to…