Archive for October, 2010

Gossip, Girl, but Don’t Think Too Much

One thing I’ve learned about “Gossip Girl” is that you just have to let yourself enjoy it without thinking about it too much. Kind of like chocolate, except without the calories.

Tonight’s episode, “Easy J,” was like that.

At the end of last season, Blair banished Jenny Humphrey from Manhattan for the crime of sleeping with Chuck, who Blair still loves.

Banishment worked fine for Blair, who hates Jenny. It also worked fine for Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny but wanted time off to work on her music career. And it worked fine for fans like me, who have always disliked Jenny.

But Blair and Chuck have been fighting, so Chuck brought Jenny back to the city, knowing that it would upset Blair. Blair did some mean things, Jenny did some mean things, and Jenny left again at the end of the episode.

The other main storyline was about Serena getting involved with Colin, a gorgeous guy in her building.

After they spent the night together, it turned out that Colin was going to be her new business professor at Columbia. He’s also a billionaire, so Columbia must pay its professors a lot more than MHC. ๐Ÿ™‚

Serena wanted to break up with him, but Colin persuaded her just to put their relationship on hold until the end of the seven-week class. However, she agreed to go with him to a party where he was being named “available bachelor of the year.” She had an embarrassing moment when her mother showed up at the same party.

Meanwhile, Juliet, a Columbia student who appeared out of nowhere a few episodes ago, conspired with her brother, who is in prison, to get revenge on Serena for some unspecified offense. It’s implied that the brother is in prison because of Serena.

And at the end of the episode it’s revealed that Juliet is really working for Colin, who is masterminding the whole revenge scheme against Serena.

Uh, okay. It was frothy, silly, fun, and didn’t make much sense. The fashions were to die for, as usual, and several famous designers (such as Tim Gunn and Isaac Mizrahi) made cameo appearances at the party.

I’m not going to think too much about the storyline because it would just make my head hurt. Like how Juliet and Colin both want to get revenge on Serena but she has absolutely no clue about it. And how until last week’s episode, she had no idea who Colin was, though he hated her enough to create an elaborate plot against her. And how Blair, for all her status as a Queen B of the Upper East Side, could “banish” Jenny from Manhattan.

Yes, it’s silly, but that’s actually part of the fun. Sometimes, thinking is required. Watching “Gossip Girl” isn’t one of those times. ๐Ÿ™‚

Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.


Is Sex Dirty?

I saw a quote today that I liked. Someone asked the movie director Woody Allen if sex was dirty.

He answered, “It is if you do it right.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Can We Be Unselfish?

A column in The New York Times asks, “Is Pure Altruism Possible?”

Of course, a lot depends on how you define “pure” and “altruism.”

Altruism means acting unselfishly, for the benefit of others or for the good of society. But does that mean it can’t benefit you? Or does it just mean that your motivation must be unselfish?

And our motives are usually complicated. Does “pure” mean that no part of our motivation can be selfish? That almost never happens. I might do volunteer work and get a good feeling about helping others. But my main motivation was still just to help.

Actually, I like something my grandmother said:

A good deed only counts if nobody knows you did it.

If you do a good deed and keep it a secret, then you can be pretty sure you did it for the right reasons.

Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.

Win a “Gossip Girl” Ring

Shine Media is giving away the same ring that Vanessa wore in the "Gossip Girl" episode "A Touch of Eva."

Win a “Gossip Girl” ring by Sorrelli Jewelry!

Not here, of course. Most of my money goes either for books at the bookshop or for coffee at The Dirty.

But Shine Media is giving away the ring that Jessica Szohr wore in last week’s “Gossip Girl” episode, “A Touch of Eva.”

Shine Media is a Manhattan public relations firm that represents fashion designers. Having their fashions appear on “Gossip Girl” is the best advertisement that designers could have.

School is great this term but I have a couple of really tough classes. I’m keeping my A average but working extra hard to do it. It’s on my mind so much that I’m even only half paying attention to “Gossip Girl.”

Speaking of “A”s, I did see the movie “Easy A” and it was hilarious. I wish that I’d thought of that in high school.ย Yes, Penn Badgley from “Gossip Girl” was in it, and I still have a crush on him. ๐Ÿ™‚

I like our new college president. And as usual, there are controversies, like the one about having Princeton philosopher Peter Singer speak on campus. He’s against eating meat because he thinks that animals are just as important as people. I disagree with that idea, although I’m kind of a wannabe vegetarian and am against cruel treatment of any living thing. Except maybe bugs, but even those I try to catch and put outside when I can. The fact that people are more important than animals does not mean that animals’ welfare or suffering doesn’t matter.

Oh, by the way, the controversy about Dr. Singer has nothing to do with vegetarianism. It’s mainly about his belief that it’s okay to take innocent human life. You can make up arguments for almost any idea, no matter how crazy. On the other hand, if we only listen to people with whom we agree, then we can’t test or develop our own beliefs. So I will listen to him.

Well, if I expect to keep my A, I should get back to studying. I hope that you are having a great October!

Ttfn …

Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.