If This is What 30 Looks Like, It Can’t Be That Bad

Today, Mila Kunis turns 30. And she looks like this. Sunday, I turn 30. Though I won’t wake up looking like the fashion goddess Ms. Kunis is, exiting my 20s is something to look forward to. More on that later. For now—beautiful photos to wind down your Wednesday.

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Los Angeles Times Magazine, February 2011
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W, March 2011
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Harper’s Bazaar, April 2012

Man, People Love to Hate Brooklyn Girls

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I’m not talking about a general girls-of-brooklyn hate, I mean a specific book: “Brooklyn Girls,” which is apparently “Sex and the City,” but in a different burrough and younger. And broke. Just as boy-crazy.

Anyway, people are hate-loving this thing. I don’t think I care enough to read it, probably because I’m too old, however, I do love Lena Dunham, and she doesn’t like it either. So maybe it’s not an age thing as much as it is a trend-exceeding-its-flash-point thing.

I had a thought for a moment after reading these many opinions on Brooklyn girls: What about L.A. girls? It would be pretty much the same thing, just a more showered form of hipster who is employed—but still in PR. Some things for girls in their twenties are just universal.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2013

Last weekend was the Los Angeles TimesFestival of Books, in case you missed it. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss too much. I only got to go on Sunday, and though it had a lot of fun things to do (hello—ninja test? What level ninja are you? Yes, please!), I would have liked to have seen more authors and publishers. This was still a good way to spend a beautiful Sunday. Plus, free stuff!

Also, I learned that twice a year, Penguin puts out a compendium of the first chapters of its upcoming books. For free! But you can only get them at book festivals. I’m about to dig in, so I’ll keep you posted.

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The L.A. Times Festival of Books was held on the USC campus.
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Sure. Why wouldn’t the L.A. Opera be at a book fair?
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Natural History Museum tent…and a lion head
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More USC
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Just packed with books…
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Jennifer Lawrence is Awesome in Rolling Stone — And Probably All the Time

Evidence that Jennifer Lawrence is fun to hang out with: In her recent Rolling Stone interview, writer Josh Eells included stories of her friends’ first-time encounters with the open book that is Jennifer Lawrence.

Woody Harrelson:  “I was on my bus, and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody, I’m J — is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.”

Zoe Kravitz:“I’d met her a few times, and she was like, ‘You should come over and we’ll hang out. So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She’s like, ‘Come in, sorry, you’re early, I was about to shower.’ And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, ‘Are we here yet? Is this OK?’ And I was like, ‘I guess we’re there!'”

Josh Hutcherson: “When I got cast, she called me up for one of those five-minute ‘Excited to work with you, blah, blah, blah’ things. The conversation started with her saying, ‘Think about a catheter going in — ouch!’ and then turns into a 45-minute rant about zombies and the apocalypse.”

She sounds like fun, does she not?