However, the research found the biggest differences between Lauren and Callum between 2000 and 2019. While people entering their 20s may have a lot of friends with those two names, there have been less and less parents choosing them over the past twenty years. After all, with the number of baby name books and lists available, parents are spoilt for choice! … [Read more...] about The 10 most endangered baby names for boys and girls – and one is royal!
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This week, Update comes out of the gate running. Its first half is an exhausted excoriation of Trump, the conservative media, and influential predators. Of Michael Flynn’s confession, Colin Jost says, “It’s just refreshing to see a powerful man plead guilty to something other than sexual harassment.” And though Trump has survived a lot of scandal in his short presidency, Michael Che imagines the next year will find the president “in prison cornrowing some brother named Lunchmeat’s hair.” At the end of this half, Kate McKinnon comes out as U.K. prime minister Theresa May, whose back-and-forth with Trump about his retweeting of racist, anti-Muslim videos has never made her “feel more alive.” For May, saying Trump was “wrong,” was the start of a flame war that helped her “dunk on a thirsty bitch.” McKinnon’s retrained sing-song is a joy. … [Read more...] about Recap: Saoirse Ronan Explains How to Pronounce Her Name
Was there anything in my life — my actual life, the part not lived on the carpet in front of a TV set — to contradict this? Not yet, but my world was changing. The great cratering of New York City was now at its most dire — it was the era of overflowing trash cans, of sidewalks full of dog turds, of garbage men on strike and blaring horns and headlines about financial default (“New York City Is Now Dead” stories are not an invention of 2020), of graffiti-covered subway cars and mimeographed notes sent home from school about how to teach your children to protect themselves against muggers. I was still too young for some of the movies — The French Connection, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — that reinforced the national image of New York as an ill-tempered hell where everyone was sweating just to get through the day. But my father took me to a couple of long-forgotten cut-rate versions of those films — Cops and Robbers and Law & … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
The other four monologues are all flat by comparison. Dan Levy appears as an actor auditioning to be a gay superhero, worried that the producers want a kind of flamboyant minstrelsy; Issa Rae is an insulted high-school not-quite-chum of Ivanka’s (“She’s Dracula with a blowout!”); Sarah Paulson plays a meditation guru who admits she can’t ohm her way through a Trumpist family gathering in the Midwest; Kaitlyn Dever is a nurse from Wyoming who’s come to help fight COVID-19 in New York. Taken together, they do reveal that Miriam’s snobbishness is not just a character foible — it’s built into Rudnick’s work. In all of the monologues, the non–New York parts of the country are a hell from which to escape. Culture certainly doesn’t happen in any of the middle zones. Worse, the nurse meets a patient who makes jokes about a coronavirus test. “Well, let’s hope it’s cancer,” the indomitable New Yorker … [Read more...] about Is As Distanced As Its Subject
The Waleses' nuptials really brought the big white wedding back into fashion. The opening salvo of the public celebrations was fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with a gun salute in Hyde Park marking the first marriage of a Prince of Wales in 118 years, followed by a huge fireworks display. Among the 500,000 people watching was Prince Charles's goddaughter India Hicks, who ended up staying the night with Princess Margaret in nearby Kensington Palace because the streets were too busy to reach her own home. It was certainly a magical evening when the Queen's sister might offer you a bed and a young girl could go to sleep a nursery teacher and wake up to become a Princess of the realm. … [Read more...] about Royal brides’ wedding eve: how Princess Beatrice, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, more spent it