True Confession: Billy Bob Thornton Wears Girls’ Jeans

Billy Bob Thornton is known for many things: his roles in movies like Armageddon and Monster’s Ball, his highly publicized marriage and subsequent divorce to actress Angelina Jolie, his recent portrayal as Lorne Malvo in the television series “Fargo,” and his singing. But following a recent interview on “Oprah’s Master Class,” Thornton may be known for something entirely different. He wears girls’ jeans. “I’ll go to Old Navy and get girls jeans ’cause I’m kind of bony, and they fit me …

Writers, Glue Your Butt to That Chair!

Oprah Winfrey wants to hear what Dani Shapiro has to say about writing. That’s why “the Big O” has invited the 51-year-old novelist and memoir writer (left) to appear on her “Soul Sunday” show on October 20 [editor's note: The date of the show has changed from October 27 to October 20]. If you’re an aspiring writer of any kind, you may want to tune in as well: Shapiro’s points on the value of writing – even when you aren’t getting published …

Would Oprah Turn Her Back on Women Over 50?

An article in the New York Times about Oprah Winfrey and the declining readership of  O, The Oprah Magazine, her 12-year old publication, stopped me in my tracks.  Here’s the paragraph that leapt off the page and gave me my own “Aha!” (but not in a good way) moment: Ms. Winfrey wants that audience for the magazine, but she wants its readers to be younger. The median age for O readers is 49, according to data tracked by the audience …

The Takeaway: E. coli; Vaccines; Heat Wave; Poorer Than Our Parents?

Germany expecting more E.coli deaths: The E. coli outbreak that has killed 24 people continues to mystify health experts – and the source has yet to be pinned down.