Afternoon Delight: Previews of books by Jane Lynch and Mindy Kaling, a new look at Lindsay

 
 

Good afternoon!

Please join me in wishing a happy birthday to both Stevie Nicks and Pam Grier! Today the rock temptress turns 63 and The L Word actress turns 62.

Jane Lynch‘s memoir, Happy Accidents, is due out in September, but she gives us a little preview of its contents in a recent interview with Publishers Weekly.

Lynch says that the book will focus on her professional career, from the time she got her start in improv comedy, discovering her talent as an ensemble performer, and all the times she almost gave up on being a performer. Lynch said, “I kept waiting for someone to step in and show me how to do it,” she says. “In a series of what seemed to me to be accidents, I’d end up where I was supposed to be.” Lynch also shares a piece of advice that she says she wishes she could have given herself when she was just 18 years old. “Live in the moment, deal with what’s in front of you, and do your best. Do what you’re best at; that’s what’s important.” Well it certainly has worked for her!

The New York Times reports that painter Richard Phillips is trying his hand at directing, making his debut with the 90-second short Lindsay Lohan, which will debut next week in Commercial Break, an "upstart program of artists’ videos put together by Neville Wakefield for the opening festivities of the 54th Venice Biennale." Phillips says the video is "… a way to think about a new kind of portraiture.”

I’m guessing it’s supposed to give us a new way of thinking about Lindsay Lohan, too.

Mindy Kaling fans who are sick of waiting for her new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, will be thrilled to learn that the first 24 pages are now available online.

Chapter headings include "Don’t Peak in High School," "Someone Explain One-Night Stands to Me" and "Non-Traumatic Things That Have Made Me Cry." The book is scheduled for a November 1, 2011 release.

Check out this sneak peek of the first episode of the new season of Rizzoli and Isles.

Yes, we agree that R & I are a "perfect match." In fact, I’m pretty sure we’re the ones who originally suggested it!

Comic Chelsea Handler set up a Friend-setter page on the gay rights organization Friendfactor, tweeted about it, and mobilized fans to make nearly 500 calls to New York legislators to voice support for the upcoming bill that will extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian New Yorkers. Actress Kristen Bell set up a page, tweeted about it, and inspired nearly 100 calls to Albany legislators. We like having friends with impressiveTwitter followings and the willingness to put them to good use!

If you’re in Los Angeles next Wednesday, June 1, check out Erin Foley‘s "Gays R Us" comedy show at The Improv. The stellar lineup includes Foley, Carol Leifer, Dana Goldberg and That’s What She Said!

Lesbian/Bi Video of the Day:
Has it really been eight years since Ellen DeGeneres launched her talk show? Check out this video of some of her favorite moments from the last 1300 episodes.