Kurt Soller

MTV, It's Time to Kill 'The Hills'

MTV's reality TV juggernaut—in which young pretty things become terrible human beings—has become a meta genre: we know they're acting, so those questions about whether it's scripted are older than the Juicy Couture they wore on Laguna Beach.

Tuning Out, Zuning In: Why I'm Keeping My iPod Forever

At this point, it's basically a given that I use an iPod. Apple has sold 220 million of 'em, almost one for every American of music-liking age. We jet out our doors each morning, press play and put the machine in our pocketrarely realizing that the Miike Snow album we're listening to is actually coming from the gadget, not from inside our heads.

Newsweek Can Has Photoblog?

Today, NEWSWEEK's turned its attention to the hilarious photography blogs that have been cropping up online faster than a Polaroid camera shoots out it's film .

What Happens When Facebook Locks Your Account

Imagine you wake up in the morning, you log into Facebook, and, out of nowhere, you're told that your account has been disabled. While it's not exactly a new phenomenon, it's bound to happen more often as Facebook grows.

The Jennifer Aniston Problem

 Poor Jennifer Aniston. She's heartbroken again, and it was a dirty breakup this time. Her boyfriend—a rock musician—cheats on her, and she discovers it by picking up a lipstick-stained wine glass.

'Melrose Place' Is Nothing Without Heather Locklear

The most dramatic block of '90s television will be resurrected tonight, when the CW welcomes us home to Melrose Place. Ten years after it left the air, the salacious soap will return to its proper place: right after the yawn-worthy remake of Beverly Hills, 90210.

My Audition for 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

By Kurt Soller A few things really stress me out. Taking the SATs (all three times) was a nightmare, and I hate anytime I fly: all that security, so many conversations with strangers.

Sandra Lee: The Anti-Julia Child

If you watch the cooking show Money Saving Meals, you'll see a svelte Sandra Lee working in an impressively clean kitchen. On the first episode, everything is white: the counters, the drawers, the bowls, even the KitchenAid mixer. So is the sweater she's wearing, which may not be a surprise, as Lee has developed a knack over her years on the Food Network of matching her appliances to whatever stylish outfit she has on. The kitchen is so pristine, you have to ask: is Lee actually cooking?

Make It Stop: "In These Tough Economic Times"

Are we in a recession? A depression? Experts may differ, but here's something we can all agree on: in these tough economic times, the last thing we want to hear, ever again, is the phrase "in these tough economic times." Sadly, the mainstream media—and if you consult Google, yes, NEWSWEEK is probably guilty, too—can't get enough of it.

The Trashy Pantheon: Is "Obsessed" the New "Showgirls"?

by Kurt Soller Confession: I'm obsessed with Obsessed. As I was typing an e-mail to my co-workers about the saturation of coverage, I almost didn't mention that I spent my Friday night watching a different movie-- You know, the Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter thriller with the terrible previews, the same one that topped the box offices when it opened two weekends ago.

Log Cabin Republican Hit Hard Times

In the 2008 election, 4 percent of the voters identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to a CNN poll, and 27 percent of them voted for John McCain—numbers that seem to indicate a healthy space in politics for the Log Cabin Republicans, the party's most visible gay organization.

Debunk This Meme: Mass Killings Linked By Economy

In one month, eight mass killings in the U.S. have left 57 people dead. A unifying theory has emerged: it's the "dismal state of the nation's economy," says an April 8 story in The Washington Post.