It’s that time. Hold onto your hats pants.

– Sometimes you can see Natalie backlash coming, other times it’s a surprise. It didn’t even occur to me that the NY Times article would kick up a fuss but it seems that it did. So we have musings about where Natalie’s pants are, or more importantly why her interview partner, Foer, isn’t also appearing pantsless.

– Then we have the personally salacious angle focused on a rumour that Foer had a marriage-ending crush for Natalie, putting a creepy spin in the exchanges in the NY Times piece.

– Not to be outdone by the (I think) tongue-in-cheek criticism of Foer’s story about losing his old emails to Natalie.

– But there is some appreciation out there, The Daily Beast absolutely loved the piece.

And so, the Portman-Foer letters buck a negative trend: it is heartening, with the modern twist of email rather than quill and guttering candle, to at least see an attempt to return to the art of letter-writing, of connection, and elaboration.

– And now for something completely different, it seems as though Annihilation has wrapped filming. Now the long wait till the first trailer.

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  • Meli says:

    People are so lame. I dont know what the big deal is. She is not wearing pants, so what. At least she is wearing underwear ☺

  • Nina says:

    I feel like maybe I was reading different emails to other people? Because there’s nothing I find pretentious about Natalie’s emails. I think some people have trouble with reading comprehension because they don’t understand that some answers are tongue and cheek like the Moscow story. She clearly mentions she found it stupid as well. I mentioned this before but Natalie seems to be penalised for being intelligent. Just because you want to have intelligent conversation it doesn’t make you a snob.

  • jesslv74 says:

    I completely agree with you Nina!

  • natness says:

    I think that Foer is the one who´s pretentious in this piece.

  • Juan234 says:

    It seems incredibly odd that Foer would choose an email chain format as the premise for their interview, considering the tabloid articles which accused Foer of leaving his wife based on emails with Portman! So so odd. I had not read these rumors at the time, but there are a bunch of articles from 2015 about it. And even if the rumors are total fabrication, you can hardly fathom that Foer wasn’t aware of them (as opposed to Portman perhaps, who gets so much press it would be conceivable).

    And then he just happens to start the interview off by letting Portman know he lost all his email? Yet he just happens to have the first email she ever sent him??