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Frances McInnis
Frances McInnis is a culture and lifestyle journalist based in Toronto, Canada. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, and, among others. Frances grew up in Vancouver, Canada and still occasionally says, “eh.”.

Entries by Frances McInnis

Puny Bun? Put a Sock in It

(10) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 2:09 PM

I've spent my life making envious sideways peeks in the locker room at the gym and the bathroom at the club. Doing anxious size comparisons, and split-second estimations of length and girth. I've put so much effort into trying to hide the source of my angst, but here, in the...

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Why Bloggers Love Books

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 8:38 AM

Brenna Ehrlich is still recovering from her date with a listless Williamsburg type. Ehrlich, who looks like a doll with her huge eyes, tiny face and masses of dark wavy hair, drags herself out of bed early, even though she got home late. Wearing a David Bowie "Glass Spider Tour"...

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Five Conversation Starters: Boobs, Boobs, Boobs

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 5:42 PM

The media's collective eyes seem locked below neck level. After Us Magazine reported that Kate Hudson was filling out her bikinis with some surgical assistance, the Web came alive with speculation, opinions and -- that tried-and-true muckraking technique - side-by-side photo comparisons. Hudson's modest...

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Five Conversation Starters: Jesse James and Tattoos

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 1:11 PM

When we found out that Jesse James had cheated on American sweetheart Sandra Bullock, we all called him a sleaze. But he didn't truly eclipse our favorite philandering golf star in scumbaggery until we heard about his mistress's tattoos. Michelle "Bombshell" McGee reportedly has a swastika...

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The Vancouver Games: The Spotlight Goes Out

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 5:14 PM

Things are returning to normal. The Olympics-themed box has disappeared from the front page of the New York Times website. Politics and crime stories are once again leading the evening news. The stream of patriotic tweets and Facebook updates is slowing.

Gone are the hero-making moments, the breathless...

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Vancouver: Canada in Miniature?

(33) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 3:21 PM

Earlier this week, Stephen Colbert, the enthusiastically patriotic and clueless character played by Stephen Colbert, television star, interviewed Ujjal Dosanjh, the Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver South.

Colbert leafed through papers and performed exaggerated vocal warm up episodes while Dosanjh waited patiently....

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(Hockey) Pride Comes Before a Fall

(8) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 9:19 AM

Oh, man. Oh, man.

I had planned to write a triumphant post about Canada's hockey supremacy. Instead, I'm left with little will to continue on, never mind the energy to unpack the disappointment that was this previous week's game.

I watched the great letdown with two hundred...

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Olympics Obsessed? You're Not Alone

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Anyone who lives in Manhattan and has a pullout couch receives a shocking number of weekend visitors.

When friends from Toronto came to visit last weekend, my boyfriend convinced me that insisting we stay home and watch Olympics for three days wouldn't earn me any hostess prizes. Consequently, Saturday...

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The Vancouver Games: U.S. and Canada Are Neighbors, Not Twins

(46) Comments | Posted February 13, 2010 | 5:36 PM

To the Canadians reading this, I have some shocking news:

Canada and the United States have a lot in common. At least, NBC thinks so.

After an opening segment paying homage to Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died when he lost control during a practice run...

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The Vancouver Games: Will the Media Get It Right?

(14) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 10:18 AM

I heard the joyful cheers and the honking horns in the streets of Vancouver that morning in July 2003 when IOC President Jacques Rogge soberly announced that the 21st Winter Olympic Games would be held in my home city.

I watched the light-blue numbers tick down on...

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