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Zuckerberg’s Awesome First Decision as Dad and Other Notes from the Week


We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

Hemingway’s Moveable Feast Sells Out After Paris Attacks

Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, Parisians continue to have more and more surprisingly romantic responses—you know, the kinds that make you want to look to hope, smell the roses, and enjoy life. The latest shows itself in the 1964 book about Paris by Ernest Hemingway titled A Moveable Feast becoming an overnight bestseller. “Then there was the bad weather,” Hemingway wrote in his opening line of his memoir about his time there. “All of the sadness of the city came suddenly with the first cold rains of winter.” Somehow the scene seems familiar to what Parisians are experiencing today. Here’s to hope, and here’s to good art that has a magical way of being timeless. —Mary Rose Somarriba

Time Magazine Nominates More Women for Person of the Year

This year, several women are in the running for the annual Person of the Year cover story—among them: Malala Yousafzai, Misty Copeland, and Carli Lloyd. But there are a few others you may not have heard of. Read up on some of the ones that stuck out to us here. —MRS

Grease Is the Word

Photos from Grease: Live were posted on star Julianne Hough’s Facebook page this week. The TV adaptation of the classic movie will be filmed live and aired on Fox on January 31, following in the footsteps of The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!, which aired on NBC in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Hough will be donning her best poodle skirt to reprise the role of wholesome Sandy (originated by Olivia Newton-John), and actor Aaron Tveit (perhaps best known for his stint on Gossip Girl) will take on the “bad boy” role of Danny Zuko that helped secure John Travolta’s fame. Also pictured is Vanessa Hudgens, who is following up her Broadway musical theater debut in Gigi by playing Rizzo, the leader of the Pink Ladies. If the pictures are any indication, the producers are sticking with the tried-and-true visual aesthetic of the original movie, complete with black leather and LOTS of hair gel.

Grease has never been my favorite musical. The music is super-catchy, but I have never quite been able to stomach the fact that Sandy (spoiler alert!) changes so much to be with Danny, and he doesn’t have to change at all. Sigh. Even so, I am still looking forward to some excellent dance sequences, vintage cars, and (my new favorite pop star) Carly Rae Jepsen bringing “Beauty School Dropout” to life. If Fox wants to promote live theater (albeit through TV), I am all for it. —Monica Weigel

Bindi Irwin Wins DWTS

Our favorite contestant on Dancing with the Stars won the mirrorball this Tuesday. The Australian teen conservationist Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late famed crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, earned the trophy with partner Derek Hough after performing numerous perfect-ten dances and winning over hearts across the country. In Irwin’s freestyle performance on Monday night, she and Hough performed a simply choreographed dance dedicated to the memory of her father. At the end of the dance, everybody was in tears. Sometimes people say “everybody was in tears” and mean that everyone was moved. No, in this case, everybody was in tears and blubbering audibly—including the judges, cohost Erin Andrews, Hough, and, of course, Irwin herself. A beautiful and heartfelt note to end on. —MRS

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Share Their Secret to a Successful Marriage

Talking to ET Online at the premiere for his new film, Concussion, on Monday night, Will Smith shared how he makes his marriage a priority. The star has been married to Jada Pinkett Smith for twenty years and said that “really at the end of the day, it’s [about] just not quitting.” It’s great to hear such a high-profile star talk about how a successful marriage takes work and commitment. “You can’t expect it to be easy,” he said. “It’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know we’re just not quitters.”

While this advice is very common, where he took it next struck me as pretty revelatory: “If there is a secret, I would say [it] is that we never went into working in our relationship. . . . We only ever worked on ourselves individually and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.” When you think about it, becoming a better person should be the constant goal of each person in a relationship, but it takes humility to admit that you need to work on yourself for the sake of the other person rather than telling the other person that they need to change. Of course, in a marriage you’re always trying to work as a team, but as someone still relatively new to this whole marriage thing, I found this fresh way of thinking about “working on a marriage” very helpful. —Sophie Caldecott

Bring on the Joe!

A new study has revealed that coffee drinking is lifesaving once again. People who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and suicide. Regular coffee consumption has been defined as three to five cups a day, according to Frank Hu, one of the leaders of the study. While most of the coffee in the study was caffeinated, decaf coffee may help, too. So raise that extra cup of coffee! To life! —Siobhan Fagan

What Zuckerberg’s Parental Leave Decision Means for the Rest of Us

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he plans to take two months of paternity leave after the birth of his forthcoming child with wife Priscilla Chan. That news is remarkably awesome when we consider what it means for workplace equality, hands-on help for new moms, and overall positive benefits for the entire family. This week at Verily, we took a closer look at just how much parental leave helps everyone involved—and we hope other companies will take note as well. —MRS

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaves Fox & Friends to Focus on Her Kids . . .

. . . and everyone starts commenting. Does this mean the TV host is suggesting that working moms don’t focus on their kids? As Baleigh Scott writes this week, no, not at all. Far from diminishing the work of working moms, moves from prominent professional females like this remind us just how much work it takes to both work and parent—and just how huge an accomplishment it is to pull it off. —MRS

Did You Watch the American Music Awards?

In case you missed last Sunday’s award show hosted by Jennifer Lopez, Monica Weigel shares our favorite moments from the AMAs: Céline Dion singing a French song in tribute to Paris, Carrie Underwood commenting on how motherhood has changed her life . . . and Demi Lovato singing with nineties royalty Alanis Morissette. These are just some of the many special moments you won’t want to miss. —MRS