Brand’s addictive personality
Russell Brand is an expert on addiction, said Judith Newman in The New York Times. The 42-year-old British comedian has been hooked on pretty much everything imaginable at one point or another in his life, including alcohol, heroin, pornography, sex, and especially celebrity. Brand, now 14 years sober, credits 12-step programs such as AA with saving him from himself. To that end, he’s written a characteristically eccentric self-help book to help others follow the same path, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. “My qualification is not that I am better than you,” Brand says, “but that I am worse.” All addiction, he has come to believe, has the same root: trying to fill an inner emptiness. “We are trying to solve inner problems externally—whatever it is in our lives that is missing. [Spiritual teacher] Eckhart Tolle said it perfectly: ‘Addiction starts with pain and ends with pain.’” Brand’s struggles aren’t entirely behind him, and he’s still a natural rebel, but he has settled into a soothing domesticity with his wife, their 10-month-old daughter, and his dog, Bear, a German shepherd. Brand describes the dog as his “abstracted libido.” “Even though he’s neutered, I think it was too little, too late; we’d have to chop off the entire back half of him,” Brand says. “He wants to eat life to death, in the most loving way imaginable. Which I identify with, because that’s, I think, what I used to want to do.”
Christie in twilight
Chris Christie is getting tired of the fight, said Jason Zengerle in GQ. As Christie prepares to leave office as the most unpopular governor in New Jersey history, he’s showing less appetite for the public confrontations that once made him a rising star in the Republican Party. “When you’re as prominent a person as I’ve been, there’s more than one person shooting at you all the time,” he says with a sigh. In July, viral smartphone footage captured the governor being booed and then arguing with a heckler at a Milwaukee Brewers game, which still rankles. “It ruined the rest of the game for me,” Christie says. “I’m a public servant, not a public punching bag.” The former pr esidential candidate has taken his share of blows since dropping out of the race and becoming one of the first high-profile Republicans to endorse Donald Trump. As Christie now sees it, Trump bested him at his own game. “Donald Trump ran the race in terms of the outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is guy,” he says. “That was my lane.” Christie remains on friendly terms with Trump, even though he was passed over for the vice presidency. “He gets mad at me at times, he yells at me at times, but he respects me,” Christie says.
Why Jones is irked at the world
Grace Jones is glad she isn’t modeling today, said Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian (U.K.). The Jamaican singer-songwriter, who is finishing work on her 11th studio album at age 69, says she couldn’t have made it in today’s fashion world. “I’d probably be dead,” she says. “Everybody’s so skinny. Size zero is like the walking dead. Not sexy at all.” She modeled in the early 1970s before transitioning into acting and music. “When I modeled, I would normally be a model size 6, 8. My shoulders are wide, it’s hard to make them fit into things.” The fashion industry is not the only thing about the modern world that irks Jones. “I wait with my son for an Uber. He says, ‘We have to walk to the car, he’s not gonna wait for us.’ And I say, ‘I’m not walking to the cab! The cab comes to us!’ But he wants us to go because the customer is rated,” Jones says. “The customer is rated? Excuse me! The world is inside out and upside down!” Not that Jones wants to drive herself. “I have no patience with bad drivers, so it’s better that I don’t,” she says. “I need a flying car.” ■