The February issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands today (if you can get to one), includes a cover story on teen idol Justin Bieber, who says his global popularity is due not only to his talent, but his good looks: “Not trying to be arrogant, but if I walked down the street and a girl saw me, she might take a look back because maybe I’m good-looking, right?”
He tells VF that his influences include Michael Jackson and the Beatles, that he does not read much, and that he’d like to travel to the moon one day.
“I’m crazy, I’m nuts,” he says in the piece. “Just the way my brain works. I’m not normal. I think differently—my mind is always racing. I’m just … nuts.”
The same issue includes a “Spotlight” item on local writers Kathryn Stockett, Susan Rebecca White, Karin Slaughter, Amanda Gable, Sheri Joseph, Joshilyn Jackson, Natasha Trethewey, Emily Giffin, and Jessica Handler, who were photographed in front of the Swan House.
Stockett, whose runaway hit “The Help” has been adapted for the big screen, “is leading a new wave of Southern female writers who might look like belles but who write fearlessly about the region’s troubled legacies of race, class, gender, and sexuality,” Vanity Fair writes.
The magazine also congratulates the capital of the New South for becoming more like the North, saying the group of talented writers is “turning Atlanta into the most vibrant new literary scene outside of Brooklyn.”
- By Jennifer Brett, The Buzz, firstname.lastname@example.org