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July 25 2014

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Putting Freckles First; The FDA Approves The Latest Wonder Diet Drug; And More…

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Freckles are often photoshopped out or covered with concealer in editorials, which always bothered L.A.-based photographer Reto Caduff—and compelled him to celebrate spots with a new, limited-edition book of portraits showcasing pretty pigmentation. [NYT]

We were presumably not alone in feeling pangs of sadness yesterday as the news spread that beloved essayist, humorist, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron had passed away. Among her many enduring legacies—When Harry Met Sally, anyone?; her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman—we were happy to glean one more Ephronism while reading her well-written obituary in the Times. Apparently, the journalist got blow-outs twice a week. “It’s cheaper by far than psychoanalysis and much more uplifting,” she believed. Words to live by. [NYT]

For the first time in over a decade, the FDA has approved a new diet drug. Belviq, as the pill is called, reportedly activates a receptor in the brain that helps a person eat less and still feel full. [CNN]

Believe it or not, Tom Cruise swears he doesn’t use Botox to help keep him looking as young as he did in his Top Gun days. Age-defying nightingale excrement facials, however, are not off the table. [Now Magazine]

Photo: Freckles, by Reto Caduff / The New York Times

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