1. Happy Birthday Mindy Kaling! 
Here’s our interview with Kaling, in which we talk about fashion:

"I have found it to be true that men tend to not understand or like sequins very much. Men don’t like the wedge shoe, I have noticed. Men don’t like the statement necklace or chunky, tribal jewelry. These are all the things, by the way, that I love, so the overlap in the Venn diagram of things that men hate for women to wear, and things that I love to wear, is almost full overlap … which is unfortunate for me.
Like most women, I dress for other women. If I was going to dress for men, in general, I would just be wearing a fitted black T-shirt and tight jeans every day. Of course, this is my unscientific research done by working with male comedy writers for the past eight years. They just tend to really like — this specific group of guys — really simple, clean lines, things like that, but I don’t. So I dress for women, I wear all of those things, because I like looking at it. It makes me feel happy and excited to wear it.”


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    Happy Birthday Mindy Kaling

    Here’s our interview with Kaling, in which we talk about fashion:

    "I have found it to be true that men tend to not understand or like sequins very much. Men don’t like the wedge shoe, I have noticed. Men don’t like the statement necklace or chunky, tribal jewelry. These are all the things, by the way, that I love, so the overlap in the Venn diagram of things that men hate for women to wear, and things that I love to wear, is almost full overlap … which is unfortunate for me.

    Like most women, I dress for other women. If I was going to dress for men, in general, I would just be wearing a fitted black T-shirt and tight jeans every day. Of course, this is my unscientific research done by working with male comedy writers for the past eight years. They just tend to really like — this specific group of guys — really simple, clean lines, things like that, but I don’t. So I dress for women, I wear all of those things, because I like looking at it. It makes me feel happy and excited to wear it.”

    Photo via Brit.co

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  1. Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of “The Mindy Project" which starts its second season Tuesday September 17th on Fox.
The season ended with Mindy getting engaged to Casey (played by Anders Holm, right) while doing philanthropic work in Haiti. She returns to her OB-GYN practice and meets the doctor (James Franco) that filled in while she was away.
When Mindy spoke to Terry Gross she talked about how she wanted to approach her job as show-runner:

One thing my mom and dad raised me believing is that everyone is busy, so it’s not really a good conversation topic to talk about how busy you are. And it’s a little narcissistic, in fact, to talk about that, because everyone is stressed out no matter what job you’re in. Nobody is like, ‘Yeah, I’m doing really well — work is just a total snooze and so easy.’
So when I got this job, I thought, ‘I’m going to be that person who is the star of their own show and the show-runner and the head writer, et cetera, et cetera — but I’m going to always seem like it’s no big deal.’ And I was actually able to do that for the first six weeks. And now, I have to say, it’s a little hard to pretend that I’m just like this cool-as-a-cucumber person.


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    Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of “The Mindy Project" which starts its second season Tuesday September 17th on Fox.

    The season ended with Mindy getting engaged to Casey (played by Anders Holm, right) while doing philanthropic work in Haiti. She returns to her OB-GYN practice and meets the doctor (James Franco) that filled in while she was away.

    When Mindy spoke to Terry Gross she talked about how she wanted to approach her job as show-runner:

    One thing my mom and dad raised me believing is that everyone is busy, so it’s not really a good conversation topic to talk about how busy you are. And it’s a little narcissistic, in fact, to talk about that, because everyone is stressed out no matter what job you’re in. Nobody is like, ‘Yeah, I’m doing really well — work is just a total snooze and so easy.’

    So when I got this job, I thought, ‘I’m going to be that person who is the star of their own show and the show-runner and the head writer, et cetera, et cetera — but I’m going to always seem like it’s no big deal.’ And I was actually able to do that for the first six weeks. And now, I have to say, it’s a little hard to pretend that I’m just like this cool-as-a-cucumber person.

    photo via Huffington Post

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  1. Actress and comedy writer Mindy Kaling is on the show tomorrow.
The second season of The Mindy Project (which she stars in and created) starts next week. Congrats, Mindy!
Her hilarious memoir “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” was a bestseller.
Some highlights of the book include: addressing her “chubby” childhood years, living in squalor with her best friends after college, interning for Conan O’Brien, her widely celebrated play “Matt & Ben,” and her genuine skepticism about one-night stands.

    Actress and comedy writer Mindy Kaling is on the show tomorrow.

    The second season of The Mindy Project (which she stars in and created) starts next week. Congrats, Mindy!

    Her hilarious memoir “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” was a bestseller.

    Some highlights of the book include: addressing her “chubby” childhood years, living in squalor with her best friends after college, interning for Conan O’Brien, her widely celebrated play “Matt & Ben,” and her genuine skepticism about one-night stands.

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  1. This song, that played last night on the final episode of The Office is apparently a Creed Bratton original. It is so pretty. Creed, we hardly knew ye! And we’ll miss ye.


    Interviews with Office castmates, past and … well, past: Steve Carrell, Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer.

    (via James Poniewozik)

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  1. As part of our tribute to The Office today, we excerpt an interview with Rainn Wilson who has played Dwight Schrute on the show for the past nine years. In the excerpt we play a clip of a scene from the “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” episode in which Dwight is reading to kids from the 1845 German children’s book Der Struwwelpeter, a book known for it’s appalling stories about what happens to bad children who don’t behave.   It was written by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman, a Frankfurt physician, as a Christmas present for his three year old son. 

     

    Above, an animation from the Struwwelpeter story “The Story of Little Suck-A-Thumb.”  WARNING - It’s pretty gruesome.  Even though it’s based on a story from a children’s book, you may not find it fit for children.  Interested?

     

    Incidentally, “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” was written by Mindy Kaling and Greg Daniels, an interview with whom we also excerpt today.

     

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  1. Today on the show, we pay tribute to The Office, which has its series finale Thursday, May 16. It’ll go out with a bang, no doubt and we’re going to miss it when it goes. But, hey, we’ll always have the memories. Right, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, Greg Daniels and Ricky Gervais?


    Right.

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  1. Just thought we’d let you know that, starting tonight, our mothership, WHYY, is airing a series on the "Pioneers of Television." First episode up: Funny Ladies. It’ll feature Mindy Kaling, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Susie Essman, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman, Bea Arthur, Phyllis Diller and Betty White. Oh yes. Good stuff.

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  1. What do women love to wear but men hate?

    Mindy Kaling tells us in the Fresh Air interview:

    I have found it to be true that men tend to not understand or like sequins very much. Men don’t like the wedge shoe, I have noticed. Men don’t like the statement necklace or chunky, tribal jewelry. These are all the things, by the way, that I love, so the overlap in the Venn diagram of things that men hate for women to wear, and things that I love to wear, is almost full overlap… which is unfortunate for me…

    Like most women, I dress for other women. If I was going to dress for men, in general, I would just be wearing a fitted black T-shirt and tight jeans every day. Of course, this is my unscientific research done by working with male comedy writers for the past eight years. They just tend to really like — this specific group of guys — really simple, clean lines, things like that, but I don’t. So I dress for women, I wear all of those things, because I like looking at it. It makes me feel happy and excited to wear it.

    In the spirit of light-hearted cultural commentary, have anything to add to Mindy’s list? Or what about the things men love to wear that women hate?

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  1. When you are the only Indian-American female lead in a television show, you seem to be making sweeping statements about that person simply because you are that person and the only one whereas, for instance, Steve Carell — he’s not making sweeping generalizations about white American men on his show because there’s so many different white American men on different shows. …

    So I get worried by doing this character that people think that I’m saying that about all those people. And I just have the weight of that on my shoulders, which is something that I do envy other performers for not having.

    Mindy Kaling on being an Indian-American actress on TV

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  1. Now that I’m in Hollywood, I have many friends who run their own shows and one of the personality traits at a party — being overwhelmed by being a show-runner on a show — is just something people adopt. …

    And one thing my mom and dad raised me believing is that everyone is busy, so it’s not really a good conversation topic to talk about how busy you are. And it’s a little narcissistic, in fact, to talk about that because everyone is stressed out no matter what job you’re in. Nobody is like, ‘Yeah, I’m doing really well — work is just a total snooze and so easy.’ So when I got this job, I thought, ‘I’m going to be that person who is the star of their own show and the show-runner and the head writer, etcetera, etcetera — but I’m going to always seem like it’s no big deal.’ And I was actually able to do that for first six weeks. And now, I have to say, it’s a little hard to pretend that I’m just like this cool-as-a-cucumber person.

    — Mindy Kaling on getting little sleep. Does this ring true for anyone out there? It home over here…

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  1. Mindy Kaling is on the show today…

    And because it was so much fun reading your about your favorite and least favorite punctuation marks, here’s a video clip from The Office, where Kaling’s character, Kelly Kapoor, breaks down the five-dot ellipses.

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  1. From the archives: Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling, in 2006

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