FLARE Five: June 3, 2014

A daily round-up of the news, views and trends we're talking about today

2014 Bookexpo America - Day 3

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Pop Culture Lena Dunham’s new book aims to make your menial job and dodgy sex life just a smidge easier to handle. Dunham, who appeared at Book Expo America in New York City this week, offered those present a snippet from the introduction to her much-anticipated new book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, which is out in September.

A taste: “And if I can take what I’ve learned to make one menial job easier for you, prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel like you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile.” Read more from Dunham here.

Beauty Marie Claire’s Chanel-inspired French manicure redeems the much-maligned style, elevating it from strip-mall standard to chic nail art. Learn how to duplicate the look here.

Fashion A word to the wise: the ballerina flat (and its oh-so-sweet little bow) is, according to The Guardian, well past its best-before date. The only acceptably contemporary flat is one with a pointed toe, says the newspaper’s Jess Cartner-Morley, who breaks down how you ought to wear them.

Sex Lindsay Lohan’s “sex inventory,” which made headlines a few months back, is apparently a bit of a thing, says The New York Post. Like Lohan, many are reportedly choosing to keep track of their sexual partners by creating a handwritten list. Maybe a spreadsheet would be more fitting.

Health Red wine may help prevent tooth decay and pricey visits to the dentist, suggests a new study. Vino, it seems, kills bacteria that clings to the teeth and contributes to tooth decay. Cheers to that.