Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

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Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

We spend most of the week at Salon exploring the day’s big events and outrages, the fiery, boiling cauldron that rests on the front burner of the news.

But life’s incidental urgencies, the bummers in a minor key, often play as meaningful, if momentary, role in our days. So we’re giving our little disappointments their own Saturday column. And we hope you’ll send us your own, as well.

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    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

    Adele didn’t really give Chris Brown what for. She dashed all our hopes with a single tweet: “Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually!”

    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

    Obsessive coverage of the State of the Union grew unbelievably snotty.

    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

    The actor behind favorite all-American Everyguy Jim, John Krasinski, remained in heavy rotation as the voice of those (ever more deeply) unfortunate Carnival Cruise ads.

    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

    At Marc Jacobs’ show, “Some models wore fur stoles — with little animal heads — that showed how Jacobs likes to push the needle past the norm.”

    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

    A simple headline: Kate Gosselin returning to reality TV

    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

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    Danielle Steel’s 89th novel, “Until the End of Time,” debuts at No. 1 on the New York Times fiction list. Description: “The stories of two relationships, at different times, intersect unexpectedly.”

    Little Disappointments: Adele to Raphael

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    Raphael, it turns out, might have been a bit of a cad.

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