October 1, 1992 |
I'm standing at a cocktail party in Wayne, eyeballing the dip, when a Junior League-ish young matron walks up with a conversation-opener: "I hear you're a writer. " I nod, but I'm chary. There's something about being a writer that seems to call for an explanation. This is especially so along the Main Line, where finding a writer in their midst merely verifies popular suspicions. "You guys," began a well-lubricated Devonite one evening not long ago, "You're always writing about the bland, soulless suburbs.
January 17, 1989 |
Novelist, story-writer and critic Ann Petry, 77, will be honored for her "lifetime achievements and her inspiration to contemporary writers" at ceremonies during the fifth annual Celebration of Black Writing, to be held in Philadelphia Feb. 4 and 5. The two-day series of panels, workshops and receptions has been organized by the nonprofit educational organization Moonstone Inc. and will be held at various locations. Petry, who is the author of a number of novels and story collections, including The Street (1946)
November 11, 2005 |
Writer of O, a literary doc about the woman behind the pseudonym of the once-scandalous erotic novel Story of O, features interviews with academic types, journalists, French publishing veterans, and the wonderfully sweet-looking octogenarian author, Dominique Aury. The film, by Pola Rapaport, also juices up this fairly dry business with "reenactments" from the book - supposedly penned by Pauline Reage and published in Paris in 1954. As a narrator reads naughty bits about a woman and her adventures in submission, voyeurism and multiple-partner sex, an attractive young actress dressed (and undressed)
February 3, 1997 |
Jeanmarie Dunn Coogan, 71, a writer and magazine editor, died Friday in Shelburne, Vt. A West Philadelphia native, Mrs. Coogan graduated from West Catholic School for Girls and Immaculata College. After graduating with honors in 1947, she joined the editorial staff of Ladies Home Journal. When she married her husband, Joseph, in 1950, she left full-time journalism but continued to maintain her ties to the Journal. Her "Kate's Girl" series of stories first appeared in the Journal in the early 1960s.
October 25, 1998 |
When Tim O'Brien started writing Tomcat in Love (Broadway Books, $26), he thought he was working on a memoir. For years he had been thinking of writing about a childhood incident in which he and a friend had built a plywood cross and nearly nailed the friend's sister to it. "We never did, of course. But we came damned close," he said during an interview while in Philadelphia recently. While working on his "memoir," he called his editor and asked if it would be "OK if I made up some dialogue and made up a few incidents" to cover the gaps of a faulty memory.
June 1, 2000 |
Jack Lloyd, 66, a writer and columnist for The Inquirer for more than 30 years, died Sunday of a heart attack at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Lloyd, who wrote about popular culture, entertainment, jazz, and the Atlantic City performance scene, among other duties, had retired in 1997, but he continued to write for the paper up until his death. His last piece, an Atlantic City entertainment article on a show at the Tropicana called "Legends of the Catskills," was published May 19 in the Weekend section.
March 1, 1996 |
Shawna, 11, is a writer. She always has a pad and pencil in her hands so that every thought can be captured on paper before it escapes her. She writes stories and then writes letters to the characters in the stories. She writes routines and cheers for the cheerleading club, and she makes many entries in her diary. It's an outlet for her feelings of joy, sadness and anger. Therapy is helping her deal with abuse and neglect that she endured in the past. When Shawna reads, however, she prefers picture books.
July 10, 1986 |
Ellen Currie got off to the start a young writer dreams about. She was still in her 20s when her short stories began appearing in such magazines as the New Yorker - and today, at 55, her first novel is winning heady reviews. But in the interim, a nightmarish case of writer's block silenced her for more than 20 years. For the shy yet amiable writer, the worst is over. Critics have resoundingly praised her novel, Available Light, and it was selected as a Book of the Month Club alternate.
March 10, 1987 |
"I started writing poetry when I was a teenager because there was something inside me and I didn't know how to get it out. It was a gesture of release that scared me at first because I didn't know why I did it. " Playwright Charles Jenkins, 38, settles his lanky frame against the desk in his small office, the beginnings of a smile flirting with his face. He shrugs, spreading long, thin fingers - suitable for either much typing or much piano playing - along the desk's edge. "After a while, writing became so much a part of my life that I couldn't function not writing.
December 10, 2009 |
Tim Donaghy has become the latest public figure to write a book before reading one. The difference is that most of those other "authors" had ghost writers. Donaghy said he had help from no one - except his mother. In his new book, Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA, the disgraced NBA referee writes that because he was never a very good student, he was proud of himself for graduating from Villanova. "Not bad," he wrote, "for someone who had never read a book.