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April 10, 2013 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty years ago, Anne Lamott wrote Operating Instructions , a memoir about the first year of her son's life. She was single, 35, and a recovering alcoholic. Baby Sam came along and transformed everything, the way a baby does. That same year, Lamott's best friend died of cancer. Lamott captured the day-to-day details of both events in a timeless journal that is still popular today. So it seemed a bit stunning - even to Lamott - when last year she released a follow-up, Some Assembly Required , about that son's first son. But the shock of becoming a grandmother 10 years earlier than she expected gave way when she set eyes on Jax Jesse Lamott.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I am writing in response to your answer to "Bi in the Deep South," the woman who is happily married to a man, but who now realizes she is bisexual and wants to come out. My wife is an out bisexual woman. The notion that stating one's bisexuality is "advertising that one is available" is why my wife chose to come out - to combat this misconception. Bisexuals, are no more likely to act on this attraction than anyone else. "Bi" should just be herself, and she should tell her husband first.
NEWS
April 7, 2013
America's Coming Demographic Disaster By Jonathan V. Last Encounter Books. 237 pp. $23.99 Reviewed by Paul Jablow Nancy Willard, a poet and novelist best known as a children's author, is generally credited with the saying: "Sometimes questions are more important than answers. " Jonathan V. Last's book bears out the truth of that statement: His answers range from obvious to insightful to perhaps crackbrained. But there's no escaping his big question: Since the United States' "total fertility rate" - a better measure than crude birthrate - is sharply declining, what can we or should we do about it?
NEWS
April 6, 2013
Stan Isaacs, 83, a storied sports columnist at Newsday from 1978 to 1992, died Tuesday, April 2, at home in Haverford, Pa., his daughter Ellen said. Mr. Isaacs, born in Brooklyn, took pride in being known for something he took: swiping the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 world championship pennant from Los Angeles and bringing it back to what he considered its home. For readers and colleagues at Newsday, though, he is known for what he gave: a whole new way to view and appreciate sports and reporting.
NEWS
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Don Payne, 48, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons who also wrote the hit movie Thor , has died. His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Payne shared four Emmys won by The Simpsons . He also wrote the 2006 Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer . - AP
NEWS
March 23, 2013
British author James Herbert, 69, whose best-selling spine-tinglers included The Rats and The Fog, died Wednesday at his home in Sussex, in southern England. His publisher did not disclose a cause. The London-born Mr. Herbert studied graphic design, print, and photography before finding work at an advertising agency. His first novel, The Rats - which depicted London being overrun by mutant flesh-eating rodents - took 10 months to complete and was published in 1974.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
HASTINGS, MICH. - A burglar expressing guilt about stealing $800 from a western Michigan store three decades ago has repaid the money, plus some interest. The anonymous thief sent a note and $1,200 in $100 bills to the Barry County sheriff's department in Hastings, and the mailing arrived this week, a local TV station reported. The writer admitted that he had broken into the Middle Mart in Thornapple Township, near Grand Rapids, about 30 years ago. In a letter packed with emotion and spelling errors, the writer asks for "help in locating a man" to whom the writer owes the money.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER CULTURE CRITIC
Welcome to the perfect lives of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. He's the 43-year-old screenwriter of mainstream films including the current Oz The Great and Powerful and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole . In recent ventures he has worked with the best of both worlds - Frances McDormand on Broadway and Nicole Kidman in film. He lives in a sprawling Victorian house in Brooklyn with his wife Christine (beautiful) and two children (delightful). He would appear to have left his hardscrabble South Boston upbringing far behind.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Haris Anwar, Bloomberg News
Pakistani security forces have arrested a suspect in the 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in the port city of Karachi, according to Pakistani police and military officials. Qari Abdul Hayee, a former leader of the Sunni sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, or LeJ, was aware of the plan to kidnap Pearl, the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief, according to a military official with knowledge of the detention, who asked not to be identified. Imran Shaukat, the spokesman for police in Sindh province, confirmed Hayee's arrest during a news briefing in Karachi.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation By Dan Fagin Bantam. 560 pp. $28 Reviewed by Dawn Fallik   In a time when parents research the origins of their children's toys and diners ask whether their chicken is free-range, antibiotic-free, and locally bred, the chemicals in the local water and air often remain unquestioned. It's hard to read Dan Fagin's new book, Toms River , without glancing at that cup of water and wondering why we're so complacent about the most common elements in our lives.
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