May 30, 2013
Country Girl A Memoir By Edna O'Brien Little, Brown. 356 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Rita Giordano When the Irish writer Edna O'Brien started on her literary career, she didn't just make a fast break out of the gate. She crashed right through it. Her first novel The Country Girls and its frank portrayal of female sexuality were beyond shocking to rural Ireland of the 1960s. O'Brien was living in London by then, but back in her native land, she was vilified.
May 17, 2013
D EAR ABBY: A woman here at work constantly asks to borrow money. The first time she did it, she caught me off guard and I gave her $20. The second time she sent me an email asking for a loan, I replied that I only had a few dollars. I'm not the only person she asks. To be fair, she did return the $20 I loaned her, but isn't this akin to a hostile work environment? We all avoid her, but we also have to work with her every day. Times are tough for everyone, and it's irritating that she thinks she's the only one with money problems.
April 26, 2013 |
In January, Michelle Friedman of Mount Laurel celebrated her 46th birthday with more than 100 friends, many of them e-mail buddies who came from all over the country to wish her well. Afterward, she described the experience on her blog, "I'll Say It Once!": "Nine days ago I had people treat me like a big star. I know what it's like to be treated like a VIP. It rocks; I hope you all get to experience it, especially for something like a birthday. " To her family, said her husband, Ken, she was always "a rock star.
April 23, 2013 |
Digital publishing was barely on the horizon when Lauren Grodstein earned a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University a decade ago. But the publishing world has transformed so rapidly, said Grodstein, director of the M.F.A. program at Rutgers University's Camden campus, that she was beginning to feel uncomfortable offering only traditional writing and literature classes. Now, a new Rutgers program that merges disciplines for an innovative academic collaboration has eight M.F.A.
April 18, 2013
Mickey Rose, 77, a childhood friend of Woody Allen's who cowrote his movies Bananas and Take the Money and Run , died of cancer April 7 at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Jennifer, told the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Rose and Allen met in high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and became friends. They shared a love of jazz and baseball. Mr. Rose met his late wife, Judy, through a blind date arranged by Allen. Mr. Rose became a TV comedy writer. He wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour , All in the Family , and The Odd Couple . Allen said Rose was one of the funniest people he has known - and a "wonderful first baseman.
April 13, 2013
Inquirer Eagles writer Jeff McLane finished in a tie for fourth place in the Associated Press Sports Editors' breaking news category, it was announced Thursday. Staff writer Mike Jensen received honorable mention in the explanatory category in the over-175,000 circulation division, which included national websites. Both had previously been named top 10 nationally. McLane broke the news that then-Eagles president Joe Banner was leaving the team, and Jensen wrote an article about the Philly tradition of sneaking into big sporting and other events.
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.
April 10, 2013 |
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.
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?
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.