| Jan 30, 2011
The Art of Not Sitting Pretty
St. Martin's Press: 479 pp., $35
Here comes that old question, the one that pops up when a new biography of a prominent artist or writer is published: Do we judge an artist by the life or the work?...
| Sep 29, 2010
Piper Laurie has been reflecting on her career of late, a career that has careened from B-movie "bimbo" roles to Oscar nominations — not to mention that bag full of condoms she once scored as a budding starlet.
Though she was painfully shy,...
| Aug 17, 2010
If you want to plant a garden, cook what you grow, find a husband, be a better husband, get a baby to sleep, get along with a teenager, get that teenager into college, get a divorce or lose 20 pounds, you don't have to go it alone. There's a coach to help...
| Sep 13, 2010
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness...
| Oct 26, 2010
In the weeks prior to General Motors' historic bankruptcy filing in June of last year, then-car czar Steven Rattner furiously raced to tie up a number of key last-minute details. Chief among them was finding someone to take over stewardship of the 100-...
| Oct 3, 2010
An occasional look at classic reissues…
The Tree by John Fowles with a new introduction by Barry Lopez (Ecco: 94 pp., $13.99 paper) "The key to my fiction," wrote Fowles in 1979 when this essay was first published, "lies in my...
| Oct 6, 2010
When Marlo Thomas was a teenager, she was always crazy about some boy.
"I couldn't wait to go out on dates," says the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning Thomas, who came to fame in 1966 as the struggling actress Ann Marie in the ABC sitcom "That Girl."...
| Oct 3, 2010
Fourteen years after Pete Townshend dismissed the very idea of growing up when he wrote "Hope I die before I get old," a 40-year-old John Lennon sang a very different tune.
"I can hardly wait to see you come of age," he sang in 1980 to his then-5-year-...
| Jan 26, 2011
The challenge now is making "The King's Speech" into the lingua franca.
With a dozen Oscar nominations under its belt, the movie's executive producer and distributor Harvey Weinstein is ready to unleash a new marketing strategy that aims to rope in...
| Aug 25, 2010
Florence Henderson takes her acting very seriously, but that doesn't mean she doesn't like to fool around now and then.
Case in point: Her role as a clown groupie who wakes up in bed with Bob Goldthwait's boozy clown in the 1992 cult favorite "Shakes the...
| Jul 18, 2010
It's not hard to explain the appeal of magic. Got to clean your room? Wave a wand! Hungry? Utter a spell and a table appears, loaded with all the foods you like.
Of course, there are always complications. What spell turns the pot off, so you won't...