August 23, 1992
With regard to Kay Mills' "Life After a Tenured Position" ( July 19) about Carolyn Heilbrun: When was the last time anyone gave up a cushy, tenured position because she saw someone else treated shabbily? Columbia University will look a long time before finding someone with Heilbrun's brilliance, integrity and courage. Could the administration there be unaware that Heilbrun is, in another life, the superb mystery writer, Amanda Cross. As her avid readers all realize, Cross has "How to Murder an Academic" down to a cold science.
July 19, 1992 |
Shakespeare and Co., at 81st and Broadway in Manhattan, is one of those two-story, book-crammed shops that tempts you from all angles, not only with stacks of the new releases but also with artful displays of paperbacks that you might have been able to leave unbought if they'd been more discreetly shelved. A book season or so ago, feminist writer Carolyn G. Heilbrun, a k a Amanda Cross, wandered in with her friend Nancy K. Miller.
October 8, 1995 |
When I heard that Carolyn Heilbrun had written a biography of Gloria Steinem, I was excited. Heilbrun's book "Writing a Woman's Life" has been required reading in women's studies classes since its publication in 1988 as a pioneering framework for understanding the lives of "women who write their own scripts." As Steinem is undoubtedly one such woman, this seemed an inspired pairing of biographer and subject.
June 30, 2002 |
For May Sarton's devoted readers, the real story since she died seven years ago is not the continued sales of her best-known books or the recent independent shoot of "Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing" but the shock and insult of Margot Peters' 1997 biography. Sarton, who warily handed over boxes of letters to her chosen biographer, had worried that the finished product would be less than flattering.
August 8, 1996 |
Writer Catherine Dain of Chatsworth, author of a series featuring female sleuth Freddie O'Neal, responded to my recent column on fictional detectives who wear skirts but act like men. Dain was nominated for a Shamus for "Lay It on the Line." Her newest Freddie O'Neal is "The Luck of the Draw." Dear Pat: Your friend thinks V.I. Warshawski is a guy? I guess worrying about blood stains on her favorite scarf wasn't feminine enough to suit him. She'll have to take a chromosome test.
June 14, 1992 |
Not long ago, a friend, a seemingly happily married woman, startled our other dinner guests by precipitously announcing that her husband had just joined Sexaholics Anonymous. Since his recovery mandated spontaneous ritual public confession, this normally retiring fellow described with some shame and also some swagger his addiction to furtive, pick-up sex with more than 300 women a year.