January 26, 2007 |
BACK in the 1980s, researchers began noticing a new trend: Gray divorce. Although the divorce rate among people married less than 30 years held steady, divorces in marriages longer than 30 years increased a whopping 16%. This trend has continued. A 2004 study by the AARP found that of the one in three U.S. marriages that end in divorce, two-thirds of them are initiated by women.
May 21, 1995 |
Journals have long been regarded as the most intimate and therefore honest forms of writing. But as Deirdre Bair shows in this definitive, eminently readable biography, they can also be masterful tools of deception. Anais Nin kept both real and false diaries, editing and rewriting them throughout her life in a prodigious, never-ending recreation of self. The image of Nin that emerges in Bair's biography is that of persona without anima in the Jungian sense--mask without soul.
October 13, 1996 |
H.L. Mencken called it "the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident." He was talking about writing but it could well have been about travel. The unexpected is its essence. Who has not set out for a museum only to stumble upon a lively market of birds? Or sat down for a quick cappuccino and gotten up three hours later awash in risotto con tartufi?
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July 26, 2006 |
The story goes that their love affair began the moment they laid eyes on one another, in the elevator of a swank Manhattan apartment building in 1947. A few weeks later, the exotic-looking writer and the strapping young actor were driving to California on an adventure that would eventually lead to marriage. There was one problem: Anais Nin, the prolific diarist who would become a feminist heroine, already was married.
March 6, 2004 |
Books with sweeping themes -- on topics such as Sept. 11 and Vietnam -- are among the finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, along with works of fiction exploring more intimate spaces, including the lives of young Asian Americans in L.A. and neighbors in Los Feliz. Finalists in nine categories were announced Friday night in New York; winners will be recognized April 24 at an awards ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Each winner will receive a $1,000 award.
January 4, 2000 |
In "Feeding the Eye," her accomplished new collection of essays, Anne Hollander focuses her astute, curious intelligence on a range of arts-related subjects that have come her way somewhat incidentally, by means of books assigned to her for review, and manages to turn them into a volume that sparkles with insight, learning and cohesiveness. This is no small achievement.