July 28, 1996 |
'Cruising Paradise" by Sam Shepard is a book of "tales," a genre that seems more inclusive, oral and ancient than the contemporary short story. It is a book full of great and varied narrative pleasures: Some of the pieces are beautifully constructed, fully realized short stories, while others are short bursts of dialogue, meditations, diary entries, letters, monologues, phone calls and plaints. Still others seem like myth and lore gleaned from old texts or barrooms.
February 6, 2013 |
Here's something to ponder if and when you and your spouse make your Valentine's Day toasts this year: when it comes to drinking - as in so many other facets of marriage - compatibility may be key to keeping couples together. Researchers reviewing data collected from 19,977 married couples in one county in Norway reported that spouses who consume about the same amount of alcohol were less likely to divorce than pairs where one partner is a heavy drinker and the other is not - especially when the wife is the one doing the drinking.
November 15, 2011 |
Under-21 drinking, which was legal in the U.S. decades ago, could have some lasting consequences. A study finds that drinking-age women who lived in states that allowed people under 21 to drink could be at higher risk for suicide and homicide later in life. Data from national cause-of-death files plus census surveys were examined for the study, released online today in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research . Reports contained information on more than 200,000 suicides and 130,000 homicides for people who turned 18 between 1967 and 1989.
August 3, 1988
Women who drink alcohol in moderation appear to have much less of a chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke than non-drinking women, according to a major new study. The study, the largest of its kind, found that middle-aged women who consumed an average of three to 17 drinks a week--a bottle of beer, glass of wine or mixed drink--had about a 40% lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke compared to women who did not drink at all.
September 6, 2011 |
Moderate drinking has been linked with various health benefits, and now a study finds that middle-age women who indulge in one drink a day or less on a regular basis may have a better chance of being healthier when they're older. The study, released today in the journal PLoS Medicine , looked at data on alcohol consumption among 121,700 female nurses who were part of the Nurses' Health Study. Of those participants, 13,894 lived to the age of 70 or older. Among them, 1,491 were considered to have aged successfully, defined as having no heart disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases, and no substantial cognitive declines, mental impairment or physical limitations at age 70 and older.
December 8, 2008 |
Wondering what to wear at the holiday party to lure a new love for '09? That expensive, sequiny dress? A handsome new holly-green vest and some knock-'em-dead after-shave? Too bad fashion writers don't read science journals. Instead of just lecturing on clothing, perfume and makeup, they could draw on research from human mating for their tips on boosting one's attractiveness at holiday parties -- ones that don't involve buying a thing.