July 25, 1993 |
The book "The Road Less Traveled" has topped The New York Times best-seller list for nearly 10 years--as long as "Cats" has played on Broadway--but no one seems to know why. Week after week, the book fluctuates between the third and 10th spot on the nonfiction list in the Sunday Book Review section, withstanding competition from the barrage of other self-help books flooding the market.
January 13, 2000 |
All About Love: New Visions By bell hooks William Morrow 237 pages, $22 * As bell hooks points out early in her book of essays on love, intellectuals and cultural critics are usually the last people one would expect to write about love.
July 21, 1999 |
Yankee Ingenuity Bureau: Snooping through other people's medicine cabinets is losing its thrill. More and more hosts are now hiding their Viagra, Preparation H, Prozac and other embarrassing medications before guests arrive. So as a substitute we recommend peeking inside their major appliances. For example, in New England, 35% of residents use refrigerators to store dead animals, according to a study by Energy Star, a consortium of New England utility companies.
July 23, 1995 |
I cannot say it surprised me to read in Gail Sheehy's "New Passages" that the syndrome she termed "Catch-30 for Couples" in "Passages," her best-selling book published in 1970, could now be termed "Catch-40 for Couples." Sheehy has long been established, after all, as a writer with a facility for what some might describe as beaming light on a murky path and what others may view as taking old cliches and making new cliches of them.
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October 8, 1996 |
Michael Levine is upset. He sees abandonment of personal responsibility as a very real threat to society. And he thinks that now is the time to spark a "prairie fire" of dialogue about the problem. So Levine has proposed that a Statue of Responsibility, akin to that more well-known statue in New York Harbor, be built on the West Coast to remind people that with liberty comes responsibility.
March 12, 1985 |
Trying to define the word love , I said the other day, could be more fun than Trivial Pursuit. Now Auriel Douglas, who happens to be writing a book on love, sends evidence that the word has been a trial for English lexicographers since dictionaries came into being. Ms. Douglas has been researching her book at the UCLA Research Library, that great and vastly underappreciated treasury of ours.
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February 3, 2001 |
Spiritual concerns are "hard-wired into the soul," insists Philip Zaleski, editor of "The Best Spiritual Writing 2000," the third in a series of annual anthologies. But an expansive definition of what constitutes spirituality is at work in the essays, poems and miscellaneous musings collected here. One does not have to be counting angels on a pinhead to be regarded as an earnest seeker and to earn a place in the pages of "The Best Spiritual Writing."