July 12, 2013 |
New York-based author Lauren Weisberger recently followed up her big 2003 bestseller, "The Devil Wears Prada," with a sequel set a decade later, "Revenge Wears Prada" - her fifth novel about the young and chic. Weisberger's protagonist, Andy, has graduated from assisting the editor of a major fashion magazine to editing her own glossy that covers weddings. Did you feel any pressure from your publisher or fans to write a sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada"? I wouldn't say that I felt any pressure.
May 16, 2013 |
Jennifer Finney Boylan was the father of two young boys, a devoted husband, a keyboard player in bar bands, the author of three published novels, and an English professor in Maine when she began the process that would make her outwardly - anatomically and socially - the woman she felt she had always been on the inside. Her book about life before, during and after that transition, "She's Not There" (2003), made her a guiding star for many transgender readers: Here was somebody who made all the changes she needed and, despite all the growing pains, got to keep most of her life.
November 27, 2012 |
Within the first few moments of Alicia Keys' new album, "Girl on Fire," it's clear that this artist once labeled the new queen of Soul is now emulating the confidence needed to fulfill that role. "It's been a while, I'm not who I was before / You looked surprised, your words don't burn me anymore," she sings in "Brand New Me" over her trademark R&B piano playing. "Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it's clear to see / Don't be mad, it's just the brand new kind of me. " "There is no mystery … it's severely honest.
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September 14, 2012 |
Everyone else seems to have calmed down. But I'm still shaking my head at the mom Olympics that competed with the real ones this political season. First, former State Department official Ann-Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic magazine told us we can't have it all. Then Marissa Mayer, the new head of Yahoo, declared she'd work through her brief maternity leave. The usual chorus of voices rose to defend or attack each woman. The mommy wars, yawn. I just can't get worked up over them anymore.
September 10, 2012 |
Although it may seem like heresy, given my profession, I have never had strong feelings about Katie Couric one way or another. I found her mildly entertaining in her long-running gig on the "Today" show, valuable mainly for keeping Matt Lauer's passive-aggressive alpha dog tendencies in check. I did not think she would blow us away as the host of "The CBS Evening News," where even her big "get" -- Sarah Palin unable to name an American newspaper -- was the accidental result of a softball question.
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Did Ann Romney connect? That remains to be seen. The 20-minute speech that she delivered Tuesday night was ostensibly for the Republican National Convention - and the nation - but it was aimed directly at the hearts and minds of the female voters who have had trouble warming up to her husband. In a brilliant red Oscar de la Renta dress - belted at the waist, with elbow-length sleeves and a slightly belled skirt - Romney looked like a fabulous housewife. Which she proudly is. An unapologetic stay-at-home mom who raised five boys, she has never run from the role.