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April 25, 2012 | By Meghan Daum
In my April 19 column , I weighed in on the latest round in the "mommy wars": the firestorm ignited when Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen accused Ann Romney of "never working a day in her life"; a statement President Obama then condemned, saying, "There is no tougher job tougher than being a mom. " By way of exploring the ways in which Americans are obsessed with and define themselves according to circumscribed notions of work, I submitted that...
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April 12, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Rachel Zoe, stylist, fashion designer and author of "Living in Style: Inspiration And Advice for Everyday Glamour," (written with Monica Corcoran Harel) kicked things off at the Festival of Books on Saturday morning. She was interviewed by photographer, TV personality and friend Amanda de Cadenet before a capacity crowd of 150.  Clad in a black jumpsuit and 6-inch Brian Atwood heels with a 1-1/2-inch platform (the audience asked), Zoe and de Cadenet chatted for 45 minutes.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2009 | Michael Ordona; Kevin Thomas; Gary Goldstein;
Much of "Grace" plays as a family drama about a mother desperate to save her baby. It's that low-key, realistic framing that takes the movie's macabre events to a whole new level of freaky. The nightmarish film preys on the pain that strikes all parents to the core: How far can one go for a child's life? Madeline (Jordan Ladd), who has struggled to have kids, gets pregnant -- then survives an accident that apparently kills her fetus. She wills herself to give birth anyway, only to find that the newborn has an unusual appetite.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
Jenny Offill's riveting new novel, "Dept. of Speculation," is steeped in weird and geeky facts. It opens, for example, with the information that antelope have "10x vision" and on a clear night can see the rings of Saturn. It's a fitting beginning to a book that combines eclectic minutia with a laser-like narrative of a family on the edge of dissolution. The wife, the novel's nameless main character, is in crisis, threatened by abandonment. This has fragmented her interior life, and Offill's prose reflects this chaos: paragraphs shatter, surreal details rise up and into the narrative.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
Jenny Offill's riveting new novel, "Dept. of Speculation," is steeped in weird and geeky facts. It opens, for example, with the information that antelope have "10x vision" and on a clear night can see the rings of Saturn. It's a fitting beginning to a book that combines eclectic minutia with a laser-like narrative of a family on the edge of dissolution. The wife, the novel's nameless main character, is in crisis, threatened by abandonment. This has fragmented her interior life, and Offill's prose reflects this chaos: paragraphs shatter, surreal details rise up and into the narrative.
MAGAZINE
May 11, 1997 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Elizabeth Mehren is a Times staff writer and the co-author of "Overcoming Infertility" (Doubleday)
Motherhood. Difficult. Complicated. Joyous. Frustrating. Incredible. Sound familiar? From around one table, this description brings instant agreement from five Californians who have gathered to talk about the future of bearing and raising children. We review the vertiginous pace of the last quarter-century, when laboratory conception bolted from science-fiction fantasy to everyday event.
MAGAZINE
November 20, 1988
I applaud Margo Kaufman in her decision not to have children. Someone so critical and thoughtless is ill-suited to the career of motherhood. SUSAN EDDY Newport Beach
OPINION
August 6, 2013 | Meghan Daum
Below the din of our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby bump-patrolling culture, that shadowy faction known as the childless-by-choice (or "childfree" if you want to be PC about it) has been making throat-clearing noises. In the last year or so, we've seen a spate of articles and books on the subject of not wanting kids. But the Aug. 12 issue of Time magazine has taken that gurgling sound and officially started a conversation. Its cover story, "The Childfree Life: When having it all means not having children," reports on the uptick in voluntary childlessness and the trend's precarious footing in a world that is arguably more obsessed with parenting now than at any time in modern history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1991
The Commentary by Robin Umberg in the Mother's Day edition of The Times ("Child-Rearing's Never Easy, but Army Duty Adds New Lessons," May 12) makes a mockery of motherhood. As a feminist, a mother and an educator, I take great exception to Umberg's statement that her very young children are benefiting from her absence, that they are learning the value of sacrifices. With their father in Sacramento and their mother in Colorado, what possible lessons can the Umberg children learn?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012 | MARY MCNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
In an odd yet understandable marketing strategy, the folks behind E!'s new reality show "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" have spent a lot of pre-premiere publicity time explaining what the show isn't. Which is to say, Clint Eastwood. The legendary actor and director will appear in but a few episodes and then only briefly. He will not, for instance, be slamming doors or engaging in filmed therapy sessions with his wife, Dina, around whom the show revolves (see title.) That doesn't mean the show is not about Clint Eastwood; it is. If the principal characters -- Dina, her 15-year-old daughter Morgan and 19-year old stepdaughter Francesca -- were not related to him, there would be Absolutely No Reason to watch this, which, by reality show standards, promises to be tame to the point of sedation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
"The Truth About Emanuel" isn't that she murdered her mother, as she claims in the film's opening voice-over - a literary monologue that strikes too coarse a tone for the psychological nuances to come. Rather, her mom died in childbirth, adding a sad and bitter layer to her birthday cake each year. As the 18th anniversary approaches, and with an eager new stepmom in the house, Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) takes unusual interest in the boho woman who moves in next door and bears a striking resemblance to her own mother.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Long before "lean in" became a rallying cry for professional women of America, there was "Murphy Brown. " In fall 1988, the sitcom about a brash, unmarried, fortysomething news anchor and recovering alcoholic premiered on CBS. Though it was slow to build into a hit, "Murphy Brown" became a top 5 show, won 18 Emmys over 10 seasons and sparked a contentious national dialogue about single motherhood, thanks to a certain vice president. Played by patrician blond Candice Bergen, Brown may have been physically reminiscent of real-life newswoman Diane Sawyer, but with her irascible and relentless disposition, she was, as creator Diane English famously put it, closer to "Mike Wallace in a dress.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is there anything crueler or more repugnant than calling a pregnant woman fat? There are a number of unpleasant circumstances that come along with being pregnant, and I'm not just talking about morning sickness and “pregnancy brain.” Some women also have to contend with pregnancy discrimination , and those who don't may still worry about it, which is why too many women conceal their pregnancies for as long as possible. And on top of that, there are those two-faced people who compliment a woman's pregnancy glow to her face but then mock her cankles behind her back.
OPINION
August 6, 2013 | Meghan Daum
Below the din of our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby bump-patrolling culture, that shadowy faction known as the childless-by-choice (or "childfree" if you want to be PC about it) has been making throat-clearing noises. In the last year or so, we've seen a spate of articles and books on the subject of not wanting kids. But the Aug. 12 issue of Time magazine has taken that gurgling sound and officially started a conversation. Its cover story, "The Childfree Life: When having it all means not having children," reports on the uptick in voluntary childlessness and the trend's precarious footing in a world that is arguably more obsessed with parenting now than at any time in modern history.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Stephen Burt
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1988
A solution would appear to be the monitoring by the courts of any future children birthed by Forster. She could be reviewed by the court at the time of birthing to see if she qualified for motherhood. If not, the baby would be put up for adoption. ARNOLD ROTH Los Angeles
NEWS
March 14, 1993
Your article on Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders and her speeches should be required reading by all persons who promote, seek and rely on welfare. To be and think like her, one needs more than just an education, but also courage and vision. She could very well become the Mother Teresa of young women who want motherhood at the right time with the right person so their children will be wanted, productive and contributors to society. KENNETH Z. LAUTMAN Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
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.
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