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May 30, 2013 | By Lisa Wade
In his Op-Ed article this week on hookup culture in college, Bob Laird links binge drinking and casual sex to sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, confusion, low self-esteem, unhappiness, vomiting, ethical retardation, low grades and emotional inadequacy. "How nice of The Times to include this leftover piece from 1957 today," snarked a reader in the online comments.  Fair enough, but Laird is more than out of touch. He also fundamentally misunderstands hookup culture, the relationships that form within it and the real source of the problems arising from some sexual relationships.
Guiding his listeners at the Huntington Beach Art Center through highlights of life on the Internet, New York writer and artist Alan Sondheim made good on his promise to discuss "Love, Sex, Death and Cyberspace." Sondheim, whose films and videos explore the relationship between technology and the body, is the creator of an Internet electronic-mailing list known as Cybermind.
August 4, 2007 | Meg James and David Zahniser, Times Staff Writers
The Mirthala Salinas affair isn't going away -- at least not as quickly as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa or the Telemundo television network would like. On Friday, a day after NBC Universal's Spanish-language Telemundo division suspended Salinas for two months without pay for a conflict of interest because of her romantic relationship with the mayor, questions about the company's internal probe persisted. But NBC Universal and Telemundo declined to address them.
You're in the bookstore. The self-help aisle. You're awed by the number of titles at your disposal. You also can't help but feel a bit touched. All these authors--people you've never even met--want to help you and your relationship. Fabulous. Now all you have to do is make your selection. Hmmm . . . you've been burned before. There was that one book (honestly) that told you to greet your significant other at the door--naked and wrapped in plastic wrap. Yeah, that seemed like a good idea.
Small-town schoolteacher Reta Schwisow was 21, married for three months, when she got the news she was dreading: Her husband was missing in action. It was Aug. 10, 1944. Two weeks passed before she learned her 20-year-old husband, Lauren, was alive; it would be almost another year before he was released from a German POW camp and returned to her. That year tested the young couple's strength, as Lauren suffered near-starvation while Reta kept a brave face for her in-laws.
January 31, 2007 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
Felicity Huffman is not a relationship expert, nor does she play one on TV. But that's her name on the cover of "A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend," a cheeky mating manual hitting bookstores this week. Huffman, the Emmy-winning "Desperate Housewives" star, who wrote the book with her best friend, Patricia Wolff, are aware that men don't usually buy that kind of book.
January 8, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
The facts and mythology of Elvis Presley's life are so far-reaching that they've spawned dozens of books, examining the King of Rock 'n' Roll seemingly from every possible perspective. Except, oddly, for that portion of his audience he arguably was most eager to please throughout his life: women. "I had already done three Elvis books, but I realized, 'Wait a minute -- there hasn't been a book that looked at him almost purely from the female perspective," said veteran music journalist Alanna Nash, author of the new biography published this week, "Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis and the Women Who Loved Him" (It Books, $27.99)
July 24, 2007 | David Zahniser and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Nearly three weeks after Telemundo executives launched an inquiry into Channel 52 anchor Mirthala Salinas' relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, station officials have yet to ask him about it, Villaraigosa said Monday. The mayor repeated his vigorous defense of Salinas, a Spanish-language journalist who embarked on a romantic relationship with him while she reported on City Hall. He said he still believes the station will find she did nothing wrong.
July 15, 2004 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
Many an aesthetic power struggle among young marrieds masks a fear of having hard-won independence swallowed by the couple monster. They worry that if their surroundings don't reflect their individual styles, an element of selfhood will be obliterated. But what if the problem isn't her taste versus his, but a desire for private territory? The idea of couples agreeing to disagree, of giving up from the get-go when it comes to designing environments where they can happily cohabit, is hardly new.
October 8, 2005 | Scott Gold and Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writers
He was a country boy who grew up on a wheat farm, she a city girl who played on her high school tennis team. The lives of Nathan Hecht and Harriet E. Miers began to intertwine in the early 1970s, shortly after they finished law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Soon, they were rising stars at the same law firm, and their lives seemed to be converging in every way. They were earnest, ambitious and increasingly affectionate with one another. Friends thought they would get married.
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