February 9, 2006 |
JESSE COHEN isn't a degreed relationship expert. He's a copywriter at a Connecticut ad agency, but when it comes to deciphering late-night phone calls, happy hour eye contact and other subliminal romantic sledgehammers, Cohen has developed quite a following.
January 31, 2007 |
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 14, 2011 |
If only they had been there in 1939: Plugging in numbers representing the friendliness between pairs of nations at the outset of World War II, researchers at Cornell University used a computer program to successfully predict which countries joined the Allied Powers and which lined up with the Axis. They got all of the countries right except for Denmark and Portugal. The group's work, reported last week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, had less to do with history than with a long-established theory in social psychology called "structural balance," which describes how relationships in a social network evolve over time.
January 8, 2010 |
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)
February 11, 2007 |
CHRISTINE Campbell (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the attractive but bumbling title character of CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and Daniel Harris (Blair Underwood), who teaches a predominantly white fourth grade, eye each other hungrily when they meet at the posh private school. But the two divorces fear that just going out on a date will invite disapproval and scorn and may even cause Daniel to lose his job.
July 4, 1995 |
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.
November 18, 2001 |
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.
October 21, 2011 |
When Evelyn Waugh sent the manuscript of "Brideshead Revisited" to his friend and fellow novelist Nancy Mitford, her response was enthusiastic, except for wishing that his protagonist was less dim and had a little more glamour. But, of course, Waugh was making a conscious artistic decision, and Julian Barnes has made a similar choice in his brief novel, which Tuesday was awarded England's Man Booker Prize. Tony Webster, the middle-aged, middle-class, middle-of-the-road narrator of "The Sense of an Ending," has few illusions about himself or the safe path he has chosen.
March 3, 1996 |
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.
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July 24, 2007 |
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.