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August 1, 2006 |
Duygu Asena, a bestselling writer and crusader for women's rights in Turkey, has died after a two-year battle with a brain tumor. She was 60. Asena, author of the book "Woman Has No Name," died in Istanbul's American Hospital early Sunday after being admitted on Thursday with a high temperature and respiratory problems, the hospital said. Asena had trained to be a teacher but began writing for newspaper women's pages in the early 1970s.
January 16, 2000 |
At only 24, Drew Barrymore can be forgiven if she submits to occasional bouts of fear. After all, for the past year, the adoringly sweet actress with the girl-next-door demeanor has faced the daunting task of co-producing one of the most talked-about movies in Hollywood: "Charlie's Angels." The film industry is eagerly waiting to see if young Barrymore can pull off what many veteran filmmakers have rarely accomplished over the years--create a hit action movie starring women.
August 15, 1999 |
It's hard enough to write decent prose about Los Angeles; just when you think you've wrapped your fingers around a good, honest handful of the place, it squeezes out the other side and tiptoes away to get a bikini wax. And writing poetry about Los Angeles? A disciplined art for an undisciplined place? My dears, what could one end up with but either parody or doggerel? I ought to have known better, and now I do, for I have read it.
April 30, 1999 |
Playwright-performer Josefina Lopez is one of those dynamos who never seems to need a break--a quality that's been a blessing and a curse. "I'm a very multi-task person," Lopez, 30, said during a recent interview in a freshly painted Hollywood bookstore cafe filled with Mexican folk art. "I feel like I can do 20 things at once." To wit: Her "Confessions of Women From East L.A." opened Thursday at Santa Ana College.
November 13, 1998 |
Taslima Nasrin, a celebrated and incendiary Bangladeshi writer, is on the run in her native land. Nasrin, hounded from her country by Muslim extremists four years ago, returned in September to Dhaka, the capital, where her mother lies dying. Nasrin had hoped that controversy about her had calmed enough to permit her return.
July 16, 1998 |
You expect a firebrand with flashing eyes and clenched fists, not the gentle woman who opens the door to the nondescript apartment in the dull brick building in a far-flung borough of this city. It was only four years ago that Taslima Nasrin, the 35-year-old Bangladeshi poet, novelist, feminist and self-proclaimed atheist, stirred Muslim fundamentalists in her homeland to such a pitch of righteous wrath that she had to flee the country.