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The Real Life of Writers

You think writing’s a dream job? It’s more like a horror film A new poll reveals that 60% of Britons long to be an author. It can be a good life, for sure – but could they handle the insecurity, … Continue reading

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Jane Austen trivial pursuit, expert edition

Ten questions on Jane Austen The plot of which Austen novel relies on the weather? Where does Wickham have a tryst with Georgiana Darcy? And which character says ‘I hate money’? Accuracy is Austen’s genius, and asking specific questions about … Continue reading

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Why adolescence lingers… why love stabilizes

From Why You Truly Never Leave High School New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects. By Jennifer Senior, New York Magazine, January 20, 2013 Not everyone feels the sustained, melancholic presence of a high-school shadow self. There are some people who … Continue reading

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Marilyn as reader

What Was In Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library? by Jen Carlson, There are plenty of photos showing Marilyn Monroe in her glamorous Hollywood attire, but there may even be more of the sex symbol… reading. Even a dip in the shallow end … Continue reading

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Mad Men masculinity

Don Draper’s sad manhood: What makes “Mad Men” different from “Breaking Bad,” “Sopranos” Modern men aren’t allowed the narcissism of “Mad Men” — but Don Draper’s not exactly a ’60s guy, either AMANDA D. LOTZ, Salon, April 11, 2014 “But what about … Continue reading

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Marilyn, fifty years later

Inventing Marilyn Anyone who thinks the story of Marilyn Monroe doesn’t warrant such attention doesn’t know much about it. By Caitlin Flanagan,, February 20, 2013 Thump—it landed on the doorstep last summer like an abandoned baby: the newest biography of Marilyn Monroe, a … Continue reading

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A (critical) look back at SATC

DIFFICULT WOMEN: How “Sex and the City” lost its good name BY EMILY NUSSBAUM, New Yorker, July 29, 2013 When people talk about the rise of great TV, they inevitably credit one show, “The Sopranos.” Even before James Gandolfini’s death, the … Continue reading

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Tout le monde est très “Brooklyn”

Brooklyn: The Brand By STEPHEN METCALF, T Magazine, New York Times, March 17, 2013 How the borough — with its local, back-to-the-basics lifestyle — morphed from landmass to global phenomenon. BETWEEN BROOKLYN’S heavy-industrial past and the slinging of its first craft cocktail, … Continue reading

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New young-adulthood

Trendspotting: New Adult by Sarah Wethern,, February 21, 2013   Let’s face it, teens today can’t see their futures as easy. On top of their everyday pressures — struggling with new feelings for some peers, maintaining grades, exploring their own interests … Continue reading

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The Opt-Out / Lean-In Flipflop

Quitting Your Job to Be a Full-Time Mom Is Probably a Bad Idea by Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel, 8/08/13 Leaving a high powered job to pursue your true June Cleaver stay-at-home-mom smiling-serenely-while-scrubbing-the-grout-in-pearls vocation sounds like an untenable fantasy from jump … Continue reading

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