Monthly Archives: August 2012

Dear Margo: Staying Married Is Not for Everyone

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Farewell to Phyllis

“LOOK, I’M 26, and I want to make records and party and screw around and wear fake Chanel and do what every other 26-year-old wants to do. I don’t want to settle down and live in a house yet or anything.” That’s Lady Gaga talking to Vogue’s Jonathan van Meter in the September issue of […]

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Liz Smith: Summer Lovin’

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“MAKE SOMEBODY happy today. Mind your own business,” said Ann Landers. I suppose, being in the business I’m in, using such a quote at the top is rather contradictory. although naturally I like to hope I haven’t been too big a busybody. I thought of Landers’ quote as the romance began between 22-year-old country music […]

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Liz Smith: Tackling The Real Issues — With Style

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“THE GOVERNMENT’S attitude toward different professions is striking. With sports scandals, it zeros in on individuals. But when it comes to banks, federal authorities go after the institutions — when they go after anything at all. The people at the center of a financial scandal are almost never touched, and just walk away with compensation […]

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Liz Smith: “Lawless” Rules; “Sparkle” flares

ATTENDING SCREENINGS in Manhattan, several nights in a row, can be exhausting — especially during a sultry heat wave. But these events can also play havoc with one’s emotions. The schizophrenia involved in sitting through movies that are totally different in style, content and energy is dizzying. For instance, recently I saw, back-to-back, the new […]

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Dear Margo: Grief and Money

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How can one accept an inheritance in sad circumstances? Margo Howard’s advice Grief and Money Dear Margo: My father passed away a few months ago. When I started dealing with his affairs and doing the required financial tasks, I realized he had left me an estate worth $1.5 million. My problem: I think about the […]

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Liz Smith: The Marvin Hamlisch Funeral

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“WITHOUT MUSIC, life would be a mistake,” said Fredrich Nietzsche. SO MANY of you responded to mine here on the unexpected and sudden death of Marvin Hamlisch. Well, his funeral was “the real thing” — with something for everyone at Temple Emanu-El last Tuesday. It had a President of the United States Bill Clinton … […]

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Dear Margo: Unimaginable Destruction by a Mother

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A mother refuses to take her child’s side after abuse. Margo Howard’s advice Unimaginable Destruction by a Mother Dear Margo: I recently learned that a cousin was an incest victim from age 10 until she graduated from high school. (It was her father.) When she told her mother, she reacted by blaming her! My cousin […]

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Liz Smith: Remembering the One and Only — Helen Gurley Brown

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The first Cosmo Girl

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Liz Smith: The Virtue of Selfishness?

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THE VIRTUE of Selfishness. That’s the title of one of author Ayn Rand’s controversial books. It urges us to practice “rational self interest” and not be seduced by self-sacrifice. The icy capitalist philosophies of Ms. Rand very much influenced Paul Ryan, the man presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate. That is […]

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