Monthly Archives: September 2012

Dear Margo: A Wooden Friendship

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: America …

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“THE WINNING party will be the one that is more optimistic about America — even in the midst of a struggling economy,” writes one of my heroes Fareed Zakaria in Time magazine. I believe this particular pundit is correct. And it’s not just wishful hoping for the Democrats either. I would take either party if […]

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Dear Margo: Time To Read the Tea Leaves

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Bond, James Bond

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“REMOVE THE exotic touches and what have you got? A dull, prosaic English policeman.” That’s what Sean Connery said, during the filming of “Goldfinger,” in 1964. Sean was already growing weary of the character, and the constricting fame of 007. That quote appears in Vanity Fair’s delicious article on how James Bond was transferred to […]

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Liz Smith: My Memories of Liberace

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“MY THEOLOGY, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed!” wrote Christopher Morley. WONDERING why nearly every month I talk about Vanity Fair? It’s because most of you out there have stopped reading magazines and newspapers. So I’m here to encourage you and tell what you might be missing. This magazine for October […]

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Liz Smith: On To The Debates

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“THE REPUBLICANS left Tampa, Florida wondering who had invited Clint Eastwood. The Democrats are now wondering who disinvited God,” wrote my pal Gail Collins in the New York Times. This is the best thing written about the political conventions. Now, on to the debates: Jim Lehrer conducting on domestic policy with Obama and Romney, on […]

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Liz Smith: “LIKE WATCHING paint dry!”

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This is the ultimate comment about the tiresome tedium of actually making movies. Despite all the romance, glamour and effort of writing, directing, makeup, costumes, and technique, plus acting, the road to stardom sometimes seems like sheer boring madness. So that’s what I thought after I answered the call of Norman Mailer’s sons to contribute […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us That Nagging Chore: The Home Inventory

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on how breaking it down can help you make a full recovery 

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Dear Margo: When Something Is Not Yours To Tell

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: The Revolutionary Memoirs

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“I THINK that the mass of people are the same, but that they are differently influenced by a small nucleus of leading figures who change and are carried in different directions. The same crowd, however, is fully convinced of the honesty of its applause, to whatever object it might be directed …. It is only […]

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