Monthly Archives: October 2012

Family Mythology by Susan Shreve

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I grew up in a family of superlatives.  Our accomplishments were exaggerated versions of the truth although I didn’t know that we were spinning our own mythology out of airy cotton candy until I was grown up myself. As children our achievements were extraordinary and so were our failures.  I was not simply a difficult […]

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Liz Smith: The Great Friend — Remembered

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“Too much of a good thing is wonderful,” said Mae West. And leaving the Helen Gurley Brown memorial the other day reminded me of that quote. It could well have been said of Helen. The show the Hearst corporation put on at Alice Tully Hall for their star editor was an event for the ages […]

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Liz Smith: Rise Above It

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“HUMOR IS a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one’s bottom,” says the legendary “High Life” columnist Taki. WELL, IT will be interesting, and a first, to have two women — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — hosting the January 13 Golden Globes. But as delightful and […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us Pre-empting the Holiday Madness

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on making holiday spending enjoyable, not stressful

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Dear Margo: A Question of Wills

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Forget Lincoln

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“HERE’S A cautionary word from me to you, dear reader: I hope it is without any offending ideologies of either persuasion. “Some of you have already voted; some others are about to vote on November 6th. Think of it this way. It’s your great privilege as an American. And this is not really about your […]

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Dear Margo: How To Deal with a Scatterbrained Roommate

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: When She Woke

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“THE PROBLEM with religious fundamentalist political agenda — besides the fact that it is unconstitutional — is that it’s fundamentally un-American.  Like all extremist movements, its success depends on making people afraid of each other … they’ve never lasted.  I believe that’s because most of us want to find our own way to happiness.  We’re […]

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Liz Smith: Picture Perfect

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“YOU GET lots of adulation for being a trouper and a survivor, which basically means you’re a quaint old thing who must have been very famous at one point. You never burst their bubble by telling them you actually were never that famous to begin with.” This is downtown columnist Michael Musto talking of growing […]

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Liz Smith: Barbra is Back!

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“QUIET PLEASE, There’s a lady on the stage.” That song was written as a poignant, posthumous tribute to Judy Garland, by her onetime son-in-law, Peter Allen. It was a rather mournful examination of life upon the wicked stage. And yet the title, at least, belongs to Miss Garland’s heir as a pop goddess/cultural icon. Respect […]

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