| Apr 12, 2012
| 8:44 PM
There is a hierarchy of personal catastrophe, an informal but definitive ranking of all the terrible things that can happen, moving through categories that might be labeled "Worst Thing" to "Next-Worst Thing" to "Next-to-Next Worst Thing" and on down...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 8:42 AM
Sad news about the death of Nora Ephron at 71.
Here's my interview with her in 1992 on her directing debut, "This Is My Life."
BY FRANK RIZZO
Nora Ephron is after those flashes of truth in movies, when suddenly there's a shock of recognition and...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 11:02 AM
Our book club started meeting 48 years ago and we've been discussing books ever since. The original members were young, married women who'd just had their first children and wanted to stay intellectually active. Over the course of almost five...
| Oct 9, 2010
| 9:32 PM
I have to admit I have been thinking about Don Draper all week.His actions with his secretary and Faye last Sunday left me in a place where I was losing all empathy for him. I addressed my weekly recap to him Sunday night, calling him a predator. To use...
| Mar 2, 2011
| 4:36 PM
President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to Robert Brustein during a White House ceremony today, citing his contribution to the American theater and to the development of theater artists. The citation read at the East Room ceremony as...
| Oct 6, 2010
| 10:26 PM
By Philip Roth Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 304 pages
It's difficult to avoid opening a review of the latest novel from Philip Roth without a remark or two about his prodigious production. He and Joyce Carol Oates appear to be neck and...
| Aug 3, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: About 58 years ago a group of female friends, all avid readers, decided it would be enjoyable to select a book each month and discuss it. The idea took hold and The Book Club was founded. Through the years...
| Jul 29, 2010
One thing to know about your book group: This is more literature seminar than coffee klatch. That's partly because the books are so challenging (“A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian” by Marina Lewycka?) and partly because our leader,...
| Nov 20, 2010
| 9:24 AM
Things you should know about our club: The eight women in our book club are professionals in planning, urban development and real estate investment who share a passion for good literature and politics. Since our first meeting in 2002, we have met about...
| Sep 21, 2010
| 4:20 PM
By Sharon Pomerantz 528 pages $24.99
An inheritance can be a mixed blessing. Robert Vishniak, the hero of Sharon Pomerantz's debut novel "Rich Boy," gravitates toward those blessed and burdened by family wealth. A mailman's son from a working-...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
One thing to know about our book club: Our book club includes nine women and four men. We like the fact that our group has members of both sexes because it brings different perspectives to our discussions.
We call ourselves the Gammy Birds, which is...