Review: Bullets Over Broadway

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Based on the screenplay by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway finally hit the NYC stages this past week.  The production introduced a new collaborating team to Broadway: Woody and Susan Stroman. With a pair like that, my hopes were high. Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe, Heléne Yorke, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Lenny Wolpe and Karen Ziemba head the  ensemble cast of 29 - that's a lot of talent on one stage. The story revolves around emerging playwright David Shayne, who is about to have his play produced … [Read more...]

Thinking About: The Fault in Our Stars

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I finished the book The Fault in Our Stars in a few days. I have to admit I didn't know much about it beforehand, and I read in the hopes of passing it onto my 10 year-old daughter who's an avid reader when I finished it. After more than one attempt to start a book club with the moms of her friends, I've finally decided that the two of us can have it alone. While I found the book quite beautiful, it was also quite jarring and I'm not quite sure whether or not to share it with her. Should I keep the experience to myself and wait a year or two? I'm not … [Read more...]

Talkin’ About a Revolution: The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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I grew up in the 1970s and clearly remember watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show with my mom and two sisters.  I was really young when it aired, but even then I knew it was revolutionary. Mary and the rest of the cast had us all paying attention to a show about a single female news producer living and working in a male dominated world. What was amazing was that it was made during the height of the blossoming of women’s rights. How they did that is a story worth telling, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong has skillfully done just that in her new book Mary and … [Read more...]

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins

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  I recently broke a reading drought with Beautiful Ruins, a remarkable and transporting novel that swept me away not only to a remove village in Italy on the coast but also to Hollywood.  It goes back and forth in time to tell the full story of a group of people whose lives intermingle. There's a famous film producer, his assistant, a once known actress, the real Richard Burton during the time he broke up Elizabeth Taylor's marriage, an Italian fisherman and his family and a struggling screen writer. It doesn't take long for the reader to figure … [Read more...]

Good Train Reads

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Now that I'm commuting to the city, I'm finding myself with seventy minutes more than I ever had before.  It's time to myself, with no interruptions and no one to worry about.  I can literally keep my head down for an extended period of time.  Since I live in a small town, there is always the chance of bumping into people on the way in that I have to spend time talking so I do my best to avoid talking types (and I'm quite sure they try to avoid me, as well).  It's a quiet ride, and I'm doing my best to stay off my phone and focus my time and energy on … [Read more...]

Are You Lost in Suburbia?

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Join us for a twitter party to celebrate the launch of Lost in Suburbia Stories, a new site that celebrates the challenges of being a mom. Are you lost in suburbia? It's much more than needing directions when you get off the Turnpike.  It happens to a lot of women after having kids, and it's easy to think you're alone. But you're not.  Talk to any mom after she's given birth and you'll find we all have a similar story. One that involves a changing identity, a new waistline and new challenges. Tracy Beckerman, the author of Lost in Suburbia: A … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Soupmaker’s Kitchen by Aliza Green

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When I make homemade soup, I'm a hero in my house. My family loves soup. Butternut squash, lentil, broccoli, cauliflower. Whatever I make, they love.  Best of all, besides the mutual soup admiration club, I always feel good that I'm serving something healthy.  Pureed vegetables with water or milk and very little else, what can be better than that? I also love the fact that a pot lasts several days and takes us through several meals.  There is no downside (except the cleanup). According to a new book THE SOUPMAKER'S KITCHEN (Quarry Books, July 2013, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Angel Heart Music Storybook

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  The haunting, evocative music storybook Angel Heart, released in September as a deluxe CD package, makes its New York premiere as a live multimedia family concert narrated by actor Chris Noth at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall this Monday, October 21. Hailed as “a fairy tale for the digital age” (Wall Street Journal), Angel Heart enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances earlier this month. With a new story by best-selling children’s fantasy writer Cornelia Funke, interspersed with lullabies and songs arranged for voices, … [Read more...]

A Twitter Party to celebrate SOME NERVE

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  One woman's quest to conquer her fears and embrace life - and to inspire others to do the same. Fears.  We all have them.  Some we carry through our whole lives. Others we face head on, but the road to get there is never easy.  At age 39, author Patty Chang Anker decided it was time to face the fears that had taken root like weeds in her life.  She learned to dive into a pool and surf in the ocean and faced fear of losing control, bodily harm and being seen in a swim suit.  It became her mission to help others do what they couldn't before, … [Read more...]

My Latest Women & Hollywood Feature: An Interview with Meg Wolitzer

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  (The original post can be found at Indiewire's Women & Hollywood) Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks with Holly Rosen Fink about the success of her latest novel, The Interestings (Riverhead Books, 2013), inspiration, sexism in the literary world, working with Nora Ephron, as well as her mother, novelist, Hilma Wolizter, and her experiences in film and television that spawned the film version of This Is Your Life. Women and Hollywood: Congratulations on the success of The Interestings. I hear this book holds a special place in your heart. … [Read more...]