Ghost writing isn't even remotely paranormal -- it's more about "ghosting" someone and writing their story in the first person as if you were him or her. When I was growing up, my mom (Nancy Bacon) made a living as a ghost writer. She'd spend hour upon hour with interesting (and often famous) people, recording... Read More »
Bette Midler plays Kitty Galore in the latest sequel to 'Cats & Dogs.' "Kitty Galore is a hairless cat," Midler said recently at the press conference for the film. "She's very cranky because she's been rejected by her beloved human family and she's determined to rule the world." Midler's counterpart was... Read More »
Peter Mays is an interesting fellow; I met him at a party that was, in part, thrown to raise funds for the art organization he heads, The Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA).
One might think that, as the executive director of the LAAA, Mays is surrounded in Monets, Manets, and Rodin scultures all day. However,... Read More »
Reel life and real life collide for Oscar-winning couple Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford this week when their new movie, Love Ranch, opens in limited release. It's the first time they've worked together since meeting in 1985 when he directed her in the espionage thriller White Knights. Read More »
Being a card-carrying lifetime member of 'The Itty-Bitty-[you know what]-Committee', I've never had this problem, but apparently it's not all fun and flaunt for the genetically gifted woman: Having large breasts can not only be uncomfortable if the proper brassiere isn't fitted, but they don't always look right... Read More »
Scott Petullo is a graphologist, so naturally for this interview I typed out some questions and e-mailed them. It seemed the safest route for asking an analyst just what might be read into our job applications by potential employees.
My objective was to find out about how sloppy handwriting might be perceived by... Read More »
By Staci Layne Wilson
'When in Rome' is a cute romantic comedy starting Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell as star-crossed lovers who meet in the fabled European city, then travel back to New York City where they flirt and cavort at her workplace -- the Guggenheim museum, where she's a curator of antiquities.
While... Read More »
I'd heard of Clark's Botanicals skin-care line before I knew the face behind the label. I've read about the products in countless magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar and The Wall Street Journal, but until I received a copy of the Francesco Clark's autobiography 'Walking Papers: The Accident... Read More »
By Staci Layne Wilson
Tina B. Tessina (aka "Dr. Romance") is a psychotherapist and author of several books, including her latest 'It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction.' In the course of working on another article (one about graphology), I asked Dr. Tessina about the psychology behind what we write.... Read More »
I recently had an experience with an e-mail interview for an article, in which the respondent's answers to my questions were all written in lowercase. This meant extra work for me, as I had to go through all of the text to correct it before it could be posted online. There were also several emoticons and a... Read More »
Her name may sound like the heroine of a flowery romance novel, but tastemaker, party planner, PR dynamo and all-around cool chick Heather Hope-Allison is anything but a shrinking violet. A woman of today, Hope-Allison is taking the once-diminutive word "girl" and making it big-business and buzz-worthy with her... Read More »
The latest 3D version of 'Alice in Wonderland' is known as Tim Burton's baby, but are you aware the record-breaking money-maker (it's in an elite clique with a grand tally of $1 billion in worldwide earnings before hitting the home video market; the DVD and Blu-ray are out on Tuesday, June 1) was written and... Read More »
Who doesn't love a great exit story? From songs ('Take This Job & Shove It!') to movies ('Two Weeks' Notice') and everything in between, sometimes you just can't top real life. Most of the people I interviewed for this piece wished to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons, as you will see!), but I'm going to... Read More »
Remember when words like "follower" and "user" used to have negative connotations? No more! Nowadays, we all have user names and many of us proudly follow people we've never even met through the various online social networking sites.
As has always been the case with the English language, it's fluid; many words... Read More »