Saturday, June 30, 2012

Maryl factors: Sun protection into her skincare and wardrobe

It was barely a month after my husband and I had purchased a three-story Victorian house across the street from the Atlantic Ocean.  Visions of lazy, sun-filled days tanning on the beach and jumping the saltwater waves were still fresh and foremost in my mind when my doctor informed me I had melanoma. The news suddenly eclipsed my hopes and dreams for the future.  For several weeks there had been an annoying itch around the bra closure area on my back.  Caryl had noticed an irregular looking mark while applying suntan lotion and suggested that it wouldn’t hurt to see a dermatologist.  My weekends of sun and surf were interrupted with a trip to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Need a summer read? Check out the Tribeca Book Club's Complete LIst

Summer reading New York City style
You asked for it, and so here it is: All the books members of the Tribeca Book Club have read since they began almost four years ago. Maryl and Caryl always encourage our readers to support
their independent book store but if you can't and want to order one of the books below from Amazon, just click on the title. Now find a hammock, a beach chair, or a room of your own and get reading. If there's one (or more) books from the list that you've  already read and loved, please leave a comment below. And, if you would kindly like us, we hope to reach 300 by summer's end.  It's almost like the New York Times Best Sellers list for us.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Caryl decrees: Summer reading? Forget Oprah!

I am a big reader but not much of a joiner so I had never belonged to a book club until last year. I appreciate how book clubs--mostly women's-- have helped resuscitate the publishing industry and how Oprah's stamp of selection can turn a sleepy title into a best seller overnight. To my thinking, though, Oprah usually chooses books with the same narrative arc: pain, recovery, redemption. I prefer to pick my own reading material, and I have lots of friends and evening commitments so I did not see the point of adding another one with the purpose of discussing a book not of my choosing. Then my friend Carla told me that she had read in the New York Times that ritualized social interaction is a critical contributor to happiness in our second lives.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2nd Look: Mia Farrow

                  Rosemary's Baby, 1968                                        Dark Horse, 2012                                    
Who could forget her performance in Rosemary’s Baby? Mia Farrow won the Golden Globe for new star of the year in l968 for portraying with heart and terror every pregnant woman’s nightmare: she was indeed carrying the demon child, Satan’s baby. This month she’s back on the screen in Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, playing every modern mother’s deepest fear: her 35 year old son in the film is still living at home in his action-figure-filled childhood bedroom.

In her second life and perhaps most important role,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Maryl asks: O Father, Who Art Thou?

My question, as we approach Father’s Day, although I have been thinking about it for a while, is how well do we or did we know ours fathers? I mean not just know them as a dad but also understand them as a man. I was beginning to see my own father (that's him and me in the photo above) outside his head-of-household role and through my second life lens. But then he died on me - at age 92. You can’t quibble with that kind of longevity but it’s never enough. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Second Look: Linda Lavin

         Linda Lavin in "Alice"                     Linda Lavin in "The Lyons"
Linda Lavin has been nominated for a Tony award for Best Actress again, this time for her portrayal as the classic overpowering silver matriarch of a dysfunctional family in The Lyons. We’ll find out tonight if she beats out Stockard Channing as the mother of yet another dysfunctional family on Broadway, Cynthia Nixon as a terminal cancer patient, Tracie Bennett as a late-in-life Judy Garland or Nina Arianda as a seductive and power-playing ingĂ©nue.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Caryl addresses: Miuccia Prada and Her 7 Elements of Style

Miuccia Prada may be the most influential designer in the world today but she readily admits her own ambivalence about fashion. At 63 with a PhD in political science, she is the ultimate fashion insiders’ outsider: smart, fearless and iconoclastic. She grew up in Milan—she still lives in her childhood apartment, though she has another one for her clothes—and reluctantly took over her grandfather’s failing luggage business at age 39. Over the last few decades, she and her husband Patricio Bertinelli have turned the company into a multi-billion dollar global brand. Prada—the label-- is currently enjoying a robust second life, like the woman who shares its name.