The Beauty Experiment

Ancient Chinese Textiles!

by on Apr.02, 2014, under time

  Ancient Chinese velvet textiles from 1063. The top textile features the chrysanthemum, which is a symbol of female beauty in Chinese ...
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Stay Posted!

by on Mar.19, 2014, under time

Many thanks to the members of Mothers and More/ suburban PA who hosted me via the magic of Skype for a ...
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by on Feb.22, 2014, under time

Long, long, ago in a galaxy far, far, away, I co-edited the UC Irvine literary journal, Faultline, with the  poet Elaine ...
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Economist unpacks centuries-old dating know-how: Love, markets, and playing hard-to-get

by on Feb.19, 2014, under books, media

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/12/275884140/dating-sites-offer-chance-at-love-and-a-lesson-in-economics ...
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by on Feb.16, 2014, under change, media, time

Peanut butter, frosting and hope.  Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, a Muslim,  was inspired to create a “call to peace” song with ...
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The Love Cook: a valentine from poet Ron Padgett and me. Happy hearts.

by on Feb.14, 2014, under time

The Love Cook Let me cook you some dinner. Sit down and take off your shoes and socks and in fact the rest of your ...
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“Two Stick Drawings” by Seamus Heaney

by on Feb.12, 2014, under time

This poem about sticks comes from Seamus Heaney’s The Spirit Level (FSG, 1996).  As a parent, I see the sticks of ...
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Bush (not George): public consumable or private luxury?

by on Feb.11, 2014, under criticism, gender, media, self-image

So American Apparel has a store window up with the work of  Petra Collins in it: mannequins with bush, modeling panties. ...
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Mama Barbie’s Waterbirth

by on Jan.30, 2014, under gender, nurturing others, self-image, what is beauty

This series  by photographer Katie Moore very gently bends your brain, I think, making the eternal teen grow up. I wonder ...
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I Like Updike

by on Jan.27, 2014, under time

It’s nine degrees here, but this Updike poem outside the school library warmed me utterly. ...
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