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Elizabeth Benedict

Justin Bieber's Out of Jail - But We're Not

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Benedict

He's out of jail, but count on more Lohan-style encounters with the law, which, like labor contractions, will probably come more frequently the closer he gets to Full Meltdown. In the meantime, we might reflect on the prison where the rest of us dwell in...

Why Alimony Laws Need A Major Overhaul

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.08.2012 | Divorce
Elizabeth Benedict

Divorce is about the end of a relationship, and alimony is about its continuation beyond the finish line.

Ondaatje Magic One More Time: The Cat's Table

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.20.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

Since The English Patient, author Michael Ondaatje is an international star, and each new novel is greeted with appropriate fanfare. So too the haunting The Cat's Table.

Holocaust Stories Yet to Be Told: Toynton's The Oriental Wife

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

There are still stories to be told about the Holocaust and its aftermath, and Evelyn Toynton's second novel, The Oriental Wife, belongs on the shelf with the very best of them.

Space Shuttle Sinks, Florida Alimony Wars Soar

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 10.29.2011 | Divorce
Elizabeth Benedict

Walking papers in hand, laid-off workers must return to divorce court, plead for relief in their alimony payments, and hope against hope that it's coming. It helps to show up with a lawyer, and it helps to expect the worst.

A Homemade MFA

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 10.05.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

"How did you get published? Do you have an MFA?" a reader asked last week. I struggled for the right answer -- how to tell her that, no, I don't have ...

From Writing Quietly to Screaming "Buy Me!" -- Promoting a Book

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 08.15.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

The problem is this: except for the most ego-driven or ego-protected among us, it's an unnatural position for most writers. We like working in pajamas. We don't like shaking our booties. But to sell, we must.

Sex Scenes in Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Pia Lindstrom from Sirius Radio shocked me when she asked, "I was surprised by how much sex is in your book. You did it well. People say it's hard to write about sex. How'd you do it?"

Will Adopt Asian Girl, No Problem

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Benedict

We are the two happy misfits in the family, unconnected by blood or official documents, and connected in our certainty that family is more than either.

"Mentors, Muses & Monsters" Review: Writers Explore Their Influences

Washington Times | Martin Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you are interested in writers, literature and the actual process of writing, this is definitely the book for you. But as long as you are interested...