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Pauline Millard is a writer who lives in New York City and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism.
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Candace Bushnell's New Book Is Outdated Chick Lit

(5) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Most writers have on their laptops at least one draft of a novel that is about 100 pages long. It's the sort of project that starts out strong and inspired but soon loses steam. And so it sits, until the Muse strikes again. And it often sits there for a...

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The iPhone as Personal Time Capsule

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 8:10 PM

Last week I got a new iPhone. This is not by any means an extraordinary event. I had some downtime at work so I hopped across the street and 30 minutes later had a slick, gold 5s. I had been using a 4G (not a 4s) well past its prime....

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Punks and Flappers and What They Can Teach Us

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Both punks and flappers are at the center of popular culture right now, thanks to the Met Ball using punk as a theme and the Costume Institute's exhibition "Punk: Chaos to Couture." There is also that little art house flick, The Great Gatsby, which brought flappers back to the mainstream....

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Elizabeth Wurtzel As a Cautionary Tale

(20) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 10:02 AM

Elizabeth Wurtzel has quite a piece in this week's New York magazine, in which she laments how her life -- despite her early successes -- has added up to a whole lot of nothing. Like most people, my initial reaction to Wurtzel's piece was eye-rolling annoyance. Even with...

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3 Ways We Need to Stop Abusing the Men in Our Lives

(81) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:01 PM

A holiday weekend is coming up, which means that a lot of women will be spending time with their significant others. In the interest of keeping relationships intact during this time of togetherness, I thought about the ways we, as women, take a few too many liberties with our men...

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Trends From the Jazz Age That I Hope Catch on

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 5:23 PM

The Great Gatsby was supposed to come out in theaters this Christmas, but has been moved up to Summer 2013. Perhaps because of this, designers overtly embraced the flapper trend, beginning with Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs in their Spring 2012 lines last year. (It makes sense that Ralph Lauren...

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The No-Gifts Birthday Party For Toddlers -- A Great Idea

(6) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Yesterday afternoon I took my son to a birthday party for one of his preschool classmates. 3-year-old's birthday parties resemble frat parties in many ways, what with the loud music and everyone running around like a crazy. (There were no kegs, though.)

The mom at this party was overt...

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The Beastie Boys Were the Original Hipsters

(65) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 5:27 PM

A lot has been written this weekend about the Beastie Boys in light of Adam Yauch's death. After watching a lot of their videos I also realized something else: They were the original hipsters, and in a good way. Long before Paul's Boutique was just another cafe on the corner...

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Quatre bonnes raisons de ne pas regarder Mad Men

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:22 AM

La série télévisée Mad Men a été le sujet de conversation numéro un lundi dernier. Les attentes du public envers la cinquième saison, qui vient tout juste de débuter, ont été les plus importantes dont je puisse me souvenir. Rien d'étonnant à ce que ses costumes, ses intrigues et sa...

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4 Reasons It's OK Not to Watch Mad Men

(96) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 8:45 PM

On Monday morning the water cooler conversation is going to be all about Mad Men. The plot! The clothes! The Jon Hamm! This has been one of the biggest build ups to a television show that I can remember in a long time, but I'm not sure I'm totally on...

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4 Pop Culture Themes I Could Do Without

(25) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 7:35 PM

Back in January, Kurt Andersen wrote a piece for Vanity Fair about how popular style has been in a holding pattern over the last 20 years. Instead of moving design and style forward, for some reason, we are hitting repeat. He cited some good examples, which put the...

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Chick Lit Grows Up

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 7:48 PM

The stereotype of chick lit is not always a good one: It's often viewed as beach reading with predictable characters and storylines. There also is often a shoe or a martini on the cover.

There's also the name: chick lit. The quasi-alliteration hardly inspires a reputation of serious reading....

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Three Reasons Why Vacancy Is Tight in Manhattan and Rents Are Higher

(13) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 1:58 PM

Summer in Manhattan means a lot of things: Mister Softee trucks on every corner, giant cockroaches on subway platforms, and free movies in Bryant Park. It also means prime rental season in the residential real estate market.

For the past two years, renters have enjoyed plenty of perks: free...

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Is a Warming Rental Market in Manhattan a Sign of a Better Economy?

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 12:09 PM

A few weeks ago I had what seemed like a straightforward deal: two young professional women were looking for a two-bedroom share in the West Village. For $2,800, we found a 900 square foot third floor walk up. One of the bedrooms was larger than the other, but it was...

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Women, Money and How It Affects Who's Paying the Rent

(14) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 11:35 AM

Last week I rented an apartment to a 22-year-old guy who was new to Manhattan. After the lease signing he lamented about having to use his father as a guarantor. I told him not to feel badly about it, he was fresh out of college, after all. It was par...

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A Real Estate Broker's Tips to the Summer Rental Market

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 3:59 PM

Summer is high season in the New York City rental market, and this past weekend I was reminded of that. I had two guys and their mother in from California, and on Saturday afternoon we put in application for a two bedroom apartment. We even had a back up unit...

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Baby & Bridal Showers Are Grown Up Versions Of Kids' Parties

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 2:55 PM

When I was a kid, there was nothing more exciting than when my mother would come in with the mail and say, "You've been invited to a birthday party!" Inside a bright envelope was a pretty card and a request that I fete a classmate. As I got older invitations...

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The New Cliches in Chick Lit

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 4:41 PM

When Bridget Jones' Diary became a hit in the mid-1990s, it spawned the lucrative chick lit cottage industry. True, romance novels always existed, and Jackie Collins had a corner on the trashy beach-read. But chick lit, with its urban career gals as protagonists, was a modern alternative to the bodice-ripping...

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Why Are We Surprised E&P and Kirkus Review Closed?

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 12:07 PM

There was a lot of hoopla last week about the massive layoffs at Nielsen, including the dismantling of venerable brands Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Review. E&P even managed to be a top five trending topic on Twitter. Everyone was aghast that it was shut down, and after over 100...

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Navigating Competitive Motherhood Is A Job Unto Itself

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 9:24 AM

Back in June I had my first baby, which, as it should be, was a very happy occasion. The boy was healthy, large and loved to sleep in long stretches. Having a summer baby was a fantastic turn of luck as well, since I was able to spend my afternoons...

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