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Karen Karbo’s Writing Retreat in Collioure, France Announces our Chef, Emily Park

I am so excited to announce Emily Park as our retreat chef October 1 - 6 in Collioure, France. Emily is a Portland, Oregon–based chef with a deep interest in local, seasonal cooking and artisan bread making. She is one of two chef-owners of the Meadowlark supper club, hosting bimonthly pop-up dinners around Portland since 2014. Her full bio is below. The Return to the Tactile Retreat is an invitation to literally stop and smell the roses. Come to Karbohemia (in Collioure, France) to ...

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Return to the Tactile: Collioure, France

My shift away from the tactile, from enjoying the simple pleasures of having a healthy human body with five working senses, began with sunscreen. Did you think I was going to blame the rise in my addiction to screens? I am. In a minute. I was a Southern Californian beach girl until my mid-20s. An ocean-loving, body-surfing, Bain de Soleil-slathering on person with beach tar on my feet and hair that turned orange in the sun. Then, in the late 70s, came SPF, along with the news that that ...

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In Praise of Difficult Women

From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world. Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers ...

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Playing the Girl: Ten False Starts (After Janet Malcolm): LA Review of Books essay on You Play the Girl

1. YOU PLAY THE GIRL: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages, Carina Chocano’s memoir/pop culture takedown of the way women are characterized by the media, was released on August 8, 2017. It was the time before #MeToo, when sexual assault and misconduct was a well-kept open secret, when powerful men could freely grope, pinch, pat, squeeze, and jerk off in front of women with no fear of reprisal. Way back then, the book seemed like a smart, entertaining, and ...

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