"Reading Karbo is like listening to a dear friend talk..." Los Angeles Times

Skip links

Main navigation

Return to the Tactile: Collioure, France

I trace my movement away from the tactile with my obsession with SPF. Did you think I was going to say the rise in our 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 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 frolicking around heedlessly in the sun and surf gave you cancer and worse -- ...

Learn More

Available now!

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 ...

Learn More

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 ...

Learn More