When Esther and the philosopher moved out of London and acquired more living-space, they got down, or up, to breeding. The result arrived Saturday. The due date was Sunday. I came Friday evening, to hold the fort and the existing baby while Esther produced the new one and the philosopher helped. I was apprehensive on several … Read more

Ugly Beauty

Ugly Beauty: Helena Rubinstein, L’Oreal and the Blemished History of Looking Good Everyone has heard of Helena Rubinstein, international queen of cosmetics.  Tiny, plump, spike-heeled, bowler hatted and extravagantly jeweled, she was for many years one of the fixtures of the New York scene as she hurried between her vast apartment on Park Avenue and … Read more