On the Beach (NYTBR Bookend, 8/16/1998) →
Essay on the different kinds of beach readers and different beach reads…at summery locations public and private in the Hamptons and elsewhere. (From lazy pleasure-seeking to ambitious self-improvement.)
America's Paint and Body Shop (NYTBR, 8/2/1998) →
Essay about American ideals of feminine beauty, and what women suffer to come close to meeting them. Enfolds Kathy Peiss’s book “Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture,” and “Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery,” by Elizabeth Haiken.