Carlie Gallo sits in a darkened concert balcony, her face illuminated by the light of her BlackBerry.
She’s waiting with her sister and friend for the singer Lily Allen to take the stage, but the 22-year-old’s thumbs are flying as she sends text updates to her boyfriend.
“I made him switch to my network,” she says.
This Valentine’s Day, it’s a good bet that many a love note will arrive by text message, the latest technological tool of the lovesick.
To Jonathan Safran Foer, a blank page can speak volumes.
The author of the best-selling first novel “Everything Is Illuminated” has made a habit of collecting blank pages from writers he admires, something he explains only by calling it “instinct.” The pages took on a new significance in recent months when two of the writers died: Susan Sontag and Arthur Miller.
“Now those pieces feel really heavy,” he says. “It makes you think about saying what you can say while you have time.”
At 28, Foer isn’t wasting a minute. His second novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” hit book stores in March, and his first is being made into a movie directed by actor Liev Schreiber, to be released in August.
Now that Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” has traveled the globe, her stomach has a thing or two to add.
Ensler, the woman who transformed the vagina from a hushed “down there” into a marquee word that tumbles from the mouths of the highest-profile celebrities, has come to accept her private parts.
But it was with some horror, she says, that she looked down at her “not-so-flat, post-40s stomach” and realized her self-hatred had simply crept upward.
Thus was born “The Good Body,” Ensler’s new one-woman Broadway show about her own navel-gazing and the extreme efforts women make to shrink, starve, cover and fix their smallest imperfections.
Her message? Learn to love your body, then get on with the bigger business of life.
Lisa Tolin is a journalist and Special Projects Editor at NBC News.