Mona Simpson
American novelist
Mona Simpson
Mona E. Simpson is an American author. She is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor in Languages and Literature at Bard College. She won the Whiting Prize for her first novel, Anywhere but Here (1986). It was a popular success and adapted as a film by the same name, released in 1999.
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Are You Living Your Eulogy or Your Résumé?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Today I want every American to see how these men and women lived," President Obama said Sunday, eulogizing the 12 men and women killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting. He spoke of volunteers who made time to give back to their communities, like "Frank Kohler, giving dictionaries to every third-grader in his county," and "Marty Bodrog, leading the children's Bible study at church." There were fathers like Mike Ridgell, "coaching his daughters' softball teams and joining Facebook just to keep up with his girls, one of whom said he was always the cool dad." There were mothers like Mary Francis Knight, "devoted to her daughters ... who had just recently watched with joy as her older daughter got married," and grandparents like John Johnson, "always smiling, giving bear hugs to his 10 grandchildren ... who would have welcomed his 11th grandchild this fall." Have you noticed that when people die, their eulogies celebrate life very differently from the way we define success in our ever ...
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Countdown Nears to 3MF Deadline
NPR - about 4 years
A reminder that our Three-Minute Fiction writing contest ends tomorrow night at 11:59PM EST. The challenge this time around, chosen by novelist and judge Mona Simpson, is to write a story in the form of a voicemail message. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 10: Leave A Message After The Beep
NPR - about 4 years
This round of the short story contest for weekends on All Things Considered will be judged by author Mona Simpson. For Round 10, she wants original fiction with the "texture of voice." » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Apple CEO Remembers Steve Jobs On The Anniversary Of His Death
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On October 5, 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Tim Cook, who took over as Apple's chief when the ailing Jobs stepped down from the position in August 2011, posted a letter of remembrance to the Apple website, in honor of Jobs' life. Writes Cook: Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place. One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the same privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future. I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. ...
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On Sunday: Alain Mabanckou, Jonathan Franzen and lumber as history
LATimes - almost 5 years
UCLA professor Alain Mabanckou is one of the more prominent writers to have emerged from the French-speaking world.  A native of the Republic of the Congo, he’s been awarded a prestigious prize in French letters, the Prix Renaudot -- his work, writes our Reed Johnson, “blends humor and oozes terror in quick, steady drips” and has been compared to the satires of Jean Genet. Now his novels are finally being translated into English, and this will give English readers, explains Johnson, “a chance to savor the mordant comedy and biting social commentary of books like 'Broken Glass' and 'Memoirs of a Porcupine.' ”  Mabanckou, who is reading and discussing his work at the Hammer on Tuesday night with novelist Mona Simpson, talked to Johnson about the art of translation and the lost art of storytelling in a fast-paced digital age. His fascinating story leads our Sunday book coverage this week. Novelist Jonathan Franzen is also an essayist, and his new book “Farther Away” is his third collec ...
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Pasadena Festival of Women Authors
Whittier Daily News - almost 5 years
The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors on Saturday had a great line-up -- Altadena novelist Michelle Huneven, top; Riverside novelist Susan Straight, second picture down; Heidi Durrow, whose "The Girl Who Fell from the Sky" was a New York Times best-seller; and Fannie Flagg, of "Fried Green Tomatoes" fame. All gave moving and funny talks to a sold-out lunch crowd in the annual benefit for the Pasadena Senior Center. Two of the above are also starring at our LitFest Pasadena March 17 in Central Park -- Susan is on Jervey Tervalon's morning panel, and I'll be interviewing Michelle, along with Mona Simpson, in the early afternoon. Be there!
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Watch: Steve Jobs' Final Words
ABC News - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-200651" href="/mona+simpson+novelist">Mona Simpson</a> shares her brother's surprising last words during eulogy.
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Mona Simpson Reveals Brother Steve Jobs' Last Words
Gather - Technology - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-258390" href="/Steve+Jobs+1">Steve Jobs</a>' sister <a class="fplink fp-200651" href="/Mona+Simpson+1">Mona Simpson</a> revealed his last words on earth before his death. What were the technology innovators final things to say to the people gathered around him as he breathed his last breaths. . . .
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Steve Jobs dead: end of a visionary leader
4 Press - Today's News - over 5 years
The creative genius of Apple, Steve Jobs, who introduced the entire world to personal computers and later came up with innovative devices such as iPod, iPhone &amp; iPad, is no more. At an age of 56, the death of Steve Jobs probably puts an end to the golden era that Apple saw. Jobs was not an active part of the company in his recent days, but it was his name, that people always believed in before buying an Apple product. Born in 1955, Jobs was adopted by Paul Jobs and Clara Jobs. He never tried to get in touch with his biological father Abdulfattah John Jandali, but met with biological mother Joanne Simpson at certain events. Till death, he was in touch with his biological sister Mona Simpson. Steve Jobs, along with his two friends Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, formed Apple in 1976 inside a garage. It saw fine improvement with time, however due to internal power struggle; Jobs had to leave the company in 1985. Jobs later formed NeXT Computer and helped it to reach the peak of su ...
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Paperback Row
NYTimes - over 5 years
MY HOLLYWOOD, by Mona Simpson (Vintage Contemporaries, $15.95.) This novel of manners about modern motherhood revolves around Claire, a Guggenheim-/winning composer and new mother living in Los Angeles, and Lola, a mother of five from the Philippines hired by Claire as a nanny. Shifting between the perspectives of these two women, Simpson
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Jobs's biological father wants to meet him - Toronto Star
Google News - over 5 years
Mona Simpson is now a novelist and professor at UCLA. Her first novel, Anywhere But Here, was published in 1987 and made into a 1999 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman. Jandali remarried twice but did not have more children
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“My Hollywood” Author Mona Simpson Studies the Help - The Lookout News
Google News - over 5 years
August 31, 2011 -- “My Hollywood” author Mona Simpson appeared at the Santa Monica Library this month to celebrate the August 9 paperback release of her latest novel. The Santa Monica resident discussed her latest work in an
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Yahoo Talks Expected Steve Jobs-Related Search Trends - WebProNews
Google News - over 5 years
“Yahoo! has been extremely successful in sifting through searches for trend-spotting, historical insight, forecasting projections, and big-picture analysis.” Steve Jobs Family – searches on his kids, wife, etc. Also maybe author Mona Simpson,
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The Book of Jobs: 5 Essential Principles Behind Apple's Success - PC Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Specifically A Regular Guy, written by his long-lost sister, novelist Mona Simpson. A Regular Guy chronicles the brilliant business life and considerably less organized private life of Tom Owens, a genius biotech company founder and CEO
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mona Simpson
  • 2001
    Age 43
    In 2001, she started teaching creative writing at UCLA, and also has an appointment at Bard College in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson's novels are a mixture of events from her life and pure fiction. Her first novel, Anywhere But Here (1986), was a critical and popular success, winning the Whiting Prize. It was adapted as the 1999 film, Anywhere But Here, starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman. A Regular Guy (1996) explores the strained relationship of a Silicon Valley tycoon with a daughter born out of wedlock, whom he did not acknowledge. Off Keck Road (2000), portraying decades in the lives of three women in the Midwest, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. Stacey D'Erasmo states that "Off Keck Road marks the place where origin leaves off and improvisation begins." Simpson's most recent novel, My Hollywood, was published in 2011. It explores the complex relationships, issues of class, and perspectives of two women, a European-American composer and mother in her 30s, and her immigrant nanny from the Philippines, who cares for her son and has five of her own in the Philippines whom she is supporting. The novel alternates between the voices of the two women, contrasting their worlds. Liesl Schillinger suggests that the novel is a "compassionate fictional exploration of this complicated global relationship, Simpson assesses the human cost that the child-care bargain exacts on the amah, on her employer and on the children of both." Ron Charles further argues that:
  • 1994
    Age 36
    In 1994, she returned to Los Angeles with her husband.
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  • 1993
    Age 35
    In 1993, Simpson married the television writer and producer Richard Appel and they had two children together, Gabriel and Grace.
    More Details Hide Details Appel, a writer for The Simpsons, used his wife's name for Homer Simpson's mother, beginning with the episode "Mother Simpson". They later divorced. Simpson lives in Santa Monica with her two children.
  • 1986
    Age 28
    They kept their relationship secret until 1986, when Simpson introduced Jobs as her brother at her book party for her first novel, Anywhere But Here.
    More Details Hide Details The two forged a relationship and he regularly visited her in Manhattan. Simpson said, "My brother and I are very close; I admire him enormously." Jobs said, "We're family. She's one of my best friends in the world. I call her and talk to her every couple of days." Simpson had already been looking for their father and found him, then managing a coffee shop. When she reached Jandali, he said, "'I wish you could have seen me when I was running a bigger restaurant.'" Jandali told Simpson that he had once managed a popular Mediterranean restaurant in Silicon Valley. "'Everybody used to come there,'" the Jobs biographer, Walter Isaacson, says Jandali told Simpson. "'Even Steve Jobs used to eat there. Yeah, he was a great tipper.'" In a taped interview aired on 60 Minutes, Jobs said: "When I was looking for my biological mother, obviously, you know, I was looking for my biological father at the same time, and I learned a little bit about him and I didn't like what I learned. I asked her (Mona) to not tell him that we ever met not tell him anything about me."
  • 1962
    Age 4
    They divorced in 1962 and Jandali lost touch with Mona.
    More Details Hide Details Joanne remarried and Mona was given the last name of her stepfather, Simpson. Simpson received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia, she worked as an editor for Paris Review.
  • 1957
    Born on June 14, 1957.
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