Respond to this Article January 2005

Remembering Marjorie Williams

Book reviews that have appeared in The Washington Monthly


A beloved member of The Washington Monthly extended family, journalist Marjorie Williams, died on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2005, after a long, brave battle with cancer. She was 47. She is survived by her husband, Slate columnist and Monthly contributing editor Timothy Noah, and her two beautiful children, Will and Alice.

Itís impossible to exaggerate what a fantastic person Marjorie was. She possessed in abundance qualities you donít normally find in the same person. She was brilliant and sweet, self-assured and self-effacing, ruthlessly honest and unfailingly considerate. She had a dazzling mind, a delightfully tart tongue, and a generous heart.

In addition to publishing a regular column in The Washington Post and fabulous political profiles in both the Post and Vanity Fair, Williams frequently reviewed books for The Washington Monthly. She was a master of that form, too, as the pieces below illustrate.

Is It Any of Your Business?
What the press should and shouldn't tell you.

Without Fear or Females
The New York Times' girl trouble.

Was There More to "Charlie's Angels" than Just Jiggle?
A media critic thinks so, and her history of girls in pop culture from the fifties, sixties, and seventies nearly proves it.

Friedan Goes Fuzzy
The godmother of feminism searches for a new paradigm and comes up empty-handed.

Why Parents Still Matter
Children learn a lot from their peers--but not everything.

The First Lady
A new biography is another example of how lucky the Clintons are in their enemies.

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