This week, the Huffington Post launched a brand new divorce channel, helmed by the formidable Nora Ephron. You know, Nora "I Write Romantic Comedies" Ephron? Nora who wrote Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Julia & Julia.
So this is where the happily every after ends? A mouse click and a screen featuring headlines like "Saying No to No Fault" instead of a dark movie theater and a couple locked in an embrace?
I get it. Divorce is reality. And, as HuffPo founder Ariana Huffington states, "Breaking up is hard to do...but reading about it isn't." And, with countless sites devoted to how to plan a dream wedding, why not have at least once place where they can sort through the details of what divorce entails? After all, divorce is expensive, complicated, and something that occurs during a time when emotionally, you're most likely wrecked. And if you can do it a little better, then why not?
One of the inaugural entries on the site was by Laurie (former wife of Larry) David, and how when they got divorced, they ended up doing something called "nesting" - having the kids stay at the house - while they moved in and out depending on the day. In addition, they'd still have family dinners together. Occasionally, as expected, it was awkward.
Is an unorthodox divorce like that inspiring or too complicated? And what do you think about a divorce channel on HuffPo? Is it necessary? Is it good? Or is it not even news?
Posted by Alice
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