The Northridge Earthquake Rattled My Marriage

Along with Death and Destruction, the 6.7 Temblor Also Broke Hearts

When the Northridge earthquake struck on January 17, 1994—20 years ago this week—I wasn’t physically injured.

But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t hurt. Earthquakes only last a few seconds but can cause damage that will never be fully repaired.

It was before dawn when the shaking started. Within seconds, my wife, my two young kids, and I were huddling under the hallway doorframe in our upstairs apartment in West Los Angeles. Furniture skidded across the floor and dishes crashed in the kitchen as we waited for the shaking to stop. There was …

UCLA Williams Institute Research Director M.V. Lee Badgett

How Your iPhone Can Help You Stop Compulsively Checking Your E-Mail

Economist M.V. Lee Badgett is research director of the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA and the director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration …

UCLA Williams Institute Legal Director David Codell

My Favorite Ruth Bader Ginsburg Story

Attorney David Codell is Visiting Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law and Legal Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA. Before participating in a panel on the future of …

Go Ahead: Keep Your Marriage Secret

In California, Confidential Marriage Is a Proud 135-Year-Old Tradition, and the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 Ruling Might Give It New Relevance

Pssst. Wanna know a secret?

I’m going to let you in on confidential marriage, an only-in-California concoction that is little known but deeply relevant to today’s debates about marriage.

Confidential marriage is …

Novelist Lisa Zeidner

Flexible Is Not Something I’ve Been Accused Of

Lisa Zeidner is the author most recently of the novel Love Bomb, the story of a wedding that goes very wrong when the guests are taken hostage. She is also …

Lent, Love, and Las Vegas

Reflections On What Makes a Marriage Last

I didn’t appreciate how odd our courtship was until Virginia gave me up for Lent. We were both 16.

“I can’t see you for a while,” she told me on the …