My writing life seems to grow farther and wider with each decade. I began as a travel writer and editor in the 1970s, then began publishing books and magazine articles on mental health, psychology, and health in the 1980s. My psychology news column, Mood News, has appeared in virtually every issue of Allure magazine since its launch in 1991. In the early 2000s, my byline began to appear as well on articles about classical music and opera, frequently alongside that of my husband, Robert Lipsyte--speaking of authors with wide-ranging expertise. A lot of people know him as a sports writer. Most people know me as an expert on psychology. Combining sports and psychology, we came up with opera as a perfect fit!
My articles and profiles have appeared in numerous venues, from More magazine and Natural Health to Classical Singer and The New York Times. I've authored or coauthored seven books on mental health, including The New Personality Self-Portrait--now in its 21st printing--with John M. Oldham, M.D. Dr. Oldham and I also collaborated on the award-winning Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Complete Home Guide to Mental Health. Another award winner followed: I collaborated with Harmon Eyre, M.D., of the American Cancer Society, and Dianne Partie Lange on Informed Decisions: The Complete Book of Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery, now in its second edition. Bob and I have covered music and travel topics thus far in Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York, and Long Island. Our articles have appeared in The New York Times. We wrote a series of articles about the composer Tan Dun and the development of his opera, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, The First Emperor.
My latest and most exotic project to date is a memoir with Chinese operatic bass Hao Jiang Tian about his extraordinary life and times. Entitled Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met, it was published in 2008 by John Wiley & Sons in association with Lincoln Center Books.
On a recent trip to China with Tian, where we visited his parents' family villages in Jincheng and Yangcheng, Shanxi province, I acquired a new name, LoLo. When Bob travels with me on our next China trip, we want to be known as LoLo and BoBo.
Born Lois Borkan in Chicago, Illinois, I grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, and attended New Trier High School. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in journalism. After beginning my New York career in magazine editing and writing, I went to work for legendary travel writer and publisher Arthur Frommer. (I was researching Israel on $10 a Day when the Yom Kippur War broke out.) I served as editor-in-chief for Frommer throughout the 1970s. I began to specialize in mental health when a teammate at a Hamptons softball game one summer asked me to write a chapter for his book on drug abuse. I proceeded to write the whole book, which was followed by The Good News About Depression, with Mark Gold, M.D. (latest edition 1995), and several others. Bob and I live in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with Milo, our dog, and the occasional bat, which Bob is responsible for removing from the premises.font