Care To Elucidate?

Thus far in Anjelica Huston’s second memoir, Watch Me, (Chapter 3) Huston has been let down by that rotter JN (Jack Nicholson, natch) at least twice, and both times she has gotten over the disappointment and humiliation by climbing on the back of a friend’s Harley Davidson (the first time, she remember she wears “a Missoni cloak” which seems so random, but is also in a way helpful because self is taking fashion notes). The first time this happens is in Milan, the second time is in Paris.

Huston’s writing is wildly uneven. There are flashes of good writing, but they don’t last long. Most of the time, she just appears bored.

Huston introduces a friend, “Herky,” thus: “He was one of those rare beings who are well informed about almost everything: he had a vast knowledge and affection for art, cities, music, movies, and people.”

What does this mean?

She’ll write something like: “Later on that evening, June attempted to hypnotize me” and won’t describe the scene. Hello?

The paragraph immediately after said attempted hypnotizing, Huston is off to Corsica. Among her fellow passengers is “a large group of nuns.” Their plane gets hit by “a lightning storm.” They survive and Huston arrives at her hotel (She made it! Oh, thank GOD! Self was aching with tension) and “the hotel staff was almost entirely West African.”

Which means — what exactly?

We will never know. Huston must head off to dinner.

If only Huston’s editor had done her job.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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