Selma Blair, Beautiful

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Went to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party! YES! Look at that gown — beautiful and ethereal. Who was the designer?

This actress is so beautiful and so fierce.

She told Vanity Fair that she realized, finally, that what she really wanted to do was to act. “But I don’t know if it’s too late.”

SELMA, YOU CAN ACT.

Stay tuned.

CHARLIE CHAN IS DEAD, Vol. 1

For the workshop this weekend, re-reading some old stories to show different ways of writing memoir. In particular, thinking of a story called Lenox Hill, December 1991, which Jessica Hagedorn included in the anthology Charlie Chan is Dead.

When Jessica contacted self to solicit a piece, self had nothing, nothing, nothing.

Her sister had died just the month before. She did keep a diary, though.

The diary became the story. The first story in what later become a cycle of grief stories: Mayor of the Roses (Miami University Press)

For a while, a course called Ethics in Medicine, taught at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, included the story in their syllabus.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

NYTBR 17 April 2011: David Foster Wallace and Two Memoirs

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the 17 April 2011 Issue of The New York Times Book Review:

1.   After reading Tom McCarthy’s front-page review of two works by the late David Foster Wallace, Wallace’s unfinished novel, The Pale King, and Wallace’s essay Fate, Time, and Language:

  • David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King
  • David Foster Wallace’s earlier, groundbreaking novel, Infinite Jest (which self hasn’t read yet because she is waiting for a time when she has nothing to do for six months but read)

2.   After reading Gail Caldwell’s review of Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye, about the death of her mother:

  • Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye

3.   After reading Abraham Verghese’s review of Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love:  A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing, about a devastating stroke that left Ackerman’s husband able only to repeat one meaningless syllable, over and over:

  • Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love:  A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing

(And, BTW, the book self is currently reading, Laurence Bergreen’s Marco Polo:  From Venice to Xanadu, is a very enthralling book.  Which is why she is still reading it, almost a month after she began, in early April)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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