In Praise of a Difficult Woman

I had the joy of meeting Elizabeth Wurtzel years ago when she was promoting her genius book Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women.  In my copy of the book she inscribed priceless advice, which I only partially heeded: “For Jamie:  Stay single! Stay thin! Refuse to succumb to their bourgeois nightmares for you!”

I’m of course thinking about Elizabeth this week because of the Penguin lawsuit against writers for non-delivery. Her bad-ass response did not disappoint: “Who the f**k sues someone who works for David Boies?”

Read more at Above the Law. http://abovethelaw.com/2012/09/lawsuit-of-the-day-penguin-v-wurtzel-and-other-authors/

The Assignment

This morning is bleak and dark, rain promised for the rest of the day.

LA would seem entirely like a dream if I hadn’t spent the past half hour unpacking my suitcase. Every article of clothing smells like M.’s house, slightly earthy, slightly fragrant. I pressed a t-shirt to my face, and almost started to cry. Andy caught me, and asked me if everything is ok. “Fine,” I said. “I’m just tired.”

I have to get this article finished before I lose my mind. Today I’m interviewing a director who went to NYU film school with M. I have plenty of material for the professional side of the article, but I’m still lacking that personal angle that the editor wants. Ironic, I know. Even with all the time I spent with M. – very personal time, obviously – I still don’t have the type of broad, sweeping insight that I could use in an article. The more I think about it, the more I realize I don’t know her that much better than I did the day I first walked into her townhouse. When I think that was just a few weeks ago, I can’t get my mind around it.

Time to get the girls off to school.

To read The Assignment from the beginning, click here.