Inkwell: Authors and Artists
a nose full of kafka (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 12:49
Dalling Thaisa-- I don't think I would actually read in a paper mill town. Are you sure there is in fact a paper mill town in Lewiston, PA? Because I think that's right near Tyrone, PA, where there is definitely a papermill and where I lived for a few months until my husband and I were driven out by people throwing things at our house and yelling "HIPPIE GO HOME!" So I definitely would NOT read in Tyrone, anyway. Here's where I really like to read: Austin, Texas. I love the smell of Austin, Texas. << one thing that struck me about your book is that the humor never seems forced. it's just funny. so I wondered if you knew, as you wrote, that something was funny, or discovered it afterwards, or were, in some way, surprised about it in the process of writing--or were trying to be funny. I suppose I'm talking about the differenc between making a big huge artistic effort, which often is strained, or finding the voice that just says it. >> I don't know! I can be really depressed and still my writing comes out funny. In fact, I *am* really depressed and yet I write funnily I think. I think this is an enormous gift and I don't want to look too closely at it. My big problem is (leroy this is for you too) that I can only write about what I want to write about. I can do profiles fine, but any "think pieces" I write have to be exactly what I'm actually thinking or they totally suck. Does this make sense?
Paulina Borsook (loris) Tue 26 Feb 02 13:27
hmm, the original -book- 'sex in the city' had a chilly nastiness ms heimel's stuff has never had, all about money/power/lust/status, more pere goriot/a het-femme jean genet sort of thing than the warm/funny/ wry thing we have here. the tv show --- well, tv steals all from everyone, so...
i am not a happy meal. (techgirl) Tue 26 Feb 02 13:36
mikey is such an exceptional dog! cynthia dalling, do you have any plans to write an all i know about life i've learned from my dogs book or anything like that? doc esp is a fountain of information.
a nose full of kafka (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 15:05
Neil-- You bring up a good point. Clarence prevails. He probably killed psmith and fed him to the empress. I think Wodehouse knew that Clarence was a keeper whereas psmith is a mere flash in a mere pan.
a nose full of kafka (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 15:09
david gans dear: a reproachful martini is still a reproachful martini. I suppose it could be a reproachful margarita but why? Oh ccarol ccantor I forgot to say: Do not under pain of death call me a "sexpert" ever, ever again. I know where you live.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 15:12
acronychal-8: It is so nice that you love me since I love to be loved more than even anything. I think I do get credit for starting the whole genre. Or at least I do now that my publicist send out a press release screaming "SHE STARTED IT ALL! WITHOUT HEIMEL THERE WOULD BE NO SEX AND THE CITY!" And yes, SATC has stolen from me wholesale, and I try to think of it as flattery.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 15:16
Loris, what is pere goriot/a het-femme? techgirl: funnily enough, I am writing a dog book next! But I cannot call it "All I know about Life I've learned from Dogs, because Miss Merrill Markoe, my good pal, has already written "what the dogs have taught me", dammit.
Mary Eisenhart (marye) Tue 26 Feb 02 15:23
Perhaps Doc Speaks.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 15:33
Paulina Borsook (loris) Tue 26 Feb 02 16:35
pere goriot is of course that great cynical 'that's life in the big city' 19th century novel about paris. and 'het femme' referred to taking the creepy worldview of genet, but making it het and female, rather than homo and male, as in the original. sorry, sometimes the martian-to-english protocol converter breaks down...
r (thaisa) Tue 26 Feb 02 16:46
cynthia-dahling-- of course I meant Tyrone, and I am so glad you wouldn't read in it how right you are not to think about how it happens. indeed this is the answer, I feel. and how right you are not to be a sexpert.
rankincense and myrrh (vsclyne) Tue 26 Feb 02 18:43
>"SHE STARTED IT ALL! WITHOUT HEIMEL THERE WOULD BE NO SEX AND THE CITY!"< I, of course, read that as, "Without Heimel there would be no sex in the city."
Bradburn Young (bradburn) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:01
dalling, does all this touring, adulation, rave review stuff ever go to your head? I mean, do you ever come home to the Terrible Shrine of Dalling and Dalling and feel that you are slightly too fabulous for domesticity?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:16
Dalling, being out there on the road makes me yearn for the coziness of domesticity and making lovely cups of tea and darning your socks. It makes me yearn for the dogs. But it is true that I may too fabulous at the moment. A couple of days ago someone told me that the obsession chapter in sex tips for girls is the best thing EVER WRITTEN. Ever! she reiterated. This has totally gone to my head.
Bradburn Young (bradburn) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:23
dalling you must struggle against this excessive fabulousness. You should tell yourself that although you are a national treasure and a legend, you have never darned a sock and barring an apocalyptic event that would deprive us of TJ Maxx you never will darn a sock. I suggest that you reflect thus and remind yourself sometimes that even though you can write a sentence like Thurber you cannot darn a sock. It is only a suggestion dalling. Where do you get your ideas?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:29
you see how you are dalling. You're telling me not to let it go to my head and then you call me a "national treasure" and a "legend." You are giving me mixed messages. Plus I think you have boundary issues. You didn't have to tell the truth about the socks. You could have lied. It makes a good story. Speaking of boundary issues, I have an excellent chapter about Boundary issues in my new book. You know I have a book out? I will absolutely not answer any questions whatsoever about where I get my ideas.
heyo it's (kayo) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:39
Where do you get one of your ideas?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:44
I get my ideas from the breezes. From the light at dawn. From that small patch of white hair on a black dog's chest. From the stars, which are God's daisy chain. From the depth of the sea and the height of the universe do my ideas come. kayo.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:44
thaisa what's new? Also did I actually tell you about tyrone?
Dyche Mullins (dyche) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:55
Cynthia, what is your favorite color? And why?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 19:58
dyche, I'm so glad you asked that question. It is just the depth I like. I like a pale creamy yellow for walls. I like a delicate celadon blue for pottery. but mainly I like black black black to wear wear wear.
excessively heterosexual (saiyuk) Tue 26 Feb 02 20:20
> A couple of days ago > someone told me that the obsession chapter in sex tips for girls is the best > thing EVER WRITTEN. Ever! she reiterated. This has totally gone to my > head. Risking my friendship with Cynthia, I must dissent. First is War and Peace. Then the Great Gatsby. *Third* is the obsession chapter in sex tips. Feelings are feelings, but I have my integrity to think of.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 21:11
Wow Andy, that's so nice of you to put me above the works of Wm Shakespeare. I hardly know what to say.
i am not a happy meal. (techgirl) Tue 26 Feb 02 21:12
do not anger the gods, andy! cynthia, do you not learn things from a tweed dogs face?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 26 Feb 02 21:19
it is true that dorothy has the most wonderful harris tweedy face and I do in fact learn everything about bravery from her. Love Dorothy so.
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