One thing I'm very excited to announce is that this book is ready for preorder on Amazon and will soon be coming to a bookstore near you. Caroline Grant and Lisa Harper have put together a terrific and thoughtful anthology about food and family and community and I'm so thrilled to have an essay included in it. (My childhood friend Max also has a beautiful essay in it - one about his mother. In fact, our pieces are back-to-back in the book, which is kind of fun). My author copy arrived yesterday and I curled up on the couch to read a bunch of essays. What a treat!
I finally saw Lena Dunham's film "Tiny Furniture" and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it way more than I enjoy "Girls". I can't imagine writing and directing that good of a film at the tender age of 22. Hell, I can't imagine doing that now! I thought it was candid, raw and had a lot of heart. On a side note, Emily Nussbaum's recent New Yorker review of "Girls" makes some amazing points about "women's stories". I found it particularly interesting, I think, because my writing has been branded as "Women's Fiction", a title that has served my writing well, but that I loathe. (Don't get me started on the term "Chick Lit," which has finally gone down in flames... whatever happened to "novels"? As in, "I write novels"?)