Monthly Archives: January 2006

Page Count Junkie

I’m becoming a page count junkie. I’m up to 206 total, 163 consecutive pages from the beginning of my book, then a bunch of scenes that come later. Right now I need to slow down, though, and revise the pages I’ve written this week before I move on to the next chapter. It’s a nice feeling, though, to complete a chapter (albeit a sloppy one) in a week. My goal is 40 pages a month. This month I wrote 63. Onward!

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Word Verification

I’m all for using word verification to avoid unwanted spam, but one friend’s blog’s word verification was so distorted that I sat there staring at it for two full minutes trying to figure out what the word was. I gave it a try and it rejected me. Fortunately, the next word it gave me was legible, although barely. It made me think about how our brains work and how far superior we (still) are to computers, advanced enough to look at a totally distorted shape and think, “Uh, yeah, that could be an ‘A’.”

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And another “Literary Hoax”?

You people who are happy that Frey was roasted on Oprah yesterday will appreciate this article about a white memoirist who made a name for himself in the multicultural community by passing himself off as Native American. All this hoopla is making me have second thoughts about publishing the story of my life as a Bollywood actress named Meghna. I was even planning to adopt an East Indian child to keep up appearances. If not, I’ll lose the support of all my tech support friends – Bob, Dave and Ted – who live in “Atlanta.”

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A Plug for A Public Space

This just in from Yiyun Li:

A Public Space, a new independent magazine of literature and culture,
founded by Brigid Hughes, the former Executive Editor of The Paris
Review, will hit the newsstand very soon. Working with Brigid as a
contributing editor to the magazine, I am greatly impressed by her
wisdom and ambition. Please support the magazine by spreading the word
out, by subscribing and submitting to the magazine, and by reading it.

In the debut issue, we will have a new essay from Marilynne Robinson on
the importance of fiction in our era, a Japanese profile featuring
interviews with Haruki Murakami and Motoyuki Shibata and stories from
young Japanese writers, new stories from Charles D’ambrosio (we got the
title story for his new collection!), Kelly Link, Tim O’Sullivan (first
publication!), and many others.

Do check out the website: http://www.apublicspace.org, for news and events. For
those of you who are in NYC, the magazine will have a launching event on
Feb 7th.

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Ouch, that’s gotta hurt

For those of you following the Oprah-Frey controversy, here is a link to the New York Times article about yesterday’s Oprah show.

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Truth and Lies

Something that does bother me about James Frey’s fictionalizing his memoir are the details about rehab. After reading about Hazelden in A Million Little Pieces (one of the best rehab centers in the country), I thought, I would NEVER send someone I know to suffer the abuse, ridicule and medical neglect Frey describes himself and other patients experiencing there . Since then many former counselors from Hazelden, including Michigan’s renowned Debra Jay (wife of Jeff Jay, co-author of Love First), have come forward to say Frey’s account of rehab at Hazelden is mostly fabricated. I wouldn’t care if that didn’t mean that people who read or have read his book and really need help will be discouraged from going there and to other centers like it.

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Works in Progress

A little late for this announcement, but I’ll be reading from my memoir for Works in Progress today at Mills at 5:30 p.m. Bender room, upstairs from the M-Center in Carnegie Hall.

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