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    Bridge Ladies When I set out to learn about my mother's bridge club, the Jewish octogenarians behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, their gen, and the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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They Feed They Lion

When I first thought of blogging, a couple of people close to me thought it was a bad idea given  my “Impulse Control Problems.” I thought deeply about it and decided to take the plunge anyway. Today, I am ending this post in advance of saying some things I should not make public.  And yes I want a mental health medal.

If you can stand another moment of me before signing off for the weekend, here’s a radio  interview I did yesterday on publishing. I totally fudged the Google question; is it obvious?http://writersonwriting.blogspot.com/2009/09/betsy-lerner-and-rachel-resnick.html

6 Responses

  1. What a terrific interview, Betsy. i loved it. You spoke so eloquently and informatively. I found it very helpful and I enjoyed the sound of your voice so much.

    I enjoy your blog very much too but now having heard your voice, I know I will love your blog even more. There’s something about the sound of a voice that brings a writer to life.

    And you are so much on the side of the writer, but also realistic about the need to promote work, by not being too precious and also by being prepared to do all the hard work, especially the work of following your passion.

    I found your talk inspirational and generous. Although you hesitated in relation to the Google question, except that you mentioned it here, I would not have thought you fudged your answer one bit. You have such a balanced way of thinking about these issues.

    Wow, is all I can say. The Freudian image in the photo of dog as analyst and cat as analysand, intrigues me too because of my own work.

    One day when I finish my PhD I will talk to you more about this. In the meantime, I suspect you’ll get customers out of this interview.

  2. It’s a fine balance, isn’t it? Your voice is wonderfully unique, but there’s nothing wrong with a little reserve sometimes.

    I really enjoyed the interview despite the imprecision/rambling/lack of prep of the host. Your voice was a surprise, I think I expected a more boozy gravelly voice. It’s the Anne Sexton vibe.

  3. You made an important point when sharing your thoughts on an author’s platform and being able to differentiate yourself from so many others who also blog and have facebook and twitter accounts, etc. We have to be creative in figuring out how to build our tribes and/or setting ourselves apart in some way. Enlightening interview. Thanks, Betsy.

  4. Young voice, old soul–comes through in your writing too. Experienced, but resistant to easy answers. I trust that voice.

    Who is you on the fiction side of the 90/10 equation?

  5. Just now catching up on my Betsy fix. Excellent entry today Sept 16 as well.. So funny. Just finished listening to the whole interview linked above. Your Google answer was fine. Loved what you had to say about Eggers.. I totally agree. In fact I was at Powell’s 90 minutes ago and here’s what I bought, all but one deeply discounted:
    – Zeitoun\dave eggers
    – The Things They Carried\tim o’brien
    – No Two Alike\judith rich harris
    – On Beauty\zadie smith
    – Dream State\diane roberts
    – Charles Darwin. The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man\tim m. berra
    – No One Belongs Here More Than You\miranda july
    – Riding Toward Everywhere\william t. vollmann
    – The Sea Runners\ivan doig
    – John’s Secret Dreams. The Life of John Lennon.\doreen rappaport & bryan collier
    – Tadpole Rex\kurt cyrus

    Darwin was full price.

  6. Correction: Dream State was full price as well.

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