Stuff of Late
22 January 2013
I'm supposed to be writing a new book (and I am; I really am!) but in addition to the LA Times column I still sometimes get sidetracked by magazine assignments I can't resist and/or ideas that I must express right away lest the cultural moment pass. So in case you missed them (and considering that they range from The New Yorker blog to Redbook, you probaby missed some of them) here are a few recent examples.
Is Elizabeth Wurtzel Hannah Horvath's cautionary tale? My take on Wurtzel's much-discussed January 6 New York magazine article vis-a-vis Lena Dunham's GIRLS alter-ego, Hannah, who I suspect would give anything to be able to write and publish a book like Prozac Nation.
What Would Hannah Horvath Make of Elizabeth Wurtzel? The New Yorker online, January 11, 2013
This is 40? Yeah, yeah. I know all movies are fantasies on some level and I know Judd Apatow en famille really do live like this as 40-somethings but, uh, stil . . .
This is Not Forty, The New Yorker online, December 29, 2012
This one was a wildcard. Redbook magazine approached me about participating in a project they were doing in collaboration with The White House and The Wounded Warrior Project about military spouses who become fulltime caregivers to veterans with traumatic brain injury. These are wrenching, humbling, important stories. I'm not going to say they're inspiring; that word is overused and we really shouldn't take any inspiration from what these families are going through. We should take action. Or at least fight for it.
Caregivers: Celebrating The Invisible War Heroes, Redbook, November 2012
And here is a video about Debbie and Brandon. I had the privilege of interviewing them in their home in Hemet, CA.
About as far from a story about military spouses and brain injury as you can get. A treatise on the exasperating, exhilarating, sometimes bewildering, never boring writer Katie Roiphe on the occasion of her latest book, the essay collection In Praise of Messy Lives. This was something I'd wanted to write for a long time.
In Praise of Messy Thinking: On Katie Roiphe, Los Angeles Review of Books, September 4, 2012