Wednesday, November 9, 2011
books - biography & autobiography edition!
My favorite bit of the memoir comes from when he was a young sports reporter in Urbana, Illinois. A colleague who had a few more years experience than him watched him struggling to write a story, and said:
"One, don't wait for inspiration, just start the damned thing. Two, once you begin, keep on until the end. How do you know how the story should begin until you find out where it's going?"
Ebert goes on to say:
"These rules saved me half a career's worth of time and gained me a reputation as the fastest writer in town. I'm not faster. I just spend less time not writing."
I'm also trying to imagine what it would've been like to be at Yale Drama School at the same time as Wendy, Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep.
The ending of Wendy's life, and therefore also the last few chapters of this book, were a pretty tough slog.
I did come away though thinking that I'd love to see a revival of Uncommon Women and Others, Wendy's breakthrough play about college students at Mt. Holyoke in the late sixties grappling with mixed messages about feminism.
One other side thing: my website is finally on the other side of its major overhaul. Take a look, won't you, and let me know what you think. www.valerieweak.com