“I never wanted to be a poet. I wanted to be a spaceman. So this is it.”
Publishing a book takes unnecessary years. This is ostensibly because of supply chains and long-lead press and catalogues and all that jazz, but mostly it’s just a sign of an industry trapped between failing strategies and terrible compromises. But good news!
No one’s life is fun (or funny) all the time, but these ladies have given us permission to laugh at their embarrassment, their triumph, and their lack of ability to perform adult tasks. No doubt you’ll start to think about your own life… and the times you said, “someday we’ll laugh about this”. Someday can start now, on the beach, with a cool drink in your hand.
There are some particularly good points in this interview with Vivian Gornick—I like the part where she says that she “didn’t give a shit about women’s sexuality” because she “had orgasms easily” because, like, girl, get it—but I am mostly thinking about how much I’m trying to walk before it gets really, really hot out.