- Anne Lamott is a recovering alcoholic
- She included a funny story about trying (and failing) to teach her son to stop swearing
- She mentions a "girl writer dress" and never explains what that is. Am I alone in having no idea what that's supposed to mean?
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Writing about writing
In honor of Mother's Day, I need to take a moment to pick on my mother; it's a talent of mine. Don't worry. It's not that mean and it's totally true: my mother has hated Natalie Goldberg for as long as I can remember. The reason? Natalie Goldberg is known for her book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, but little else. Anne Lamott is in a similar situation, but my mother isn't quite as passionate about her hatred for her. Okay, Anne Lamott releases a new novel once in a while, but do people really read them? Most of my writer friends at least have a copy of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. I've even read it. Honestly, all I remember from it is as follows: