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“Sally4ever”: YUCK!

In case it seems to you that I’m always in raptures about shows I see, something completely different: saw a TV show yesterday that has had rave reviews and that I absolutely hated, “Sally4ever,” from Britain, about passive, nearly brain dead young Sally with a horrible job, an appalling partner – one of the most abject, repellant specimens I’ve ever seen on television – and ghastly parents, who is sprung from her hideously lame life by a passionate lesbian relationship that is shown in graphic detail, including her lover pulling Sally’s tampon out with her teeth and spitting it onto a frothy white dress Sally was supposed to wear to her wedding. And incidentally, the female lover is also a lunatic (played, incidentally, by the writer.) 


Every single person was loathsome in some way or other, obviously meant to be satirical ha ha, but to me it was just black-hearted. I thought of E.B. White who said once that with his writing, all he hoped to show was that he loved the world. This writer hopes to show that she hates the world because it’s full of disgusting human beings. What’s the point?


Maybe I missed something? Maybe I’m just too old.

However – “the Durrells in Corfu” is getting better and better, sheer joy, the most wonderful characters, writing, acting, and of course the set, a bustling small town in sunny Greece. And then John Oliver, lighting the way through the morass, as usual. 

Early in the day, a wonderful gathering: the Word Sisters, a group of women who all work in publishing in one way or another – editors, publicists, agents, lawyers, and one lowly writer – have been meeting regularly for 8 or 9 years now, and met again yesterday at the home of our founder, Marilyn Biderman, who lives in a sophisticated, sleek loft on the west side. It was pot luck, everything was delicious, the company was fascinating … so, that’s my usual tone of happy satisfaction, no?

It’s getting really cold, and I’m dreaming of anywhere warm that is not in the United States – Mexico, Cuba, Barbados … Any ideas out there for a nice place a pleasant, occasionally crabby writer can go to cogitate a few weeks of winter away? 

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I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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