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Yasmin Tong

Barbara, Bravo! Congratulations. I hope to see you at Dutton's and give you a congratulatory squeeze. -Yasmin


Yasmin - I'm glad you can come!

And again - all L.A. readers of this blog are invited - Dutton's Brentwood Books, October 12th, 7:00.


Pschiatrist Paul Butenweisser says, "All autobiography is fiction, and all fiction is autobiographical". In Judy Blount's book, "Breaking OUt" she describes a scene in which her father in law takes an ax to her typwriter. He commented in an article in the NYT that it wasn't true and said, "She sure has a vivid imagination." In response Judy said that maybe he pulled the plug out of her typwriter, but that emotional content of the scene was true, and that was her intention. I guess the real question is is the narrative emotionally truthful, and is the writing great -- I think that we can forgive writers for a bit of literary license (at least up to a point so long as they don't outright lie or hurt anyone) in the interest of drama and craft. Don't know if that adds anything to the discussion but thought I would share these thoughts. See you soon at Duttons, Barbara. Loren Stephens


I graduated with an Emory ctiareve writing degree. It was a good program, but damn if they never mentioned anything about actually _publishing_ your work. Maybe it has changed in the past few years, but I think it would have greatly helped if they'd spent some time telling us naive young college students how to make a living.

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