Thursday I noted I was "hugely disappointed" by the second hour of Diane's show when the guest was Jane Fonda. (That goes to the hour.) Jane Fonda (goes to Jane's site) is an actress whose films I enjoy (between what Cedric brought in and what I did, I thnk we have every Jane Fonda film except Tall Story and Circle of Love) (Cedric's my husband). And of course I have admired her activism. But that interview disappointed me. I talked to C.I. after I posted and she hadn't listened to the interview but said, "I can cover it. Do you want me to?" I honestly wasn't trying to get her to address it but once she offered I took her up on it because I knew she'd do a much better job than I could.
And I really enjoyed reading "I Hate The War" with C.I. talking about acting and demons and, honestly, anytime your writing includes "Natalie Wood introduced me to" (Henry Fonda, for that sentence's sake) hooks me. At C.I.'s each summer, one of the things I always do is pull the photo albums off the shelves in the library and go through them. I do love seeing all the famous people, yes, but I also love seeing the photos C.I. took of various adventures and trips.
Back to Jane, I'm reading Prime Time right now and really enjoying it. I recommend it to everyone and I'm always asked what it reminds me of? Because a lot of people -- a lot, it was a big best seller -- read My Life So Far and wonder if this is another volume of autobiography or what?
The book it most reminds me of is Gloria Steinem's Revolution From Within. But it's also a little like a more advanced Women Coming of Age (a Fonda written book in the late 80s). C.I. and I were talking about it last night and we'd like to pair a section with a song by Melanie. I think it's a book that will have a lot of meaning for anyone who picks it up.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"