When I was in LaGuardia Airport recently waiting to head home, I bought a magazine that I’d never heard of before, More. I bought it because the cover feature was an actress I’ve enjoyed watching for many years: Diane Keaton. A funny, funny lady, star of many classic movies from the Godfather to Annie Hall to The Big Wedding to Something’s Gotta Give. Like Katharine Hepburn, an individualist, unafraid to be different or do the unexpected. The article, written by Margot Dougherty, includes a terrific excerpt from Keaton’s autobiography, humorously entitled Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty
In the excerpt, Keaton talks about outrageous women she has admired (Katharine Hepburn being one of them). She talks about growing old gracefully. Or not! She talks about enjoying beauty rather than worrying about being beautiful. In a sidebar on p. 77 there are 5 questions More asked Diane. She says seeing is the most important thing to her and if she could start over, she would have more children. When asked what MORE women should . . . she responded, “I’m sorry to say I don’t should enough. I’m working on it.”
The whole issue (May, 2014) was great. It has a feature of the 50 Most Inspirational Women Ever, What It Means to Live Fearlessly, and lots of beauty, health and fashion trends. There is also a tender and touching article by Priscilla Gilman called In praise of imperfection about finding out her incredibly bright and precious son had a little known developmental disorder called hyperlexia. This is often found in autistic children and is characterized by early reading, challenges with verbal communication and impaired social skills. She outlines how she learned to cope and support her son and learned to “celebrate each tiny milestone”. She has written a book called The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy.
Both of these book have joined my “To Be Read” list.