By Georgeanne Brennan
From the writer of Under the Tuscan Sun comes one other striking memoir of a girl embarking on a brand new lifethis time within the South of France. Thirty years in the past, James Beard Award-winning writer Georgeanne Brennan got down to notice the dream of a calm, rural lifestyles en Provence. She and her husband, with their younger daughter in tow, got a small farmhouse with a bit land, and some goats and pigsand so started a life-affirming trip. packed with scrumptious recipes and native colour, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her lifestyles cooking and residing within the Provenal traditionan entrancing story that might whet the urge for food and the spiritperfect for foodies, Francophiles, or someone who's dreamed of packing their baggage and purchasing a price tag to the great existence.
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He mailed Franzen a nice letter about his first book, Franzen replied, they arranged a meet. And no David. This was right in the middle of the bleak period, when simple calendar stuff turned challenging. “He just flaked,” Jon recalled. “He didn’t show up. ” In 1995, banging together a big piece on the reasons for writing and reading, Franzen boarded a train for Connecticut and David. “We met in a parking lot and we hung out for about three hours, just sitting on the edge of the parking lot. ’” It’s nice to imagine them there, these two writers who would someday write famous books, talking for hours among the fast-asleep cars and concrete dividers.
The writer Elizabeth Wurtzel was at David’s KGB reading—a kind of Brezhnev-and-Pravda-themed bar in Lower Manhattan. She was standing right up front. ] I don’t know how Elizabeth—Liz got like the best seat in the house, using skills I think only Elizabeth has. Ah, she’s real nice. She’s a good egg. Good egg. When you’re eighteen, you realize that—there’s also a part of us that wants to be the president. And there’s also a part that wants to fuck every attractive person of the gender of our choice.
How do you learn to do this stuff? Because even I, I can clearly see there are certain strategies. Not really. My strategy here is getting facts about you. Your tour: two weeks? Three weeks? The funny thing is, of course, I saw on the schedule, “You will have this escort. ” And of course, when I hear escort, I think, I imagine like a geisha. Who will take you to the interview, then walk on your back and fuck your eyeballs out. And of course these escorts turn out to be burly Irishmen. You know, in their forties.
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan