I'm a fan, obviously. Here's a book of essays she wrote during guess-what-decade. There's a lot of them, so I think I'll just highlight my favorites:
- "A Place They'd Never Seen:" The Theater: Wendy takes 8 high school kids from the NYC public school system to see plays for a year. The experience is awesome for everyone.
- "How Suite It Is:" After living in a hotel for awhile before her apartment was done, Wendy kind of misses it. This one is shorter than the ones I'll highlight here, but it has a great list of things you never have to do while living in a hotel, such as "Believe your life is stuck. It's obviously in transition or you wouldn't be in a hotel" and "Dwell on the future. There isn't enough room in the suite for the future." Okay, so the latter didn't happen for me when I was living in a motel while my place was being de-flooded, but I see what she means. And mostly concur.
- "The LUMP List:" Categorizing the Last Unattached Male Persons available to you out there.
- "Diary:" A good week in the life for Wendy in 1996.
- "How to Do a Hollywood Awards Ceremony:" Wendy's trip to the Golden Globes.
- "Don't Tell Mother," a tribute to Wendy's idolized older sister Sandra.
- "My Low-Fat Dinner with Jamie Lee Curtis" is how Wendy wasn't so hot on having Jamie Lee playing Heidi Holland...but she learned that Jamie Lee wasn't just another skinny Holllywood person who can't act.
- "Jill's Adventures in Real Estate; or, I Can Get It for You at 3.2:" I'm not that into Wendy's more satrical pieces in this book--mostly, well, they come off as kind of dated at this point--but the ridiculouslness of a real estate hunt does come across well here. Especially the punchline.
- "Designing Men:" What's with all the architects in movies lately? They seem to be the Sensitive Guy Artists now.
- "The Muse that Mewed," a tribute to Wendy's cat Ginger. The ending of it made even me, a hardboiled bitch, tear up a bit in public. And that's saying something.
- "Heidi Chronicled:" Wendy watches an all-female high school production of her play.
- "Mom Says Every Day is Mother's Day:" I loved this quote: "If every day is Mother's Day, she merits a full 100 percent daily. Frankly, sometimes I would have rather gone to Saks for a nightgown."
- "The State of the Arts:" Back when Wendy grew up, theater was affordable. Not so much these days (see essay mentioned above). I was also amused at someone telling her that "Arthur Murray never needed a grant to write a play." After the dude realizes he meant Arthur Miller, Wendy points out that he had a grant--the WPA. Hah.
- "Directing 101: George Abbott on What Works:" Self-explanatory, I guess!
- "Theater Problems? Call Dr. Chekhov:" Wendy's tribute to the playwright.
- "How I Spent My Forties:" Wendy's fertility treatments and her sister's slow death. Fun forties, eh?
- " Days of Awe: The Birth of Lucy Jane:" Wendy's secret pregnancy and premature birth of her daughter.
If you're a fan of Wendy, especially when she's in fun conversational mode or going deeper, you'll like this. And miss her. Four stars.