Olivia Goldsmith; Flavor of the Month

Yummy yummy. Goldsmith IS gewoon de koningin van de ordinaire bestsellers! ;-)) En toch, onder alle glits en glamour van het verhaal heeft ze ook nog een soortement serieuze boodschap over The Beauty Myth (om die handige titel van whatsername... Naomi Wolf? te gebruiken). Dit is grrlie zomerleesvoer bij uitstek, vanaf de kaft-met-ijsje tot en met het lekker opgeruimde eind van het verhaal 880 pagina's verderop. Gaat in de ruildoos.

-- Sam always called her a 'dreck magnet', because every kind of dullard and maniac approached her for a handout or a conversation.

-- named the dog Oprah 'cause she's fat and black and smart.

-- here in Hollywood even the best looks only gauranteed a waitressing job, a parking-valet job, a blow job.

-- Und you should vorry about findink somevun who doesn't talk stupid, not vorry about wat _you_ say. You are doomed to be bored a lot more than you vill be borink.

-- 'Don't take any wooden condoms' I told her, and waved goodbye. (huh!!??? is er iemand die Americanees beheerst
en mij uit kan leggen wat dit betekent?? Een journalist zegt dit tegen een ster die zij interviewt net voordat ze afscheid neemt. Ik snap absoluut niet wat ze hiermee bedoelt.)

-- All the aesthetics in America are on the decline; only think of art and architecture. Only female beauty obsesses us. And always more perfect. Ah, the tyranny of beauty.

Olivia Goldsmith is toch onlangs overleden, een maand of wat terug? Iets misgegaan tijdens een facelift, tijdens de narcose ofzo. Weet zeker dat ik dat ergens heb gelezen.

Ja, klopt, begin dit jaar. Na kort googelen het volgende gevonden: Olivia Goldsmith, the author of the satirical novel that became the successful Hollywood movie "The First Wives Club," died of cardiac arrest while under sedation for cosmetic surgery, the office of the chief medical examiner said late yesterday. While not attributing negligent conduct, the office noted that the death resulted from "a known complication" of the anesthesia and other treatment that involved four drugs that the examiner identified. Ms. Goldsmith, born Randy Goldfield, entered the hospital for a chin tuck on Jan. 7. During preparation for surgery, she suffered cardiac arrest, went into a coma and was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where she died on Jan. 15.

ach nee!! o, wat erg, wat erg, zeker aangezien wat ze allemaal schrijft over cosmetische ingrepen in dit boek uit 1994. Diep triest dat zo'n talentvol mens toch sterft aan zoiets nutteloos waarover ze zoveel zinnige dingen over te zeggen had... Ik ben blij dat ik dit niet wist voordat ik het boek las, want het geeft toch wel een heel andere kijk op het hele verhaal. Een soort donkere sluier over wat eigenlijk een lekker feelgood boek is.
met het liedje 'Ironic' van Alanis Morrisette in haar hoofd...


An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn't it ironic... don't you think

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
"Well, isn't this nice."And isn't it ironic ... don't you think

(repeat chorus)

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everthing blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you're already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic... don't you think
A little too ironic.. and yeah I really do think...

(repeat chorus)

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

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Met haar debuutroman The First Wives club veroverde Olivia Goldsmith (1949 - 2004) alle internationale bestsellerlijsten en bioscopen.




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