1. Although heterosexual, I always wanted to be a boy.

2. I am by nature a risk-taker. This did not stop me being afraid to write a novel for the better part of thirty years. Nowadays it mostly comes in handy for getting hurt riding certifiably insane horses.

3. I am idiotically face-blind. At Parents’ Night last week, it took me a minute to recognize my own daughter (though in my defence, they all dress alike).

4. I studied steel sculpture at St Martins college of art under Anthony Caro and Philip King. I had no clue what they were talking about. Ever.

5. In my 20s I played bass guitar in a rock band. We performed at CBGBs.

6. Nick Ferrari once told me a I wrote like an angel. This was long before I wrote books, but while he was programmer on Live TV, responsible for such fine literary content as Topless Darts and the news bunny.

7. Memorizing lines is torture to me.  I don’t understand how anyone does plays. (My daughter has a near-photographic memory.)

8. David Letterman once asked me out to dinner.  The guy I was with (not a boyfriend) said, ‘Sorry, we’re busy.’  I nearly decked him.

9. I briefly rowed crew at Harvard.

10. The best job I ever had was coming up with movie titles for Tristar Pictures.

11.  I can ski, skate, sail, play tennis, rappel, weld steel, and speak French — all very badly indeed.

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20 thoughts on “11 Confessions of a dilettante.

  1. Lia Keyes 6 years ago

    Dilettante, or renaissance woman? LOVED this!

  2. Rhubarb 6 years ago

    when did you play at CBGB’s??

    1. Meg 6 years ago

      1981-2?

    2. Rhubarb 6 years ago

      Wow… OK, now I am getting flashbacks: did you hang out at places like the Mud Club, Peppermint Lounge, and the Ritz etc?

      [I was at Pratt in Brooklyn back then – but alas, not cool enough to be playing bass at CB’s!!]

    3. Meg 6 years ago

      My club of choice was definitely Tier 3 but I did Mudd and CBGBs and Hurrah…and Irving Place and Palladium…even Danceteria I think. It was a long time ago. But Tier 3 was amazing. James Chance, Glenn Branca (life changing music for six electric guitars on the world’s tiniest stage), Rhys Chatham….

    4. Meg 6 years ago

      Oh god. And Arto Lindsay. I loved Arto Lindsay.

    5. Rhubarb 6 years ago

      I’m already in over my head – just like I was back then! In ’81 I was a 17 year old who looked 14, and who for some reason was being served left and right in NYC clubs. I did go to places like Danceteria – but tribeca clubs would have been out of my league back then. What a time though in NYC – back when soho still had dive bars…

  3. Bazza 6 years ago

    Wow, you are Rennaisance Woman! Hardly a dilettante. By the way, are you seriously saying thay paid someone to come up with movie titles? Were you in PR?
    Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

    1. Meg 6 years ago

      Not only did they pay me, but they paid me $1000 for an evening’s work (and this was in about 1982). It was the bet job I ever had. I wasn’t in PR at the time, but I was working in advertising, and it came through the friend of a friend. I graduated to writing poster lines, and even the occasional trailer, but it was the titles I loved doing. Forty in a night.

  4. Amanda 6 years ago

    re: Number 11 – I hope not all at once, although that kind of multitasking is only what we have come to expect of you, Meg. Actually that might explain the ‘very badly’ assessment…
    🙂

  5. Kirsten Baron 6 years ago

    You studied sculpture? At ST MARTIN’S? Wow. Do you have pictures to show of artwork you made – and do you still make any?

    (Speaking of pictures, how does one get to have a little picture on this blog, like Bookwitch and Lia above?)

    1. Meg 6 years ago

      I have big black and white 8x10s somewhere in the attic. I don’t get much call to show them!

      And as for the pictures, you need to ask some clever webmaster type person. I don’t remember how I did it.

  6. Girl Friday 6 years ago

    Wow, you’ve done a lot of cool & interesting things in your life – no wonder you ended up being a writer. I wanted to be a boy for a while too till I realised being a tomboy was the best of both worlds 🙂

  7. Shelley Souza 6 years ago

    You studied with Anthony Caro? Wow!

  8. bookwitch 6 years ago

    Kirsten, this blog is an under cover wordpress blog, so the whole system just knows that I am me, and the avatar pops up. But you have to register somewhere to post comments and can put your own avatar in instead of the anonymous head.

    1. Meg 6 years ago

      Glad you understood that…..

  9. Ray P Hewitt 6 years ago

    Best job I had… Getting rid of a million grenades in a hot and sandy place – oh happy days!

    1. Meg 6 years ago

      You’re a man of simple pleasures, really, Ray.

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