So, are we all ready for the Oscars? I don’t know how much I’ll be able to see but I’m hoping to get a glimpse of at least one great dress and one really bad one. I also want to see Jon Stewart (I kinda have a little crush on him).
When I'm not contemplating celebrity fashion faux pas' I contemplate the impending publicity push for Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights. I’m cautiously optimistic about how it will be received. I’ve been getting lots of preliminary feedback and it’s all been great plus I know of at least one national magazine that will be featuring it so that’s also a good thing.
If everything goes according to plan (that would be the plan of my publicist) I’ll be touring San Francisco, San Diego, Denver and…drum roll please…the Hamptons. Now if you’re like me you probably hear the word Hamptons and think anorexic socialites sipping martinis along side their Anglo-Saxon billionaire husbands. Yes, it’s a major stereotype but that is what most people on the West Coast (and perhaps elsewhere) believe to be true. However my publicist assures me that the Hamptons attract all sorts of people, not just the rich and intentionally-hungry and seeing that she lives in New York and apparently goes to the Hamptons with a certain degree of regularity I’m inclined to believe her.
It is interesting how we tend to form stereotypes about certain areas of the country. I remember last year my publicist tried to convince me to tour Dallas and I balked. “I can’t tour Dallas!” I exclaimed. “I’m a Black, Jewish woman!”
“Kyra,” she had said patiently, “there are lots of Blacks and Jews in Dallas.”
“Yes, but I’ll be the only one who doesn’t have a gun!”
It turned out to be a moot point anyway since the press and bookstores of Seattle and Philadelphia ended up being more interested in promoting my work. However now that I’ve been communicating with several readers and writers who are from the South (many from Texas) I am beginning to think that my ideas about Texas may be out dated. For instance I found out that not every Texan is a gun owner…just a little over half of them. Surely at least some of those 45% who don’t own a firearm are ethnic so I guess I wouldn’t have been completely alone. And Dallas is a big city with a diverse population and I’m sure their issues surrounding racism are about the same as the issues here in the Bay Area. I recently read an article stating that California schools are some of the most segregated in the country so what do I know? Plus while fewer Californians have guns apparently a lot of the guns that are here get stolen. In my book a licensed gun owner isn’t anywhere near as scary as an unlicensed one.
I’m rambling a bit so I’ll wrap this up. If my publicist has her way I’ll be partying in the Hamptons and when and if I do I’ll be sure to let you know which of the stereotypes regarding that area are true and which aren’t. And maybe one of these days my publicist will send me to Texas and I’ll get to dispel a few myths about that place too.
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