From Oxygen to Tarantino: Our Prevailing Obsession with True Crime

Over on, one of my favorite humans of recent meeting, Remy Bennett, talks "Serial" and "Making a Murderer" and the ethics surrounding our current obsession with true crime as entertainment. She also gives "Destination Gacy" a little love. I was struck by the parallels between the death-row groupies I met while visiting Gacy, and the women Remy saw at this year's CrimeCon. One difference: the woman who told me which vending machine snacks Gacy liked was wearing a completely sheer mesh top. 

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Bite and Smile

Back in 1990, after I’d had a baby and before I’d given up illusions of being an actress, I accepted my then-neighbor’s offer of commercial representation. This, despite her saying she couldn’t see me selling anything except “maybe spaghetti sauce”...

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The Pathos of Failing

A friend and I once played a game around the pool at her apartment in Los Feliz, a game that we called How the Celebrity Died Badly. It involved inventing gruesome deaths for the famous. I can’t recall even one scenario, only that we laughed over a game that was cruel and made us feel clever.

It was also cynical, putting as it did a door between the cynic and what’s going on. Sure you can see through a keyhole, but how much?

This seemed a lesson I needed to continually relearn...

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You Hear the Splash, then the Screams

“I think of it every day; I never go over that bridge without thinking about it,” says Pati Gallagher. Her residence is as close as any in Portland to the Sellwood Bridge, her patio a three good strides from the river, and where she was sitting when she heard the children hit the water...

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Dear Michael –

I write to you this morning via someone you knew when you were a very little boy. I do not expect you remember her, though perhaps you remember more from that time than most three year-olds. Habit can create memory, and you had little of that, but so can trauma. Perhaps people told you about the fire and it’s become part of your history, though that would require people to pass along history, and the people you knew then I don’t imagine were around very long...

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Thirteen Minutes with Paula Fox

Fox tells me she will be receiving the Hadada Award from the Paris Review on April 6, that she is “the eighth writer to get it,” others include Norman Mailer, Williams Styron, Philip Roth, John Berryman and Joan Didion. I ask her how this feels.

“It feels good,” she says, to be recognized. “But it’s only for a short time. Time swallows us all.”

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