On the Books: Elizabeth Vargas is penning a memoir
News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has announced that she is penning a memoir about her struggle with anxiety and alcoholism. The untitled project will be released by Grand Central Publishing in Spring 2016. Grand Central said that the 20/20 anchor’s memoir will be “a no-holds-barred account of growing up with crippling anxiety and of turning to alcohol for relief. She’ll divulge how she found herself living a dark double life and will share personal stories of her despair, her time in rehab, and, ultimately, her recovery process.” Vargas found solace in reading stories by other women who had battled alcoholism and she feels like it’s her turn to share. “I have spent my entire life telling other peoples’ stories,” she said. “This one is my own, and is incredibly personal: the burden and the loneliness of the secret drinker. If just one other person can relate to it, it will make my own story worth writing, and I will have paid the gift forward.”
Fans of Teju Cole, author of the meandering epic Open City, will be able to indulge in another one of his books as soon as next week. Random House is publishing Every Day Is for the Thief, previously only released in Nigeria in 2007. The New York Times says, “Like ‘Open City,’ Mr. Cole said, it includes ‘versions of some things that might have happened, and then things that are completely made up, but made up to look like they are memoirish.’ ” Oh, Teju.
The New York Times has an account of America’s love affair with Shakespeare, which is worth reading for the historical round-up of Shakespeare puns. “Hamlet’s soliloquy written by an anonymous Tory in 1776, responding to the Continental Congress’s demand in 1774 that all colonists sign on to a boycott of English goods. It starts: ‘To sign or not to sign? That is the question.’ ” Or Lord Buckley’s Beat-era version of Marc Antony’s funeral oration from Julius Ceasear: “Hipsters, flipsters and finger-poppin’ daddies, Knock me your lobes! I came here to lay Caesar out, Not to hip you to him.” Points off for failing to include the Bourbon Street special: “To beer or not to beer, that is never a question.”
And since it’s Thursday and we could all use a laugh – check out these four comic strips by “Millennials” that the Guardian pulled together as a representation of the quotidian concerns of “Generation Y.” (Those are sarcastic air quotes.) Look at The Guardian, trying to puzzle out the inscrutable nature of these tech-head, self-centered, global-market-of-one mishmash we call the millennial generation. Give me a break. But seriously these comic strips are awesome and should be appreciated as stand-alone pieces.