April 4, 2010 |
Imperfect Birds A Novel Anne Lamott Riverhead Books: 274 pp., $25.95 From the very first line of the very first page, Anne Lamott defines what's at stake in her new novel, "Imperfect Birds": "There are so many evils that pull on our children. Even in the mellow town of Landsdale, where it is easy to see only beauty and decency, a teenager died nearly every year after a party and kids routinely went from high school to psych wards, halfway house, or jail. Once a year a child from the county of Marin jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge."
February 19, 2010
India and its charms Re "Wisdom, a world away," Opinion, Feb. 14 What a beautifully conceived and executed response to the "tea baggers," however unintended it may have been. Anne Lamott's antidote to the mentally challenged weepers who cannot deal with adversity of any degree without threatening revolution is the grace with which the impoverished of India rise above their difficulties and play with the hand that is dealt them. Sure these are hard times for all of us, but why not try compassion, forgiveness and understanding instead of acrimony and bilious attacks?
March 18, 2007 |
THERE'S no one quite like Anne Lamott. She's an irreverent, civil liberties-minded late convert to Christianity who found Jesus after years of drinking and drug-taking in the bohemian outback of Marin County. A vocal opponent of Republican politics, she's also a single mother whose son, Sam, now a teenager, has been a presence in her writing since his birth (more recently with his permission, she notes). Clearly, Lamott is not your typical Christian writer.
May 28, 2006
Having lived in (marvelous) Marin, I can visualize the places and scenery that Anne Lamott described in her essay ("Blessed Are the Annoying," May 7). And being the mother of a teenage boy, I could smell Sam's bedroom and experience the frustration of chores not done and promises going by the wayside because of sleeping or other teen-important activities. I appreciated Lamott's words of wisdom in "the four things I know for sure about raising kids," which told me that I have been affecting my son's character by overlooking all the things that are important to me, letting him go play beach volleyball instead of staying home to help me when I was sick.
February 26, 2006
Anne Lamott's "dance" with words is truly in a "class" by itself ("Dance Class," Feb. 5). Waltzing through one delightful sentence after another, never quite letting on which way a phrase will turn or when she will unselfconsciously step on her own prose, Lamott's writing is as exhilarating as it is engaging. Thank you for sharing her latest work. Anne Lamott is truly a national treasure. Alitta Kullman Laguna Hills Lamott makes me laugh uproariously, sob uncontrollably and always reminds me of the lessons this messy thing called life has to teach us when we pay attention.
February 13, 2006
Re "The rights of the born," Opinion, Feb. 10 Abortion must remain legal, safe and available to all women. But with people like Anne Lamott calling fetuses "teeny weenie so-called babies" and comparing them to sea monkeys, our side cannot possibly prevail. There seems to be no room in this discussion for a woman like me, who holds two passionate beliefs: that abortion must always be legal, and that I could never have one myself. Although these are two separate issues, as they should be -- the government has no business teaching me morals -- Lamott's tirade makes abortion-rights proponents look like spoiled, selfish women who consider having an abortion something that everyone does and who get through tough times by pigging out on M&Ms.