she's the little standing speck in the back
A couple weeks ago, I watched Julie and Julia and so I was pleasantly surprised when I unwittingly ran into a reading Julie Powell held at Vroman's bookstore yesterday.
Of course I knew Amy Adams was not Julie but I was still surprised to see the physical embodiment of Julie Powell herself who did not look like a movie star but like a normal woman with longish hair and comfy wrap around clothes.
Let me just say, writers are eccentric. She was kind of quirky and funny and definitely the kind of person who works from home and gets a little isolated. I liked it.
And then there were the audience members who thought she was their best friend or daughter or niece and asked her really really awkward questions that made me want to shriek and run out the door.
Such as "How's your hormone syndrome and are you going to have babies soon?"
"How's Eric doing?"
or the most awkward one
"You must get tons of people at these book readings that want to understand your magical juju and ask you how it is that you got it. Now, I don't care if you have a magical juju or not--that's not what I'm trying to ask but what I want to know is how do you respond to people that ask questions like that?"
OMG--kill me now.
Then there was the older woman who ran up to the podium and placed a stick of butter on it.
And the other older woman who asked her how she wrote without a laptop while she traveled writing her latest book Cleaving to which Julie replied, "In a notebook, a diary."
The woman had a hard time believing her and kept questioning her with, "Really, how?"
"With a pen, I just wrote."
"Really, you didn't wait until you had your computer?"
"No, I just wrote...in my notebook."
"Really, incredible, a notebook."
"Yes, a notebook. Next question?"
There was a surprising mix of men and women in there and most were 40s and up which surprised me. I thought Julie pulled the 20s-30s female crowd.
I had to leave to go pick up J. from his meeting but readings are fun. Try them out.