“Inventing Elsa Maxwell”

“Inventing Elsa Maxwell” by Sam Staggs

A book by the great lady herself.

Dear hearts, forgive me for having neglected you. Earlier this month I was sick (think Donald Duck’s voice and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s schnozzola). What’s more, my non-writing work has mushroomed in the past six weeks.

I’ll be back soon, and we’ll mark the anniversary of Callas’s passing together.

In the meantime, some writing news. My review of Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World by Sam Staggs appears in the October 2012 issue of Town & Country. Readers in the States can find the magazine on newsstands; if you are overseas and fancy a scan of the article, just give a holler. My review briefly mentions Callas.

I also reviewed the wonderful exhibit “John Cage: The Sight of Silence” at the National Academy Museum.

Have I mentioned that I’ve been doing some writing for The Jewish Daily Forward? I’m thrilled and honored to be associated with that venerable publication, and to be in the company of so many amazing writers. What’s more, my editor is a mensch and not afraid of chewy material, glory be.

Back at you soon! *smooch*

2 Responses to ““Inventing Elsa Maxwell””

  1. VS September 25, 2012 at 06:50 #

    Oh, I read the excerpt of the Sam Staggs book that showed up on the Opera News site, and it seemed gossipy and dull. I can never read celeb- or high-society biographies anyway.

    You make the new Die Schöpfung recording sound exciting indeed.

  2. VS October 11, 2012 at 12:51 #

    I’ve just come across an essay of yours, “The Sound and the Fury”, from the Women’s Review of Books in 2000! I was very pleased.

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