Writing Fellows Meet Erica Mann Jong ’63

Barnard’s home page posted three reflections today written by Writing Fellows Claire Daniels ’15, Gabrielle Davenport ’15, and Katy Lasell ’15 about meeting Erica Mann Jong ’63 of our Erica Mann Jong Writing Center this semester. Check them out: http://www.barnard.edu/news/meeting-iconic-writer-erica-mann-jong-63-students-reflect

An excerpt from Katy Lasell:

“In blue velvet cat shoes, and armed with her trademark wit and candor, Jong shared with us stories from her own undergraduate experience at Barnard (“if a man was in the room, there always had to be one foot on the floor” – what, I wondered, could that possibly stop from happening?); advice on how to engage with those who proclaim themselves not to be feminists (“okay, so you want less pay than men? That’s fine.”); and tips on how to be photographed for 10 minutes without losing your mind. (“Breathe. Deeply.”) We also were lucky enough to hear an excerpt from her new novel, Fear of Dying, in which a woman confronts her fading sexuality and her mortality. I assumed these would be exclusively grim topics, but Jong had us laughing on the first page.”

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