Jan 11, 2018 by Lauren | 2 comments
To Catherine Deneuve and everyone else who believes that romance is about to be crushed under the heel of hysterical feminism, you can calm down. As it turns out, you’re the ones who are massively overreacting. Nobody wants to ban seduction, or flirting, or kissing, or sex. Those of us who support the #MeToo movement engage in these behaviors all the time. We have no trouble distinguishing between consensual sex…
Nov 14, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
Why white people shouldn't use the n-word, as explained by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. pic.twitter.com/T4uYZH7O5V — AJ+ (@ajplus) November 14, 2017 I love this video clip of Ta Nehisi Coates explaining why white people should not use the N word. Coates is the finest journalist working today and if you haven’t watched this clip, take a minute to do so. It reminded me of an experience I had back in the…
Oct 17, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
I worked in the movie business in New York in the nineties. Although I met Harvey Weinstein a few times, I had no idea he was harassing and abusing women. At the time, I was Vice President of Production at Lions Gate Films. My boss was an absolute prince of a man and an incredible mentor. His bosses, all male, were also wonderful to work with. I enjoyed my ten…
Oct 3, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
It occurs to me in light of recent events that there is no persuading some people. If you believe that periodic massacres are an acceptable price to pay for the right of gun enthusiasts to amass arsenals of horrifying lethality, then you are beyond logic, conscience, and decency. I will not bother explaining to you that the founding fathers never intended this, or that the citizens of other first world…
May 4, 2017 by Lauren | 1 comment
What Improv Has Taught Me About Writing
Yes and. Those two words constitute the first rule of improv. If someone steps out onto the stage and says to you: “Hello there, Pirate Jack, I’m sorry to hear that your parrot has died.” Guess what, you’re Pirate Jack now and your parrot is dead. You can’t say: “But I’m not a pirate. I’m a surgeon.” You say, “Yes, I’m a pirate. My parrot is dead. I am in…