“We’re staying together for the kids’ sake.
“That’s the first lie of the family. It’s never for the kids’ sake. Why has no mother, including Hamlet’s own, not admitted to her libidinal impulses, saying this crazy-ass dick or uncontrollable freak works for me, I could never do what he does in the world, be so out of control, terrible and boundaryless, I’m a woman, confined by my sex, prohibited from acting out because other lives, my children’s lives, depend on me, but still there’s my husband acting out for me, what a thrill as he crashes against the cage of my propriety.” – Hilton Als*
The great New Yorker critic and astringent profiler of Dorothy Dean and André Leon Talley will be in town this week for a wide-ranging public conversation with USC dramatic arts dean David Bridel and poet Mary-Alice Daniel.
THE FAIRINGS OF A LITERARY MIND—A CONVERSATION WITH HILTON ALS, Wednesday, February 7, at 7 pm.
JOYCE J. CAMMILLERI HALL, USC, 3620 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles.
* Hilton Als, “Tristes Tropiques,” in White Girls (San Francisco: McSweeney’s, 2013), 23.