“As a magazine writer, Iâ€™m always looking for other peopleâ€™s stories and trying to talk to people about what their lives are like. I always knew that that came from a place from having some pretty crazy experiences as somebody whoâ€™s bipolar and that I had all these stories that seemed outlandish and bananas, and that maybe I had to start with my own story. It all definitely started when lithium, the medication that I was taking for bipolar disorder, stopped working for me. All of a sudden, bipolar disorder and lithium became so much more prominent and important in my life. And it became much more clear to me that it was a bigger part of my identity than I ever imagined.”
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“After I graduated from college, I set about becoming a writer and playing ultimate frisbee. And I kept doing those things for about 15 years. I wrote about a lot of thingsâ€”I wrote about my dadâ€™s death, I wrote about the natural worldâ€”but it never really occurred to me to write about ultimate. And then after my first book was published I got picked up by a big agent at ICM, and she looked over all my stuff and said, â€śThis is what we should do.â€ť And it was a quick proposal Iâ€™d written about going back and playing with the Boston National Champion Ultimate Team. And I would go back in a kind of George Plimpton fashion and play with them and write about the season.”
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“My book is about eating snacks and being mad. I wrote my book because Iâ€™d already written one and that was pretty fun. I was inspired by revenge; I want everyone who ever doubted me or was ever mean to me to see that I have a book in bookstores and feel really bad about their own lives.”
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“My book is about an extremely consequential 12-month period in American history, and also in the history of my family and my own maturation. Being 11 and 12 is a very interesting time of life, when you, for the first time, begin to establish your frame of reference for the world outside of your experience at home. And, in my case, it was a discovery of history as an inescapable current. We were all writing. These were dangerous years.”
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“When I was a young actor in New York, I premiered in a show called Sly Fox, which starred the great George C. Scott. I had three lines in the show. Actually, I had one line and I said it three times. It was, ‘You look wonderful, sir,’ which I added ‘oh’ to. ‘Oh, you look wonderful, sir.’ That was free of charge. I remember walking out the stage door one day and there was this legendary autograph hound that went from theater to theater, and he was standing right in front of me as I walked out, and he looked at me and he went, ‘Are you anybody?'”
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“My book is about my sexual coming of age and my adolescence and my going off the rails a bit in my mid-life. The book came about because I started writing about my adolescence and it was hard remembering that time. Also, I realized I really hate coming-of-age memoirs and I started to wonder why was I writing one. As a teenager and young adult I had been, well, I was kinda trouble. I was sexually fast and took drugs and dropped outta school and was kinda a bad kid. And I wasnâ€™t quite that bad in mid-life but I started to, sort of, um, wanna get in trouble again. And I realized that was why I was writing about my adolescence. And that the book was really about both of those and how theyâ€™re in dynamic with each other.”
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Lauren Graham fans rejoice! Sheâ€™s back with another bookâ€”but this time itâ€™s not fiction. Talking as Fast as I Can is a collection of personal essays on everything from her unconventional early childhood to her successful adulthood through to, you guess it, the recent Gilmore Girls reboot.