Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees, Food and Loathing and The Bridge Ladies. She received an MFA from Columbia University in Poetry and was the recipient of a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and was one of PEN's Emerging Writers. She also received the Tony Godwin Publishing Prize for Editors Under 35. After working as an editor for fifteen years, she became an agent and is currently a partner with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. She lives in Connecticut.
In this extract from her warm and funny memoir The Bridge Ladies, Betsy explains how discovering the unsung lives of her mother's oldest friends helped her to develop a better understanding of, and a more meaningful relationship with, her mother.
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by @BetsyLerner - 3 months ago
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@neiltyson I can’t stay calm. Gazing from the George Washington Bridge. City to the right. Cold beautiful. Night.
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by @BetsyLerner - 7 months ago
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The Truth Is I Never Left You - 4 days ago
Six weeks away: rehab? India? face lift? depression? I’m so sorry I didn’t say goodbye, I had no idea I would be gone. How the fuck have you all been? My life is roadkill and raven all at once. Yes, you can pick yourself to death. Yes, you can fly into the windshield of a […]
There’s Something Happening Here - one month ago
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Structure, structure, structure. What is structure? How does it work? Do you figure it out before you write, or does it emerge as the storytelling takes shape. As an editor, I always felt that the structure suggested itself after 75 pages or so. By then all the major […]
Girl You Know I Want Your Love - one month ago
Sometimes when you’re talking with a writer and you give feedback that a particular scene doesn’t work, the writer will say, in his or her defense, but that’s how it happened! To me, that’s like when you make a joke and nobody laughs, and you say: you had to be there! We weren’t there. It’s […]
Hey There You with the Stars in Your Eyes - 2 months ago
This is going to be pet peeve week (and just fyi, the term “pet peeve” is a pet peeve). What drives me nuts is when fiction writers use eye signaling to stand in for story or emotion. She looked at him, she glared, she glanced, she stared, she lowered her eyes, she batted her […]
Everybody Sees You’re Blown Apart - 2 months ago
How do you write about pain? Hurt, loss, betrayal? How do you write about those experiences that gut you without going all cliche on your ass? How to retain control of tone when everything is out of control? How do you bring to life a slight, a thousand tiny cuts, a snub? You must write, […]