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Monday, 11.15.04: Privacy Statement

Everyone is issuing privacy statements these days. Today you are getting one from me.

You'll notice that my web entries are about me, me, ME. You would think that I never had a conversation or interesting interaction with anyone except my husband and my business partner, Maria. This is not quite true. While I do lead a quiet life, the interactions do add up over the course of a week. But you'd be surprised how many people specifically expect our exchanges to be private. It probably wouldn't be such a good idea to broadcast them to the entire planet. My phone might stop ringing altogether.

David Sedaris makes a handsome living writing about the idiosyncrasies of his family and friends. The difference between me and him is that he is fabulously talented, with a quirky wit, and I am just me -- Miss Fast and Furious. I can't think of anyone in my circle of friends and family who isn't dealing with some kind of illness, disability, worry, career struggle, or relationship crisis. It isn't my place to blab about them. Sympathy and comfort is also, I think, best given in private.

On the other hand, if we've got something going on and you can't figure out why I'm ignoring it in my writing, let me know. I'd be happy to have another topic for my pages. (I can also spout off on just about any topic anyone requests.)

When this site was a completely anonymous secret I blabbed about everything and everyone. It was great uncensored freedom. Now that I'm an open book, I self-censor. It's the price I'm willing to pay to have a wider readership. But I just wanted you to know that my life isn't quite so witlessly self-involved as it appears.

 

NOTES

David Sedaris link at National Public Radio.

 

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