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1. Nightmare of Ecstasy, by Rudolph Grey, 1992. A rare find, hunted down by @allegra-byron
2. Scene (in book) from Plan 9 from Outer Space - hopefully no further explanation req’d.
3. Ed Wood film with J Depp & SJ Parker (Why the Long Face gags on poor SJP were big here during SATC).
And Bill Murray! And bravura Bella by M Landau.

And thanks to @allegra-byron for lending me the (book and film about the) angora 😉
Tag Game!

I was tagged by the distinguished @theseeker1864 to write 5 things I like about myself and tag 10 people.
Here goes.!

Sense of humour (HaHaHa) Flexible (but not bendy!) Optimistic (cock-eyed) Generous (though broke Lol) Open-minded (I hope) I’m tagging: @captaintommy65 @novaexpress93 @allegra-byron @faithlessandstateless @meemalee @silverspike @bowietrackbytrack @missadler1897

Fans of Megan Mayhew Bergman’s first short-story collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, which appeared in 2012, have been looking forward to her second collection ever since. The premise of Bergman’s new book, Almost Famous Women, is immediately intriguing. Bergman culled through the annals of history to locate women who brushed up against fame, thanks to proximity to famous people or now-forgotten accomplishments. Publisher’s Weekly commended her for this “feminist reclamation” of narratives largely ignored; a compilation of 13 fictionalized tales of women including James Joyce’s daughter, Lucia; Butterfly McQueen, the actress who played Prissy in “Gone with the Wind”; Allegra Byron, Lord Byron’s cast-off daughter; and Dolly Wilde, Oscar Wilde’s impetuous, drug-addled, niece.

The title seems to imply unjust neglect. After reading the collection, this reader wondered whether these narratives hadn’t been ignored or forgotten for good reason. As described in these tales, the women Bergman chose didn’t necessarily live extraordinary lives or create works of art that beg reconsideration; their stories seem to have been marginalized because there wasn’t much to say about them beyond that their lives were sad or disappointing. Bergman’s fascination felt arbitrary and it begged the question, why these particular women?

Read on for more as Kelly Fordon reviews Megan Mayhew Bergman’s new collection of fictional biography.