Saturday’s Child: A Memoir by Robin Morgan

By Robin Morgan

The interesting narrative of an grand lifestyles: from baby television celebrity to poet and feminist activist.

Robin Morgan can be a prize-winning writer, a political theorist, and a founding father of the modern women's stream. yet those grownup accomplishments eclipsed an prior status. "Saturday's baby has to paintings for a living," and Morgan has--since the age of 2. She used to be a tot version, had her personal radio exhibit at age 4, and was once a toddler megastar on tv, together with at the well known sequence "Mama." not like such a lot baby actors, she emerged to reinvent a existence full of literary success and confident politics.

right here Morgan tells the total story--the years as a toddler so recognized she was once named "The perfect American Girl," her struggle to turn into a significant author, marriage to a fiery bisexual poet, motherhood, enthusiasts (male and female), and a long time engaged on civil rights, the unconventional underground, and worldwide feminism. this can be the intensely own, behind-the-scenes tale of her lifestyles.

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Mommie was out, but Aunt Sally didn’t tell me to entertain Miss Wetter while she made herself presentable. No, whether in a state of innocence, indifference, or defiance, she received the visitor just as she was, without flinching. Her hair stood in peaks stiff with peroxide bleach foam, reeking of ammonia that dripped onto the frayed towel around her shoulders. She sat large-bodied at the kitchen table in brazen undress: the heavily boned bra, pendant from the weight of her large breasts, hung from soiled straps that cut dark pink grooves deep into her shoulders; the batwing flesh rippled and hung from her bare arms; the huge underpants showed their outline under her faded pink half-slip.

You didn’t say No because she established herself as the epicenter of your child’s universe, as your first and basic preoccupation, as the beloved for whom you would nurse a lifelong passion, staggering under its burden, sometimes of bitterness or fear but mostly of merciless love. A lifetime of fleeing her, being caught by her, escaping her, reclaiming her; supporting her emotionally, financially, and physically; organizing her liberation, dancing and singing or speechifying and organizing hundreds of thousands of women who were her and never her, all to win her love.

But the genre wasn’t formally “memoir,” so nobody believed you. 12. Elders among the indigenous Hopi people ask a floundering seeker to answer three clarifying questions. What are the goals? To tell emotional truths as well as literal ones. To see as clearly as possible, with a merciless eye. To describe as fairly as possible, with a compassionate voice. To move backward and forward in time guided by an ethically charged compass. What are the obstacles? Memoir flirting as an act of flattery, manipulation, score-settling; memoir as the brandishing of a polemical tambourine.

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