PostHeaderIcon Thomas Lauderdale's Reading for Tanya Selvaratnam



Tanya Selvaratnam, Thomas Lauderdale, Storm Large, Juan Martinez, Thomas, Sarah Dougher, Thomas, and dinner at Jake's

TANYA'S TIME: When I posted a photo of Storm Large and Courtenay Hameister sipping on cocktails late Sunday night at Jake's Famous, Peter Gunn ‏posted on Twitter: "A very classy evening out, for so many reasons."

And Mr. Gunn was right. Despite the blizzard, the bad roads and the threats of more freezing ice from the sky, Thomas Lauderdale was determined that the book reading (and after-reading dinner) for his best friend from college (and former fiancée) Tanya Selvaratnam would happen. And Thomas makes things happen.

Originally scheduled for Powell’s Books, the reading from Tanya just-released and much-talked-about book "The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock" became much more intimate when it moved to Thomas's loft after the reading was cancelled at Powell's. And that was a good thing, because there was a lot to talk about and the setting was perfect for that.

Don't let the heady and heavy title scare you: this is a really good book, and it was interesting to hear Tanya's—a filmmaker, actress, producer, and now author— candid assessment of the pros and cons of delayed motherhood. Part memoir, part manifesto, Tanya describes her emotional journey through multiple miscarriages after the age of 37. Her doctor told her she still "had time," but Selvaratnam found little reliable and often conflicting information about a mature woman's biological ability (or inability) to conceive. Through in-depth reporting and her own experience, The Big Lie confronts the questions that will enable women to make smarter choices about their reproductive futures and to strike a more realistic balance between science, society and personal goals.  Like I said, it's good.

Following the reading we all trudged through the snow to Jake's Famous where a celebratory dinner was held in Tanya's honor hosted by the one and only Thomas.

It was at Jake's, over seafood and martinis, where the warm and thought-provoking conversation continued late into the cold night. Choose your best with this website !

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 01:56)

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