Could You Cry on Cue?

Writer Amy Sohn remembers  The Tears Didn’t Come Until It Was Too Late  in her reminisce of being a child star whose “big break was spoiled when she couldn’t cry in a screen test.”

Tears come to me when I least expect it – watching an episode of House of Cards (?).  But when I want to have an excuse to cry, I know where to go.

Unknown-2The old movie channel has saved me when I needed a good full out cry but could not manage to cough it up.  When my first-born left for college, I kept up the strong facade, and unlike the President, I could speak of it without tears.  On the big day, after dropping her off at the dorm, I managed a smile for her, and even pleasant conversation with my husband on the way home.  But that evening, I found my relief, and cried out loud at every scene of Old Yeller.

I found a list of movies guaranteed to make you cry – among them some old favorites like Beaches and My Girl, but, as a new Netflix user, I thought I’d look for some laughter – movies to make you laugh – a much harder task.  I’ve returned to my DVD for missed episodes of TDS (The Daily Show) and Stephen Colbert’s monologues for The Late Show.  Colbert always makes me laugh – and sometimes cry.


Wish Upon A Star

Politicians’ wives are not the only ones who can write children’s books. Karen Jones in her article for USA Weekend, listed four new books by the “stars” – Julianne Moore, Molly Shannon, Dionne Warwick, and Fran Drescher.


A quick search for children’s books written by celebrities listed at least 40 books.  Jamie Lee Curtis, John Lithgow, and Whoopi Goldberg have all made it onto the New York Times bestseller list for their children’s books, but not one has been on the Caldecott or Newbery list yet.

The celebrity book I am looking forward to is Stephen Colbert’s I Am a Pole (And So Can You!). Maurice Sendak’s review says “It’s terribly ordinary…The sad thing is I like it.”