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Inflight ATL-DCA reading Beautiful Wasps Having Sex

Have you ever watched a movie and noticed the main character is reading a book?  In the film, X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)  Scully has at her bedside “Beautiful Wasps Having Sex” by Dori Carter . The fiction story has an intriguing premise – especially if you’re one who has wondered why movie studio execs would cast someone of European descent in a role that is about a person of color.

What’s more intriguing, the person (s) behind the film’s casting, bankrolling and sometimes directing the flick is Jewish.

Well that’s the back story of a screenwriter ” Frankie Jordan” a 40-year-old Jewish woman in Hollywood.

From inside the front cover jacket flap:

“Trying to discover why Hollywood attracts and rewards so many “little monsters,” she’s compelled to confront how Jews feel about themselves in a town that both loves and hates its own invention – the beautiful WASP.” Frankie ultimately comes to understand the forces that created Hollywood, Jonathan Prince, and herself.”

So far, it’s a good read. It’s not a “can’t put down” book. Nor is it Chic lit or Women’s fiction.  The author is a woman, a former screenwriter and television producer so, “Beautiful Wasp Having Sex” is Slice of Life fiction that includes conflict and reveals the “truth” of Hollywood.

This is the second book on the reading list this year where the plot involves screenwriters and the ‘reluctant’ protagonist is a woman.

The first book was Severed by VL Towler and the protagonist is a black woman (Go here for discussion)  and now this book by Dori Carter  with a Jewish woman protagonist.

Please check back here for book discussion “Beautiful Wasps Having Sex”.

Thank you for reading!

“Not Religious, but Spiritual” Means What Exactly?


Recently, I wrote about spiritual enlightenment in a discussion (AALBC.com ) that centered on Beyoncé ‘s Grammy performance.
It seems as if everyone has an opinion on her costume, but little knowledge to go with it.

Well maybe if you’re from West Africa you knew immediately which Goddess she was emulating. Mostly everyone else who is not an artist, creative or studies religions; not so much.