I was first "connected" to Edward Albee in 1973, when a boyfriend my senior year at Denison University, Jeff Work, told me HIS old Swedish boyfriend, Sjell, had dated Albee for a while and LIVED TO TELL!!!
Then, in late 1981. Albee joined Tennessee Williams and me in taking a cab from the Watergate Hotel to the main (most fancy)US State Department Banquet Room, where the 1981 Kennedy Center Honors were actually given, Audrey Hepburn sitting at the Head Table with Tennessee Williams and me and others (Secretary Alexander Haig, at the SECOND table and a real "glass-BANGER") -- before the Public Ceremony in the Opera House of the Kennedy Center the next night (after a visit to the ReaganWhite House), that was taped and rebroadcast that December 26 by CBS.
Here's my first-hand account of seeing myself on "National TV" in the living room of my parents' house on the tidal creek in Hampstead, North Carolina, with Mom, Jane Anne Kenan, Michael William Kenan, and Julia Ruth Kenan (later Duffy), displaying SERIOUSLY different states of consciousness (and Dad never watched "such things"):
Then in 2010, after Alyson Books cancelled the contracted hard-cover release of myWALKING ON GLASS, A MEMOIR OF THE LATER DAYS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (for purely Political reasons), Edward Albee stepped in at the 2010 The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, replacing me on TWO of the three panel discussions I had been booked and contracted to be on(and Albee did GREAT -- I listening to the audio over the internet) -- when Thomas Elliott Keith on behalf the Episcopal Church USA and Sewanee, University of the South, who had MURDERED Tennessee, got angry and made Paul WillisCANCEL MY GIG(but I'm NOT angry with Paul or Janet Daley Duval)!!!-- and that Festival has STILLnotAPOLOGIZED TO ME!!!
In comments below, I'll paste in my memoir's chapter of that entire day.
HUMOR IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCT!!! -- and Mitch Bossanna was my unpaid research and graphics assistant EXTRAORDINAIRE!!!, and Jeremy Bolton was my unpaid office assistant (nothing untoward, thank you) -- that is until THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON, I vamoosed to Mexico . . . or sumpthin'. >>> UPDATE, Dec. 13, 2012: "Mitch Bossanna is BACK WITH A "PAULISTA" vengence!!! All Ron Paul supporteres are EXEMPT from PRISON SENTENCES (unlike most of the REST of elected and "High Officials" of the Republican Party. "Paulistas" were ALWAYS my biggest supporters!!!
A literary vent, a one-sided, free-wheeling discussion, everything posted on this blog is true. Don't mistake that to mean everything here is fact. Frequently, I paint with a broad brush, coloring things to a degree of my own choosing—for the sake of art.
My characters remind me of what Dr. J. Kennedy Schultz once said--and they insist I post it here:
“When I say something about you, it may or may not be true about you, however, I always reveal something of myself.”
Judging from some of the comments people have made to me, I wish to remind them this works in BOTH directions.