I've learned many things from watching Shirley MacLaine perfom and from reading her writing. One of the things that I've learned from this book, however, is that perhaps it's not good to get over all things and that concern for what other people think could keep us from becoming overly self involved.
I did find parts of the book interesting and informative, but spending time with this author who seems to value powerful people (affording much leniency) while saving her invective for people in service positions was a major turn-off. Throwing rocks at the paparazzi (she admits she acted like a bitch, but it seems in her telling of it to indicate how real and spiritual she is.),describing a security guard as fat and slovenly because he gave her a hard time about boarding with her dog (My God didn't he know who she was?) and how inattentive waiters and waitresses are. Even though she thinks of herself as a gypsy (a dancer who works like a dog in the background- often recieving little acclaim), she became famous very early on and I assume never had to work as a waitress or in a service position dealing with entitled rich people. If she has then it hasn't seemed to teach her patience with people who aren't in positions of power like herself, politicians, mafia types and the rat pack. I wonder if she believes that cream rises to the top and that a caste system is in fact fair because it reflects the karma one has earned over many lifetimes.
I believe her words, but it comes mixed with some rather unattractive features or so it seems from this book and her reading of it. (She even sounds crotchety and pissed off.) It was not always enjoyable to spend time with her in this way.
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