DAN'S PAPERS, August 27, 2010 Page 43 www.danshamptons.com
Whispers With Gina Glickman
Alec Baldwin Half-Assed and Whole Hearted. Calm down. When I refer to Alec Baldwin as half-assed, I am using the phrase literally. I am actually referring to half his ass, which was recently resting on a white wood chair at the 6th Annual Authors Night at the East Hampton Library. Baldwin is the event founding chairman and joined a select group of talented authors, who were organized by the Authors Committee Chair Barbara Goldsmith, and included Arlene Alda, Bryan Batt, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Laura Day, Paul Goldberger, Brad Gooch, Hilary Thayer Hamann, Jane Stanton Hitchcock, A.M. Homes, Sam Lipsyte, Kati Marton, Taylor Plimpton, Adam Ross, Gail Sheehy, Lewis Gross, Helen Simonson, Annemarie Iverson, Dava Sobel, Janice Spindel, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Katie Lee, Jill Martin, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Simon van Kempen, our very own Dan Rattiner, Victor Friedman, Jasmine Rosemberg and many more. Each author donated copies of their books, mingled with fans and signed autographs. The event, which also included Honorary Co-Chairs Ken Auletta, Candace Bushnell, Robert Caro, Jay McInerney, and Richard Reeves, was a huge success, with 1200 attendees that helped raise more than $200 thousand to benefit the library. Back to Baldwin, who was sitting on a white wood chair, inscribing copies of his book A Promise to Ourselves for a long line of fans that wrapped around the tent. I approached the table where Alec was sitting, with my mic in hand and cameras rolling. Now, Baldwin is a world-reknowned awardwinning actor on stage, TV and film. Clearly, he doesn’t need my coverage, but he proved to me, once again, that underneath that famous movie star persona, he really is just a genuine good guy. Baldwin instantly went with the flow and not only agreed to do a quick interview, but chivalrously offered to share his white wood chair with me during it. Before you mumble something nasty, let me clarify there were no other empty chairs around. Baldwin was seated and he wanted to continue to sign books and accommodate an inter-
view. Yet, what amazes me, is while he is busy making everyone else around him happy, he also has the mindset and intuitive nature to realize that doing an interview with a host standing and the subject sitting doesn’t make for a flattering shot, or a comfortable position for the interviewer. Moving on, quicker than you could say “30 Rock” I sat half my ass down teetering alongside his. We both sat half-assed during this entire interview. Call me whatever you wish, but ladies, come on! I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to half-ass an interview with Alec Baldwin. I was prepared. Baldwin’s book reveals a very intimate, vulnerable side to a man that obviously experienced a traumatic
and painful divorce, but was strong enough to evolve and share his experience with others. Ending any relationship is painful; imagine having to go through breaking up a marriage and a family while the entire world reads about it in the headlines. In the book, Baldwin writes, “Going through the family legal system is like being dragged from the back of a truck.” Although this may have been a dark time in his life, it inspired him to connect with others going through a similar experience, and eventually write this book, which extensively describes the litigation process, from selecting an attorney to creat(continued on page 52)
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Published on Aug 27, 2010
Published on Aug 27, 2010
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