As I was getting my hair done today I picked up the March issue of Elle Magazine to find an article entitled “Someone to Watch Over Me” (not yet available online). The author is a single and childless woman who is approaching forty and looking for role models.
She found one in Diana Athill and quotes some of the passages from Instead of a Letter that I’ve quoted here. She has been looking for the middle ground between “single and loving it!” and “married and smug,” for something that was a real and nuanced depiction of single and childless by circumstance. Athill, she found, is one of the few who provides it.
Am I being delusional and/or paranoid if I think my blog has had influence on other writers? Yes, I think so.
But there’s something in the air.