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on 14 April 2015
Re 'the barge' (chap. 10): I've been called many things in my life, but never a 'Truman Capote look-alike'. However, literature - modern, American, or otherwise - was never MC's forte: perhaps she (or her ghostwriter) thinks Capote was the drummer of a postpunk band. It's certainly a strange sensation to see yourself trashed and caricatured more than 30 years later by someone you knew quite well and were extremely friendly with for a number of years. The caricature I can live with - MC was always very catty and a bit vulgar and that was part of her charm - but the trashing is another matter. As for 'Deena', she did not work in the porn industry (isn't this a potentially libelous insinuation?) but 9-5 at John Lewis for 50£ a week. On weekends, like everyone else we knew, she liked to dress up and go out dancing. Hardly a capital crime. And this in a period when most people were on the dole and working cash-in-hand jobs, like Audience Selection, to supplement the stipend of the welfare state. She was very young, but she had character, and she was definitely not stupid.
One of the last times I saw Michelle was 5 or 6 years after the 'barge', when I spent Christmas Day with her and her family, an occasion I still recall with fondness. But that was before stardom struck etc etc. I simply do not see the point in ridiculing someone 3 decades later, who never did you any wrong, whose door was always open and who wished you well. Eric van der Deen (what a dumb name)