A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.
Running time: 16 minutes
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Anne Lamott (born 1954) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Lamott is based in Marin County, California. Her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, Lamott’s writings cover such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, and Christianity. On April 13, 2019, when Lamott was 65, she wed for the first time. She married Neal Allen, 63, a former vice president for marketing at the McKesson Corporation in San Francisco. The couple had met in August 2016 through OurTime, a matchmaking site for people over 50. He was a twice-divorced father of four, who had left his job at McKesson to devote himself to writing. He was living alone in a house in the woods in Lagunitas, Calif. She was the mother of 29-year-old Sam Lamott and the grandmother of his son, 9-year-old Jax Lamott. Seven months after Anne Lamott and Neal Allen’s first date, they bought a run-down house together in Fairfax, Calif., which they renovated and made their shared home.