"I saw the article on her when her new book came out and I realized, 'Oh my gosh, I've performed with Annabelle in Los Angeles! I'll just e-mail her and see if she wants to do Lit Lounge'," Katan says. "And she said yes."
Gurwitch, 52, joins seven women (Beth Lapides, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Kim Porter among them) sharing stories of humiliations, triumphs, and secrets covering a variety of topics. We called Gurwitch at her Los Angeles home to discuss what she has in store for Scottsdale and how she really feels about being "over the hill."
The topic that's on your mind a lot and that you're speaking about a lot lately is aging, because of the book. When you were my age, 24, what did 50 sound like to you in the distant, distant future? Fifty sounded like post-death, first of all. I couldn't have even imagined it. We live in a youth oriented culture [and] in a way with us living longer, culturally we haven't caught up to our biology. There's really no template for aging in our society anymore -- we're living twice as long as we lived even a hundred years ago.
Now we're into this completely unknown territory where people like me -- who had kids later -- here I am in my 50s, I've still got a kid at home whereas my mother and grandmother were both grandmothers by the time they were my age. I'm going through menopause; my kid's going through puberty. I still need to work, retirement is further off than ever before. We don't know what we're supposed to be doing, how we're supposed to look... there's really no template. It's a generation of really confused people.