Gloria Steinem turns 80 tomorrow so she can be forgiven for suffering a little writer’s block.
In a profile in Sunday’s NY Times, she reveals that she’s been working for a decade on a book, not yet completed, even after four visits to a writer’s colony. Sitting still is a challenge for Steinem. She plans to celebrate her birthday in Botswana, riding an elephant.
A self described “hope-a-holic”, the activist took part in the first annual Makers conference last month where she was interviewed by Jennifer Aniston. I’ve never much thought about Aniston in one way or another. I have to admit now to pure envy, not for her infamous hair or her one time marriage to Brad Pitt, but for her access. Perched there on the conference stage with this ageless trailblazer, an icon who wants most to be remembered for “a kind heart”, Aniston’s cosy chat with Steinem was that strange sort of cultural hybrid that worked, despite a stumbling kind of awkwardness: Aniston’s comedic timing to Steinem’s wit, matched by unmistakable star charisma. If this is indeed what 80 looks like, we can all start singing.
Here’s a clip:
Here’s to a spectacular elephant ride but be safe: we need you around for some time to come.
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