Not About Madonna
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I seem to have written a book.
It’s called Not About Madonna. Yes, Madonna is in it. She was my college roommate for nine months a long, long time ago. It was an interesting experience and people often ask me about it.
For years, I wondered why we were thrown together, at the brink of our very different adulthoods. The more I thought about it, I began to make sense of it. And as I began to make sense of it, I began to write about it, about our time together and what it meant to me.
It’s complex, it’s wise, it’s funny, it’s raw, it’s bittersweet, it’s all these things and more, this passionate memoir of Whit Hill’s. I am filled with admiration for her and her work — and I thank her for offering me a glimpse into her sweet world. I was moved to tears.” — Lucinda Williams (Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter)
I didn’t write it because I am a celebrity biographer. I didn’t write it because I have strange, scandalous secrets to tell about her or because I’m bitter or angry or just out to make a quick buck. I wrote it because life fascinates me and confuses me and, ever since I was a child, I have made dances, songs, and stories to try and understand it better.
A gracefully written memoir filled with fascinating portraits of college days and coming of age and love of family — and what it means to be a woman in this celebrity culture. The narrative is rich, generous, and very smart. It’s refreshing to spend time with this wonderful book.” — Patricia Bosworth, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
I didn’t write it all at once. Sometimes I would stop for five or six years, then start up again. (Believe me, I have been busy with other things.) But somehow, it never felt quite right.
Then one day I figured it out.