Last week I was all about David Sedaris; this week it's his sister Amy, whose home decor ("a collection of plaster meats, a few stuffed squirrels, books on skin disorders") was recently featured in the New York Times and whose masterwork of aÂ movie, "Strangers with Candy," comes out today in New York and July 7 everywhere else. Amy's character inÂ "SwC" was based on Florrie Fisher, a bizarre B-list star of the 60s and 70s who, according to Wikipedia, Â
traveled to high schools in the United States, speaking about her past as a heroin addict and prostitute. ... Fisher's trollish appearance, thick Brooklyn accent, and larger-than-life tales of prostitution, botched abortions, and lesbian jailhouse encounters turned her into a cult figure in the late 1970s, with bootleg videos of her public service announcement becoming a collector's item in the 1980s.
Wow. All my high school ever got wasÂ a sweaty Robert Louis Stevenson impersonator.