The photo adorning Echo Park author Jeanne Darst‘s AP interview immediately confirms that she’s not your run-of-the-mill literary Q&A type. There she stands, next to an open closet door, perched atop the various manuscript drafts for her critically acclaimed, alcohol-soaked memoir Fiction Ruined My Family.
At one point in the article, reporter John Rogers refers to a hilariously politically incorrect passage in the book about Darst’s drinking making her “so unpredictable, sloppy and sometimes violent that even men known to take sexual advantage of drunken women didn’t want to sleep with her.” But FishbowlLA’s favorite snippet relates to the time she worked as a limo driver:
She lost the gig after she was dispatched to an airport to pick up Deepak Chopra and mistakenly collected members of the New York Giants football team instead.
Darst tells Rogers she is no fan of LA, but because of an ex-husband and son here, will be staying put for a while. The author first made media waves a few years ago via contributions to NPR’s “This American Life.”