Welcome to Episode 2: Living a Lie for our podcast Such a Crock! this week.
In this episode we discuss the troubling, ever present phenomenon of…
We kick off with a shocking story, then shift into a bit buzzing in recent news outlets. Living a Lie is SUCH A CROCK!
l. Living a Lie Hardcore Style
Almost every day, Katherine sees men in fancy suits snoring on park benches.
Recalling a similar story, she rockets this week balls-to-the-wall in our first segment. The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrere serves as inspiration for our first “living a lie”. And it’s a doozy. This particular crock might just be a shock to some because it escalates from a bench nap to a much darker place.
L’Adversaire (The Adversary), Emmanuel Carrère book, 2000
ll. Living a Lie Bad Girlfriend Style
Michael’s story tells of rising clarinet superstar Eric Abramovitz. Abramovitz met then-girlfriend Jennifer Lee while they were students at McGill University. Apparently Jennifer didn’t want him to move away, so when Eric won a prestigious scholarship… She prevented him from taking it. This brilliant young artist did not live a lie of his own making. Lee compromised Eric’s email account. Then she deleted his acceptance letter, and forged multiple replacements… All on the way to costing him a prestigious scholarship worth over $50,000 per year.
The Abramovitz story was widely reported. Here’s a version from the Paper of Record:
The NY Times: A Clarinetist’s Girlfriend Didn’t Want Him to Leave. So She Crushed His Dreams.
lll. Living a Lie Baby-Making Style
Katherine’s childhood heroes Janet Jackson (50) and Bridgitte Nielsen (54) are having babies… And they’re not the only mid life ladies doing this. Gorgeous Rachel Weisz also joins the baby-making party at 48 and so are tons of not-so-famous women. In fact, it’s a trend, and not just in the USA.
Turns out advice from your doc may be the crock in this case. For many years doctors have told women to “hurry up and have kids!” They’ve characterized fertility as a ticking time bomb. But meanwhile, recent relevant data doesn’t back up this claim. Thus, many women have made major life decisions based on recommendations that aren’t timely or relevant to their actual lives. That’s such a crock! Don’t you think?
- The Atlantic: How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?
- CNN: Brigitte Nielsen announces pregnancy at 54, Janet Jackson welcomes a son
- Office for National Statistics: Births in England and Wales: 2015
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