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Lesley Arfin

Lesley Arfin is the author of Dear Diary, a memoir based on her high school journals and reflected upon in the present. Arfin’s high school year’s include the typical boy obsession the not so typical drug use turned into heroin addiction. Dear Diary is now available in paperback [www.amazon.com].

1. What’s your favorite political movie?

REDS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

2. What role do you feel art plays in politics?

It’s impossible for the two not to collide, considering the government shapes the cultural landscape of each generation. A very important role I’d say.

3. What do you think is the biggest issue for the next generation of
Americans?

Health care vs environment.

4. Who was the first political candidate you were excited to vote for and
why?

Bill Clinton because I was old enough.

5. What factors are important to you in choosing a president?

Has to be waaaay smarter than anyone I’ve ever met. Has to be pro-choice.

6. What issues would you like to see politicians focus more on?

Healthcare, gay rights, all the usual liberal stuff.

7. Which issues would you like to see politicians focus less on?

War

8. Which candidate’s initiatives do you feel better address environmental concerns?

Obama.

9. Do you have any recommended links, books or movies so people can learn more about the issues you care about?

the History of Satanism [www.youtube.com]

About Dear Diary

“Here’s your chance to have all the benefits of a tortured adolescence without the shitty childhood. Congratulations!”

-Sarah Silverman on Dear Diary

Comprised entirely of real diary entries gathered over New York writer Lesley Arfin’s teenage years and beyond, Dear Diary hilariously captures everything that makes us cringe about adolescence: the awkward relationships, the social posturing, and the sex and drugs that swirl around both like a flock of diseased pigeons. Arfin manages to inject humor into troubled years of parental abuse, tales of drug addiction, and a whole pile of insecurity.

Dear Diary began as a wildly popular column in Vice Magazine which would start with Lesley’s diary entry and then update the reader with the perspective 10 years gives you. The book takes this process one step further as Lesley, now 27, tracks down the “frienemies” listed in the entry and asks them probing questions like, “Did you french Josh?”

Dear Diary blurs the distinction between past and present, instead offering a stark continuous and cathartic commentary on the author’s life, noting every embarrassing detail and effusively documenting every mistake without a trace of guilt or remorse. This is Lesley’s story, true, but it’s also every girl’s story. Readers of her generation will be stunned to see how similar their ups and downs are when mirrored by Lesley’s. From punk music to the burgeoning rave culture at the time, or as Lesley herself states, “being obsessed with boys that look like Harry Potter and having my heart broken by them.” Much more than mere diary entries, this book is a reflection of life and the unintended greatness of the mistakes we all make along the way.

Dear Diary is unlike anything else, a truly original work fully representative of the current zeitgeist, a transcendent Go Ask Alice from the post-Kids generation of New York.