Art imitates Life?

19Jul09

As an update, the Cybill Shepherd movie “Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith” premieres on the Hallmark Channel on August 1, 2009, at 9 pm/8 central. There’s a nice article about the actress here, and you can see a very short (literally, it’s 8 seconds long) video from it here.

In other news, Commencement, the first novel by J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 seems to be everywhere lately. You can read the New York Times book review here and the first chapter here.

Why the fascination with fictional representations of Smith? Good question. For myself (Sarah), I am always examining fictional Smith works to see how closely they align with my own Smith experience. I realize that this may be somewhat futile, given that every Smithie has a different experience, even ones from the same class year. But I also am always interested in seeing how my alma mater is presented to a general audience. If someone saw just that one movie or read just that one book, what would that person think of Smith?

We’ll have to wait until August to ask that question of the Cybill Shepherd movie, but many Smithies are already launching head-first into discussion around Commencement. If you’ve read it, what do you think of the book? How well does it match up against your Smith experience?

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