It is embarrassingly late for me to be blogging. But my mind is racing and I can’t sleep. Probably because I watched a movie just before going to bed–the movie was called Mrs. Harris. It was made for HBO and stars Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. It’s based on the real life story of Jean Harris, the headmistress of the Madeira school who shot and killed her long time lover, Hy Tarnower, the Scarsdale diet doctor.
I’m fascinated by the Jean Harris story–the head of a fancy girls school murdering her lover?–but I’m even more fascinated by the Madeira School itself. It’s a boarding school, all-girls, academically rigorous, big equestrian program, and–get this–it’s motto is "Function in disaster, finish in style."
Which is great advice, come to think of it. And its pretty funny, too. If I wrote about a prep school in a novel and said that the school motto was "function in disaster, finish in style," my writing group would say I’m pushing credibility. Same with the Jean Harris story, I suppose.
Which is a long-winded way of saying, you can’t make this stuff up.