Love Story


Happy birthday Ali MacGraw – 72 today.

It’s not one of my favourite songs, but I sobbed my way through the book and the film when I was a teenager:

Love Story


Erich Segal died last week.

The Guardian obituary, says the fame his first book Love Story brought him: shouldered aside a litany of other accomplishments: as classics scholar and teacher, literary critic and sports commentator, essayist and scriptwriter, historian and practitioner of comedy.

I don’t disagree with that.

I had known little of his other accomplishments until I read the obituary. But like most women, and perhaps a few men, of my generation I’d  sobbed my way through the film when I was a teenager. Then I bought the book and sobbed some more.

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