Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph Over Alienation and…
by Eric Poole
References to this work on external resources.
Wikipedia in English
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399156550, Hardcover)
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Eric Poole: Author One-on-One
Josh Kilmer-Purcell is the bestselling author of the memoirs The Bucolic Plague and I Am Not Myself These Days, the novel Candy Everybody Wants, and the star of Planet Green's documentary television series The Fabulous Beekman Boys. He and his partner, Brent Ridge, divide their time between Manhattan and the Beekman Farm. Recently he sat down with Eric Poole to discuss their work. Read the resulting interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Eric interviewed Josh.
Josh: Is your mother still terrorizing you? And if so, does she do it slower now?
Eric: Fortunately, she has her original hips, so I can outrun her. But she’s a completely different person now. Oh, she still vacuums the garage, but I haven’t heard her go ballistic over a kitchen infraction (Why, God, why is there water in this sink?!) in decades. Although this is purely a hypothesis since we prefer to speculate wildly rather than ask, my sister and I think that Mother’s behavior when we were young stemmed from perhaps not wanting children, at least at the young age she had us. She wanted to be a career woman, like Gloria Steinem, but without all the protesting and ponchos. But that wasn’t what you did in the 60’s. Anyway, she’s absolutely amazing now. A sensational mother. People can change.
Josh: As a young boy, with the help of a bedspread, you believed you were a witch. Exactly how did that work?
Eric: I found this old white bedspread in the back of a closet; and I would stand in the basement––when no one was home, naturally, since all I needed was for somebody to find this out––close my eyes, and wave my arms like Endora from Bewitched. And voila, my miserable world would change. Not always as fast as Endora’s. And not always the way I had asked. But––at least in the beginning––it really did seem to change.
Josh: So you idolized – and emulated - Endora from Bewitched. Granted, she had the sassiest lines, but come on, she was a middle-aged broad in a caftan. Why Endora?
Eric: She was Darth Vader with Dippity Do. She took no prisoners. And I desperately wanted to co-opt that fearlessness. (The makeup and big hair, not so much.)
Josh: You used a bedspread as a magical cape. Did you ever consider bedazzling it to up the glam factor?
Eric: Are you kidding? I had to hide that thing behind a rocker in the basement. I couldn’t take the chance on rhinestones reflecting the light. Besides, I wasn’t trying to be Liberace, just a simple, everyday, all-powerful witch.
Describes the author's emotionally turbulent childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where he endured alienation from his peers and escaped into magical fantasies before developing a greater understanding of his beliefs, sexuality, and sense of self-worth.
Is this you?
Become a LibraryThing Author.