The Bee Gees hook up with Abba, all melt

You must see “La Boum,” the cleanest French film out there. Set in the early 80s, before hair got as big as shoulder pads (or perhaps b/c the film is French and the fashion is just better), we follow a young teen going to “boums” (very mild parties—”Get me a coke?” “Ah, oui,”) and doing some even milder making out. Each time she makes out, the camera spins in a dreamy way and the soundtrack plays what sounds like the Bee Gees hook up with Abba, and then they all melt.

I can relate.

I just got the news that my essay, “My 70s Avatar” WON the Richard Hugo House New Works Competition. I will be reading “My 70s Avatar” on Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, with Vikram Chandra and Jennifer Finney Boylan, also reading new work with the theme “My Avatar”.

Until then, I will be in my trailer.


Author: allehall

I am a writer. I write to explore childhood: literary essays and short fiction, journalism, and three haiku. My published work expresses my belief that everything which did or did not happen to me as a child is manifesting in everything that is or is not happening to me today. More importantly, it is also manifesting for my children. I believe funny is the new navel-gazing, and that the best funny keeps a penny's worth of serious in an accessible pocket. Little-known fact: I have a completed novel decorating the inside of a desk drawer. Perhaps it is not funny enough.

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