Diana Spechler Says Some Things

February 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Diana Spechler at La Pamplonada Restaurant, San Miguel de Allende

Diana Spechler at La Pamplonada Restaurant, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore had the great good fortune to be guest faculty at the 10th Annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival down in Mexico earlier this month, and to host a spoken word evening that included winners of The San Miguel Writers’ Conference Writing Contest.  The nonfiction winner was Diana Spechler, which reminded our editor of what a wonderful essay Diana wrote for our May 2014 issue, “Things She Says.”

Here’s the start, followed by a link to the full essay:

Things She Says


about things she said

I never said that. You’re making that up. Stop making things up. Stop making things up about me.

in praise

Stop making that up: No one hates you. Everyone is jealous. Everyone falls in love with you. My gorgeous girl. Lots of men will fall in love with you. You’re my sweet girl. The men who don’t love you are gay.

about sustaining the body

Suck in your stomach. Let me see you do it. Pretty good. Me, I can’t eat food from a box. No airplane food. I’ll throw up. No red meat. They served a ham and I thought I would die. I’m addicted to that Biggest Loser low-sodium popcorn. I’m still full from last night. I always get on the scale. Every morning. No matter what, I face it.

Read the full essay here.

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