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August 31, 1990 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-08-31

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Good News

Continued from preceding page

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her writing style made the
transition reasonably smooth.
"It might have been a little
hard at first, but I also think
that as a journalist, I always
kind of was a columnist. I had
a way of looking at things
that was sort of editorial. I
always tried to put a lot of
personality in my feature
writing and never really was
a very straight, objective kind
of writer.
"Nora Ephron was an ear-
ly (journalistic) model for me
when I was 18 or 19, and she
is someone who's written
almost entirely from the first
person."
Another concern for the
new columnist was where and
how to find ideas to address.
"I still worry about that on
a constant basis?" Ms. Ber-
man says. "I think there
should be a columnist idea
service, where you can just
sort of subscribe and get your
ideas. It's easy to have ideas,
but it's hard to come up with
ideas that are interesting or
provocative or unique?'
Whether at her office or at
home, actively working on a
column or enjoying some
recreation, Ms. Berman is
always looking for ideas.
"You're more likely to find
interesting ideas outside the
office. You can react to the
news from reading the
newspaper, but I think the
more your columns are based
on what real life is and real
people, the more interesting it
is."
Another way Ms. Berman
gets ideas is to send herself on
a story assignment.
"The neat thing about jour-
nalism is that you can sort of
live out your fantasies on cer-
tain levels, do things," she
says. "If I wanted to go sky-
jumping I would know that,
at least I'd get a column out
of it, even if it was a horrible
experience. In fact, I often
think about my life that way.

If something's going to be
really bad, I think, 'Well, if
it's bad enough and sort of in-
teresting, at least it'll be a col-
umn: Nothing's ever a total
loss. That's one advantage we
columnists have over or-
dinary mortals."
While Ms. Berman writes
many light-hearted columns,
she also tackles serious sub-
jects, including feminist
issues.
"I've always seen it as my
responsibility, I guess because
these are issues I care deeply
about. Even as a feature

"If something's
going to be really
bad, I think, 'Well,
if it's bad enough
and sort of
interesting, at
least it'll be a
column. Nothing's
ever a total loss."
Laura Berman

writer at the Free Press when
I first started out, I covered
the abortion issue a lot and
tried to bring attention to it
and its complexity. And I still
feel that those kinds of issues
about women and their place
in the world are important."
Ms. Berman occasionally
receives hate mail, some of it
anti-Semitic. Most of it she
throws away, while threaten-
ing mail goes to the police.
Some, however, she keeps in a
folder for curiosity's sake.
"The hate mail that bothers
me most is the hate mail
that's anti-Semitic or the hate
mail that says I'm ugly."
Ms. Berman says she has
few restrictions on the job.
"When you're a columnist, so
much of it depends entirely
on you. You sort of live and
die by yourself. You're not
having editors telling you to

go cover 'X' or 'Y' or 'Z.' And
you don't have those argu-
ments that reporters and
editors always have about
`This is a story"No, this isn't
a story' I don't want to do
that.' So there's a lot less
possibility for conflict in
terms of the job situation.
Which is kind of a relief.
There's a tremendous amount
of freedom in my job."
Away from the paper, Ms.
Berman likes to cook, ski, at-
tend movies and travel with
her husband. The third
member of their household is
Max, the golden retriever
who was once a regular in Ms.
Berman's column.
The best part of her job, Ms.
Berman concludes, is "the
freedom of it. It's a unique op-
portunity to express yourself.
I guess the other thing is
that, when I'm curious about
something, I can just go pur-
sue it. I don't have to really
get clearance. I can just go do
it. And that's a lot of fun.
"The hard part of it is that
it's relentless." She compares
it to going to school year
'round and having to write
three essays a week.
"I'd love a summer vaca-
tion," she says. "A whole sum-
mer off. Wouldn't that be
great?" El

Fisher Theatre
Sets Season

The Fisher Theatre will of-
fer six shows in its new
season.
This year's lineup begins
with the comedy team of Penn
and Teller Sept. 25-Oct. 14.
Singin' In The Rain will be
presented at the Birmingham
Theatre Oct. 16-Nov. 4.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's
Starlight Express will be
at the New Masonic Temple
Nov. 6-25.
Les Miserables will be at
the Fisher Dec. 4 - 30.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
comes to the Fisher Jan. 29-
Feb. 17.
For information, call the
Fisher Theatre, 872-1000.

Players Set
Dinner Theater

Ridgedale Players will pre-
sent its second annual dinner
theater musical revue, The
Melody Lingers On. The even-
ing will include hors
d'oeuvres, dinner and a trip
through the golden age of
Tin-Pan Alley.
Dinner will be served at
6:30, with the show starting
at 8 p.m. with show dates:
Sept. 7-8; 14-15.
To order tickets, call Donna
Backus, 644-8328.

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