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Ivana Lowell on Why Not Say What Happened

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ivana Lowell tells the story of being born into the Guinnesses, one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, and coming to terms with her blue-blood heritage and her own childhood traumas. Her memoir Why Not Say What Happened tells the story of her relationship with her complicated mother, the writer Caroline Blackwood, and her stepfather, the poet Robert Lowell. The book also looks at her stints in rehab, and the family secrets she discovered.

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Ivana Lowell

Comments [5]

Dana Bernini from nyc

god, does she love spilling her drek. What a waste of time listening to this. Who cares? I turned it off. Well, I guess if i needed an annuity and had lurid family i'd write it all up too, and then do the talk show rounds. There should be a contest tv show on who had the most sensational "disfunctional" family life. Just think of all the soap that would sell, and the spinoffs. Why after that, the very idea of privacy, or being discrete would be totally out of fashion.

Dec. 15 2010 01:02 AM
Sharon from East Village

A fascinating insight into a fast disappearing bohemian social milieu.Lowell doesn't ask for any sympathy despite what some might wish to imagine.

Dec. 14 2010 02:36 PM
Mike from Tribeca

In the 70's and 80's, heroin use was rampant in Ireland. Alas, it has been making a comeback lately.

Dec. 14 2010 01:32 PM

Excellent show. More like this, less Joan Rivers...

Dec. 14 2010 01:01 PM
Jeremy from Harlem

Oh, poor little rich girl...I'm willing to bet that at no point during her childhood was she ever in any danger of starving or going unsheltered. Sure, there were poor role models, and a history of alcholism (and probably other, psychological problems), but there are millions of people, Americans even, who are at risk, daily, of starvation and homelessness. Leonard's time would be better spent addressing the truly unfortunate in our society, especially during these times of economic crisis, and especially during the cruelest season.

Dec. 14 2010 12:59 PM

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