Jane Borden Totally Meant to Do That

Friday, August 05, 2011

Jane Borden talks about becoming an unusual hybrid: hipster-debutante. Raised in a proper Southern home in Greensboro, North Carolina, she hid her gentile upbringing when she moved to New York City. In her memoir I Totally Meant to Do That, she muses on the intersections of and altercations between Southern hospitality and New York cool.


Jane Borden

Comments [3]

Kimberly from Upper West Side

Looking forward to this book, as I have a similar story.

I was born and raised in TN, and moved to Manhattan a decade a go at age 28. While I agree that the South and New York are radically different, they both have a lot to offer. I have an amazing life in NYC, and have launched successful career here, but I find myself missing the gentler pace of Nashville, where I am considering moving back to as I approach 40.

Jeannie... if you don't fit in, you haven't looked hard enough. There are people of every stripe and creed in Nashville (and much more than the Civil War and country music). I know I will miss NYC... there's not a city with more opportunity or action. But I won't miss the grind, or the noise, or the increasingly obnoxious class warfare.

Aug. 05 2011 03:10 PM
Jeannie Sehulster from Nashville, TN

Can't wait to read her book. I moved from Park Slope to Nashville 2 yrs. ago and my goodness, what a different world this south is!!!! I sure don't fit in.
I am quite interested in the Civil War and the southern writers are pretty good. But I don't want to stay home and read all the time. I also hate country music.
I miss all the culture and sophistication of NYC. Thank goodness I have subscription to the New Yorker!!!

Aug. 05 2011 01:30 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Yeah, that's why I was never interested in being a lady. Starting when the definitions were things like "A lady doesn't climb trees," "A lady doesn't get her hands dirty," "A lady doesn't talk like that." Then why would anyone want to be one?

Aug. 05 2011 01:22 PM

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