Everyone’s An Author: Amber Tamblyn, Poet

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09/25/2008 5:05 PM |

Gotta love the A-Tam — er, I do, at least, as a both undying fan of both Joan of Arcadia and cinematic wonder that is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise, naturally. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew Amber was also a poet, the same way I knew that my girl-crush Zooey Deschanel made songs in her spare time. But when I first heard She & Him, it became clear to me that Zooey really was special and multi-talented in that Mr. Rogers-approved, indie triple-threat kind of way. (Yes, I wish I were her.) Now, I have yet to read any of Amber’s verses, although I do commend her for her only-slightly prickly yet clearly self-aware take on how people might view a successful actress who simultaneously want to push herself as a writer:

“I understand people saying, ‘Oh God,
it’s another celebrity trying to write poetry. What is she going to
talk about – how fat her bank account is?’ But if that guy (who called
her “a sitcom actress”) learned one thing about me, he would know that
I grew up like that. I grew up in that family atmosphere, and I was a
writer before I was an actress.”

So, yeah, I like that. Also that she admits growing up among artists from many different disciplines, and the fact that she, too, struggles to find a balance between several things she’s passionate about. While I hope I don’t see her poetry in The New Yorker tomorrow — remember that Joni Mitchell disaster? — it would be nice to see her make it in this arena.

[Via The Book Bench]

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