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.