Caitlin Flanagan invited six 40-something friends to spend an evening taking stock of their lives. The result: juicy, grown-up girl talk that could have gone on all night.
By Caitlin Flanagan
Photo: Amanda Marsalis
Caitlin Flanagan, writer and host
Lynn Laws, stay-at-home mom
Andrea Williams-Green, entrepreneur
Sandra Tsing Loh, performance artist
Sarah Minot Gold, organizer
Jody Horowitz Marsh, TV personality
Christina Schwarz, novelist
The plan: I asked some of my most accomplished women friends over to my house so that I could ply them with wine and hors d'oeuvres and ask them about their lives. Specifically, I wanted to know if they, too, had run out of dream, or if they still indulged in the kind of big, visionary thinking that comes so naturally to young people. And I wanted to know about how the daily traction of their lives—marriage and money and sex—shapes their ability to keep dreaming. It was going to be like a consciousness-raising session, except with catering and mood lighting and party favors in the form of fabulous $6 bath soaps from Target... Read more
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