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First of all, thank you iO for telling your story in such a raw, deep and meaningful way.
I was touched not only by her story, but also by the courage she displayed in telling it all. The good. The bad. The confusing. The empowering.
Whether one can relate to the specificities in her story or not, it's importance lies in it's ability to poetically find a commonality in our hearts through our fears, dreams, determination and desire to love and be loved. To know and be known.
Would you listen to Darling Days again? Why?
I already have! I watched an interview with iO on youtube and thought his views were interesting, and wanted to hear more from him. It seemed like fate that his memoir was released around the same time. I love the strong and diverse characters, the chronology of life events, and just his voice. A beautiful writer.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Darling Days?
DEFINITELY any time iO used a special voice or accent to speak as a character (Indian, German, Italian, and various from New York, including the most impressive impersonation, his mother). For this, I am so glad that I did not buy the book in print. His acting experience is very helpful, I feel like I'm being entertained.
Which scene was your favorite?
Don't have one, but I did really enjoy the childhood stories.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Just the absurdity and beauty that is iO's life. Additionally, I love that iO's parents never doubted who he claimed he was: boy, girl, gay, whatever, they never made a big deal and accepted him as he was. This has helped me notice some of my prejudices and has inspired me to be more accepting of people for who they are.
Any additional comments?
I didn't want it to end.