An Interview with Ellen Barkin

posted April 27th, 2011 by Janet Graham - One Comment

In the New York Times Magazine on the weekend, there was an interview with Ellen Barkin, who I greatly admire.


There is a piece of the interview which really resonated with me. I have included it here because I believe it will resonate with some of you.


The interviewer, Alex Witchel, frames his question to Barkin for the reader: “So these days, when she wakes up at 3 a. m. worrying about something, what is it?”


Barkin responds: “More like 6 in the morning, I don’t worry about my children, which is a good thing. I guess I worry about weird existential things, like how do we spend our final act. This is a very emotional question, I can’t answer it without crying. I think, You’re 56 years old, what did you do? You raised two good kids. What am I going to do now that is as meaningful as that? I don’t know the answer yet. I guess I’m up thinking, Am I too old to start to absorb new things?”


I am certain this part of the interview resonated with me because these are the same questions, many of the women I meet who are roughly the same age as Barkin are asking themselves.  These are great questions and it is my fondest hope, we come up with some great answers to them.


Please share your thoughts, comments etc in the Comments section below.



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One Response to “An Interview with Ellen Barkin”

Comment from Ted
Time May 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

You a very busy lady, Janet and you raise some very interesting questions in your blogs. With respect to this one, by zeroing in on the question “How do we spend our final act?” you hit the nail on the head for achievers such as Barkin, yourself and others. When one is retired, or approaching retirement, one tends to ask “What can I now do that is significant instead of merely marking time? How can I leave my mark upon this earth in a way that will do some good and leave something for others and other generations to remember me by? I think your choice of pursuing the publication of such a book is very fitting. Ted.

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