In Reeling Through Life, Tara Ison explores how movies have, for better or worse, shaped the many aspects of her life. Films are didactic and entertaining, but more than that, they shape our identities. They offer glimpses into other realties and offer up ways-of-being that inform how we operate in the world. Reeling Through Life is equal parts memoir and film study. In 10 insightful and humorous essays, Tara talks about 115 films and their continuing impact on her life.
“And I’m eleven years old again, fearing invisibility, hoping to be heard. Seeking the distinction and complexity of dysfunction and dark secrets. Hoping to seem deeper and more interesting than I am, to offer evidence of the Tortured Artist to fulfill narrative convention, something to add a justifying glamour to my story.” – Tara Ison, Reeling Through Life
In this edition, BCO host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Tara Ison about her new book, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies.
Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List, A Child Out of Alcatraz (which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and Rockaway, selected as a 2013 Best Books of Summer by O Magazine. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Nerve, Publishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies. She is also the coauthor of the cult film, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.