Interview: Irma Kurtz set for appearance at 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival
- Claire Sawers
- 12 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Cosmopolitan magazine’s agony aunt shares wisdom in her memoir, My Life in Agony
Irma Kurtz has been dispensing advice to readers of Cosmopolitan’s problem page for 40 years now, counselling successive generations through the changing playing fields of sex, work and relationships. She’s pulled together some of the things she’s learned over the years in My Life in Agony, where she mixes her agony aunt wisdom with her memoirs of growing up in America, and being a single mum in London.
Five words to describe the style of advice that you give
Hopeful. Concise. Non-judgemental. Respectful. Advisory (not a command, so ‘could’ not ‘should’).
Four themes you find yourself always coming back to in your columns
Love, jealousy, self-esteem, self-discovery, friends and families.
Three things we really should know about the world
The world at last is ours – women’s too, to discover. Everything changes; whether for the better or the worse is up to us. When you know the situation is impossible, leave it.
Two things you need to have close by before your writing can start
I need my wits and my spectacles before I sit down at the keyboard.
One reason we should buy your book
To enjoy it.
Irma Kurtz: The Problem Solver’s Problems, Charlotte Square Gardens, Thu 14 Aug, 10am, £10 (£8).
My Life in Agony is out now, published by Alma Books.