"I find it impossible to be just a little bit outrageous.”
March 4, 2018 10:52 AM Subscribe
Cynthia Heimel, columnist who brought humor to hanky-panky, dies at 70 (Washington Post) "Cynthia Heimel, a humor columnist whose biting, ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood were collected in books including “Sex Tips for Girls” and “Get Your Tongue out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Good-Bye,” died Feb. 25 at an assisted-living community in Los Angeles. She was 70. The cause was complications from dementia, said her son Brodie Ransom. Ms. Heimel had been diagnosed about a year ago."
- A look back at the trailblazing Village Voice columnist whose extraordinary life had several volumes' worth of events, people, and locations “You told me you wanted me because I was ‘outrageous,’ but then you complain that I am too outrageous. I find it impossible to be just a little bit outrageous.”
- American feminist columnist whose wit won her comparisons with Dorothy Parker "Comparing her to Dorothy Parker, the New York Times culture critic Stephen Holden once wrote that Heimel was “an urban romantic with a scathing X-ray vision that penetrates her most deeply cherished fantasies”.
- RIP Cynthia Heimel, OG Carrie Bradshaw "Heimel told girls that vibrators were their friends and that you don't have to screw him because he picked up the check. She told them how to put on lingerie — you won't learn that panties go on top of garter belts from Victoria's Secret. She did it all with an immense sense of laughter and absurdity. She was like Dr. Ruth, unchained."
- Remembering Sex And Relationship Columnist Cynthia Heimel "Nervy in my writing. Watch me in real life."
- Respect For Cynthia Heimel “I was a huge fan of Cynthia’s back in the day. A sassy-sexy Dorothy Parker-level columnist and author, at least in my estimation. An excellent writer, quite the wit, didn’t miss a trick. She was very highly renowned in the late Carter, Reagan, Poppy and Clinton eras. Things started to downshift after she lost her monthly column for Playboy in ’00.”
- Cynthia Heimel, Irreverent Writer About Sex, Dies at 70 “She gets funnier, meaner and possibly even smarter, every time around.”
- Cynthia Heimel explains her love for dogs"They're a shopping substitute."
- Cynthia's bio of herself: "Cynthia Heimel was born on the edge of Philadelphia, her back window looked out at four gas stations, a bowling alley and a Hojo's, her house fronted on a beautiful suburban tree-lined street. Naturally she is weird."
- Cynthia Heimel on dreams: "There is another phrase- "Follow your bliss." If you take this phrase away from its smarmy little connotations it’s a fine little phrase. It means keep sniffing in the right direction, keep on keeping on. It doesn’t imply the insane magic of the dread "dream" word. Work slow and steady, win your race. Follow your dream, ruin your life."
- Cynthia Heimel made her name by giving girls hilarious tips about blow jobs. Now she says she can’t escape her own rep."They wanted me to be outrageous and wild and all that, and what they meant was funny. I wrote 10 tips for them and only five got on the air -- because they weren't as dirty as the other five:"
- This Wacky World According To Cynthia Heimel “People read my stuff and like themselves better,” she said, “and that's so gratifying to me.”
- Cynthia Heimel Has Lots To Say Even After 20 Years Of Writing "I've always been part of the lunatic fringe, but I don't want to be an actual lunatic."
- She hated "Sex and the City: The Movie." “For God’s sake, how dare you make me watch that."
- Text of a monologue from "A Girl's Guide to Chaos." "But what if it turns out that his favorite movie is His Girl Friday, with Slap Shot a close second? Then I could fall in love. Then I'll really be terrified."
- When In Doubt, Act Like Myrna Loy."Darling," I said, "you are an inconsiderate brat. I absolutely refuse to be left alone and terrified on any more dark mountainsides. Next time the climbing lust overtakes you, warn me first so that I can take in a nice, warm movie instead of sitting around like a fool on wet rocks, you abysmal warthog."
- Review of "A Girl's Guide to Chaos." And photos of the show.
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- Cynthia Heimel books