SJP: Divorce & LBDs

September 28, 2016 19:11:56 Posted at September 28, 2016 19:11:56
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Sarah Jessica Parker was photographed at LAX yesterday, presumably to do more press for Divorce, premiering on HBO October 9. I just read a really great review of Divorce at Variety. And I don’t mean the show is great but the review itself, the way it's written, is great.

“Divorce” was created by Sharon Horgan, writer and star of “Catastrophe,” who brings the same acerbic wit and tonal experimentation of that U.K. import to HBO’s decidedly non-British comedy about a couple trying to… uncouple. “Catastrophe” played with the growing pains of coming together, of trying to get serious after the honeymoon period has passed. “Divorce” is, in some ways, about how separation is easier declared than executed. The two shows each occupy a different part of the relationship life cycle, but the narrative is essentially the same: the messy, incomprehensible webbing of intimacy, and how it enmeshes or entraps us. “Divorce” has the added edge of ensuring, in its title, that at least in the traditional sense, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. The show is the darkest of comedies, funny in the way the twist of “Gone Girl” is funny — an examination of how marriage makes fools of all of us, when it doesn’t entirely estrange us from ourselves.

It does, doesn’t? Make fools of us? At best, marriage makes us foolishly silly. And/or blind. In some cases, marriage makes us hypocrites. In other cases, marriage makes us regret. Or I could just be reading this through the lens of World War Brange and the fact that I’m a product of my parents’ own marriage, divorce, and reconciliation a decade later. I know, right? Who does that? Witnessing the process of them getting back together between the ages of 16 and 18 has probably f-cked me up for life. Like, wait a minute, what? Don’t you remember how hard it was? And you want to do that…again?!

What’s interesting to me though about Divorce is how it might unpack the intricacies of tearing a joint life apart, and how that might be similar to the ways in which that life was put together. When you get married, you decide about money, and home, and children, and pets, and time. When you get divorced, you decide about money, and home, and children, and pets, and time – with the help of a lawyer.

My marriage will be 15 years old in November. Sometimes I mention it on The Social and people applaud. This makes me uncomfortable, partly because I’m superstitious but also because I wonder if the applause takes into account the work of it, the active and exhausting work of staying married. There is active and exhausting work that goes into a “good” divorce too. And the people who manage it deserve the applause too.

In other SJP news, she announced yesterday that she’s capitalising on Divorce and all the facetime she’ll get out of it and launching her own line of Little Black Dresses: the SJP LBD. I’m excited about this. Because the “LBD” is often so literal –short, tight, slinky. And the one she’s been wearing is none of these things.


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