Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007


I am incredibly sorry to report the death of the journalist Dina Rabinovitch, aged 44. My love and condolences to her husband, Anthony.

If you have a lump, please, go to the doctor.

'In that detached way (quite possibly brought on by the two tiny, round morphine tablets I take each morning and night to stop the tumours from making my back ache) in which I register everything these days, I note first my slight sense of surprise at what the shop assistant has just said to me - "a size eight" - and then how little pleasure it gives me, and how odd that is, because once I would have thought size eight was great, albeit unattainable. Last of all, I note with some pleasure that I feel genuine anger. I'm glad because I've been worried at how muted my feelings have been of late, but here I am, violently angry at a culture that tricked me into thinking thin is good, when I can't stop myself losing weight these weeks, and I'm struggling to eat enough to stay well. Maybe it's the Jewish background, maybe it's actually the truth, but I believe that if I eat, I will be fine.'

Dina's Normblog profile


mq, cb said...

I am so sorry to hear about Ms Rabinovitch's death. I had only just found her blog and bought her book. My deepest condolences to her husband and family.

laundry said...

Ms Rabinovitch's passing is such a loss to the journalism community. My condolences to her husband and family.

Ms Baroque said...

Linda, I'm very glad to have found your blog. I too am very, very sad about Dina.