While Stella McCartney was arriving hand-in-hand with Gwyneth Paltrow for the festivities inaugurating the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exquisite exhibition, Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years, her father was attending a gala on the other side of Manhattan, the Lincoln Center benefit for the international writers' organization PEN. Sir Paul donned his tuxedo and sneakers and joined hundreds of famous best-selling authors such as Wally Lamb, Frank McCourt, Dominick Dunne, Barbara Goldsmith, Oscar Hijuelos and E.L. Doctorow to honor the intellectual courage of prosecuted Iranian publisher, Shahla Lahiji and political prisoner/novelist Momadali Mahmudov both of whom received the 2001 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
Between dances with Heather Mills, Sir Paul discussed his own literary work with fellow musician/poet, Paul Simon, who plans to publish a poetry book of his own next year. Sir Paul's advice about dealing with the literary critics: "I can't be bothered with reviews at this stage of my life. If you don't like it, read my lips - **** you."
Ms.Mills offered a critique of her own, stating that the lyrics to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" are some of his best verse: "I find it very visual and a little bit scary. And nothing scares me much."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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