Who Was the Real Woman Behind “Nine and a Half Weeks”? (Sarah Weinman, The New Yorker)

Sarah Weinman; Who Was the Real Woman Behind “Nine and a Half Weeks”; In The New Yorker; 2012-11-30.


  • Ingeborg Day
    • Ghost Waltz, 1980
      Geisterwaltzer in German release, 1983.
    • Nine and a Half Weeks, 1978; under the name Elizabeth McNeill; ~120 pages.
    • (unfinished) Twelve Dozen Irises; under the name Elizabeth McNeill.
    • Something about a Scandanavian travel guide with her byline 1987.
  • Family
    • Born in Graz, Austria, in 1940-11, to Ernest Seiler and his wife (name?)
    • 1957, studying in Syracuse on a one-year exchange program sponsored by the American Field Service
    • 1960, Married Dennis Day, an Episcopal priest trainee, White Plains, NY.
    • They moved to Indiana.
    • B.A. in German studies from Goshen College, IN.
    • “Several years” teaching in small Midwestern towns.
    • Children
      • Ursla, 1963, daughter
      • Mark, birth unknown, son, deceased; died age 7
    • Worked at Ms. magazine.
    • “sometime” Married Donald Sweet, fourteen years her senior, and they lived in Port Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
    • Died, 2011-05-18, suicide; her husband died 4 days later.
  • Movie, 1986; “keeps the bare bones of plot but not much else”
    • Kim Basinger
    • Mickey Rourke


McNeill’s true identity as Ingeborg Day was first revealed by Steven M. L. Aronson in his 1983 book Hype, which is about the ways in which public figures transform themselves, physically and existentially, to satisfy the marketing machine. It was confirmed separately to me by several sources, including Day’s longtime literary agent, Wendy Weil, just two weeks before Weil died in mid-September.

Day’s “Cost Per Wear” approach to clothes: divide the price of what you wear by the number of times you wear it for the “true value” per wearing.

… lots about her Dad’s work with the Nazi SS in the ’40s; on and on about that, which is the point of Ghost Waltz

HarperCollins is scheduled to reissue “Nine and a Half Weeks,” bearing Day’s name for the first time—though no publication date has been set. They also plan to republish “Ghost Waltz”


Squeezing breasts can stop cancer

Not. Juvenile. At. All.

her hands over her breasts

Via: Squeezing breasts can stop cancer; In MSN Linkbait; 2012-12-19.


  • Gautham Venugopalan, doctoral student; University of California in Berkeley; lead author on the study.
  • Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco; 2012-12-17.
  • The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers. As compression is applied, over time, the squeezed malignant cells began to grow in a more normal and organised way.
  • G. Venugopalan et al.; “Externally applied forces can phenotypically revert malignant breast epithelial structures”; American Society for Cell Biology meeting, 2012-12-17, San Francisco.
  • Tina Hesman Saey; Pressure keeps cancer in check; In Science News; 2012-12-18.
    Teaser: Physically confining malignant cells prevents runaway growth


No actual breasts were squeezed in the making or the ministration of the science. They grew bewbs in tewbs and squoze thoze as the need arose. See? SFW after all!