Raised in a passion play, as she once noted on St. Patrick’s Day many years ago, Jennifer Stone’s higher education was Bay Area-centric, SF State and Mills College. She has been an actress; her essay collection, Stone’s Throw, won the Before Columbus American Book Award. In one essay, she quoted Margaret Sanger, Henry Hyde, Anais Nin, Sigmund Freud, the Bible, Henrik Ibsen, Emily Bronte, Schopenhauer and Adolf Hitler, among others. Jennifer Stone has exceeded her own expectations.
Besides Stone’s Throw, her other books include Over by the Caves, Telegraph Avenue Then and Mind Over Media: Essays on Film and Television.
“I have tried to collect my thoughts and wring out my mind. Patriarchal phrases often strangle my meaning. We cannot mean what we say unless we can say what we mean. As a woman I am anxious to be heard as a serious scholar, yet I want always to be open to what Toni Morrison has called “eruptions of funk.” I have tried to be honest rather than sincere. The sincerity of our age is making us sick. Honesty is the work of a lifetime.”