Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ears and Loathing

I wrote an essay called "Ears and Loathing" for the February issue of Allure, about my ears and what they mean to me (membership in the elf community).

"But you don't have big ears," you might say, if you've never met me, or even if you have.

I think my ears are my most obvious feature, but I would also concede that the flaws we believe in are often the ones that go unnoticed by our peers, who are too worried about their own weird features.

For proof, here's a photo I would have used as an author photo, if I'd written a book called "What Mr. Spock and I Have in Common: True Stories by Leigh Stein":


And here's what it looks like if my hair is down, and my ear just needs some breathing room. My boyfriend has been cropped out of this photo to protect his identity.


2 comments:

Ricky Garni said...

Unrelated to this but to our conversation: http://books.google.com/books?id=_Sam4ovzI98C&printsec=frontcover&dq=david+kirby&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xa0iT5OAA8zqtgf4yNSiBA&ved=0CE8Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=david%20kirby&f=false

start with BABY COMBOVER, pg. 69 (if you want to!)

Hope you like it.

Sarah Long said...

Hi Leigh,

A friend of mine read your article and told me to get in touch with you. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a copy of the February issue but I'd love to receive a copy of the essay if possible. I handle the PR for a game-changer in the realm of ear correction: a first-of-its-kind non-surgical, laser-assisted process called Cartilaze, which is anesthesia free and painlessly addresses such common conditions as protruding, constricted and “lop” ears. I'd love to read your essay and chat with you if you have some time. I can be reached at sarah@crierpr.com.