In rural segments of Africa mainly, the availability of internet is a big problem.So, even if there are some pretty African woman who wants to get connected with the men from outside Africa, there are not so much opportunity for them to do so.
Then she slides the pad to me and says, "Now you do it." And so I take the pen. When she's like this, willing — wanting even — to give in to harebrained plots, you really feel like you're talking to a bombshell, because bombshells are fun. "I didn't think I was a jealous person," she says, "until I started dating my current, my one-and-only.
And that is not what you'd call a problem exactly; it just wears you out. "It's a contemporary house, with a modern Swedish slant." For whatever reason—my own prejudices, a tone I mistakenly pick up on in her voice, beach houses I have known—I assume she's saying, the way people do when they rent, that the furniture sucks but it's fine because the water's right outside. The conversation is fully shared by the both of us then. " she says to me at one point."I don't know," I tell her.
I've stood around bogs wearing half a million dollars' worth of jewelry, up to my knees in the rot, thinking how much more or less the place smelled like a sewer than it did the day before. I'm a twenty-eight-year-old woman in the movie business, right? "Pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers. I have to hedge against that with work—theater, producing, this thing with Esquire."Then, as if she hears herself, she looks straight at me and says: "Sounds pretty bloodless, I guess."She'll spend her vacation on the beach in the Hamptons, in a house she rents with friends. "She smiles wryly and speaks softly, unruffled and clear. "Not like Ikea."Pretty soon, we've sat there for more than an hour. There's a guy two doors down from me who has four goats. He could have chickens.""True.""Chickens scare me," she says. "You gotta step a long way off from a goose."A moment goes by, then two, when, just like that, she claps her hands.
Whether she breathes right or projects well I do not know, but her voice cuts the murmuring clatter of forks against small plates, ice spun in highballs. One movie released, two more coming out in the next five months, and two more in production. Seven of them, dredged from the Internet, turned me down. I thought you said it wasn't frantic."It isn't, not in my experience. Once she understands the game — even before that, really — she rambles.
Legitimately as pertinent and defining a component of her physical makeup as her lips, her cheekbones, her legs. This bar is loud with cocktail hour, but the matter of her voice, the fact of it, hangs in the air even so — always a little sandy, somehow broken down, as if she'd been singing all day. This year, Scarlett says, has been the busiest of her life. " To which I add: "I guess you'd have to." Brilliant. She lifts and drops the glasses in place on the bridge of her nose. Most of them want a minimum of 250 words on a blank page, plus a signature. "So you mean you guys play this — go round and round, throw cards down — and have normal everyday conversation?