She applied the “Page 99 Test” to her new memoir, The Memory Of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities, and reported the following:
Page 99 of The Memory of All That is a fractal of the first section of my book, which, while not heralded in the book's subtitle, is focused on my father, an unreliable and mysterious filmmaker. The page begins with a quote from some of the material in the hundreds of pages of FBI records on my father, amassed at taxpayer expense between 1936 and 1973. (My birth was noted in a Bureau memo to J. Edgar Hoover.) This paragraph is a mention of the Communist activities of my father's first wife, the actress Fran Heflin.Learn more about the book and author at Katharine Weber's website.
It also covers a bit of my father's history teaching film courses at The Dramatic Workshop, a theater program at The New School For Social Research, and I describe how my father must have stolen quantities of Dramatic Workshop letterhead, because:
...in my baby book there are notes on how many ounces of formula [and, bizarrely, orange juice] I was given in my fi rst weeks of life in November 1955 —I was a colicky baby, and the scribbled schedule is a diary of sleepless nights punctuated by 1½ ounces here, ½ an ounce there—all written on Dramatic Workshop stationery. Some of the drawings I made with Harold Weisberg’s stolen OSS waxpencils were on Dramatic Workshop letterhead as well.)The page ends with the beginning of a description of a 1954 article in the New York Times Magazine about a course he taught called "Show Business: Work in Progress" which calls Sidney Kaufman a "modified hipster."
So there you have it: FBI records about my father's first wife, a secret marriage I didn't learn about until I was a teenager; stolen stationery (from the New School), and stolen pencils (from the OSS); and a mocking characterization of my father who took himself oh-so-seriously. While having nothing on George Gershwin or Kay Swift, whose romance is at the heart of my story, page 99 is a good core sample of the first part of my book.