Carly Simon Had a Big Revelation During Writing of ‘Boys in the Trees’

“The answer to any sane man’s prayers: funny, quick, erotic, extravagantly talented.”

Those are the words of William Donaldson, a man who was briefly engaged to Carly Simon during the 1960s. While many would agree with the flattering description of Simon, it was not one she ever believed. It wasn’t until recently, while combing through dozens of old journals and notes in preparation to write her memoir, Boys in the Trees, did Simon figure out why she never saw in herself in the same light the way others did during their time with her.

“I noticed certain themes, of course, going through all the journals as I wrote them, mainly love came at the wrong time,” Simon tells Scott Shannon in the Morning. “My first 35 or 40 years, I wasn’t the right daughter for my father, and on and on and on… I started out by thinking that love was something pretty much different than I see it as being now. That was the biggest revelation for me.”

“Now, thankfully, it’s not the same,” adds Simon. “I didn’t know how un-alone I really was.”

Simon’s memoir Boys in the Trees is available now. Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Carly Simon below.


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