- 12:30 pm - Fri, Nov 30, 2012
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Q: How did your parents come up with the name Mayan? I absolutely adore your name!
Hi! I’m taking a quick break from my flood of work to answer this. The funny thing is that I had to do some research to find out. In the seventies, my mom was a hippie. Like a commune living, yoga teaching hippie in central California. I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the story other than to make the note that my mom is quite open minded. And a hippie, because I mean, let’s be honest… it’s pretty hilarious to think of my mom as a hippie because now her normal outfit of choice is a suit.
Anyways, I have always known I was named after someone. At fifteen, I found out it was a person from a book. Today, at 23, I found out which book.
My mom just told me over thanksgiving that it came from one by Shirley MacClaine. ”What?!” I exclaimed. “Really?!” I didn’t even know she wrote books. Well after some simple Googling of “Shirley MacClaine + book + 1980s + Mayan” led me to Out on a Limb, a book she wrote in 1986.
The book is (from what I can gather from the preview pages) about Shirley recollecting a time she spent in the Andes with her friend David, and their conversations about a young woman he loved named Mayan who brought him complete peace and told him all of the mysteries of the cosmos, like that UFOs are real and the universe is held together in harmony by this nebulous thing he called the ‘ocean.’
Book club anyone?