The Bald Mermaid: A Conversation With Sheila Bridges

I had a brief but illuminating conversation with the amazing Sheila Bridges for Designers and Books. Her memoir The Bald Mermaid covers many bases with wit and warmth: her life as an interior designer, her struggles with alopecia (and very badly behaved men in her life and clients who expected her to come over and fix the clouds painted on their toddler's ceiling at 2 in the morning,) and the astonishing range of dumb comments aimed at a woman who didn't have a conventional appearance to start with—comments that only increased in frequency once she had lost all her hair. Throughout it all she's honest, clear-eyed and sharply funny. It's a great read.

Photo by Trevor Tondro.