Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I'm still a bit sick and didn't feel like taking photos of my outfit. I'm just wearing shorts and a knotted shirt - who wants to see that again? So instead, here are some pretty pictures, etc. to enjoy in my absence...
Buddy Rogers & Nancy Carroll, Follow Thru (1930).
Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire, Swing Time (1936).
Clara Bow, Dangerous Curves (1929).
"Her emotions were close to the surface. She could cry on demand, opening the floodgate of tears almost as soon as I asked her to weep. She was dynamite, full of nervous energy and vitality and pitifully eager to please everyone."
- Director Frank Tuttle on Clara Bow
101 Dalmatians (1961).
"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Marilyn Monroe, Something's Got to Give (1962).
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I'm sick in bed all weekend so it seems like a good time to announce the second round of the Summer of Sundresses!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
I've been stuck in a reading rut lately. I have been plugging away at Transforming a Rape Culture but have needed to take a break from it because reading an entire book on rape and sexual abuse weighs on me emotionally. It's hard to bear many of those words and realities, no matter how invested in the subject you are. Because of this, I've needed something light and fun to read and for this, I've turned to Nancy Drew.
Nancy Drew is probably one of my top literary heroes of all time. A fierce feminist, able to master just about any skill and never fearful of anything, there's nothing about Ms. Drew that isn't admirable. It's no wonder that women of all ages have fallen head over heels for the young female detective. The books originated in the 1930s, written by various ghost writers under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, as an answer to the female version of The Hardy Boys. Of course, Nancy Drew worked solo, with a perfectly pressed wardrobe and a sporty blue convertible. Nancy Drew was well ahead of her time; An independent young woman of 18, she possesses poise and immense self assurance. Every time that Nancy begins a new daring task, I get giddy with excitement and admiration for the teen sleuth. It's clear why the character of Nancy Drew was inspiration to such great women as Hillary Clinton, Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayer, and Barbara Walters.
The original series starts off with The Secret of the Old Clock in which Ms. Drew falls into a mystery of inheritances and mistaken wills. In just the first book, you already have a sampling of Nancy's many skills and her natural gift of sleuthing. By only the third book in the series, Nancy has had a number of near-death accidents, death threats, dangerous trappings, and boating accidents. Through all this, she manages to keep full composure and maintain her quick wit and appreciation of fine details.
Since original publication in 1930, the books have been re-edited in order to evolve to current cultural standards, including the exclusion of many racist remarks. While reading Nancy Drew, one must keep in mind that they are written with simple language and lack much flourish. Each new adventure that Nancy goes on is elaborate in such a way that they need no extra embellishment. The strong willed young woman's character is enough to hold the reader drawn into each new mystery and adventure.