I am an impatient person with, to be truthful, the attention span of a hamster. Although that hampster once on the wheel does go round and round focused intently on his trip and does not leap off to other amusements. I started The Goldfinch. I never stopped. I never lost interest. I was amazed at Donna Tartt’s talent. I could separate myself enough from the story to be aware of her masterly plot and character construction, but I was enthralled by the story.
Get on the list at your local library. I say that knowing that I am not robbing Donna Tartt of her income. She’s okay financially. I’m pretty sure, and there will be a movie, why not? Too bad Jesse Eisenberg is too old to play Theo. Donald Sutherland will be Hobie, the furniture restorer. Who will play Boris? Probably a newcomer. Who will play Theo’s mother, Audrey (Michelle Williams?) or the wonderful awful role of the matriarch of the uppercrust family who takes Theo in?
Don’t just take my word for it – check out Stephen King’s review.
For all the strong, intelligent, resourceful, striking, handsome, intelligent and independent women out there. A short essay by Erin of the fashion blog A Dress A Day about prettiness and its (lack of) value compared to other attributes. A bit of an ode to Diane Vreeland, found via a friend’s Facebook page. Did you know Sylvia’s on Facebook?? Yep.
I don’t know why, but I was amazed that Roz Chast didn’t sound like one of her cartoon characters but instead like a regular person. Check out her new graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and Terry Gross interviewing her on Fresh Air.