Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ivory Slacker

posing in the forest, white linen summer dress

This is the dress that inspired me to write about white weddings. In reality it's more gold-toned, like heavy cream as opposed to paper. Still on the topic of getting married, this morning I lingered over an incredibly luxe bridal edition of C Magazine. For some reason my grandma gets a subscription, despite being 89 and having no interest whatsoever in fashion or "high society". Mail can be mysterious. But I'm not complaining, because I like glossy magazines full of expensive things. They're fun to read, and I save them to use later as collage materials.

Speaking of reading and artwork, last night I fell into Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, and this morning I started working on Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell. Graphic novels go so quickly. My mom bought them both at New York's historic Strand Bookstore, and gave them to me as souvenirs from her trip. Being immersed in the two authors' depictions of their lives made me reflect moodily on autobiographical writing versus fiction. I find autobiography so much easier. There's no pressure to invent anything--I just describe actual events. According to the harshest judgment, creative nonfiction is not creative at all; there's no genuine making involved. Luckily I don't really believe that...

So now you know what I've been flipping through to keep avoiding my sociology textbook.

posing in the forest, white linen summer dress black and silver heart locket posing in the forest, white linen summer dress

20 comments :

  1. Fun Home is amazing. Alison Bechdel lives two towns over from me. She's actually been a guest speaker in a couple of classes I've taken.

    As for creative nonfiction, I wholly agree with you. In my opinion, it's creative in the way that designing outfits is creative: all the pieces already exist, but putting them together in exactly the right way elevates them above the sum of their parts.

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    1. !!! That's so amazing! I would love to hear her speak. Your summary of creative nonfiction is perfect.

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  2. I love you in all white!
    I think creative nonfiction takes talent. Not everyone can tell a story well, fictional or otherwise!

    Rachel

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  3. This dress looks so completely comfortable for the summer heat. Very cute too!
    Also I love reading nonfiction - particularly science-y stuff. I think it's definitely creative in its own way. The author has to compile information into a story even if it's real events/information/etc. The construction is creative!

    Anyway, have a fantastic Tuesday!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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    1. Yes, that's a great way to put it! Thanks Jamie :)

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  4. My friends are hardcore into wedding mode so I am completely living in bridal magazines!

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  5. Why is it still winter here!?!?! :-P I want to be able to wear dresses and bare legs and things again. I mean, technically I'm always wearing my bare legs, they're just under my jeans...and maybe don't qualify as bare since Winter is the perfect time to ignore the razor... :-P

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  6. That dress and the locket are so lovely! My sons checked out a graphic story from the library, and we've been reading it at bedtime lately.

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    1. Thank you, and I'm gonna tweet @ you to ask about that story!

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  7. I love the steady gaze in your first picture. Nice set today.

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  8. You look great! And, I was right there at your Mom's elbow when she bought that locket for you!

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    1. Thank you Aunt Nancy! You must have advised her well =D

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  9. "I find autobiography so much easier. There's no pressure to invent anything--I just describe actual events." <--- You described this so well! I can relate. I've been having writer's block lately. (Even when it comes to commenting on blogs! Argh! Fighting it right now.) But it's so easy to write about the past and events that have already happened.

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    1. I hope the writer's block dissipates soon! Writing can be really difficult =/

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