Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Happ'nins

Say hello to my liddle fren' -- this is my new written journal, which I found at Bookstar for $6.99!!! The pages are lined, something I must have for my writing, which is atrocious enough without me trying to put thoughts down on a blank space. ACK! I haven't begun this journal yet -- I have kind of a 'ritual' for starting a new journal and just haven't had time to indulge myself.

Meanwhile, I've got my gooey, stiff, icky paintbrushes soaking in turpentine; I've spiffied up my studio, cleaned the litterbox, played for an hour with Zoe (including a 30-minute spa turn for her with her brush), folded all the laundry, and then, finally, perused [with great delight and total awe] the altered book I received in the mail from one of the women in my round-robin. We're talking art on her pages that exceeds any you have seen in Stampington publications. Eesh! Blimey!! GENIUS!! I'm frankly quite frozen -- how to follow perfection? I don't wanna ruin her AB! No, but actually, I have some ideas and three pages of sketches already, so once I get moving I know I'll get over my jitters.

My Lovely Mother also bought a book for me yesterday, which I saw on-line and slobbered for: [Book Description taken off Amazon] "Rescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a discarded diary brings to life the glamorous, forgotten world of an extraordinary young woman.

For more than half a century, the red leather diary lay silent, languishing inside a steamer trunk, its worn cover crumbling into little flakes. When a cleaning sweep of a New York City apartment building brings this lost treasure to light, both the diary and its owner are given a second life.

Recovered by Lily Koppel, a young writer working at the New York Times, the journal paints a vivid picture of 1930s New York--horseback riding in Central Park, summer excursions to the Catskills, and an obsession with a famous avant-garde actress. From 1929 to 1934, not a single day's entry is skipped.

Opening the tarnished brass lock, Koppel embarks on a journey into the past, traveling to a New York in which women of privilege meet for tea at Schrafft's, dance at the Hotel Pennsylvania, and toast the night at El Morocco. As she turns the diary's brittle pages, Koppel is captivated by the headstrong young woman whose intimate thoughts and emotions fill the pale blue lines. Who was this lovely ingénue who adored the works of Baudelaire and Jane Austen, who was sexually curious beyond her years, who traveled to Rome, Paris, and London?
Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in the pages, Koppel sets out to find the diary's owner, her only clue the inscription on the frontispiece--"This book belongs to . . . Florence Wolfson." A chance phone call from a private investigator leads Koppel to Florence, a ninety-year-old woman living with her husband of sixty-seven years. Reunited with her diary, Florence ventures back to the girl she once was, rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervor.

Joining intimate interviews with original diary entries, Koppel reveals the world of a New York teenager obsessed with the state of her soul and her appearance, and muses on the serendipitous chain of events that returned the lost journal to its owner. Evocative and entrancing, The Red Leather Diary re-creates the romance and glitter, sophistication and promise, of 1930s New York, bringing to life the true story of a precocious young woman who dared to follow her dreams."


veronica said...

OH my GOD I love this book OH T totally amazing... I am so jealous...

Beth said...

WOW....I want to read this too !!!

I don't think anyone would ever find one of my journals and work hard enough to find me....but can you imagine how amazing that would be ???

Carla said...

I o buy this book. TODAY! Last night I was restless. Couldn't make myself sit down at my stamp desk. Wanted to eat unreasonable amounts of food we don't even have. We don't have TV. I've seen all our movies. Read most of our books. Just reread Hamlet and didn't want something too weighty. Finally I picked up some cheesy novel my sis gave me and started to read. If only I had had this book!