I hope the new year has been treating you well. I’ve been keeping busy with book research and running my online bookstore. Last week, I took a morning off to make an appearance on the AntmanVs podcast. It was super fun. Details are at the link!
Category Archives: Alternative Muses
Never a Dull Day in Biographyville
I cannot believe that it has been a month since my last post! We have been extremely busy at the family business AND most of what little spare time (ha!) that I have goes to book research.
I promise to post more frequently in June (not that that would be hard!). In the meantime, here is the most recent post from Alternative Muses, wherein I briefly catch you up on an unexpected turn-of-events in Biographyville.
[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Margery Sharp, Looking Likewise
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”–Clare Booth Luce
English writer Margery Sharp definitely knew that, way back in 1945.
Sure, you could classify her look as a bit severe or buttoned-up. Even austere (the photo was taken at the end of WWII, after all). I think she’s…sharp (pun intended and unavoidable). The pointy shoulders on the blouse, simple skirt, and round glasses are timeless and, through some weird alchemy, almost edgy. All the bonus points: Margery Sharp also gave the world that superior fictional mouse, Miss Bianca, who has style for days.
I Dig This Photo of an Introspective Alma Mahler
Introspective but firm, that is…
[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Margaret Wise Brown
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”–Yves Saint-Laurent
Iconic children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown had style to match her writing: timeless, straightforward yet unique, and unforgettable.
The stripes and strong shoulders, though clearly from the 1940s, are streamlined, edgy, and relevant:
Her bouncy, easy-going hairstyle is impeccably modern, and is the perfect accompaniment to her sleek, minimally accessorized dress:
Some would say that a favorite doggo is the best “finishing touch” of all:
It’s no secret that Margaret Wise Brown was very outdoorsy and active, a lifestyle which effortlessly merged with her sophisticated and relaxed dress sense. She’s wonderful inspiration for anyone who values style, practicality, and a dash of whimsy.
[Alternative Muses] Birthday Mashup: Charles Dickens/Sinclair Lewis/Laura Ingalls Wilder/Gay Talese
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”-Charles Dickens (born 7 February 1812)
“I am a documentarian of what I do.”-Gay Talese (born 7 February 1932)
[Alternative Muses] Coming and Going: Simone de Beauvoir/Katherine Mansfield
Simone de Beauvoir was born on 9 January 1908:
“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”-Katherine Mansfield (died on 9 January 1923)
[Alternative Muses] Birthday Mashup: Edmond de Goncourt/Dorothea Lange
“History is a novel that has been lived, a novel is history that could have been.”-Writer Edmond de Goncourt (born 26 May 1822)
All photos taken by Dorothea Lange (born 26 May 1895) during The Great Depression
[Alternative Muses] Birthday Mashup: Randall Jarrell/Orson Welles
“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”-Randall Jarrell (born 6 May 1914)
[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: The Sharp Dressing Nancy Cunard
Nancy Cunard-poet, publisher, and activist-was famously fashion-forward. In this photo, she looks like she could step out of the current issue of any high fashion magazine.
That sleek belted-jacket is everything, with the statement necklace and her signature piled-on bracelets both coming in a close second.