“Elegance is elimination.”–Balenciaga
Ngaio Marsh by Henry Herbert Clifford (1935).
This 85-year-old photograph of New Zealand writer Ngaio Marsh proves that elegance, coziness, and individuality can be as stylish as anything out of the pages of a 21st-century fashion magazine.
Embellishments are minimal: an eccentric shoulder, a few buttons, an indifferently tilted hat, a bit of pattern and texture here or there.
Clean lines. Confidence.
She is, more than anything, mysterious.
Katherine Mansfield died on 9 January 1923.
“When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them.”–Katherine Mansfield
“Authors do not supply imaginations, they expect their readers to have their own, and to use it.”–Nella Larsen
Nella Larsen (1928). Photographed by James Allen.
I was so busy over the weekend, that I didn’t get around to wishing my favorite hometown boy a happy birthday. He was born on 8 December 1894, right here in Columbus.
Here’s a link to my article about the Thurber House (which I now live very close to, incidentally).
GO HERE TO FIND OUT WHY 2019 IS THE YEAR OF THURBER
“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”–John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck (November 1939)
“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”–Edgar Allan Poe
Yesterday’s Google Doodle was in honor of Sylvia Plath’s 87th birthday. The gorgeous art is by Sophie Diao.
Sylvia Plath Google Doodle. Art by Sophie Diao.
She was born on this day in 1890:
Nina Hamnett by Roger Fry
“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.”–Gustave Flaubert
I’ve always loved this photo of Sylvia Plath.