The Musings of a Boho Girl

bōˈhēmēən (noun) 1. a free spirit ; 2. a writer; 3. an explorer of the Avant-Garde.

Unrequited Love in Tanaquil Le Clercq’s Afternoon of a Faun

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Tanaquil Le Clercq

Several days ago I found myself watching a documentary, it was one of those rare stories that mixed promise, tragedy, and unrequited love. Nancy Buirski’s Afternoon of a Faun is follows the life of Tanaquil Le Clercq, a young ballet dancer with the American Ballet, as she becomes a Balanchine muse and eventually his wife. When Tanaquil’s develops polio, her life is changed forever; she’s left immobile and sent to a treatment facility in Warm Springs, Georgia. Buirski’s depicts a devoted Balanchine as a devoted husband who desperately sought the best care for his wife, he truly believed Tanny, as she was called, would dance again. This would never happen, in fact, Tanny spent the rest of life in a wheelchair.

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Book Club Reading: Ali Smith’s How to be Both

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I am not a book club person, in fact, the thought of joining a book club produces fear; the idea of seeing the same people every month and having to deal with their idiosyncrasies is just too much for me. Three months ago, my friend asked if I had any suggestions for her book club. I immediately said Ali Smith’s How to be Both because it is by far the most brilliant novel I’ve read in the last year.

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Joan Didion, The White Album, & California Culture

‘It occurred to me finally that I was listening to a true underground, to the voices of all those who have felt themselves not merely shocked but personally betrayed by recent history. It was supposed to have been their time. It was not.’

-Joan Didion, The White Album

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March: My Five Obsessions

This month I am fixated on several things (like reading personal ads in the New York Review of Books, which surprisingly include a large number of people over 80 seeking love), but I’ve managed to narrow them down to five.

I am so obsessed with the sequel to this book...it hasn't happened yet.

I am so obsessed with the sequel to this book…and it hasn’t happened yet.

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On Bloody Sunday: Selma 50 Years Later

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The Selma marches were briefly mentioned in my textbook, I didn’t learn about Bloody Sunday until years later. Those 1965 marches and the violence that followed weren’t part of my school’s curriculum, my classmates and I never saw the civil rights demonstrators being teargassed and beaten. It’s peculiar how history is presented to children, of course, we learned about the passage of the Voting Rights Act but the violence that preceded its passage wasn’t explained to us. I can’t fully blame them; it’s an ugly part of American history and teachers may not have wanted to explain it to their students, I just can’t but wonder how my teacher detailed the Russian Revolution including Bloody Sunday (January 22, 1905) while neglecting our own country’s history.

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On Rejection and Self Doubt

Last weekend I found myself binge watching House of Cards Season 3 and nursing the pain of a fresh rejection slip. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil House of Cards for all of you. If you haven’t watched yet, enjoy.

So I don’t handle rejection well, it leaves me questioning everything about myself and then asking the question, am I good enough? As I attempted to answer that question, I spoke with several friends in multiple countries about our ‘happy place’. So here we go. Read the rest of this entry »

My Five Obsessions

So right now I wanted to share the 5 things that I can’t stop thinking about.

1. Penguin Little Black Classics. The launch of classics celebrates the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books. 80 titles at .80 pence each. There are a range of titles, from The Yellow Wallpaper to Anthem of a Doomed Youth; and those are just two of the eleven that I pre-ordered. The publication date is 26 February 2015 so there’s time to check them out. I want them all, which is completely impractical (my bookcase is crumbling and I’m fairly unsettled).

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Shock & Confusion: Fifty Shades of Grey

“Snow is a magical blanket, it hides what’s ugly and makes everything beautiful.”
Wilhelmina Slater, Ugly Betty

Tonight I used Anastasia Steele’s safe word: stop. I said the word twice but it continued on. The Fifty Shades of Grey discussion that I tried to avoid. I read Fifty Shades of Grey, well, I read roughly six pages of Fifty Shades of Grey and could not go on. It’s impossible to describe my feelings after reading those six pages, but I’ll try. Horror. Shock. Confusion. Shock. Yes, I was shocked twice. Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 100 million copies, just writing that has left me shocked all over again. It’s like seeing a traffic accident, you ask how and why? You search the area for victims; there are victims, all of those poor people injured while attempting to act out scenes. We can’t really see the victims, they are often handcuffed to bedposts and awaiting firefighters to free them. I’m not sure who to feel sorry for…

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On February 11th

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Year after year there are articles commemorating the death of Sylvia Plath, it’s hard to read them. How can we commemorate the death of a brilliant mind? I was drawn to Sylvia Plath…her life was beautiful and tragic; her private struggles had become as famous as her poetry. After her suicide people blamed her husband, poet Ted Hughes. Right or wrong, the idea of Sylvia Plath Hughes evoked such anger that her married surname was repeatedly erased from her tombstone. This day is heartbreaking…not just because two children lost their mother but because a woman lost everything: her life, her privacy, and her future. February 11th is the day that happened. It is the day that others began to re-write Sylvia Plath, it’s the day they labeled her a tormented woman, a fragile soul, a vindictive wife, etc. We almost lost her poetry to those labels.

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Looking Forward and Backward: War of the Encyclopaedists, The Hay Festival, Five Dials, and Jonathan Larson

“There is no present or future-only the past, happening over and over again-now.”

—Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten

It’s really too soon to write about this book, but I can’t contain my excitement. Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite’s War of the Encyclopaedists will be released on the 28th of May 2015 and this intriguing debut novel sounds brilliant, just read the synopsis.

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