The Musings of a Boho Girl

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

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Spring Reading List

Spring is nearly here. Right now I’m pouring over the letters of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne. How many times is she going to break his heart? Why did Yeats continue to propose? Also why did Yeats propose to Gonne’s daughter, Iseult? This is one fascinating love story. Gonne inspired Yeats’ love poems and I’ve always wanted to learn about her. I plan to be finished with these letters in time for my spring reading list.

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Women’s History Month Reads

 

This month we celebrate the achievements of women. There are so many accomplished women that we could explore such as Ruth First, a South African anti-apartheid activist and journalist, who spent her life seeking equality for all South Africans. First was living in exile when she was assassinated in 1982, but before her death, Ruth First wrote several books including 117 Days, which chronicles her arrest and imprisonment during the apartheid system. First was detained in solitary confinement for 90 days under South African law. 117 Days shaped how I saw anti-apartheid activists and gave me insight into their experience so I wrote a brief Women’s History Month Reading List.

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Remnants of The Yellow Wall-Paper

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Joan Didion, author of “Play It as It Lays”, and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”, is pictured here on May 1, 1977.(AP Photo)

“It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It’s odd how dreams are conceived and misplaced. Joan Didion’s first novel, Run River, was published in 1963; it’s the same year Sylvia Plath killed herself. Sometimes I think of how Plath’s dreams must have disappeared the day she decided to end her life and at the same time, somewhere across the Atlantic, Didion might have been reading proofs with notes from her editor; she was looking forward to realising a dream as someone else’s ended. I wonder how dreams die so suddenly, beyond the mental illness, something happens in society that breaks us. How did Didion avoid rejection and self doubt? Maybe she hid it beneath the cool girl aesthetic or she was stronger than the others? Plath didn’t live long enough to create the narrative she would have wanted. Culturally Plath will always be framed as the wronged housewife and poet who struggled to divide her time between writing and caring for her young family. Feminists often cite her as the victim of domesticity. Plath became a martyr for the feminist movement and many view her poetry is a symbol of the domestic struggle.

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Summer Reads

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It’s coming: summer will be upon us. Soon we’ll have long warm days with sunshine, Pimm’s, and reading. *Fingers crossed* I will have found the perfect literary agent who will then find the perfect publisher for my manuscript (seriously, cross your fingers). Summer is the perfect time to do some reading. I have a list of fantastic books that I plan to read. Here we go.

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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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