Jun. 19th, 2006

History

Jun. 19th, 2006 10:56 am
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This is a story I emailed to some friends this morning, but I thought you, dear lj, might be interested, too.

This weekend, I was at a small conference about historical New England diaries, doing research for the novel I'm working on now. It was very wonderful in a lot of ways, including the passion (sometimes complete with blushing) in people's faces as they talked about the long-dead people whose diaries they were devoted to. As I came out of one session, I saw a small group of women clustered together, then noticed that one of them was very carefully holding something on a bed of white tissue paper. It turned out to be an ivory colored linen baby's shirt from 1799, and at least some of the women were textile historians, flipping up the lace collar and admiring the fine stitching.

I loved this, and it made me think of Carline from Venus of Chalk. So did the woman with very passionate opinions about the invention of pantyhose who is writing a history of clothes in the 1950s, and the one whose friend's mother had collected thousands of home economics pamphlets... The combination of experiencing that moment, and reading some Tennessee Williams reminded me that one of the things I drew on in writing the scene in Venus of Chalk in which Mel unfolds his bundle of cloth to show it to Carline in the shed was a similiar moment -- in a boat, yes? -- in Night of the Iguana. Tennessee Williams again.

Other influences on that moment include Thomas Hardy, who had a character very devoted to his beloved's glove, and John Ford, an artist I met in Missouri when my painter brother, Don Stinson, was very generously driving me over part of the route of the road trip in the novel, taking photos. John unwrapped a bundle of a very old -- again, ivory-colored -- corset that he had found wrapped around a glass kind of photo negative with the people's eyes blacked out that he had found in an attic in Ireland. And, you know, old white nylon slips. (My brother did a drawing once of me in one of my mother's. One version is on the cover of Belly Songs.) And all.

Link Fest

Jun. 19th, 2006 01:47 pm
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  • If you're a fat girl, Stacy Bias would like to interview you for an exciting new project.


  • If you're in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston or Northampton, you can hear Alison Bechdel talk about Fun Home, with a slide show over the next few days. NYC again tonight, Northampton (sadly, without me) on Saturday. Plus, out of the bazillions of rave reviews this book has gotten (and, says me, deserves), one of the best was in this Sunday's New York Times Book Review. Score.


  • Via [livejournal.com profile] charlottecooper, bikes and trikes designed for fat people. There are links on the site which are pro-weight loss in various forms, so if you, like me, would like the info without that kind of commentary, you might want to ignore the initial links and scroll down to get to the main event: the bikes. Also, my trike, while probably not as sturdy, is quite a bit cheaper.


  • I'm very excited that it looks like I'm going to get to go to one day of the Fat Girl Flea Market in NYC in July. I'm thinking of writing a little about it if I can find a good, paying market that's interested, so if you have any ideas about that, let me know. And I really hope that somebody's going to take pictures (if privacy's a concern, and I know it might be, the set up alone was pretty spectacular last year...) -- I found it to be an astonishing experience. I got the dress I wore to the lammies from Bertha at Size Queen there last year.

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