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July 11, 2010

Always in Vogue

One of my favorite novels and most intriguing and respected authors has reached a silver anniversary today, and I couldn’t let it go unnoticed on the blog.  Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is celebrating fifty years since being released in 1960, earning three Academy Awards for the film starring Gregory Peck in 1963 and having earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

(Nelle Harper Lee in the balcony of the courtroom in Monroeville, Alabama, where her father, A.C. Lee, regularly tried his cases.)

Many people wonder why she hasn’t written a second novel, and while there is wide speculations (in fact, she did begin one and worked diligently to produce it), her sister Alice said simply that Nelle (Harper is her middle name) knew with her next work she would only go down with regards to success.  Maybe she’s right, who’s to say.  The production of her most successful novel took over ten years – rewritten three different times - each in a different point of view (the published version is in two points of view – first and third) and was said to be a tribute to her father who wasn’t too keen on her moving to New York City and abandoning her education of become a lawyer, as a way to show respect and proof that her idea to move to New York was not in vain.

I find myself coming across more and more people who have either named their child or their dog Scout due to their appreciation of the novel, many of them teachers, but not all. All of this focus on a novel that has provoked me to read subsequent books to further understand the theme and the author (Charles J. Shields’ Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee), as well as literary critiques caused me to come to the conclusion (one I have always been aware of, but maybe never truly expressed) - that being well-read will never go out of style. Consider this quality the little black dress of life if you will.

“Fashion fades, only style remains,” is one of the many timeless and true aphorisms uttered by Coco Chanel, and it is applicable beyond the confines of the fashion industry. A woman (or a man) will continue to be intriguing far beyond their beautiful facade if they continue to fill their mind with voluptuous amounts of the written word.  Whether it be a classic here and there, followed by a quick beach read, and don’t forget the articles in numerous well-respected magazines and journals, newspapers, worthwhile internet articles, the list could go on and on.

Needless to say, read. Carry a book in your purse at all times for those moments when you are waiting in the doctor’s office, or stuck in traffic.  Read, learn, soak up all sorts of varying perspectives so that when you do come to a conclusion, you’ve done so with an open mind.

And of course, your cocktail party chit chat will never be lacking.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


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At July 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Patricia Snook said...

Such utterly timeless images and titbits of wisdom. Fashion does fade, that's why I love timeless elegance and gorgeous style, a persons essence. Oh girlie, you've got such a gorgeous blog here, and a new twitter follower :)

And to the below post, utterly fantastic links! I love honey, it's so good for you, I suffer from hayfever and it's such a great cure. And lavender. Heaps of it, so relaxing!

Have a fab week ahead


At July 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Kiki said...

PS. this is a classic - i read this book in school so many times, its quite unbelieveable. Can't believe its been so long!!!


At July 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I actually never read this book....not even in school! For shame.... pretty pics here.

At July 11, 2010 at 7:02 PM , Blogger Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Love this post! Not only is reading is one of life's luxurious, it's probably one of the most important ways we can spend our time. Something meditative about it, while giving the brain and heart their due workout.

At July 11, 2010 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Erica said...

Loved this post!

I agree. I already always carry a book with me almost everywhere I go. Even when I was a kid, my mom would joke that the backseat of her car was a library because of how many books I would keep back there.

Classy and Delicious

At July 11, 2010 at 10:40 PM , Blogger SogniSorrisi said...

When I'm carrying a purse big enough I almost always have a book with me. (If you know me you know I read. A. lot. lol) Those times I don't have one with me I usually end up regretting it--it will always be the day I'm stuck in the doctor's office or something for five hours.

At July 11, 2010 at 11:25 PM , Blogger Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

To Kill A Mockingbird has always been one of my most favorite books. I agree about reading, so important to squeeze it in whenever and wherever you can. Love your images!

At July 12, 2010 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

You're so right ... I always have a book in my purse and one in my hand as I'm drifting off to sleep :)


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