Tuesday, September 28, 2010

the golden notebook & other stories

"Knowing was an 'illumination.' During the last weeks of craziness and timelessness I've had these moments of 'knowing' one after the other, yet there is no way of putting this sort of knowledge into words. Yet, these moments have been so powerful, like the rapid illuminations of a dream that remain with one waking, that what I have learned will be part of how I experience life until I die."

(Anna in The Golden Notebook)

(romper/socks: TJMaxx; sweater/scarf: Bargain Boutique; sunnies: Battery Street Jeans; tights: Goodwill; booties: Seychelles)

Woo-boy, Tuesday. This week I've been reading Doris Lessing's "The Golden Notebook," which, like apparently all semi-autobiographical novels written by women in the sixties and seventies, has me exclaiming (yes! that's me! that's my life, that's my problem!) right and left. Reading these books feels almost like journaling or submitting myself to an intense therapy session--they force me (happily) to look deep inside myself and analyze the way that I react to conflict and the ways in which my existence is problematic. I've gone from Jong to Atwood to Lessing and back again in the past couple of months, and it's refreshing to feel so connected to these authors and their stories, not to have to force myself to focus on ideas that aren't relevant to my life, and instead to open myself up to the philosophical meanderings presented in a context that I can understand and fully appreciate. Love it.

6 comments:

  1. Great outfit. I think I need to try scarves in my hair. I got the Golden Notebook out of the library last year but never got around to it. I think I was intimidated by the size of it. Maybe I will have another go.

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  2. oh i love your boots!!! and the colour of your cardigan is so lovely!!

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  3. I completely understand what you mean. There are some books I read where I get completely lost cause I feel like I can truly relate to the characters.
    Love your outfit! Gread headscarf, boots and necklace!

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  4. I've never read Doris Lessing, though she's been on my list for years. Lovely colour to your cardigan!

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  5. the boots + big socks is such an adorable combo! i really like your hair also, that little scarf makes it precious,
    nice blog! xx
    http://miss-make-a-mess.blogspot.com/

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