In 2003 I moved back to New York after living in other states for graduate school and work. Things had changed during the decade I was away. I’m nearing the ten-year anniversary of that return, and I’m remembering how surprised I was by certain things that women my age were suddenly saying and doing. They had made manicures a weekly routine, rather than a luxury for special occasions. They teetered through their daily commutes in stiletto heels. They freely discussed their Brazilian waxes on their cell phones in public. They wore 3-carat engagement rings. And they were reading novels from a sub-genre nicknamed “chick lit.”
On the sidewalk of East 41st Street between Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue, otherwise known as “Library Way.”
The rose fades
and is renewed again
by its seed, naturally
save in the poem
shall it go
to suffer no diminution
of its splendor
– William Carlos Williams
Donna Tartt’s publisher has just released the cover of her forthcoming novel, The Goldfinch (scheduled for October 2013).
Bookish quotes Tartt’s editor as saying, “The cover suggests a central moment in the story, which I can’t give away here!”
If only we knew more about that cover design. Oh, wait… didn’t I post a few thoughts about the novel’s title, and a possible pictorial source, when it was first announced in February? Let’s see… right here.
And I was right!
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It’s almost Spring (really! soon!) and the green leaf-tips and purple-edged buds of crocus flowers have been peeping up from the dirt in front-yard garden patches along my street.
For me, no writer conveys the anticipation of each changing season as well as Emily Dickinson. I love Dickinson’s poem beginning with the line “I tend my flowers for thee —,” especially this flower-filled stanza, which evokes the fragrance of a garden in bloom:
Carnations — tip their spice —
And Bees — pick up —
A Hyacinth — I hid —
Puts out a ruffled head —
And odors fall —
From flasks — so small —
You wonder how they held —
You can read the rest of the poem here. (Of course, it holds deeper layers of interpretation!) You might also enjoy this discussion of garden imagery in Dickinson’s work, here.
Have you read The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu? If you haven’t, and if you’re a perfume-lover yourself, you should seek it out.
Denyse will be visiting New York on the occasion of the United States publication of her book, and she will be signing copies at Aedes de Venustas on Friday, March 22nd. If you’re located in the New York City area and you’re interested in attending, you can send an RSVP e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit Denyse’s fragrance blog, Grain de Musc, for further information and related reading.