Monday, March 31, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
“Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don’t have the time.”—Tallulah Bankhead
This is the last nonfiction book I read, and I read it before our two months of travels. (Somehow, nonfiction just doesn’t sound so appealing to me as a vacation read; give me fluff or give me death!) My mom picked up Elizabeth Kerri Mahon’s Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women from the library back in January, and it was a great easy piece of nonfiction. I read it in just a couple of days, because it’s easy to digest with short, conclusive chapters.
Many of these scandalous women are ones about which you are probably familiar—Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Anne Boleyn, Zelda Fitzgerald. But then there are many that are probably unfamiliar but were still newsmakers of their times for going against the grain of society—women like Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of King Louis VII and also King Henry II, a woman that could easily keep up with the powerful men of her time in both politics and romantic philandering.
Other women we read about are “wayward wives,” “scintillating seductresses,” and “amorous artists,” among others. Mahon writes this book as a collection of brief and accessible biographies; you’re not getting the full story but just a quick summary that may pique your interest to read more. (And I did; Wikipedia was my friend while reading this book!)
If the above chapter heads are any indication, Mahon is a fan of cutesy language, which is sometimes pretty annoying. Starting a character biography with the phrase, “She was just a small-town girl, living in a small-town world…” to describe Joan of Arc’s beginnings is a pretty lame literary technique—not to mention I hate that song. But these aren’t things you can’t get past, and it’s still a fun and light piece of nonfiction that demonstrates history-makers are never the quiet ones.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I did, though, want to check in and announce a few changes that will be coming to this blog in the future, mirroring the many changes that have been made in my own life in recent months! Back in December, I finished my MLS program and quit my job, and Colin and I moved out of NYC. I’ll be entering the library field the upcoming months, and that’s inspired me to broaden the scope of this blog, because I think it can be a great resource for any kind of media recommendations or reviews–libraries aren’t just about books! I hope to post about anything I read or see, not just books–TV shows, movies, documentaries, music, and anything that may pique a person’s interest and inspire their own information investigation.
Plus, we’re not in New York anymore! I haven’t decided if the name of the blog is going to change since this one is already so well established, but it’s another consideration as the sphere of this blog widens.
I’d also like to institute more interactivity, both on this blog and in my own reading/watching/listening–new reading challenges, suggestions and group projects.
If you’re still here, thanks for sticking around! I’m excited about the changes in my life, and I hope that excitement can extend to this blog. As always, I want this to be a place to talk about the culture we’re consuming and share loves and hates, thoughts and opinions–all to inspire interest in and enthusiasm for the many different stories being told.