On my personal Facebook page, I recently posed the question “Hemingway or Fitzgerald”. I didn’t reveal that this was a no-brainer for me. Hemingway, no question. I didn’t say anything. At first…crickets. Nothing. Slowly, a few people started responding. Fitzgerald. Hemingway. I don’t know who they are.
Surprised? I suppose I was, moreso than I should have been. Because, the fact is, I’m weird. I’ve always been different, I always will be. There are times when I ask myself if I actually dislike certain things, or if it’s just in my nature to dislike things that “everybody else” likes. For example,”everybody else” seems to be in to the 50’s. 50’s movie stars and hair styles and cars absolutely plague the internet (in my opinion, don’t be offended if you’re into that sort of thing), everywhere are the 50’s-themed weddings, retro-styled diners. I randomly came across a blog post recently that was an interview of a girl I went to high school with. “I’m really into the 50’s and Dita von Teese”. And I thought, of course you are. Who isn’t?
But the more interesting question for me has always been why? Why are so many women so seemingly smitten with an era that was prominently characterized by chauvinism? What exactly is the appeal of that? I actually don’t know.
I’ve always been fascinated by the 20’s – if I could choose to live in an era, that’d be it. Paris, 1922. Without a doubt. For a long time, I’ve thinking about ways to incorporate my love of the Jazz Age into my creativity. As of yet, I haven’t accomplished much, but I’m always thinking about it (see: this post for me thinking).
So for now, I will keep thinking and writing and beading and knitting and thinking and parenting and thinking and reading and thinking and thinking and thinking. And maybe soon I will have something.
Or maybe soon I’ll just write a column on the history of photography and my shock and horror over something I read in which someone referred to the 1960’s as the early days of color photography.
– Jen McLeod, different girl, owner of Concrete Oyster