Here are some things you may not know about me:
- I love the writers from "The Lost Generation" - Hemingway, Dos Passos, Pound, Fitzgerald, Stein... They were, collectively, my first literary obsession, born when I found an old copy of The Sun Also Rises in our house when I was twelve. I somehow managed to personally reenact Hemingway's Paris to Pamplona pilgrimage when I was 16 (how did I convince my parents to let me do these things? Boggles the mind.) When I was in high school in France, I used to skip classes at least once a month in favor of hopping the train into Paris and hanging out at Shakespeare and Company. I always planned to name my future kids - or dogs? - Zelda and Hadley. (--That part's kind of embarrassing. Don't tell.)
- I love Art Deco. The modern lines, the sparkle, the optimism. Most of the antiques I collected early in life were deco or machine age pieces. When I buy vintage things that I really can't resell because of damage or other condition issues, they're almost always Art Deco pieces that I just couldn't bear to leave languishing on a thrift store shelf.
- I love books, all kinds of books, but [surprise!] vintage tomes are my favorites to collect. When I relocate, the movers who come to give me a cost estimate always shake their heads and groan. Actually, the sheer quantity of books I now own are one of the reasons I have to enlist professional movers these days.
Anywho....you'll now be less astonished when I tell you that despite the possibility that the 1940s floor joists in my home may soon cave in under the sheer weight of my book collection, I am currently, obsessively coveting the F. Scott Fitzgerald collection designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin Classics.
I adore all of Coralie Bickford-Smith's designs for Penguin Classics, but this Fitzgerald collection takes the cake. How can I not own them?
I'm starting with Flappers and Philosophers because it's one of the few Fitzgerald books I haven't read. Plus it's sooo pretty! I aspire to collect all of them, though. Hear that, people-in-my-life-who-buy-me-gifts?!
How about you? Have you been obsessing about acquiring anything lately, vintage or otherwise? Do you have a favorite Fitzgerald book? Do you think it's possible that I might be reincarnated from the 1920s? (Just checking.)
Happy Friday, all!