It is Independence Day here in America – which for our family typically means a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade ice cream, and watching the city’s annual fireworks display. Of course, we have experienced perfect weather all week — sunny, high in the 80s and low humidity — so that means that there is a good chance that all outdoor activities will be cancelled tonight due to rain. Oh well, the food will be delicious and knowing that tomorrow is another day off will more than off-set the lack of gunpowder in the air.
- Paris Transformed
- Impressionism and Naturalism
- Cafe and Cafe-Concert
- Theater, Opera and Dance
- Parks, Racetracks, and Gardens
- Suburban Leisure
- At the Seaside
The cultural background that the author provides has proven invaluable to me and it has also given me the necessary information I need to more fully appreciate each work of art. This was exactly the kind of reading I needed to accomplish this week in order to begin writing. Yes, it is true – I did actually start to write. UGH — this is not pretty, that is for sure!
As far as reading is concerned I think I would like to read some fiction this week that pertains to this time period. My rationale is that the more I immerse myself in that culture, the more realistic my own story will be. I have started reading Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland and find it to be a rather light, summertime choice. It is good for me to pay close attention to the word choice in an effort to hone my own descriptive writing skills. I am also giving thought to reading something by Emile Zola – an author who not only lived during this era, but was personal friends with many of the artists whom I am focusing. I cannot decide if The Masterpiece would be a good choice, or perhaps L’Assommoir. Have you read either of these? Is there one that you would recommend over the other?
I would also like to try to read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. This has been high on my TBR list since I first read about it on EWs list of top summer reads. I waited nearly two months for the book to become available at the local library, and now it is due back early this week. Alas, I am just not sure I will be able to read it by then, and that makes me “particularly sad” as well. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day – even in the summer!