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04.02.14

Carrie Schneider: Reading Women

At the latest Armory Show in NYC I was delighted by a series of portraits by Carrie Schneider, Reading Women. From the artist:

To create Reading Women, I asked 70 female friends - mostly artists, writers and musicians - to each sit while reading a book of her choice, written by a female author, in her own home or studio for the duration of two hours using side-by-side photographic and video cameras. There is something rare about the depth of concentration experienced while reading, and it’s this moment I’m after: when the sitter loses awareness of the camera - and any semblance of a pose - forgetting her cultural performance.

Sarah reading Gail Scott (My Paris, 1999); Michelle reading Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943)

Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Carrie Schneider: Reading Women

At the latest Armory Show in NYC I was delighted by a series of portraits by Carrie Schneider, Reading Women. From the artist:

To create Reading Women, I asked 70 female friends - mostly artists, writers and musicians - to each sit while reading a book of her choice, written by a female author, in her own home or studio for the duration of two hours using side-by-side photographic and video cameras. There is something rare about the depth of concentration experienced while reading, and it’s this moment I’m after: when the sitter loses awareness of the camera - and any semblance of a pose - forgetting her cultural performance.

Sarah reading Gail Scott (My Paris, 1999); Michelle reading Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943)

Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

03.30.14

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:
“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.” 

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!
See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.
Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!

See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.

Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

08.29.13

Site We Love: Awesome People Reading

Awesome People Reading

Site We Love: Awesome People Reading

Awesome People Reading