Christian Dior Haute Couture F/W 2010.
Amy Bloom reflects on the photographs, music, and movies that inspired her new novel, “Lucky Us”: http://nyr.kr/1o029UD
“My mother’s favorite photograph was one of herself, at twenty-four years old, unbearably beautiful, utterly glamorous, in a black-straw cartwheel hat, dark-red lipstick, and a smart black suit, her notepad on a cocktail table. I know nothing about that woman.”
Photograph courtesy of the author
A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are (…)
How do we know what’s right for us? Every shrink, every career counselor, every Disney princess knows the answer: “Be yourself.” “Follow your heart.” Only here’s what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—?
Leonard Freed - Naples, Italy 1958