“…The Fitzgeralds madly swapped letters that carefully articulated all the particular strains of their charmed lives. And in these letters, they contemplated their tonics: for Zelda, it was beauty and perfume; for Scott, writing and gin (but never at the same time: “My work is done on coffee, coffee, and more coffee, never on alcohol,” he wrote in a letter in 1930).

With Scott in California, Zelda nudged him toward the border for bottles of Babani or Rosine: “either is cheap in Mexico.” When he sent her a bottle of contraband Salut, she proclaimed it “such amazingly adequate, and so sensorily gratifying a perfume that I wanted more of it.”

Zelda once told a newspaper that “having things, objects make a woman happy. The right kind of perfume, the smart pair of shoes. They are great comforts to the feminine soul.”

But in her fiction, perfume is less comfort and soul than it is a signal of social climbing. In her novel, Save Me the Waltz, her characters sit in a porch swing and attempt to delineate the fragrances of the garden … honeysuckle, star jasmine, cut hay… “‘It’s my perfume,’ said Alabama impatiently, ‘and it cost six dollars an ounce.’” In her short story, “Poor Working Girl,” the title character considers “all the refinement to be bought with seventy-five dollars: twenty-five dollar dresses and the ten-dollar perfume.” In another, “The Original Follies Girl,” a character “reeked of a lemony perfume and Bacardi cocktails.”…

excerpt from : A Brief Survey of Famous Authors and Their Favorite Cocktails (and Colognes!)
Timothy Schaffert Considers the Fitzgeralds, Truman Capote, Josephine Baker, and More
By Timothy Schaffert

August 3, 2021

Listen to literature.

Lady Susan, by Jane Austen. A Free Audio Book in the Public Domain.

poetry. the amazing madeleine l’engle.

she is not just the author of ‘a wrinkle in time’.

The daily poem podcast. Enjoy madeleine l’engle’s poem? Keep on listening for even more poetry…

take a look at some great books by madeleine l’engle.

don’t be fooled by the cover. this is the ever classic ‘wrinkle in time’ collection:

George Orwell. Always disturbing.

“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”

george orwell, animal farm.

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”

george orwell, 1984

just keep on reading…

so what book are you currently reading?

Next on my ever growing list of books to read…

Suzy’s to-read book montage

Mexican Gothic
The Glass Hotel
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Shadow of the Wind
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan
Tales of the Countess: A Chick Lit Romantic Comedy Novel, With Handbags
World Without End
The Kitchen House
The Red Queen
The Lady of the Rivers
The Kingmaker's Daughter
A Phoenix Rising
The Girl from Oto
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Bone Season
The Sibylline Oracle
Innocent Traitor
The Virgin Queen's Daughter
The Pleasure Palace
How to Stop Time

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