Mad Men at the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

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Yesterday Martin Brown and I caught the tail end of the Arthur Tress photography exhibit at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. It is entitled "San Francisco 1964." Loved the Mad Men-esque blast from the past I never knew.(Yes, I was alive then; but no, I wasn't in San Francisco.)

Tress's genius was not capturing the happenings, but the people who turned out for them. For example, this one was a demonstration against the hiring practices of Cadillac dealership on 1000 Van Ness (Van Ness was more an auto row then than it is now).

The guy in the middle, in the sweater, has such a contemporary face! but he'd be mid-sixties now. The guy far left, has some really interesting political buttons on his white sweater shirt,, including a peace sign. The guy in the front, with the hat, is leading the demonstrators in a chant.

That year — 1964 — was also an election year. In fact, the Tress also caught supporters of both Republican candidates Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller at the Cow Palace, where that year's GOP convention was being held. (I'm guessing we won't see another Republican convention here in a very, very long time…)

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The exhibition juxtaposed that against a Beatles publicity stunt in which shouting fans held up signs that say "RINGO FOR PRESIDENT."  Had that campaign caught the zeitgeist, I'm sure the fact that he hadn't been born in the United States (let alone wasn't a US citizen) would have been an issue. Then again, if enough (then baby boomin') 18 year-olds had rallied to overturn that Constitutional mandate, our 37th president might have been sporting a mop top.

Go figure.

— Josie

 

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What was she thinking? Where is she now? Whoever she is, she was one classy gal.

 

   

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The Housewife Asassin's Handbook

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"As a housewife myself, this book was a fantastic escape that had me dreaming "if only" the whole way through. The book doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes for the perfect combination of mystery and humor…" –Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea

 "This is a super sex and fun read that you shouldn't miss! How do I love this book, let me count the ways: (1) a kick ass woman who can literally kick ass as well as cook and clean. Donna gives a whole new meaning to "taking out the trash". (2) The book is set around Los Angeles, mostly in a gated community suspiciously like Coto de Caza, full of housewives that could be "real" and for the setting along, a big giant WIN! (3) Super sarcasm, snarky dialogue and making fun of all that is wrong in the OC, politics, as well as current world affairs." — Mary Jacobs, Book Hounds Reviews

 

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One of my dear, sweet friends found a birthday card with this image. (Ha! Yes, my birthday is due — but don't feel bad about not knowing, since I have quit publicizing it YEARS ago…not to mention that she jumped the gun by SEVERAL weeks.)

You can find it from the greeting card maker Nouvelles Images. Obviously it's from the 1930s, and oui, it is French in origin.  Don't you just love the way her leg flies straight up and out, to signal her shock over whatever it is she is reading?

And look at the fabulous styling! The striped piping on the oversized chair; The way her chocolate catches the light. How her candy dish shines. The pleats of her skirt. The appliques on her top…

And of course, her stuffed dog sidekick.

My friend wrote:

Here's to a good book (written by Josie Brown), a box of chocolates, and a big comfy chair.

I'll drink to that!

Which brings up one item sorely missing from this photo: a glass of red wine.

Ah, well.

The story is in the details, ducky!

— Josie

 

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Art from the Heart: Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons

Poolside GossipSuch irony! This could have easily been the setting for SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES, had I had written it 40 years ago.

(And of course, I would have been hailed a child prodigy…make that an embryonic one….Oh, hush, those of you who know my real age…!)

Ran across this photo in the June 2010 issue of Vanity Fair. Of course, I had to look it up immediately! Turns out it is a photograph by Slim Aarons called Poolside Gossip. (But of course!)

Was it posed? From the description, I'm guessing not. The lovely lady on the right is art dealer Joseph Linsk's wife, Nelda. She is talking to a woman with the most delicious name (not to mention perfect mid-century sunning ensemble), Helen Dzo Dzo. Another guest, Lita Baron, approaches, fruity cocktail in hand. (You can click onto the photo to make it larger…)

The lacquered coiffures on the women are priceless. And Lita is is full-chested, her high-heeled legs exquisite under the peek-a-boo lace beach cover-up. Yep, she could pass for a former Playboy Bunnie.

So, what's your guess, will Nelda and Helen change the engrossing topic of their discussion before she gets them? Feel free to comment below.

Note to self: Next book will have more intriguing names!

Let's pretend we know what they're saying,

—Josie

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Secret-Lives400w  Josie's novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, is soon to be a dramatic TV series on ABC, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

(Simon & Schuster)

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it TODAY!

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading."

Jackie Collins, bestselling author of Hollywood Wives and Poor Little Bitch Girl

The Art of Quilting: JoAnn Somers Does It Right

Vogue-lady I'm working on a book proposal that includes embroidery — which is possibly why it facinates me that many of my friends are into knitting or quilting.

Back in the day, it used to be drinking and carousing.

Okay, and flirting.

I'm not lumping these fabric arts together, but I do see a similarity here: to excel at them, you need patience, as well  a steady hand, and an artist's eye.

Take, for example, the quilt here, created by JoAnn Somers. entitled "Vogue Lady," this quilt is almost complete, and is a perfect example of taking an impressionist work of art and rendering it in another medium:

One that enhances it to new and unique dimensions.

Granted, this project may end up on a bed, but could easily be hung on a well-lit wall.

JoAnn is married to one of my favorite portrait photographers, Alan David. His most interesting subjects have included Ted Turner, Jimmy Carter —

And Josie, Martin, Anna and Austin Brown.

Because family, too, is a work of art.

As is friendship,

—Josie

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Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Simon & Schuster/Pocket

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September 2010