Puddle Jumpers

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Love this! The first photo is called "The Puddle Jumper"
and was taken by the photographer Martin Munkácsi, for Harper's Bazaar, in 1934.
The second was taken by Richard Avedon, also a fashion shot, and also in Paris, but in 1957.
Beautiful!

–Josie

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In honor of the Great TypePad Cloud Crash of 2014, I've put up one of my Richard Avedon photos, It's an ad for Balenciaga, circa 1948, taken in the la Marais neighborhood, in Paris.  

This particular photoa  was part of an exhibit at @SFMOMA.

To me, it typifies the experience of public display. Each of us is a little strange and crazy in our own way. Even the model looks odd, as since and pinch-waisted as they've made her here. 

Here's to an online presence for all of the blogs and websites affected by the crash that is equally as spectacular!

— Josie

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Monday Cat-astrophy: Kitty as Muse

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I love a great close-up. Think Richard Avedon with Jean Shrimpton.

(Really, think Avedon with anyone. Or any thing. Could you imagine how wonderful he'd have been, with cats?

This photo taunts us to consider her striking a less pensive look, and makes us yearn for a simple, straight-on view of her beautiful face. Those whiskers! That blaze! She's a natural…

Avedon would have insisted on shooting her in black-and-white. Granted, we would have never realized the beauty of her lost-at-sea green eyes, and maybe the nuances between her strawberry fur and her white blaze–

But had he  taken on this green-eyed beauty as one of his
regulars, just think of the poses that would have come from her! 

Ah, well. We can only imagine.

— Josie

 


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The Housewife Assassin's
Guide to Gracious Kil
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 In bookstores on September 30, 2012.

 


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I’m not going to let 2012 be my “bad hair day” of years, and you shouldn’t either.

AvedonMartin and I used to think that our best years ended in odd numbers.

In hindsight, I think we'd flip that analogy to fit any year in which we weren't having a great year.

For us — and I guess a lot of you, too — 2011 was a mixed blessing. I'm not an avid baseball fan, but there is something to say about "times up to bat": the more you put it out there, the better chance you'll have of scoring a hit, as opposed to an error.

And every now and then, you also hit it out of the park.

Granted, for Team Brown, there were enough errors for 2011 to turn us around on the assumption that odd years are our best. But we also had our fair share of hits, including the launch of four books. My two were The Baby Planner and The Housewife Assassin's Handbook. Martin's books were Fit in 50 Days, and on the last day of the year, The Ultimate New Year's Resolution Diet.

Not only that, but I saw one of my titles, True Hollywood Lies, achieve the ranking of 411 in Amazon Bestsellers, as well as #9 in Amazon's category of Books/Literature & Fiction/Comic.

On the first day of every new year, Martin starts off by saying,  "It's a new year, and we're still here."

He means this, literally as well as figuratively.

It's an inside joke:

One new year's day, just after we moved to Marin County, we were walking our children into Mill Valley's Old Mill Park when the skies opened up. As the rain poured down, an elderly gentleman, standing in his garage called out, "You can stand here with me, if you want, until it blows over."

We were happy to take him up on his offer.

Standing there, we made small talk. I don't know how the subject of the man's wife came up. I guess it had to do with the fact that we'd just started another new year. With the openess  that only comes with fresh emotional wounds, he said, "Yep, just this past new year's day, as we sat down to breakfast, she said, 'Well, it's a new year, and we're still here.' Then she dropped dead of a heart attack."

What a way to start the year: losing the person you love the most, whom you've spent a lifetime.

Any other issues are miniscule. They are a run in the pantyhose of your life.

To put things in perspective: he hadn't had a bad hair day. He had a bad hair year.

Whenever we're coming off a bad year, or we're trepidacious as to what the new year will bring, we remember that man and the wife he mourned.

And we count our blessings. Here are the ones I cherish most:

– We have great health, as do our children.

– We are still as madly in love today as we were on the day we married.

– We saw many of our far-flung family this year, making new memories even as we remembered the old ones.

– Our friends are loving, appreciative and a joy to be around. If only we could see more of them, more often!

– We love what we do, which is write.

You've got to love the fact that life is just one big tease,

— Josie

*Photo: Uber-model Jean Shrimpton, by Richard Avedon. Talk about helmet hair!

 

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