Pouf! There’s goes history

Kuti's son with the family manuscripts kept in a metal box.  Photograph by Horst Friedrichs/Anzenberger/Redux.

Kuti’s son with the family manuscripts kept in a metal box. Photograph by Horst Friedrichs/Anzenberger/Redux.

Being a lover of books, art and history it’s sad to hear how parts of Timbuktu’s libraries have been destroyed.  The New Yorker Blog

I think of my own library.  I have an e-reader but I also have 3 bookcases at home packed with books that I have read and books that I want to read. Since I won’t be moving into a bigger apartment anytime soon I thought one way to save on space is to stop buying books.  It doesn’t stop me though.  I can still go into a bookstore and want 10 things.

I established a rule a few years ago: you must finish a book before you buy another book.  I love breaking rules.  I did finish a book last night, Them: A Memoir of Parents by Francine du Plessix Gray.  I loved her book At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life which examined the Marquis de Sade’s correspondence with his wife Renee Pelagie de Sade to reframe what we know about him.

I like the way she writes so when her memoir of her parents came out in 2005 I bought a copy.  Yes it’s 2013 and I’ve finally finished it but let’s just say I get distracted.  Her mother was Tatiana du Plessix who had a brief but historical romance with Vladimir Mayakovsky and had a thriving millinery business at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Her stepfather Alexander Liberman was an artist but is best known for his 30 plus years at Condé Nast, specifically at Vogue.  The story of these Russian émigrés who impacted the New York cultural world beginning in 1941 until their deaths in 1990s, was engaging and sad, but a terrific portrait of 2 strong personalities who certainly left their mark.

Here are some pictures of Francine du Plessix Gray and her parents.  Style

Next I’m going to tackle Furious Love:  Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger.  I watched that drivel that Lifetime put together “Liz & Dick”  and it was hilarious.  My favorite line delivered by Lindsay Lohan in a bad wig: “I’m so bored!”  Hahahahaha

Francine du Plessix Gray with her parents Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix Liberman.  Photograph by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1948

Francine du Plessix Gray with her parents Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix Liberman. Photograph by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1948

 

 

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