This Spring session of The Arcade has one of the most exciting Arcade sets of all time. For once, it’s a good thing to get lots of commons while seeking your rare. You will need several pieces of the common wall to surround your manor house with a beautiful courtyard. Anyway, it’s just an extraordinarily complete collection with 2 houses, an outbuilding, landscaping and interior furnishing, even a well and a wooden cart.
Yesterday was World Book Day. That, combined with the wonderful Primavera in Toscana set from 8f8 at The Arcade got me thinking about my favorite books of the past year. What rose to the top was Elena Ferrante’s magnificent Neapolitan novels. Now, the novels mainly take place in a poor neighborhood in Naples, not in a rich manor home in Tuscany, but know, we Americans are supposed to think there is no difference, right?
Actually, the wall reminds me so much of the wall surrounding the Spanish military base where I was living with a Spanish family while attending my senior year in Algeciras, Spain. The one difference is that the wall in Spain had flowers on the top, trailing down the white walls. There were always two guards outside with a sign “Todo por la patria” on the wall next to the guard station. Can you imagine an American military base with a wall covered with flowers?
I love the contradictions in this dress and coat from NYU. NYU specializes in minimalist design, the aesthetic beauty of a dress and coat coming from the lines and forms of the clothing, not from embellishment or patterns. The dress has this severe post-war austerity except that slit on the skirt is thoroughly modern and not the least bit austere.
John Freeman of The Australian wrote of Elena Ferrante, “Imagine if Jane Austen Got Angry.” The Neapolitan novels tell the story of two women, from their childhood to adulthood. There is a lot of anger in her novels, but also humor and love. They seem so raw and honest, as though the author cannibalized her life to tell the story, though we cannot know as Elena Ferrante is very private. Still, the narrator in this Neapolitan tetralogy is named Elena and plans to be a writer. In terms of the usual publicity authors relentlessly pursue, she said she did all she needed to do for her book, she wrote it. I love that!
The coat lies over the shoulders, just the way you wear a heavy coat on a spring day, open to the breeze, warming the back and shoulders. It comes with a 4 pose HUD that keep the arms in place. The poses are a bit stiff, but my AO works well and seldom moved through the coat except when walking.
Imagine if you are truly brilliant, imaginative, creative, gifted with the ability to succeed, but you’re a young girl in a poor family whose father thinks education is wasted on girls, who is unwilling to pay for high school? Imagine your anger and how you might act out in ways that cut off your other opportunities? Imagine your best friend is perhaps as smart, but less creative, less imaginative, but her family is willing to pay for her education? How does that effect your friendship? As these two girls mature and their bonds are strained by jealousy, change, marriage, education, careers and all the pressures of adulthood, the residence of their friendship is astonishing – even as it waxes and wanes. It seemed the most real friendship I have read about – mainly because sometimes it ended, then reignited, and disappeared and reappeared. Intense friendships can be like that.
This undo from Vanity Hair is so perfect, the cap tentacle with the hud that comes with the hair. How is it that she knew I needed a slightly vintage hair style, but one with a modern edge? The Yummy necklace and earrings from the February Collabor88 are equally great examples of Second Life serendipity.
I hope you go to your local library or your personal Kindle or independent bookstore and pick up My Brilliant Friend. It will draw you in and then you will have to read, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay and whatever the name of the eagerly anticipated volume coming out in September. These books are wonderful!
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Poses: NYU poses with coat
Skin: ND/MD Fay pale Skin +BROWS
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes dark Green (med)
Lashes: Lelutka DIVA
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Left V2.0
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Right V2.0
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – L – Relaxed
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – R – Elegant1
Hair: Vanity Hair:Worrisome Heart(MAT)-Fatpack
NYU – Double Collar Dress, Beige (Size3)
NYU – Loose Overcoat, Military (Size3)
Shoes: Miamai_La Rouge – Golden Suede (Slink High)
Jewelry: (Yummy) Chunky Heart and Key – Gold February Collabor88
(Yummy) Double Heart Studs – Gold February Collabor88
Location: Misc barrles, planters by =MF= (Kitare Rieko), we’re closed summer flowers and Botanicals’ mesh mediterranean cypress. 3D Trees big olive tree,
Many pieces from 8f8 Primavera in Toscana From The Arcade