Kiki de Montparnasse

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This graphic biography is fantastic. It’s well-researched and the story of how Alice Prin became the Queen of Montparnasse in Paris in the the 1920s is shown and told beautifully. The French model, nightclub singer and painter, whose face and body were immortalised in works by, among others, Fernand Léger, Maurice Utrillo and Man Ray, with whom she had a long and complex relationship. While Kiki’s story is populated with artists and notoriety, the grittier side of her story is unfolded here too. While I love graphic novels, I sometimes think they’re over too quickly but this one kept me going for the best part of a week.

Here’s a short introductory video on the book.

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Sylvia Plath

The thirty year anniversary of Plath’s death has been marked by the release of a number of essays, books and even a short film. Yesterday we read Elm in class. The language and the intensity of the poem are unforgettable. This twenty-three minute film is worth watching if Plath’s poetry interests you. Lady Lazarus Film

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Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

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My brother is reading this Shakespeare sonnet at my wedding a week today.

SONNET 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.