Grounded Dreamer

I was re-reading The Sea Wolf recently and marveling at how perfectly Jack London marries romanticism and realism. At heart, so many of his stories are romantic and idealistic, but they're also very raw and real because when he describes the cold (in To Build A Fire) you can feel the cold seeping into your bones. He doesn't spare us any of the painful details of living--his characters are flawed and their experiences are often ugly, but through the difficulty there is a beauty. This is what makes Jack London one of my favorite authors; his idealism mixed with realism suits my world-view and even sartorial view quite nicely. I love dancing around in flower crowns, but I'll almost always balance them with simple pieces that don't look out of place in the present.


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18 comments:

  1. oh you look so great! such a lovely dress!

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  2. I love the pattern on this dress! Such a great dress to dress up or dress down!

    ModaMama.blogspot.com

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  3. Love the dress' shape, it's the kind of dress which make me wanna dance (I know, kinda silly). So, I suppose that's why I really like the last pic, I almost can see the dress waving...

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  4. I really like Jack London too

    These pictures are so cute, so lovely!

    http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

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  5. The fleur de lis look like royal stars falling from the sky as you twirl.

    Is there such a thing as a grounded dreamer?

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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  6. @Mae Lu, there is a grounded dreamer--I'm one! it's how a personality test described me; I'm 50% wildly imaginative and 50% logical. apparently it is a rare combination and it id rather hard to reconcile w/n myself, but that's how it is. but it all relates back to the dichotomy I talk about in this post: realism and romanticism--the two can work together very nicely.

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  7. I love the outfit

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  8. this is a really great outfit i really love the cardigan. i have never actually read any jack london. now that i think of it, this surprises me because there isn't much i haven't read.

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  9. You have such a wonderful dress collection, you seem to have a knack for finding dresses that are perfect for you! I really love the last photo, blurry photos are a lovely way to mix things up.

    Carmen Ri.

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  10. ode to the flair of that dress, as you spin, adorned golden buttons on a black cardigan!

    http://honeybeelane.blogspot.com/

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  11. That dress is very pretty (and clearly great fun to twirl in!).

    I have been reading lots of Ian Rankin recently, and am amazed at how easily he gets me to relate to tired, middle0aged coppers (in between all the murders, of course).

    K xx

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  12. just wonderful, rebecca.your ctritiscism proves that you know what you're talking about.please write more about the poems that you sometimes post, something about Emilie Dickinson or TS Eliot, PLEASE!!!!!!
    your oufit is excelent, like ALWAYS. nothing better that books and fashion, but i mean REAL books, not just books about Orla Kiely, who i love too.

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  13. beautiful dress, these are great shots!
    XX Ilana
    www.mymodernvintagefashion.com

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  14. It's such a lovely dress. I'm thinking about buying the dress... =P

    heiter--wolkig.blogspot.com

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  15. What a very interesting post! I love Jack London as well. I recently stayed in the Yukon for a while, and near the end of my time re-read 'The Call of the Wild'. I was pleased that I had been to nearly every spot London mentions in the story!

    Have you ever read any Thomas Wolfe? He does not balance realism and idealism quite so well, but I'd strongly recommend a read.

    You look lovely by the way!

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  16. I am going to have to make sure I read some of his books, I can relate so much to what you wrote!

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  17. Jack London is one of my favorite authors, too. I was just thinking about The Sea Wolf the other day and how much I'd like to re-read it, but I have so many other books on my radar right now.

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