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Clueless, part 10

20/08/2012

This is part of a serial; you can read the previous installment here, or start at the beginning, here.

The whole drinking-while-pregnant thing is so confusing. My mother tells me she drank lightly throughout her pregnancies. And a friend who is a doctor says it’s okay to drink a glass of wine in the later trimesters, but in terms of public health messaging, it’s easier to tell people not to drink at all. I really should have had a drink at that wedding. I would have had a better time.

In an unrelated topic, I just finished Brecht Evens’ latest book, ‘The Making of’, and I have a water colour crush. I love the way he constructs his narratives with greens, blues and magentas. The scenes he paints are so lush and surreal. I also highly recommend Alison Bechdel’s ‘Are you my mother?’, which is beautifully written and drawn with ink washes – a fantastic meditation on the creative process, and the perils of memoir. It gave me a hankering to go to psychoanalysis. There’s a review here, which also includes Guy Delisle’s ‘Jeruselum’, a book that I admired and enjoyed for its astute observations of life in Israel. It’s not overtly political and yet it delivers a powerful message about the injustices the Palestinians have to endure.

Postscript: since publishing this, I’ve been told that the museum is Sir John Soane’s Museum.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paula Green permalink
    20/08/2012 3:32 pm

    BTW big congratulations on your novel! Evocative snapshot this one

  2. Drew permalink
    21/08/2012 12:07 pm

    Goddamn booze hags! I was with you in spirit, mind.

  3. 27/08/2012 3:26 pm

    I’m just catching up on this series and enjoying it very much. I don’t drink alcohol at all and find such social gatherings very curious. People never think they’re different when they’ve had a tipple, but they are…

    Some good review snippets there, too – I’m still trying to find my own best fit style for my work but each story seems to pop out with a different look from the previous one regardless of my intentions. I love watercolouring though – kids permitting.

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