Lee Miller: A Life


My big project lately has been another fascinating lady bio, Carolyn Burke's Lee Miller: A Life.

Earlier this month I was introduced to Kate Christensen by randomly coming across her novel, The Epicure's Lament, in the library. Its protagonist, a wry hedonist suddenly forced into family-life, has stayed with me in a very pleasant way, which I bet would really piss him off.

Also this month I have been making slow progress on Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom, which, in my opinion, is the only kind of Faulkner progress allowed, given that lines like the following tend to appear casually on every page:

"War would settle the matter, leave free one of the two irreconciliables, since it would not be the first time that youth has taken catastrophe as a direct act of Providence for the sole purpose of solving a personal problem which youth itself could not solve."

-Alexandra Bullen, interviews editor
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