Wednesday, December 22

Colette the Pendulum

Mousing around the archives of the London Review of Books I came upon this old (2000) review of an autobiography of Colette, titled Secrets of the Flesh, though it could as well be titled Something for Everyone.

(Ah, the stuff I wish I'd known in my youth! So that's what a young girl's thinking about . . . ie exactly what I'm thinking about. Some of them, anyway. Now I recognise the types.)

Actually, I once had a lover whose favourite writer was Colette; pretty good news for the bedroom - yes; but, as the review points out, Colette also had Nazi sympathies . . . and in our relationship that side took a while longer to reveal itself, but reveal itself it did. It always does, doesn't it? In that respect it's the love that must speak its name.

Also, en passant, I note that the life trajectory of the Bristol Lisper is panning out along similar lines to the French femme fatale, though, as I'm sure we all agree, there's a fucking huge talent moat between them (and a score or two of kilograms to boot).

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posted by DD @ 05:44 

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