"I'm worrying you're so smitten with this idea of a lost love, of becoming some sort of gorgeous starving girl-artist, with such big starving girl-artist eyes, that you don't realize you may accidentally be throwing your life away."
I'm reading "The Art Student's War" by Brad Leithauser. It's a beautiful novel set in Detroit during World War II, focusing on an art student named Bea who's assigned to draw portraits of wounded soldiers in hospitals.
I was telling someone at dinner tonight that I don't normally relate to female characters written by men. However, I find it almost alarming how this adult man so accurately portrayed the feelings of a young girl who is bound by her own creative vision and the way she thinks the world ought to be. I can relate to Bea so much, and a lot of the things she thinks comfort me because I think the exact same way.
I was beginning to feel burdened by how much non-fiction I was reading. I felt like I was putting myself through some sort of personal schooling. I'm going to read novels for a while.
Is anyone else reading anything good lately?
On another note, the show was so fun tonight! Thanks to everyone who came, and everyone who partook in the awesome china town dinner. :)