I love reading about eccentrics, outcasts , trendsetters.
Iris Apfel and Patti Smith are personal icons. When will there be a book on Iris? Or, is there?
This got me thinking how would I feel if
- if different was my upstairs neighbour.
- if different was the panhandler when I went to get coffee?
- if different wore a boa and leopard tights to the grocery store.
- if different was the person who lost both legs and is navigating a scooter or wheelchair.
Health, wealth and fashion vision can assure someone a place that is definitely NOT middle of the road.
Am I voyeur on paper but, a dyed in the wool middle of the roader? Don’t look at me or anyone else too closely in real life.
This is my challenge for the summer: to catch myself with my reaction to any person ‘other’ and not just just read about them. A huge goal to be present all the time.
Question to the universe: Is the fascination with different the reason why people watch reality TV but , live in gated communities? or send their children to private school? I am, not sure but, I know I need to look at myself first.
Frank O’ Dea as an example had lots of challenges and was definitely an ‘other for a period’ of his life now he is an entrepreneur. Did I stop reading about him when he wasn’t a train wreck or just enjoy a good story.
I am not going to beat myself up today, mostly because it is the start of a long weekend but here are some of the books that brought this to mind.
When All You Have is Hope By Frank O’Dea
Hubert’s Freaks The Rare-Book Dealer, The Times Square Talker, and The Lost Photos of Diane Arbus By Gregory Gibson
The Story of Isabella Blow Blow By Blow By Detmar Blow
GIMP : When Life Deals You a Crappy Hand, You Can Fold—or You Can Play By Mark Zupan
Still I am obsessed with why all the sub-titles. And what part of me is not middle of the road
Well, I digress