Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Call me Ishmael

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works cited: dress c/o ruche; j. crew boots and belt; necklace collar from etsy (olive & a); bag c/o out of print

When I was growing up, we had an enormous white car with leather seats that would get piping hot in the summer and your legs would stick to them after swim lessons. My parents, both avid readers themselves, nicknamed it "the white whale." It was only when I read Moby-Dick many years later that I came to appreciate the name fully and to draw other parallels between car and whale--for example, Ahab's monomaniacal search for the meaning of life vis-a-vis the whale compared to my father's frantic search for the car in parking lots. The car was as dear to us then as my bicycle is to me now (even though I rarely lose it in a parking lot and don't often stick to the leather saddle). My love for Melville, however, persists.

23 comments:

Rae Veda said...

That dress is totally adorable. Love your style! xo, rv

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Rachel said...

I love the bag! Totally have to look at what else they sell.

Della said...

Hehe, my Mom always lost the car when we were kids. I was able to see Moby Dick as a play at the Kennedy Center in D.C. a few years ago and it was fantastic.

eliza said...

glad you're back, ishmael. i like your collar. i have a vintage one floating around, but i have yet to figure out how to wear it...

Laura Ann said...

I have yet to read Moby Dick... as an English major, I know I should and it's the favorite book of one of my professors. From what I know, it doesn't' sound like it would capture my attention, but maybe I should give it a chance. I was hesitant about Dickens too, but I didn't mind him so much :)

Eclectic Flair said...

What a cute memory/story! That dress is a perfect remixing pieces, I'm sure you'll be wearing it all the time!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

laura ann--it's really an incredible book. it is so long and in place it gets really boring (chapter after chapter on rope and whale fat and each part of the boat) but the novel is about this obsessive search for the meaning of life, so even its (sometimes dull) encyclopedic qualities are part of its argument. but it's not a light read!

From Suns To Moons said...

A beautiful dress and an even better anecdote.

2ndhandknowledge said...

That's a very cool necklace, and the dress is a beautiful color!

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kb said...

haha! we had the same thing in our old car. only the leather was MAROON, *ouch*.

FutureLint said...

I love that blue color on you and the socks and boots combo is really sweet! My mom was a waitress at a pub called "The Thirsty Whale" and my dad used to drag his friends there, just so he could hit on her, so I've always had a thing for whales! Without the whale, I wouldn't exist!

The Jones said...

Out of Print has such great stuff! That collar necklace is super cute...I have one almost exactly like it, but in gold. I love the little touch of elegance and antique that it gives any outfit!

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Bad Taste Toast said...

CUTE dress! :)

Terri said...

Your hair looks fantastic today!
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Glamorous Barbie ♥ said...

pretty dress...

Miranda said...

Adorable, I heard a rumor last night that you moved to D.C., hope to get to meet you soon.

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Callie said...

Really adore everything about this outfit. The dress has a great dainty, femme feel to it. The socks poking out over the tops of the boots is lovely too. Very adorable!

Callie @ unladylikeblog.blogspot.con

BiblioMOMia said...

Yay! Love that dress on you, and it's so perfect for this weather with the socks/boots combo. Gorgeous.

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

We used to have a car like that, you would have to peel yourself off the seats when it got really hot in Summer. That bag is so cute.

Justine said...

My grandpops had a car similar to yours too!


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TheGirlAtFirstAvenue said...

Love your dress! You look so cute!

Jul said...

What a lovely look!
I enjoyed so much reading Moby Dick, even if everybody knows that in translations the author's syle loses its original power. Someday I'll read it in English too :)

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LPC said...

Sigh. Melville. Maybe I'll get my dad to do a Melville post on the blog. But are there any good Melville-based movies?

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