...meandering thoughts and a reminder to myself that a mundane day can be just as beautiful as a spectacular one.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

I checked this gem of a book out from the local library, 
I'm completely infatuated with the 1920s and the flapper attitude.
Joshua Zeitz focuses a big part of this book on F. Scott Fitzgerald & Zelda Sayre.
I knew very little about the couple that embraced the decadent 1920s 
lifestyle more than this couple.  Their love story isn't perfect.  But, boy is it a love story.
The flapper was the new independent woman who got to do things that up until
then only men got to enjoy - like having a job, drinking, smoking, and staying out all night.  
The nightlife sounded just grand with jazz as the music of choice.
The arts were a huge part of this generation as well.
Fashion as we know it was born with Coco Chanel at the forefront.
Colleen Moore, Clara Bow, and Louise Brooks were the actresses that portrayed 
the flapper in the movies.  Even the movies were new in the twenties - 
the first films with sound were recorded then.
But, as we all know the fun didn't last that long and the 
Great Depression was just around the corner, which
makes the 1920s seem even more romantic - doesn't it?

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