The Author found Lauren Bacall’s autobiography (the 1978 edition, By Myself, not the 1994′s Now) in a London charity shop a couple of years back. The Author was tentative to read Bacall’s autobiography, as learning more about an artist you admire is a venture oft doomed to disappointment (looking at you, Hitchcock). The Author has long admired Lauren Bacall and was relieved to find that her esteem for this Golden Age actress has only increased with the reading of her autobiography.
Well then, happy birthday, Lauren Bacall! Or, if we may call you by your birth name, Betty Joan Perske.
An earlier reminiscence on this topic: Book Cover Monday: Lauren Bacall – By Myself
Today’s ever charming Google Doodle celebrates Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday:
The Author was taught by her Favorite English Teacher (her mother) that Kafka didn’t want the Ungeziefer Samsa to be illustrated, intentionally keeping Samsa’s metamorphosis ambiguous (is he a cockroach, dung beetle, vermin?). In observance of Kafka’s wishes, the Author and her classmates obscured the beetle on the Penguin Classic cover with a photocopy of the original 1916 cover.
Still, she still appreciates the humor of this jolly, bow-tied Gregor coming home from a day at the office.
On the same topic, but a different note: the Author has been waiting for the right moment to share this simple postcard from the Jewish Museum in Munich.
‘I stay how I am’
This 12th Century plaque looks more like a groovy dance party than a Biblical scene between Jesus and Mary Magdalen. Despite his Saturday Night Fever pose, Jesus is in fact repulsing Mary Magdalen with the words ”Noli me tangere [Do not touch me] for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” (John 20:11-17).
Thank goodness for those helpful captions on museum walls!
The Tour de France is underway! Actually, the Author, embittered by Armstrong, doesn’t give a hoot and is more interested in whether it was the fashion in 1962 for riders to wear opera slippers.