This may come as an unexpected surprise from yours truly, but my first love didn’t have much, if anything, to do with fashion or clothes, or shoes, or accessories. It bore no resemblance whatsoever to the shiny little trinkets of jewelry I lust after now. No, before all that, I fell head over heels, completely and totally in love with books. The first gift I remember ever receiving from my literarily-inclined parents was a copy of “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak. And I was a goner. After that, I blew through at least a book every few days, graduating from picture books, to young adult fiction, to Jane Austen by the time I was nine years old. I’m not saying I was a wunderkind of any sort–just very devoted to the written word. Instead of begging my mom to take me to candy store or the toy store, I begged and pleaded for new books to feed my insatiable appetite. I was an official bookworm. A nerd. A girl in glasses to whom boys didn’t make passes. Sigh.
It wasn’t until around junior high that I discovered the joys of clothes, makeup, nail polish, and boys. But even after I became invested in those more trivial pursuits (and, er, decided to make an entire career out of them), I still held tight to my love affair with books. This is why, when fashion and literature collide, as they so rarely do, I’m overcome with excitement the way I was during The Accompanied Literary Society’s gorgeous event in collaboration with Diesel. Together, the ALS and Diesel commissioned nine works of “flash fiction” by some of the biggest names in literature including, Jonathan Ames, Sloane Crosley, Paul Haggis, Lewis Lapham, Jonathan Lethem, A.M. Homes, Ernest Hemingway, Colum McCan, Jay McInerney, and Gary Shteyngart. Each writer received an image from the Diesel fall 2008 advertising campaign and were then invited to create a personal and provocative response within a limited word count.
The words of these authors were then projected ten stories high on the breathtaking building at One York as a large scale video display for all to see. Nothing gets me quite like a good original quote, and these were some of the best I’ve read in a while. All in all, ’twas a perfect way to spend an evening. Personally, I can’t wait until Brooke Geahan, the lovely hostess of the hour, plans her next fab event.