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Corina A. Lopes @corina.a.lopes

Expressing literary themes through the artistic medium of fashion.

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THE LAST DAYS OF CAFE LEILA —
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THE LAST DAYS OF CAFE LEILA — "[M]ore than anything, I want to show you that our lives have meaning beyond the everyday things we dwell on. We play a part, however small, in the times in which we live..." (284). — Noor, the late-bloomer in Donia Bijan's debut novel The Last Days of Cafe Leila, offers powerful and ironic advice. She claims that the "everyday things" act as distractions. She isn't wrong. Yet throughout her journey, she - and we - discover that it's in tenderly and courageously moving forward in the "everyday things" that a sense of self and purpose can be achieved. Collect enough courageous acts of everyday love, loyalty, and integrity and you will create a legacy. By seeking a meaningful everyday, we can play the parts we hope for "in the times in which we live.” #bookclubfashion #bookstagram #thelastdaysofcafeleila #foodie #doniabijan #Noor

THE REVOLT OF “MOTHER” AND OTHER STORIES — “The weakness of the masculine element in Barry’s Ford was laid low before such strenuous feminine assertion” (81). --- The delight of Freeman's stories is her portrayal of reserved and restrained - though no less passionate and steely - female sentiment. She dares to challenge societal assumptions of a
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THE REVOLT OF “MOTHER” AND OTHER STORIES — “The weakness of the masculine element in Barry’s Ford was laid low before such strenuous feminine assertion” (81). --- The delight of Freeman's stories is her portrayal of reserved and restrained - though no less passionate and steely - female sentiment. She dares to challenge societal assumptions of a "woman's place" through the practical wit and no-nonsense drive of her New England protagonists. Freeman doesn't shy away from the comprehensive female portrayal. Perhaps her best accomplishment is in the interaction between the sexes; no one is portrayed as winner or loser, hero or villain, but as a fallible and vulnerable player managing as best as each can. #bookclubfashion #marywilkinsfreeman #feminist #shortstories

STOPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING — “The woods are lovely, dark and deep/ But I have promises to keep, /And miles to go before I sleep, /And miles to go before I sleep
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STOPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING — “The woods are lovely, dark and deep/ But I have promises to keep, /And miles to go before I sleep, /And miles to go before I sleep" (13 - 16). --- Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is, perhaps, one of my favorite American poems: the imagery, introspection, and personification are all deftly woven together to present an accurate interpretation of my own thoughts and feelings during the season. I'll refrain from offering analysis because I a firm believer that meaningful poetry is deeply personal and intuitive. To unravel a poem that speaks so clearly to one's heart would be missing the forest for the trees. #bookclubfashion #robertfrost #winter #snow #poetry

THE GREAT PASSAGE — “A dictionary is a repository of human wisdom not because it contains an accumulation of words but because it embodies true hope, wrought over time by indomitable spirits” (193). --- I like the ideal of Courage that language embodies. It takes courage to express thought, emotions, and observations. It displays true character in how we choose to express these intangibles. In a society where we repeatedly settle for the base, course, or mundane expression of language, I wonder how much of our cultural heritages - and even humanity - we are losing. Miura reminds us that words offer a “kaleidoscop[e]” of possibility in our lives. As we resist “staying bound to stale ways of thinking and feeling,” we can embrace a challenge to reach our full potentials.

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THE GREAT PASSAGE — “A dictionary is a repository of human wisdom not because it contains an accumulation of words but because it embodies true hope, wrought over time by indomitable spirits” (193). --- I like the ideal of Courage that language embodies. It takes courage to express thought, emotions, and observations. It displays true character in how we choose to express these intangibles. In a society where we repeatedly settle for the base, course, or mundane expression of language, I wonder how much of our cultural heritages - and even humanity - we are losing. Miura reminds us that words offer a “kaleidoscop[e]” of possibility in our lives. As we resist “staying bound to stale ways of thinking and feeling,” we can embrace a challenge to reach our full potentials. #bookclubfashion #thegreatpassage #courage #language #literature

REDEPLOYMENT — “What is undeniable … is that there is always a way to serve, to help bend the power and potential of the United States toward the good. No civilian can assume the moral burdens felt at a gut level by participants in war, but all can show an equal commitment to their country, an equal assumption of the obligations inherent in citizenship, and an equal bias for action. Ideals are one thing—the messy business of putting them into practice is another. That means giving up on any claim to moral purity. That means getting your hands dirty” (Klay). --- Klay's point is clear: We honor our service men and women – and their families – by actively maintaining and building a country worthy of their sacrifice.

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REDEPLOYMENT — “What is undeniable … is that there is always a way to serve, to help bend the power and potential of the United States toward the good. No civilian can assume the moral burdens felt at a gut level by participants in war, but all can show an equal commitment to their country, an equal assumption of the obligations inherent in citizenship, and an equal bias for action. Ideals are one thing—the messy business of putting them into practice is another. That means giving up on any claim to moral purity. That means getting your hands dirty” (Klay). --- Klay's point is clear: We honor our service men and women – and their families – by actively maintaining and building a country worthy of their sacrifice. #bookclubfashion #redeployment #memorialday #civicduty #literature

EMERSON’S ESSAYS — “Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth. I look upon the simple and childish virtues of veracity and honesty as the root of all that is sublime in character. Speak as you think, be what you are, pay your debts of all kinds. I prefer to be owned as sound and solvent, and my word as good as my bond, and to be what cannot be skipped, or dissipated, or undermined, to all the eclat in the universe” (“Illusions”). --- In Emerson's volume of work, The Conduct of Life (1860), we see a man whose personal life experience has forced him to examine his transcendental theory against the painful realities of his life, and a reckoning of his country disintegrating into civil war. Yet, Emerson maintains hope and faith in the dignity of man. “Whatever games” may come our way – via life's natural events or through the insults of our neighbors – the effect of our agency, and therefore the test of our dignity, rests in the response and reliance upon our character.

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EMERSON’S ESSAYS — “Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth. I look upon the simple and childish virtues of veracity and honesty as the root of all that is sublime in character. Speak as you think, be what you are, pay your debts of all kinds. I prefer to be owned as sound and solvent, and my word as good as my bond, and to be what cannot be skipped, or dissipated, or undermined, to all the eclat in the universe” (“Illusions”). --- In Emerson's volume of work, The Conduct of Life (1860), we see a man whose personal life experience has forced him to examine his transcendental theory against the painful realities of his life, and a reckoning of his country disintegrating into civil war. Yet, Emerson maintains hope and faith in the dignity of man. “Whatever games” may come our way – via life's natural events or through the insults of our neighbors – the effect of our agency, and

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE — “Darling, You asked me to write you a letter, so I am writing you a letter. I do not know why I am writing this letter […] but I am writing it nonetheless, because I love you very much and trust that you have some good purpose for having me write this letter. I hope that someday you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love” (76). --- All honest love is based in trust. Every leap of faith stems from trusting those who send you off, and those who promise to receive you. Trust grows and we are fortified by how we place it in others - and how others place it in us. Trust, then, is life’s binding agent. Trust is community.

#bookclubfashion #trust #community #extremelyloudandincrediblyclose #literature
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EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE — “Darling, You asked me to write you a letter, so I am writing you a letter. I do not know why I am writing this letter […] but I am writing it nonetheless, because I love you very much and trust that you have some good purpose for having me write this letter. I hope that someday you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love” (76). --- All honest love is based in trust. Every leap of faith stems from trusting those who send you off, and those who promise to receive you. Trust grows and we are fortified by how we place it in others - and how others place it in us. Trust, then, is life’s binding agent. Trust is community. #bookclubfashion #trust #community #extremelyloudandincrediblyclose #literature

THE ROAD — “Hold your hand in front of the flame. Don’t let it go out […] Okay. This is what the good guys do. They keep trying. They don’t give up” (137). --- Cynicism is a brittle shield and a lazy woman’s way out. If there’s one thing The Road teaches, it’s that hope is worth fighting for; hope enables a path towards an achievable future. Our dignity and agency rely upon it, even if - no; especially when — the odds are stacked against it.

#bookclubfashion #theroad #hope #literature
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THE ROAD — “Hold your hand in front of the flame. Don’t let it go out […] Okay. This is what the good guys do. They keep trying. They don’t give up” (137). --- Cynicism is a brittle shield and a lazy woman’s way out. If there’s one thing The Road teaches, it’s that hope is worth fighting for; hope enables a path towards an achievable future. Our dignity and agency rely upon it, even if - no; especially when — the odds are stacked against it. #bookclubfashion #theroad #hope #literature

MOBY DICK — “That immaculate manliness we feel within ourselves, so far within us, that it remains intact though all the outer character seem gone; bleeds with keenest anguish at the undraped spectacle of a valor-ruined man,”(chapter 26). --- The moment I read this sentence, it was like a lightning bolt to the heart! Ishmael is speaking to a question of character. This realization has refocused my approach to life, as well as literature. I’m determined to live and measure my daily progression by the virtues necessary to building character. It’s isn’t about what I do but who I am. Ultimately, either I am a woman of substance and integrity or I am not. And that is at the heart of what matters.

#bookclubfashion #mobydick #starbuck #integrity #literature
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MOBY DICK — “That immaculate manliness we feel within ourselves, so far within us, that it remains intact though all the outer character seem gone; bleeds with keenest anguish at the undraped spectacle of a valor-ruined man,”(chapter 26). --- The moment I read this sentence, it was like a lightning bolt to the heart! Ishmael is speaking to a question of character. This realization has refocused my approach to life, as well as literature. I’m determined to live and measure my daily progression by the virtues necessary to building character. It’s isn’t about what I do but who I am. Ultimately, either I am a woman of substance and integrity or I am not. And that is at the heart of what matters. #bookclubfashion #mobydick #starbuck #integrity #literature