Tuesday, May 27, 2008

When She Danced

Isadora was the first bra burner
Ain't you glad she showed up?

Exactly 131 years ago, in fact.

She was a great, tragic, troublesome, brilliant, stupid woman who Lived Large decades before it had a name and died, having earlier re-invented Dance and been a presiding spirit of Art Nouveau, into Legend: "Je vais à la gloire!" she cried, stepping into the open car in which, moments later, she would die, strangled by her extravagant silk scarves.

Proving, as Gertrude Stein remarked, that affectations can be dangerous.

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