Georgia In Hawaii...In the Bronx!

A week after arriving home from Kauai, I flew with my mom to Manhattan to catch the tail-end of the Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii show at the New York Botanical Garden. On a cool fall day, we walked through the warm, tropical greenhouse filled with Hawaiian flora and stood before all of Georgia’s Hawaiian paintings, displayed together for the first time since their original showing at Alfred Stieglitz’s upper midtown gallery, An American Place, in 1940.

Aloha, Georgia!

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Girl on a Jet Plane

Last fall, I traveled to France to meet the subject of a new book, Girl on a Motorcycle (Abrams, Fall 2020). Unlike the subjects of all my other books, this oneauthor, adventurer, bad ass, Anne-France Dauthevilleis alive and well. And so I jumped on an SFO-CDG bound jet plane to meet her. 

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I found Anne-France in a New York Times Magazine piece. A rosy vintage photograph of a gorgeous girl in a flower-print dress, driving a motorbike. In the 1970s, the decade I was born, Anne-France Dautheville left her life in Paris, hopped on a motorcycle, rode across the world, mostly solo, and never looked back. J'ai envie que le monde soit beau, et il est beau. J'ai envie que les gens soient bons, et ils sont bons. I want the world to be beautiful, and it is beautiful. I want people to be good, and they are good. AFD was rediscovered recently by English fashion designer, Claire Waight-Keller, who created an entire collection inspired be her new muse, for Parisian couture house, Chloé

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C'est tout. I contacted Anne-France, wrote the story, Abrams bought it, and I flew alone to Paris. A rare perk of my work, for sure: a room—little more than bed, writing desk and French windows—overlooking Rue du Bac, in the 7th arrondissement. . . .And then, off to Saint-Cyr sur Morin, a small village an hour outside of Paris, where I spent two nights, meeting a real-life heroine. The world is beautiful, good.

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A Cloth Lullaby

I was lucky to be able to travel to Manhattan not only to see my beloved book editor Tamar Brazis at Abrams, and to meet with MoMA about a new book, but to visit the incredibly lovely Louise Bourgeois exhibit at MoMA, featuring the work that inspired my book, CLOTH LULLABY. 

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