Friday, August 20, 2010

Reading List: Holy Skirts by Rene Steinke

Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked it All for Art

If the title doesn't already convince you to pick up the book...

Holy Skirts is a fictionalized life story about a very real and very awesome woman, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. She is a woman who is determined to live her life according to her own rules despite growing up with the pressures of being a young woman at the turn of the 20th century. She hung out with the likes of Man Ray and Djuna Barnes. She created clothing from various items she found dumpster diving, and she protested the war by reciting a poem and holding a giant phallus.

Holy Skirts explores the beginning of Elsa's life in Germany where she is a sexually liberated young women to her rise as an influential avante-garde and dadaist figure in Greenwich, New York.

This novel was quite the page-turner-- so much so, I often got caught reading it when I should have been working

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