Thursday Tea (January 14): Quant by Quant

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The book: I’m still technically reading The Woman in White, but I’ve been reading shorter books during the day and leaving TWIW for before bedtime. Shorter books = less heavy in my purse = easier for me to carry with everything else I stuff in there.

Right now my shorter book is Quant by Quant, which is a 1960’s memoir by Mary Quant, the fashion designer who was at the forefront of the mod fashion back then. Or maybe swinging London is the correct phrase; I don’t know.

It’s a really enjoyable book, in a flighty sort of way (she doesn’t put any dates in). But I like it especially because she talks about all the mad things people were doing in the 60’s (and were still doing, I suppose, since she wrote it in 1966). The fashion world is one that changes rapidly and is forever moving. It’s vibrant and loud and wonderful, and I love reading about things that happen in that world even if I’m not in it.

The book itself reminds me of a 60’s thing, almost like whoever published it were trying to be too cool and unusual– there’s no chapter breaks. There’s no breaks of any kind. It’s like one continuous run-on sentence, with a few pictures sprinkled in. It’s actually very tiring, not having even any big spaces or anything, but it does seem like a 60’s thing to do. Though maybe I have an incorrect idea of what people were like in the 60’s. I tend to just think it was beat poets and drugs, and so anything radically different compared to 1950’s culture just sort of naturally flowed outward into books and art and things. The 1950’s had chapter breaks, I’m sure, so the 1960’s didn’t.

Anyway, I’ve just gotten to the point where Bazaar, Mary’s shop, has moved to Knightsbridge and her fashions have basically exploded onto the pages of Vogue and such.

The tea: Actually, I’m drinking coffee. It’s not very good coffee, but it’s drinkable, at least.

Do they go together? This is practically the first time I can say YES, they go together. In her book Mary talks about how coffee bars had become very popular in the late 1950’s, and that’s where all the hip cats and fashionistas hung out. Yay! A match!

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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