December 29, 2010
Let’s Bring Back continues to delight editors and producers across the country.
Today, THE NEW YORKER called Let’s Bring Back ‘“Whimsical … comical … delightful … Blume’s book is about more than just populating your life with antique trinkets; it’s about curating your own charming lifestyle while celebrating the Wildean ideals of life as art.”
In the feature, the editors showcased many of their favorite excerpts—which often celebrate brilliant, acerbic luminaries from THE NEW YORKER’s past—including:
*** The Art of the Insult: “Dorothy Parker on Katharine Hepburn: “She ran the entire gamut of emotions from A to B.”
*** Tallulah Bankhead:: “A famous quip: I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late, start without me.”
*** George Kaufman: “His films zing by too quickly to savor each cruel witticism.”
Other NEW YORKER favorites:
*** The Word “Acquaintance”: “A polite, cunning catchall term that strikes the perfect balance between affiliation and distance.”
*** Hankies: “To help you look more contrite on the witness stand.”
*** Dumbwaiters: “Wonderful places to hide from overly inquisitive relatives; equally cunning perches from which to spy on various unsuspecting members of the household.”
*** Surrealism: “A divine Surrealist Christmas gift from artist Salvador Dalí to comedian and harpist Arthur ‘Harpo’ Marx: a harp with barbed-wire strings” (see image at left).
… and more. Read the wonderful full feature here: Remembrance of Things Past: Let’s Bring Back.
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO also celebrated the book on Morning Edition last week, noting that “before there was fast food, fast fashion and fast talking, there was a time when we set the table, cared for our appearances, and admired elegance. [Let’s Bring Back] sets out to reclaim older, more refined ways of life in the modern world.”
Sally Singer, the editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, spoke with NPR host Linda Wurthheimer about the book, saying “What I really love about [Let’s Bring Back] is the way it is written … [it is] deeply wonderful.” She continued: “It’s not nostalgia per se. It’s the idea of the charm, of a world that’s charming and wonderful and nuanced — and interesting, and thought over.” She read from some of her favorite Let’s Bring Back entries, including those on “One-piece Bathing Suits,” “Red Cabooses,” and “The Original Girl Scout Cookies.”
Ms. Singer also recently hosted a large Let’s Bring Back forum at the prestigious New York Public Library, moderating a panel comprised of interior designer (and Let’s Bring Back guest contributor) Jonathan Adler, fashion designer Jason Wu, and Ms. Blume.
Listen to NPR’s spirited segment on Let’s Bring Back and see NPR.com’s web feature here: Elegantly Old School: Nostalgia Books On The Rise.
Not to be outdone, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL published a full-page feature on the best style books of 2010, including Let’s Bring Back.
Journal editor Christina Binkley recommends the book for chic nostalgists, noting that Let’s Bring Back “isn’t a diatribe against modern times. It’s more of a humorous ode to preservation and the art of rediscovery.” She adds, “[It] looks as stylish as the ideas it pursues … the book comes with its own attached satin bookmark.”
Like Sally Singer, Binkley adored the included Girl Scout recipe (“reason alone to obtain it,” she says), and highlights many of her other favorite entries: “[Ms. Blume] proposes [that] we revive the exclamation, ‘Well, I never!’ as an alternative to the more popular ‘Shut up!’ Parents of teens may fondly regard the entry on ‘courting candles,’ which were used in the first half of the 19th century to measure the time that a suitor could spend wooing a girl. Ms. Blume describes smelling salts as ‘an antebellum alternative to Red Bull.’”
See the whole feature here, including charming original illustrations created for each of the spotlighted books: Books for the Pickiest Personalities in Your Life.
Many other elite publications also picked Let’s Bring Back as a unique, smart holiday gift, including:
*** THE DAILY BEAST (“Give it to a friend who is simply fabulous”)
*** TIME (“One of this year’s coolest books”)
*** BLACKBOOK (“This book is a must-have!”)
*** W MAGAZINE (“A tongue-in-cheek sparkler.”)
Click here to read MORE REVIEWS from GOOD MORNING AMERICA, VANITY FAIR, ELLE, GLAMOUR, OPRAH, and many other media outlets.
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