Thursday, September 18, 2008
Miss Grimke: I know what you should wear besides the suit suit suit.
DGF: Really. What.
Miss Grimke: One of those lace dresses Miuccia Prada has dreamed up. There are some very very serious dresses in that collection. In particular, a cream one with long sleeves and a turtle neck. It is very you.
DGF: How can lace ever be me?
Miss Grimke: Signora Prada, even though she is Italian and I have no idea how to pronounce her name, she knows what a serious Southern lady should wear. You should wear this.
DGF: How much does it cost?
Miss Grimke: Thousand of dollars I am sure but what's that compared with the cost of a class at the World's Greatest University? It is a serious dress!
DGF: Can a dress ever be serious?
Miss Grimke: On you, a dress would always be serious.
DGF: So I should rather buy a serious dress than bankroll a Boston public school kid who wants to take macroenomics at Harvard?
Miss Grimke: You have to wear something! You can't spend you life in those suits!
DGF: Watch me.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Miss Grimke: Do you think the North is as racist as the South now?
DGF: I think the battle against racism requires constant vigilance, no matter who you are or where you are.
Miss Grimke: Can you think of a beauty routine that's like that?
DGF: I think that question trivializes a serious subject.
Miss Grimke: Well, I'm not so persnickety, and I can answer my own question.
DGF: Do tell.
Miss Grimke: I think the upkeep of the elbow is like that. You can't see your own elbows, but everybody else can. Nothing can ruin the look of a pretty summer dress from behind like the sight of gray scaly elbows. Keeping them looking pretty requires constant vigilance.
DGF: What do you do to keep your elbows looking pretty, Miss Grimke?
Miss Grimke: I cut a lemon in half and mash the pulp side onto my elbow and turn it a few times, like I'm making lemonade. It's a gentle bleaching and exfoliation. Then rinse and apply lotion. Repeat as necessary. Check my elbows in a mirror frequently.
DGF: I really don't think I'll go to all that trouble.
Miss Grimke: Why on earth not.
DGF: I don't care how my elbows look because I don't go sleeveless even in the shower anymore.
Miss Grimke: Someone famous said that.
DGF: I'm famous.
Miss Grimke: But not for saying that.