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March 23rd, 2011


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07:19 pm - Time-Slip: Elizabeth Taylor and Frayed Shirts
I heard about Elizabeth Taylor this morning, and felt (rather than heard) a strange sound, as if a camera-shutter had closed and the light was gone.

Strange, though, because Taylor's film work was never among my favorites. I used to think that was because so much of it was 50s and 60s movies, and I'm more of a 30s and 40s gal -- but that's not it. Her 'best' work was in Tennessee Williams films -- like her Maggie the Cat, with Paul Newman's Brick -- and the film of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and much as I admire those performances, the sources themselves don't speak to me. (Williams is a fallen-hothouse-bloom-turning-brown-around-the-edges; that play of Albee's a gin-soaked olive, bitter on the tongue. Neither is especially to my taste.)

But she herself, through vicissitudes and tragedies, through loves and triumphs, was somethin'. She rocked on with her bad self, yes indeed. The world is poorer without her.

................................

I put on an old, old shirt this morning, perhaps for the last time. It's one of my favorites: an aged oxford-cloth Ralph Lauren shirt, cut generously to the body so I can move and breathe. The shirt is long since out of style, but then it was never really in.

As I was ironing it, I realized that the inner collar had begun to fray, just there on the fold. I almost put it aside, but then... one more wear for old time's sake, I thought, and pushed the button on the iron for steam.

..............................

I don't like frayed clothes on myself, or on women in general, but there are few things so sexy to me as a man wearing a good, loose (white! or blue, that's okay, or pink on a man of color or a man with a tan) cotton shirt that shows its age. You know, a frayed edge on a collar, a beaten-down cuff (especially if the sleeve's rolled up).

It's a sign that time can be gentle, that time should be honored, and that the wearer knows that.

May you have the best of times as you slide into the second half of the week.

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From:paratti
Date:March 23rd, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Rolls a cuff and raises a glass to Elizabeth Taylor with you.

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
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[clinks your glass with mine]
[sends hugs and joy your way]
From:gwynnega
Date:March 24th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
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And, of course, Elizabeth Taylor was the original Helena Cassadine! She wore an awesome turban...

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
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I remember her General Hospital turn, indeed I do. :-)

Hugs and good cheer, Gwynne!
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From:heron_pose
Date:March 24th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
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gin-soaked olive, bitter on the tongue ... yes! painful! Albee's such a pleasant fellow, too -- you wonder where it all came from!

I'm going to go out on a limb and say you can have 3 or 4 more wearings of the shirt ... and then send it to me. Because fraying collars? I pull that off like anything. (*You* can do cowboy boots and scarves, so it evens out.)

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
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I bet you CAN pull off the frayed look! Because you are awesome. :-)

Hugs and all the good thoughts, H_P.
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From:janus_74
Date:March 24th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
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There's something about frayed shirts that are so comfortable. Well loved maybe.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
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Yes, you're right -- the fact that a shirt's been well-used and well-loved is appealing.

(Except when it's my shirt. [grin])

Hugs and a good Thursday!
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From:anne_d
Date:March 24th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
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*joins in the toast to Elizabeth Taylor*

As for the shirt, I'd keep on wearing it, at home anyway.

Edited at 2011-03-24 01:24 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
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[clinks glass with you]

The only reason I wouldn't keep the shirt around is that I'm trying to cull my closet. (I have stacks of T-shirts etc of clothes that are wearing out but I can't bring myself to part with. It's...a less helpful thing than it might be. [grin])

Hugs and a good day today!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:March 24th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
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Wasn't she something?

**joins toast to great old broad**
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
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Cheers!

(And good thoughts sent your way, and a good early spring.)
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From:mamculuna
Date:March 24th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
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Time can be such a rough love, or the gentlest of friends. Here's hoping it caresses you with the sweetest of caresses as it goes by.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
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I hope that time passes well for you today, too!

A good Thursday to you, and beyond.
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From:freixenet
Date:March 24th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
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A really evocative post, L. I didn't see this yesterday--another day when time was being more subjective than usual. Frayed,worn edges, and my curious inability to spell this morning--all signs of time pressing on my mind, I suppose. I hope today is better! :hugs:

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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Alas for the pressures of this particular time. Hope your day is better!

[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:March 24th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
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as if a camera-shutter had closed and the light was gone

Reading the news yesterday, it felt like the end of an era to me too.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 24th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
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It is. [nods sadly]

Good thoughts for your weekend, S_C!

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