For the past couple of years, I’ve bought the Anne Taintor calendar for my cube at work. I love her take on vintage pictures from the 1940s and 50s. It’s a great conversation piece, especially with my Indian co-workers. This month features the one of my favorites, “if by ‘happy’ you mean trapped with no means of escape…? …then yes, I’m happy” It made me laugh out loud when I flipped over to March. It has proved to be so appropriate, especially this week.
On Monday night I began reading Richard Yates’ beautiful novel, Revolutionary Road. I don’t want to say too terribly much here because I’ll be discussing it with Nicole from Linus’ Blanket when I make my appearance on That’s How I Blog on March 30th. I was about 2/3 of the way through the novel when I got into work yesterday and every time I looked at my calendar I thought about Frank and April Wheeler. Even their neighbor Millie came to mind. It made me wonder if Anne Taintor has read Revolutionary Road and was thinking of April or Millie when she created this. I don’t know that Millie’s capable of such self-aware thoughts, but I could easily hear April say something exactly like that in the heat of an argument.
It’s interesting how different artistic mediums can blend together under the right circumstances. That woman on the calendar has replaced Kate Winslet as my mind’s picture of April. Is this what Frank was seeing at the breakfast table? Also, after finishing Revolutionary Road, I don’t find this month’s calendar quite as “ha-ha” funny as I did at the beginning of the month. It’s just a tad too close for comfort to lose myself entirely in its delightful snarkiness.
Have you ever had something in your environment that is otherwise unrelated stand out to you all of the sudden because of something you’ve been reading? I’d love to hear about it.