What We're Reading This Week - 3
Take a dip with the aquamaids of a famed Texas landmark, improve your body language, or discover the secrets of cooking with Bill Buford.
On Your Kindle
The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery
Avery’s intense historical novel imagines the backstory of Rafaela, a woman living in late 1920s Paris, who became a model for real-life painter Tamara de Lempicka. Lempicka was famous for her paintings of sleek, sophisticated Jazz Age women, as well as her own tumultuous relationships and difficult personality.
On Your Smartphone
“The Real Mermaids of San Marcos, TX,” by Hunter Oatman-Stanford, Collector’s Weekly
You might have heard of Florida’s famous performing mermaids, but do you know about the “aquamaids” of San Marcos’ Aquarena? This midcentury attraction featured a submerged theater where performers did underwater stunts and choreographed dance—and even though the shows ended years ago, they still inspire dreams. In the words of one former aquamaid, “For years, sometimes in the night I’d wake up and I’d have one leg up in the air with my toes pointed and I would be doing those moves, the underwater ballet in my sleep. I did it over and over. Many times in my dreams, I’ve gone to Aquarena….and I ended up performing in the show in my dream. Now, isn’t that strange?”
On a Podcast
“How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” by Amy Cuddy
This TED talk from psychologist Amy Cuddy reveals how our body language influences how others at work or in social gatherings perceive us. Watch Cuddy explain how you can unlock the secrets of body language to become more confident and appear more polished.
A friend recommended Bill Buford’s work to me, so I picked up a copy of Heat. With food-centered holidays on the horizon, I’m eager to dig into his experiments in culinary art. Buford finagles his way into the kitchen of famed chef Mario Batali—yes, that Mario—without any professional experience at all.