Thoughtful Third Thursday: September, 2014

It’s T3 time again! This month’s theme is Best OR Worst Mandatory High School Read.

When we first brainstormed the topic, The Red Pony by John Steinbeck leapt to my mind. My apologies to anyone who loves Steinbeck, but I found this book to be depressing in the extreme. My mother even apologized for having assigned it to me as she hated it as much as I did (I was homeschooled, and I think this book was part of a packaged American Lit course). Read this quote, and tell me it makes you cheerful:

The bird looked much smaller dead than alive. Jody felt a little mean pain in his stomach, so he took out his pocketknife and cut off the bird’s head. Then he disemboweled it, and took off its wings; and finally he threw all the pieces into the brush. He didn’t care about the bird, or its life, but he knew what older people would say if they had seen him kill it; he was ashamed because of their potential opinion.
― John Steinbeck, The Red Pony

So my challenge was to get sartorially inspired by a book I despised – a book that made me feel depressed and dreary. Please bear with my convoluted thought process. 😉

First, I thought about the title, but that didn’t help as I don’t wear red, and I don’t have anything with ponies or horses on it. Then I thought about the story (what I can remember of it – there’s NO way I’m going to re-read it!). Jody and his family lived on a ranch so they probably wore tough fabrics like denim and flannel.

Next, I considered my reaction to the book. What sprang to mind was a quote from one of my favorite films:

D for down. D for dreary. D for dull and for depressing, dismal and deadly!
– Funny Face

I chose a color palette of black and grey to represent these feelings. Original, right? 😛

Lastly, inspired by Maricel’s grunge OOTD, I thought about the early 1990s fashions that I was wearing when I read The Red Pony. I distinctly remember bodysuits, plaid flannel shirts, cut-off shorts with leggings, and a longing for Converse sneakers.

To recap, all this pondering left me with:


9/17/14Okay, its your turn! Link up below:

8 thoughts on “Thoughtful Third Thursday: September, 2014

  1. Whitney @ Whitney a la mode says:

    As a reader, I’m always disappointed when I realize how many of the mandatory books I DIDN’T like. I’d say there are more I didn’t like than ones I did. I’m glad I didn’t have to read this one…it sounds truly depressing. I really like how you thought of your outfit inspiration, though!


  2. mtsedwards says:

    Whoa! 0_0

    Never read this book but now I don’t want to. Read Grapes of Wrath for my mandatory Steinbeck and now I think I got off easy! I wonder now if the first chapter of my own story wasn’t a killjoy for you as well. ;p

    I love reading your thought process behind the outfit. I may just borrow that technique from you next time. I swear, girl, you always manage to teach me new things. I love our linkup!


  3. Val S says:

    I agree with Maricel – you’re totally grungin’ in that outfit! We could be twins!

    Funny, I was just looking for ebooks on Library2Go, and wanted to get East of Eden by Steinbeck, which I haven’t read, but it was already out to someone else. I haven’t read The Red Pony either, but I might give it a miss now. Steinbeck is a tough one – sometimes really good, sometimes not so much.


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I watched the James Dean film of East of Eden and enjoyed it. I thing one of the worst things about The Red Pony is that there’s very little plot, so you end up depressed AND disappointed in the story. I remember finishing it and thinking “What was the point of THAT?”


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