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: