The Age of Innocence


F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


ULTIMATE LITERARY OTPS: Lily Bart and Lawrence Selden, The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
THEIR STORY:  Society girl loves penniless but super-dreamy lawyer who adores her and tries to free her from her gilded cage. Tragedy ensues, Old New York-style.
WHY THEY’RE ON THIS LIST: Selden is the dreamiest man in the entire western canon. I would hit it like the fist of God (and so would Lily, if only he didn’t have the credit score of a homeless ghost). And the tragedy of it all! No one does thwarted, agonized love like Wharton. This book is the most frustrating thing you will ever read, because it’s so comically obvious that Lily and Selden are crazily in love with each other, but they just can’t say it out loud. Frustrating!
NOTABLE QUOTABLE: ”Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well—you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me.”
DREAM CAST: I’m a little embarrassed at ‘casting’ a couple from fucking Gossip Girl in a classic like House of Mirth, but it has to be said: Dan Humphrey and Blair Waldorf for Lily and Selden, please.
THEME SONG: Just Like a Woman by Bob Dylan

"I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex." (insp.)

That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.

Carey Mulligan photographed by Charlie Carter


Really missing home right now. See you soon Stockholm, Sweden. cymx

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors – not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”

"I’ve been accused of being cold, snobbish, distant. Those who know me well know that I’m nothing of the sort. If anything, the opposite is true. But is it too much to ask to want to protect your private life, your inner feelings?” — Grace Kelly

"This film should be called ‘The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola’"