Thursday, January 31, 2008
For everything you wanted to know about John Maynard Keynes but were afraid to ask, see "The Sex Diaries of John Maynard Keynes" at More Intelligent Life, the quarterly from The Economist.
This site of The Economist's quarterly is quickly becoming one of favorite reads, so check it out if you're looking for good text.
The Bloomsbury group continues to be an endless source of fascination for me. My link into the tribe is Virginia Woolf, but the other characters tend to be quite entertaining as well.
For instance, there's Angelica Garnett (that's her up there on Clive's lap), Virginia Woolf's niece, daughter of Vanessa Bell, who was fathered not by Vanessa's husband(Clive Bell), but by Vanessa's lover, Duncan Grant (who was usually a homosexual, except obviously in this instance). Angelica wasn't told until she was thirteen who her real father was. She subsequently went on to marry one of Duncan's ex-lovers, David "Bunny" Garnett. They had two children, and eventually separated. See Angelica's memoir, Deceived with Kindness, for more.
I had the privilege of visiting Charleston, Vanessa's gorgeous house in West Firle, a few years ago. It's literally one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, filled with the imprints of the people who lived and worked there.
Bloomsbury, what a crazy group. They also managed to pump out some pretty good art, in their spare time.