I didn’t want to start yet. I leave my current work role on Sept 1st and I was going to use this date to begin my quilt. But I couldnt wait, because once I had my fabrics, it was too exciting to not start! Quilts are romantic. You build a relationship with something that takes you that long to make. You build an emotional connection. It makes you concentrate. You cant answer emails while quilting. You can’t do conference calls while quilting. Its almost like meditation. This quilt is a metaphor for my slowing down…
Tom Wolfe, along with Dorothy Parker before him, and Bret Easton Ellis after, is one of the few writers whose books I return to again and again, often just diving into the middle to read a chapter or two before placing it back on my bookshelf, smug and satisfied.
I return to them because they write about people. Society, class, fashion, trends, the cutting edge. And like most subjects that revolve around popular culture – its cyclical and therefore always relevant. I picked up Bonfire of the Vanities again when the London Riots of 2011 was plastered all over the news (black guys gets killed, people riot, politicians flounder…), and the merry-go-round of fashion-parties-restaurants-sex-cocaine favoured by Bret Easton Ellis is something I still encounter in New York and LA today.
But when I picked up The Pump House Gang last week, and immersed myself in the basement of Noonday Underground, I thought – WOW! Now that I’m a 9-5er (I recently took up post as Nike’s Energy Marketing Manager after working for myself forever…) I would LOVE it if I could go to a rave in the middle of the day and let myself be free. Where all the cool kids remove themselves from the “straight faces” and dance solidly for an hour on their lunchbreak before returning to their desk jobs working for The Man. Why doesn’t this exist?! We need some hope in the doom and gloom… Maybe ill start one up!
And then I checked my Twitter feed. I’m not a twitter fan, and I hadn’t checked it in months – I just reply to people who @ me. And like an oracle – what was the first story I see? On Stylist Magazine no less … “Would you go to a rave on your lunch break? This new trend is coming to the UK!” With a link to a new party called Lunch Beat, starting in Manchester.
So that’s that then. Life imitating art imitating life. And I was already too late.