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Laren Stover

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A classically trained artist with literary DNA, Laren Stover writes fiction and nonfiction. She is editor-at-large of Faerie Magazine and writes for several publications including The New York Observer and The New York Times.
Laren's first style book The Bombshell Manual of Style (Hyperion), illustrated by Ruben Toledo, was pivotal in exploding Bombshell consciousness into a popular genre of its own when it was published in 2001. Laren has deconstructed the incandescence of Bohemians in Bohemian Manifesto, A Field Guide to Living on the Edge (Bulfinch, 2004), a book that captured the attention of a wide variety of readers from Joel Grey to Tom Robbins to Richard E. Grant. Her novel, Pluto, Animal Lover (HarperCollins), was a finalist for th

My essay on the pleasure of being sad for the New York Times.
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Bohemian Manifesto: A Field...
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 623 ratings — published 2004
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The Bombshell Manual of Style
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 577 ratings — published 2001
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Pluto, Animal Lover
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
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Revealing a Lot, Aromatic and Otherwise (Select)
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Description: Did you know that to trigger emotions, perfumers use raw materials resembling dirty hair (costus), sweat (cumin), pee (honey) and feces (jasmine)? Check out my glamorous story on perfumer-muse, Denyse Beaulieu, author of The Perfume Lover, in the New York Times. Denyse Beaulieu's Book Is About Perfumes and Her Life - NYTimes …
Viva la Vestibule! Wild West Village Stops at My Door! (Nonfiction)
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Description: New Yorker's Diary, The New York Observer/ February 12, 2006
Haute in the KItchen (Nonfiction)
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Description: BG MAGAZINE Winter 2009-2010
He's Just...Dreamy, But Am I Dowdy? Dandies Prowl Our City (Nonfiction)
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Description: New Yorker's Diary, The New York Observer, March 6, 2005
Discovering The Bombshell Within (Nonfiction)
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Description: New Yorker's Diary, The New York Observer, December 2, 2001
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A Field Guide to Melancholy by Jacky Bowring
"I really enjoyed this book's exploration of melancholy's connection to beauty and genius--and difference from depression. This is a quick read with a variety of references to both literature and musical culture. It's a fun quick read. Dare I say a..." Read more of this review »
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The Crock of Gold by James Stephens
" He can pretty much talk about anything magical! "
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The Crock of Gold by James Stephens
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"Are you familiar with James Stephens and his amazing book, "The Crock of Gold"? The Harry Potter books are ABOUT magic, "The Crock of Gold" IS magic."

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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Although stationery is spelled incorrectly and the translator is clueless about when to use "I" and "me," this is an adorable and inspiring book. but no, I will not be throwing out most of my books or hiding them in closets.
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Czesław Miłosz
“Tomber amoureux. To fall in love. Does it occur suddenly or gradually? If gradually, when is the moment “already”? I would fall in love with a monkey made of rags. With a plywood squirrel. With a botanical atlas. With an oriole. With a ferret. With a marten in a picture. With the forest one sees to the right when riding in a cart to Jaszuny. With a poem by a little-known poet. With human beings whose names still move me. And always the object of love was enveloped in erotic fantasy or was submitted, as in Stendhal, to a “cristallisation,” so it is frightful to think of that object as it was, naked among the naked things, and of the fairy tales about it one invents. Yes, I was often in love with something or someone. Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love. That is something different.”
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Charles Wright

The toadstools are starting to come
circular and dry.
Nothing will touch them,
Gophers or chipmunks, wasps or swallows.
They glow in the twilight like rooted will-o’-the-wisps.
Nothing will touch them.
As though little roundabouts from the bunched unburiable,
Powers, dominions,
As though orphans rode herd in the short grass,
as though they had heard the call,
They will always be with us,
transcenders of the world.
Someone will try to stick his beak into their otherworldly styrofoam.
Someone may try to taste a taste of forever.
For some it’s a refuge, for some a shady place to fall down.
Grief is a floating barge-boat,
who knows where it’s going to moor?”
Charles Wright

William Shakespeare
“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

John Keats
“Fairy Song
Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! oh, weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root’s white core.
Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies,—
Shed no tear.

Overhead! look overhead!
‘Mong the blossoms white and red—
Look up, look up! I flutter now
On this fresh pomegranate bough.
See me! ’tis this silvery bill
Ever cures the good man’s ill.
Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu—I fly—adieu!
I vanish in the heaven’s blue,—
Adieu, adieu!”
John Keats
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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Mae West

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Laren Dear Michael,
What a sweet message! The Dandy is my favourite, too!
I am working on a new book but it's very gritty. Still, poetry always seeps in...
Best wishes!

Michael Baylosis I wish you write a new book soon! And since I'm a guy, I wish for a book about dandies and dandyism :-) I am a big big fan of your work!

message 1: by Laren (last edited Sep 12, 2010 05:47PM)

Laren I have read the first paragraph of Iimani David's new book Anathema Rhodes's scary. It's provocative. I can't wait....I have so many books to finish. THIS IS TOP OF THE LIST!!!!!! Here we go.

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