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Why Dignitary’s Retreat?

July 16, 2009

The reason I call my blog “Dignitary’s Retreat” is this: earlier this spring, I was driving down to Pasadena with my friend Helen, who had a copy of the catalog from the 2009 Pasadena Showhouse in her car. As I was paging through, looking at the different rooms, I stumbled across the BEST room I had ever seen! It was a madeover utility closet which now sported an ugly┬ásofa and glass table shoved into this closet and the name of this spot was the “Dignitary’s Retreat.” Well, that was all I needed and I was off to the races! We all need a dignitary’s retreat in our homes–one’s imagination can run wild as to which room, exactly, will bear such an honorific title–and it is with this in mind that I have henced named my blog the “Dignitary’s Retreat.” So sayeth I.

The mystery is now solved.

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Rejected by Vogue 7-15-09

July 16, 2009

OK, so I tried submitting a piece for the Vogue Nostalgia
section which regularly publishes pieces involving heavy duty
name dropping about one thing or another. My friend Allison
suggested I write one about my aunt who had one a prize
sponsored by Vogue back in the 1950s, and she was
coached by none other than Jackie Bouvier (who, at the
time, was working for my grandfather as his Inquiring Camera
girl). Perfect, right? It was about a golden age of glamor,
about Vogue, New York City, and Jackie O, right? Well,
apparently not. When I got a response from Vogue (at least
I did get a response), they told me that my piece lacked the

immediacy and emotional weight” necessary for their pages.
OH COME ON!?! How does a piece written by Anjelica Huston’s
sister about hanging around a movie set with Jack and her
sister equate with immediacy OR emotional weight?? Well,
at least I have the perfect response for any idea, person,
book, movie or song that I dislike….

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July 16, 2009

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