What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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September 03, 2010

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Olivia V. Ambrogio

I agree wholeheartedly with your point and perspective (and I *love* the bit about the hunting-lion looks dieting friends give your sandwiches! I think that's the best simile I've ever read).
One thing, though: while the shape of the *number* 8 is indeed rounded and curvaceous, *size* 8 is not zaftig: we have to go quite a few sizes up before we get to zaftig. --And why *not* get to zaftig? Have you noticed that even praise in areas completely unrelated to the flesh favor thinness? Literary fiction and poetry are described as being "spare" and "taut," as if they've been working out at the gym. What the hell is wrong with a zaftig novel? George Eliot didn't seem to have a problem with it. And what's good enough for George Eliot...

Noel

Agreed, size 8 is not exactly zaftig. And why not go for it? That's sort of the theme of this blog: http://www.youngfatandfabulous.com/. Which reminds me, I should go post that on my blogroll . . .

PS
I agree with you about "sparse" literature. As much as I enjoy it, I do like a rich, decadent book full of imagery and metaphor and lovely, poetry-like language, something to feed your soul. Toni Morrison or Joyce Carol Oates comes to mind . . .

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