November 5, 2012

Pep Rally Monday - Who Do You Fangirl/Fanboy Over?

Hey Misfiteers! Leigh Ann here. I'm so excited for my first Pep Rally Monday!

It's hard to top the awesomeness of alllll the PRMs that have come before this one, and for a couple weeks now I've been waffling over what question to ask. Then, as these things often do, it hit me in a completely different context last week.

I work at The Ohio State University, and one of the perks is getting to tour the awesome art exhibits at the Wexner Center on campus free of charge, with one of the educational staff as a guide. This season, there's an Annie Liebovitz show, and it's just stunning. Ms. Liebovitz made her fame and fortune photographing people, and she does an incredible job of capturing them.

But what really grabbed me about this show was a series she'd done called "Pilgrimage." She couldn't photograph Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Annie Oakley, and so many others, but she COULD photograph their stuff. I thought this series was cool, until I saw one photograph that totally stunned me:

That's the journal of Branson Alcott, and the outline of the bigger hand is his. Inside it, the outline of the little hand? That's Louisa May Alcott's. Little Women is one of the first books I ever read all on my own, tucked into bed and lost the the world of those four March sisters - especially writing-obsessed Jo.

 All I could think  when I saw that handprint was that it belonged to a little girl who would grow to be one of the greatest American authors of all time, and I seriously started crying.

Yep. I'm a total Lousia May Alcott fangirl. Just seeing her STUFF, the evidence that she lived and breathed, makes me emotional.

So, I want to know. Which authors do you fangirl/fanboy over? And what makes you all choked up? A certain scene they wrote? Hearing them talk about their process? Seeing a signed copy of your favorite novel they wrote?


Diana Gallagher said...

I dragged my friends across Dublin, on foot, when I found out there was a W.B. Yeats exhibit at the National Library. They quietly rested on benches as I ran around the exhibit, loving every moment. :)

alice-jane said...

I admire Annie Leibovitz so much! Her photos are always so stunning! I dragged my friend to a Margaret Atwood event recently and it was amazing.

Marieke said...

Oh I love this! There's something so special about seeing old manuscripts (and I don't just say that as a historian obviously ;) ) I loved some of the manuscripts in the British Library a few years ago. Shakespeare! (Fangirl, ABSOLUTELY!) The first page of Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO. Chaucer! I don't often fangirl authors themselves, but I get very excited about those sparks :)

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