Camille Claudel, La Valse (1891-1893)
La Valse translated into English means “the waltz.” The sculpture is of a man and woman dancing together. Camille Claudel was 27-29 when she made this sculpture, in the midst of an affair with sculptor Auguste Rodin. Rodin had been mentoring Claudel when they began the affair. He would sculpt inspired by her and she would do the same back. But it was complicated; he had a wife. Claudel and Rodin would frequently break up and get back together. Later, the final break up, Claudel had a psychiatric episode. She was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and stuck in an asylum for the rest of her life by her family.
Also, unfortunately not much of her work remains because she destroyed some of it
Fan fiction gives women and other marginalised groups the chance to subvert the mainstream perspective, to fracture a story and recast it in their own way. It’s not for the benefit of middle-aged men with a vast audience and little understanding of the form.
He lit a cigarette. His glass of whiskey lit a cigarette. “I can only truly love my dead best friend,” he said, “but not in a gay way. Women wouldn’t understand. They’re too gay.” Both of the cigarettes agreed.
I’m wearing David Tennant’s old spacesuit.
So, I only have to worry about hair gel in the helmet.
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