Friday, June 22, 2007

Blue Deneuve
Kofi Fosu Forson

A New York woman is Catherine Deneuve under the direction of Bunuel. Perhaps she is a bored house-wife who becomes a prostitute or under Polanski’s direction, she is trapped in her own life.

Celebrity culture was once elegant. The language of style has something to do with etiquette and originality. To be suited or dressed in a Valentino is equivalent to the proverbial make-over. Once removed from all the tresses and threads, the persona proves undeniably visible as the one true variant.

The modern day celebrity is a person. He is not other-worldly. People are made to believe that they too can be part of this cycle if they mimic or imitate their favorite movie stars.

The New York woman as Blue Deneuve is only functionable in celluloid culture. Does life imitate art or vice versa?

“Pardon-moi, Mme Deneuve. Vous etes la face de beaute.”

How do you differentiate between a New York woman and a woman visiting New York?

Once she sets foot on the grounds of New York City, she’s disillusioned. Experience will indeed differentiate one woman from the next. It is the manifestation of a poet visiting from New Hampshire, the waitress who hopes for a big tip, the redhead with dreams of dancing on Broadway or the bored housewife who works as a prostitute.

In every New York woman there’s a need to circumvent. Intellect isn’t a manner by which most women approach men. A woman with a Masters in Semiotics walks into a room. It isn’t her wit or intelligence that gains her favorability. It’s the glamour or sex appeal. Optimum knowledge isn’t applicable in a bar setting. If liquor, then its nonsensical comments about sports, politics, women and men.

It can be said that women in the literary world mask the notions of chatter by conversing on topics concerning Chekov or Velvet Underground. True, there are some women who cater to the more outstanding topics in literature, music and pop culture. But isn’t it definite that what once were Basquiat and Malouk or Salle and Armitage has been brought down to that of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline.

There are subcultures of women whether they are comedians, professors, lawyers or doctors who engage in topical conversations. But indeed, winning the favor of a man almost always has to do with sex and so they reach for the lowest common denominator.

This proves that the New York woman is business minded. Either that or sex in New York is pointless.

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