Friday, August 08, 2008

Literary Frida

I went to see Frida Kahlo's house. It just one of those things you must do in Mexico City. For me, there is no other Mexican icon like Frida. I didn't even bother with seeing the movie about her life because I felt that her presence could never be captured in a medium like film.
I couldn't show you pictures of the inside of the house. Photos were not allowed. So, here's the outsie landscape. The home was filled with books, pictures, furniture that belonged to Frida. It was a literal shrine to her life. I was most impressed with a letter that Poet Pablo Neruda wrote to Miss K.

Here I am, all angsted out at walking in the home where Frida and Deigo once made love.


Peter Varvel said...

Omg, I love this photo of you!
It could be the author photo of your next novel!

Grace T said...

I'm so jealous--I've wanted to go to Mexico simply to go to this house. Someday.

Anyways, thanks for answering that question about Miss Philippines 1980. The essay is finally up and I mention you here:

Recently, my friend, the writer Noel Alumit, shared a YouTube link showing Miss Philippines in the 1980 Miss Universe pageant. I replayed these screen moments that had meant so much to me. But that's when I also learned that the Miss Philippines 1980, Rosario "Chat" Salayan, died of cancer a year ago at age 46.

Link here:

Dann said...

Thank you for sharing pics of your trip to Mexico City. Like you, I am a huge "Miss K" fan. Can't wait to get there myself one day!

Don Cummings said...

Nice pic. Angst? Hmmmm.

We saw the movie when we were in France a few years ago. Loved it. (Though Adam did get sick from scallops)

Cheryl said...

I didn't think the movie captured Frida's life very impressively, but it actually did a pretty good job of capturing her aesthetic. Can't beat the real thing, though.