Ironically, I did run in to novelist Tom Franklin in the chips and beverages aisle of our local Kroger the other day. Unfortunately, he was alone and not surrounded by other thinkers and artists of our community, and he didn’t have time to engage in a political discussion. Alas. Kroger is probably not the best location for the revival of the Blue Stockings Society. And so I left thinking that someone should really write a how-to on starting and running a modern-day version of the 18th century salon. Finding no one in the meat department, I’ve opted to attempt it myself.
When is the last time you remember a woman gracing the cover of Time Magazine for little else than her ability to throw a really great party?
Perle Mesta, from the cover of the March 14, 1949 issue of Time, is credited with being “the capital’s No. 1 hostess, a position she had inherited, almost by default, from a long line of free-spending, haughty, and sometimes charming dowagers.”