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Posted January 21, 2008
Fall Headlong Into Another World
I purchased 'Poolside with Slim Aarons' during the fall of last year, with the idea of holding it in reserve for a snowy, single-digit Wisconsin day when I would most need to be transported elsewhere. Such a day reared its gunmetal head this morning, and my Slim-to-the-rescue did not disappoint. Three hours passed in a heartbeat, during which time I became so viscerally immersed in the jet set world of the 60's and 70's, I could smell the Bain de Soleil. Those who were born after 1970 may not appreciate the milieu Aarons shows us, although much of the fashion has made a redux of late. 'Vogue' columnist William Norwich does an exquisite job of adding words to Aarons' images, recreating the optimism, neo-globalism, and most of all, the tranquility of the rich. He gives the reader a lot to ponder, in what could have been a shallow introduction, asking what exactly happened to the jet set? The answer is complex, and thinking about it makes me yearn for the era before cell phones and hiphop, for my gauzy caftans and old issues of 'Life' magazine. If this kind of hankering ever hits you square between the eyes, 'Poolside with Slim Aarons' may be just what you need.
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