I just read two books back to back that made me realize there is this whole genre of books with a similar form. I have read many of them over the years, but never realized what they were. I decided to call this genre Brilliant Friends books after Elena Ferrante’s magical Neapolitan Quartet and its first book My Brilliant Friend. The stories are all told by an adult woman looking back on an intense high school friendship that was formative, changing their lives in some way or another. The narrator is the more subdued friend, the quiet one, the follower who is remembering the brilliant, defiant, bold, brave and ultimately tragic friend. Tragedy can take many forms, not just death, but always, the narrator ends in a better place than the brilliant friend. Thinking about it, both the books I just read (Marlena and Please Proceed to the Exit) fit that model but not just them. There’s The Girls by Emma Cline, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel, even All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, a mystery has the brilliant friend disappear, runaway or murder victim.
What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?
I started creating in secondlife about one year ago. Hair Fair was my first big event, so it is nice to celebrate my creating anniversary with such an amazing event. The motivation to do hair was to make some gender neutral styles for myself.
How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you?
lock&tuft was an aesthetic and phonaesthetic choice more than significant to myself personally. I’m a graphic designer in first life and the process of brand development is a fun, creative experience for me. The icon of a rabbit, however, came from one of my first friends in sl, Tori, who had made a joke about a hair store with a hare. Continue reading