“She wore green lipstick until her colleagues complained”

Unexpectedly, reading Namara Smith’s review of Edmund Gordon’s biography of Angela Carter was so rewarding that I keep coming back to the piece. This bit in particular made my day, more than one in fact:

Carter was enthralled by fashion, particularly its potential to antagonize others. At her first job—reporting for a local newspaper—she wore green lipstick until her colleagues complained.

Until her colleagues complained! Nice folk, lovely times, enviable mores, all of the above, whatever.

By the way, I recall seeing a young woman with green hair for the first time in my life. It was January 1990, not far from Moscow – the girl was undoubtedly a Muscovite, most likely a college student. The USSR was still there but things were changing fast, for sure.

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