Thursday, September 30, 2010

Every Picture Tells a Story, Don't It?

When I was looking for inspiration for a blog header, I Googled around for communist or socialist era art because I really like that style.  I came upon this image and, I don't know exactly why, but I was immediately fascinated by it:


I have been mildly obsessed with it ever since.  And once Sherri worked her magic and created my blog header, I figured I was even more invested in it.  I started wondering:  Who is that woman?  What is she saying?  What was this advertisement or propaganda promoting exactly?  What if I've based my beloved new header on some commie-pinko yelling "Long Live Stalin!" or "ABA Coverage for All!"  Was that a call from the State Department that I just screened?

After some research, I found out that the portrait was done in 1924 by Alexander Rodchenko, and that the subject is a woman named Lilya Brik.  Lilya was renown for her great beauty and, although married to Mr. Brik, was also famously the lover and muse of a Russian poet who may or may not have commit suicide over her.  It's enough to make me wish that I shared more with ol' Lilya besides just bogarting her portrait.

Lilya's husband and her poet-lover co-founded a journal called Leftist Front of Arts and this artwork was on one of its covers.  Wikipedia teasingly stops short of translating what the text says.  I don't know anyone who reads Russian, and after briefly considering jumping in the car and heading to the Yakov Smirnoff Theater in Branson, Missouri, I opted instead to post the question to WikiAnswers.

Within 24 hours, I had a response from my new friend Andrey who provided the following translation:
    "Books. You can learn from them a lot!"

I'm a little in love with Andrey for that translation.  Can't you just picture him saying it like that Russian guy in the DirecTV commercial.  On second thought, I think I'd better shake Andrey before he starts telling me about his "pay-kitch".

And how's that for a lefty radical message?  I didn't think that I could feel any better about my header (hee hee...I made a funny), but now I'm extree extree loving it.  "Autism Army Mom.  I am like the books that you can read and make benefit from very much."  Is nice.  I like.

22 comments:

  1. "What if I based my header on some commie- pinko yelling 'Long Live Stalin' or 'ABA Coverage for All'". ROFLMAO

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  2. I love your new look more than ever now! (Although I kinda wanted it to say "Come sisters, let us make tractors to enhance glory of revolution" or something)

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  3. @bbsmum: that is hilarious! and definitely more along the lines of what I was expecting it to say. Yackshemash Comrade!

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  4. I love that you went the extra mile to find out about your inspiration picture! I was curious when I saw it too - though she looks too happy to say something like, "Long live Stalin". BTW, I love that DirecTV commercial - that guy kissing the miniature giraffe just kills me!

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  5. How awesome is that??

    And the translation? Sounds like ASL syntax. My kid talks just like that?? Cool!!

    I've requested that Ms. Sherri start pondering a header for moi. Maybe I'll take a look-see around and see if I can stumble upon some inspiration.

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  6. Thanks for the background! It's a pretty cool story!

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  7. You are too awesome. So awesome in fact that I'm giving you a blog award. Working on that post now. Should be up by tomorrow, so make sure you come over and grab that award. You know you wanna!..then give it to seven others and tell your readers 7 things about yourself.

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  8. I almost wish you had made up some crazy translation. Books are so boring. I mean that in a good way, I love reading, but I wanted her to be saying so many other things. I would love to get a few other ideas from you. You always have the best ones for things like that.

    I actually pictured her yelling our old Fergie fave, "Let's get aut...." oops, that's right, we said we weren't gonna go there anymore...

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  9. So cool! I'm in love with messed up syntax in general... love this post.

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  10. I am extree extree loving it, too. How great that you did that research.

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  11. I too love your header even more now! The real story has successfully removed the urge to think of you yodeling almost completely from my brain.
    I think someone in Russia has come accross your blog somehow and is trying to figure out how to trAnslate "Autism Army".
    I wonder if they think you've been forced to train quirkey, methodical, child soldiers "for extree most secret mission"?

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  12. I love this story, thanks so much for sharing it! I too, think the art and designs from this era was incredible. You found a very interesting image and it looks fantastic as your header!

    stopping by from SITS!

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  13. Now that is one cool story. LOVE it. Very creative header. Brilliant and the story that accompanies it is intriguing! Love this post!

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  14. Stopping from Mom Loop! Wow! What a story behind your header.

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  15. Before scrolling down and seeing the post I thought- WOW that looks like those proganda posters and murals I saw all over Russia. so, I guess you nailed it! Syntax in Russian can sound like Yoda sometimes talking I think ; )

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  16. I liked that photo too. Good idea researching it and finding out who it was.

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  17. You are hilarious!! Love the header and the story behind it :)

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  18. This has nothing to do with your post, but I just wanted to say I appreciated what seemed to me to be an unbiased and honest opinion about the 'screaming child' post/site.

    I'm on my way to a nanny job but intend to come back and read more from you!

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  19. Here is the link to your blog award, babushka lady :)

    http://autismmomrising.blogspot.com/2010/09/versatile-blogger-award-seven-who-write.html

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