NOVA - ON LIVING IN SIN
M O N D A Y, 2 7 F E B
Took some heather in to school and Anya brought some forsythia, so the form room looks a lot better than usual.
Looked at lots of the Robert Frost poems at dinner break. Tig's is especially good, so is Lucy's, and Christa's - it's so intellectual! I've called mine 'Mother to Daughter' instead of 'The Telephone Call'.
Incredible gale going home, rain too. Chump had her transparent PVC umbrella. It’s lovely being swept along with it in front of you, looking through the plastic windows.
Read 'Nova': good thing on marriage. One article about a London couple (he's a lecturer) who are 'living in sin' because they think marriage is unnecessary and out of date. I don't know what I think, but I don't think I disagree.
The rain is pouring down tonight.
In 2006 Kate Muir wrote in Times Online: "Nova was a politically radical, beautifully designed, intellectual women's magazine. In 1965 it discussed sex and the Pill, and epitomised the sophistication of London with its bold type and empty white space.”
My mother liked Nova, though she didn't subscribe to it. It ran for ten years, from 1965 to 1975. Many of its articles, such as 'How to undress in front of your husband', would barely show their age if published today. The same is true of the design. The article I best remember was on a dozen ways in which lipstick can be applied, according to the whim of the user. It was an oddly fascinating subject no one had thought worthy of attention before. I scrutinised the photographs of half-used lipsticks for what seemed an age.