I’m sorry this is a couple days late, but life calls, my friends! And here we are! I made a few sets on Polyvore inspired my Weetzie Bat but because of the way Polyvore works, I had to post them as separate pages.
Weetzie Bat is a tiny book published in 1989 by Francesca Lia Block (Facebook, Twitter, Blog) about a girl with bleach blond hair who makes dresses out of cartoon character sheets and lives in a Los Angeles that is suspended in time and place. Weetzie is struggling to fit in, finding her way and moving through early parts of her adult life in this novella. It’s the story of finding love during a scary time, when AIDs and HIV are just becoming rampant, disease spread my acts of love. It’s a story of magic and wishing from genies in lamps, how nothing is what it seems and one might do unthinkable acts to create babies, intentional or not. It’s about loss and grief but it’s also about love and life and how beautiful everything can be.
Weetzie Bat the novel is about the character with its namesake but it’s also about the other characters in Weetzie’s family, even those without blood ties.
My Secret Agent Lover Man
Raphael Chong Jahlove
It’s been at least twelve years since I first discovered Weetzie Bat on the shelf of my local library. The language and voice in Weetzie Bat really stands out in contemporary writing, it drew me in because it felt like me. The words and sounds, the people in this world and the way that Los Angeles is practically its own character made me feel like someone else got it. Whatever it is. This is it. Block paints a portrait of LA that only exists in her worlds. Someday I’ll venture back to LA and visit all of these places, it’s a goal I’ve been wanting to do since I first read her books.
How did you feel about Weetzie Bat as whole?
Is Weetzie Bat different from the fiction you normally read?
Do you have any favorite characters or descriptions or quotes?
Quotes and phrases
Love is a Dangerous Angel
“He kissed her. A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven’t eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs.”
“What sexual preference do you hope she has?” “Happiness.” Isnt that cool?”
“Under the pink Harlequin sunglasses strawberry dangling charms, and sugar-frosted eyeshadow she was really almost beautiful.”
“She knew they were all afraid. But love and disease are both like electricity, Weetzie thought. They are always there — you can’t see or smell or hear, touch or taste them, but you know they are there like a current in the air. We can choose, Weetzie thought, we can choose to plug into the love current instead.”
Shoe polish black Mohawk
Bleach blonde flat top
Pink harlequin sunglasses
Strawberry lip gloss
Levi’s with white suede fringe seen down the legs
Fifties taffeta dresses “covered in poetry and glitter”
Dresses made of sheets printed with pink piglets or Disney characters
Grandma FIFi – two canaries she sings to, music box with monkey on top, white hair with pink or blue tints
Girl Can’t Help It
Places to go
Oki dogs (cheese and bean and hotdog pastrami burritos)
Tick Tock Tea Room
New York City
Empire State Building
Bar called the Stud
Plantains and black beans
Wonton soup and fortune cookies
Red stripe Jamaican beer
Cheese and avocado on whole wheat
Don’t forget to read Witch Baby, the next book in the Dangerous Angels Book Club. Ashley Lorelle is going to tell us the story of Witch Baby on Friday Jul 26th and we hope you’ll join us!
Watch the Weetzie Bat screen play reading in Los Angeles