Lady Olga (review) and Girl of the Year (review)

Lady Olga by Joesph Mitchell was a very interesting read .  I enjoyed how Mitchell took an out of the ordinary person and made her seem ordinary . Most people would have assumed that miss Barnell was a “freak” or weird person , but we realized that she just wants to be regualr and not judged . In the profile article Mitchell used a quote where Barnell said that she donated the the ASPCA because she said “to an animal , if your bearded , it makes no difference ” .  I noted they way Mitchell shaped his profile on the bearded lady and wanted to make the reader see her as a regualr person and not just a freak of the circus . He was also able to give us an inside look on the politics of the circus business like the issue with unions and such .  The article took a turn when Mitchell started to write about her younger life and she got into the circus intially and how the circus life wasnt for her after her husband pasted .

Girl of the Year by Tom Wolfe is a profile on “baby jane” Holtzer  was at the time was a supermodel .  Coming right into the article i enjoyed how Wolfe put the reader into a scene and helped you visualize backstage at a show and a bubbly young girl bouncing around .  Wolfe uses alot of quotes from friends to describe some of Janes actions . We see her relationship with Andy Warhol and how some editors in the field refer to her as a free spirit who would rather be known as being friends with the Rolling Stones than invited to some elite party . Although jane was known as these famous model and the new “it ” Girl she just really wanted to be seen like a regular girl .

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