By Marta Bausells
I solely have to shut my eyes to see it: the floating bookshelves above the mattress; the chair for a bedside desk; the small desk that has been positioned towards one of many tall home windows with a view on to the leafy road; the walk-in closet and the kitchen that’s by no means used (the oven is a retailer for previous problems with Vogue). Every inch of Carrie Bradshaw’s Manhattan condominium feels tailored for the fashion-loving intercourse columnist star of Sex and the City, the epitome of the gal about city, performed by Sarah Jessica Parker (principal image, above).
I used to be 17 after I first watched Sex and the City. At that all-too-impressionable age, the present fitted me like a designer shoe, inspiring fantasies of maturity and independence. Even then I knew sufficient about life and New York to marvel how she may afford that first-floor condominium within the Upper East Side. Her job appeared to consist solely of a weekly column in a middle-of-the street newspaper. It transpired that her lease was stabilised, however even that will not clarify how she may afford her designer garments.
The condominium was truly just a little dingy within the pilot: tiny and stuffed inexplicably with lamps. It even had neon lights outdoors the home windows. But it shortly turned a brownstone townhouse which, in actual life, is within the West Village and prohibitively costly.
Perhaps although it doesn’t matter how she may afford her condominium. Don’t we watch these tv reveals as a result of they permit us to dream? Wouldn’t our unaffordable cities be significantly better if all individuals with artistic jobs may stay in them? After all, I don’t watch tv to see the locations the place freelance writers truly stay; I can go on Gumtree for that.
Carrie’s condominium re-entered common tradition this yr within the present’s reboot, And Just Like That. Carrie loses her husband with whom she has been dwelling elsewhere and must redefine who she is: she chooses to return to her unique brownstone Sex and the City dwelling. It is sort of humorous to think about it as the common-or-garden abode of her single days when, 20 years on, that type of actual property is regarded by many as non-ironic luxurious.
There are many various methods and locations to stay however I’ll at all times want someplace to write down. As Virginia Woolf put it, a author — specifically a girl author — wants someplace they will go and shut the door. Sometimes that “room of one’s own” must be a closet or a desk within the nook of a bed room. Sometimes closing the door means getting up at 5am, when everybody who will demand your time, care and a spotlight remains to be asleep.
I’m now a girl author in her 30s with a life typically so much like Carrie’s I may gasp. I can not afford designer garments or my very own condominium, not to mention someplace in Manhattan, however I’d by no means begrudge Carrie for her condominium. Despite the way in which Sex and the City would later more and more turn into about materials luxurious and getting coupled-up, maybe its most radical providing was the way it confirmed ladies of their 30s who had been self-possessed, having enjoyable, and who — above all different luxuries — cherished their independence.
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