Quirky: Strange but Cool

Someone says you’re “quirky”–should you consider it a compliment, a badge of honor, or have you been insulted, patronized? I’ve bounced the word and its significance around from various perspectives, from Webster to literature to pop culture to personal experience. In the process it became an essay, “Quirky: Strange but Cool” (as defined by the Urban Dictionary).

Read it here, just published in the eclectic (quirky?) new online Open: Journal of Arts & Letters.


About Alice Lowe

I am a freelance writer, avid reader and Virginia Woolfophile in San Diego, California. My personal essays have been published in more than 90 literary journals and can be followed on my blog: www.aliceloweblogs.wordpress.com. I have published essays and reviews about Virginia Woolf, including two monographs in the Bloomsbury Heritage Series published by Cecil Woolf Publishers, London: "Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction," and "Virginia Woolf as Memoirist."
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2 Responses to Quirky: Strange but Cool

  1. Very much enjoyed your quixotic quips on the quintessence of quirky!
    (Was the Sarah Ruhl comment from her “100 Essays I Don’t Have TIme to Write”?)

    • Alice Lowe says:

      Yes, that’s the source of the Ruhl – in the same essay she takes on “whimsy”: “A male artist following his whims is daring, many, and original. A woman artist following her whims is womanly, capricious, and trivial; her eyelids flutter, her heart palpitates, her eyes wander, and her hands rise and fall in her lap.”

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