Build the Outfit, Update

Lala by Al-Amirah    Manolo Likes! Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo reminds you that his weekly Build the Outfit Contest is continuing at his Super Fantastic Forums.

Even if you do not participate you must go look at the marvelous entries which the Manolo’s internet friends have been submitting. Many of these outfits are better (and much more affordable) than those put together by the celebrity stylists for the supposed benefit of their clients.

Also, do not forget that this week the prize to the winner is the pair of shoes from the Al-Amirah, shoes which you would most happy to have and wear regularly.


Rene Caovilla Flats

Renè Caovilla Spring - Summer 2007

Manolo says, so beautiful, so costly, so perfect for the most splendid of occasions.

The Acosta Review

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the writer Marta Acosta, author of the Milagro de los Santos series comedic vampire books, has the few words to say about the Manolo’s new short work, The Consolation of the Shoes.

The 48-page story is delightfully absurd, but it is far too affectionate to be considered a parody of Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy. (I’d call it an homage.) The writing is deft and graceful, a pleasure to read. I’m dying to know the true identity of this writer and hope that he will publish a novel soon. […] I’ve narrowed him down to: someone with a degree in philosophy and probably a guy. Fans of John Kennedy Toole will see a kindred spirit at work here.

Ayyyy! To be compared to the genius behind the Confederacy of Dunces, brings the Manolo such joy!

Of the course, the Manolo is writer behind the Manolo. It is not mo more mysterious than that. But, naturally, you must now go read the entire review.


The Nokes Review

Manolo says, the Academics have finally gotten their hands on the Manolo’s short work The Consolation of the Shoes, here is part of the Professor Nokes’s review.

The honest truth is that I thought the whole thing was a hoax. Manolo the Shoeblogger had, supposedly, written a book called The Consolation of Shoes, an obvious parody (homage?) to Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. It even had an introduction by the deliciously over-the-top character Herr Professor Doktor Boethius von Korncrake.

Then Manolo sent me a *.pdf copy of his book, and I’ll be darned if it isn’t a real thing: a book-length version of Boethius’s Consolation, except with shoes.

But wait, there is more.

But I think the modern relative obscurity of Boethius prevents The Consolation of Shoes from being dangerous in its nihilism, and keeps it good fun. After all, the only people who would know Boethius well enough to get the joke are, well, people who know Boethius. If you have already read Boethius, then you have been confronted intellectually with the question of what is important in life, so Manolo isn’t presenting you with any ideas that you weren’t already familiar with.

OK, ok, so this review has been a lot more serious than perhaps a light-hearted piece like Manolo the Shoeblogger’s The Consolation of Shoes calls for. If you know your Boethius, it is very funny, with several laugh-out-loud moments. I would highly recommend it for anyone toiling away at serious Boethius scholarship. Go ahead, give your mind a break, and let it dangle its toes in the sparkling stream that is The Consolation of Shoes.

You must go read the whole thing, as the Manolo found the review incredibly amusing.