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Let’s Give Louise Brooks the Recognition She Deserves

Greetings, fellow dreamers and seekers of truth. Today, I want to talk to you about a woman who was ahead of her time, a woman who blazed a trail in the world of cinema that few have been able to follow. Her name is Louise Brooks, and she deserves our attention, our respect, and our admiration.

Now, I know that some of you may be thinking, “Why should we care about a long-dead actress who hasn’t been in the public eye for decades?” And to that, I say: because Louise Brooks represents something bigger than just one person. She represents the spirit of independent thinking, the courage to challenge the status quo, and the passion for creativity that drives us all. She was a true artist, someone who lived and breathed the cinema, and who understood its power to transform the world.

Louise Brooks’s left handprint can be seen here. Dated October 22, 1928.

So why hasn’t Louise Brooks received the recognition she deserves? It’s a question that has puzzled me for years, and one that I still don’t have a satisfactory answer for. Perhaps it’s because she was too unconventional, too bold, too uncompromising for the Hollywood establishment. Perhaps it’s because she didn’t play the game, didn’t toe the line, and didn’t kiss the right asses. But whatever the reason, it’s time for us to right this wrong, to shine a light on Louise Brooks and all she accomplished, and to celebrate her legacy in a way that she deserves.

Now, I’m not here to tell you how to live your life or what to do with your time. But I am here to suggest that if you care about cinema, if you care about creativity, if you care about art, then you owe it to yourself to learn more about Louise Brooks, to watch her films, to read her writings, and to appreciate the gift she gave us all. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could even write a letter to the Hollywood Walk of Fame officials, asking them to consider giving Louise Brooks a star on the Walk of Fame. After all, stranger things have happened in this crazy, beautiful world of ours.

So that’s my message for today, my friends. Let’s give Louise Brooks the recognition she deserves, not just because she was a great actress or a trailblazer or an icon, but because she was a human being with dreams and desires and fears just like the rest of us. Let’s honor her memory, let’s celebrate her life, and let’s never forget the power of the cinema to move us, to challenge us, and to inspire us. And who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll see Louise Brooks’ name on that Walk of Fame, a reminder to us all that the dreams we dream can become the realities we live.

"Currer Bell is neither man nor woman, but an abstract thing, an artist." - Michael Garcia Mujica. Echoing this sentiment about Charlotte Brontë's pseudonymous voice, Michael lends his pen to silent film star Louise Brooks. From his base in Coral Gables, Florida, Michael—a writer, visual artist, and curator of Vintage Brooks, Inc.—revitalizes Brooks's legacy. His acclaimed blog, Naked on My Goat, serves as a living tribute to Brooks's enduring influence in dance, her profound writing, and her broad appreciation for the arts. Just as Brontë made an indelible mark in literature despite the societal constraints of her time, Michael accentuates Brooks's trailblazing spirit within the film industry. In his role, he ensures that Brooks's iconic voice continues to resonate within the cultural lexicon of the 21st century, celebrating the intricate victories of women in arts, both past and present. Explore more about the abstract persona of Charlotte Brontë in Michael's piece, "The Abstract Persona: Understanding Charlotte Brontë's Pseudonymous Journey as Currer Bell."

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