Be an Honourary Dilettante!

Helen and PennyShow The Dilettante some LOVE!

There is a new book out:  “Memoirs of a Dilettante” is a collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia, in their off-beat antics in such places as common as the local McDonald’s or the comic book store, to their travels to Miami for the search for the perfect Cuban sandwich. Interspersed between wacky one-off adventures, Helena tells personal, sometimes painful stories from her past in order to try and make sense of her life as it has played out, tempering everything with an indomitable sense of humour.

Cummerbund Bandersnatch, the Accidental Plagiarist, strippers, rock stars, geeks, freaks, and the Barista With No Name — these are just a few of the characters you’ll meet inside.


What people are saying:

“A creative, delicious romp through the life of your favorite dilettante. I loved the use of footnotes, not to be missed for their hilarious snark. The pictures added a lot to the story as well. Even though the book appears to be a disjointed series of tales on its face, it wraps up with a poignant point that you realize was there all along. Helena lives life. She teaches her niece to do likewise. That she never met a situation that she wouldn’t try is invigorating. Her self-deprecation is funny. Her roundabout methods of storytelling are endearing.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to smile when they read. To anyone who loves Star Wars and John Hughes. Especially to anyone who wants to hum along while they read. (Morrissey, Jeff Buckley, the list is endless. This book should have a soundtrack.)”


“Reading Memoirs of a Dilettante is like being let in on a series of inside jokes. The flamboyant language and often ridiculous scenarios are told in a rollicking style that is a pleasure to read in itself. The stories range from humorous to heartfelt and it’s hard to choose which one Helena Hann-Basquiat does better.”


She has a contest running through August that you can read more about by clicking on the image below!



Better yet, go here and grab yourself a copy!

Today is Red Hat Society Day and I could think of no better day than to fulfill a promise to my dear friend Helena Hann-Basquiat. Being such an adventurous dilettante makes her a prime candidate for the Red Hat Society when she fully matures.

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I don’t know how young she is, but I have already earned my red hat, and I promised Helena a picture of me nude in my red hat and black boa for her contest.
We are all young in spirit!

Please don’t think I am finished, darling!

 I plan to read all three books, review them, and do a complete video once I master how that is done.

Helena also writes creepy scary under the name Jessica B. Bell!

If you would like to know more about The Red Hat Society Google it. We are a bunch of over fifty, crazy ladies who, like the dilettante, are not afraid to try anything at least once. We dance in malls, bet on Jai Alai & horses, tuck  $$$ in g-strings on male strippers at FACE Club and support each other through the trials and tribulations that are life.

23 thoughts on “Be an Honourary Dilettante!

  1. SO AWESOME! I have a Pintrest board of ‘Dilettante’ moments under Helena Hann-Basquiat Feels Like…[insert awesome thing here] – would you allow me to share this pic on it, to add to the collection of Helena loveliness?

    Such a great review post 😀 You rock.


      1. Ohhhh NICELY done 😀 And indeed not. I hope your naked pin brings many viewers to this post 🙂 In the meantime, your husband caught the live show (by the sound of it) and it seems like a thoroughly validating experience all round 😀 The magic of the Dilettante, hey? 🙂

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    1. I wasn’t as daring; perhaps, as I should have been. A little off the shoulders and a touch of navel. My husband kept teasing me to show some leg, but I just couldn’t go there with these thunder thighs. I am trying to promote her book, not scare off potential readers. HA!


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