Rainbow in Peppermint Beach Club, 1981
The shots with the lurid green light are especially wonderful.
The last page of a medieval book is usually a protective flyleaf, which is positioned between the actual text and the bookbinding. It was usually left blank and it therefore often filled up with pen trials, notes, doodles, or drawings. This addition I encountered today and it is not what you’d expect: a full-on drawing of a maiden playing the lute, which she holds just like a guitar. A peaceful smile shines on her face. I love this rockstar lady, so unexpectedly positioned at the end of the book, trying to catch the reader’s attention as he is closing it.
Pic: London, British Library, Sloane MS 554 (more here).
"Imagine if you had to be transfused with young blood all the time – it’s hard to imagine as a therapy. Who is going to be donating all this blood?" he asks.”
Snopes insists that Keith Richards didn’t do something very much like this back in 1973…hmm.
Chris Marker’s death two years ago, on the day of his 91st birthday, heralded a surge of renewed interest in the enigmatic French filmmaker. In global unison, restorations, exhibitions, and graffiti tributes have since paid affectionate homage to Marker — some efforts even attempting to exhume aspects of his career that have long been overshadowed by his two best-loved works, La jetée (The pier, 1962) and Sans soleil (Sunless, 1982).
Arrgh, this closes on the 28th – will try and catch it this week.
The Happy Hypocrite by Max Beerbohm
Max Beerbohm’s (1872-1956) adult fairy tale, The Happy Hypocrite, is sometimes described as a more lighthearted version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is the story of a thoroughly immoral man who deceives a young woman into marriage by wearing a mask. Through his love for his wife he is then transformed into a good and humble human being.
The short story first appeared in the literary periodical The Yellow Book in 1896 and was later published 1897. In 1900 it was adapted into a stage show starring the formidable Mrs Patrick Campbell and was revived again in 1936 with Vivien Leigh. The edition in the photographs with colour illustrations by George Sheringham was published by John Lane in November, 1918.
George Bernard Shaw gave Beerbohm the lasting epithet “the Incomparable Max” and his other works include Zuleika Dobson which was ranked 59th on the Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. He was also a popular caricaturist whose work appeared in all the fashionable periodicals of his time. Major collections of Beerbohm’s caricatures can be found in the Ashmolean Museum, the Tate collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The illustrator George Sheringham is best known for his theatrical designs for D’Oyly Carte Opera Company for which he created sets for productions including H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance.
I’m reminded, strangely enough, of Yeats’ old diary quotes from Per Amica Silentia Lunae:
If we cannot imagine ourselves as different from what we are, and try to assume that second self, we cannot impose a discipline upon ourselves, though we may accept one from others. Active virtue, as distinguished from the passive acceptance of a code, is therefore theatrical, consciously dramatic, the wearing of a mask…
Pretty sure that’s Sean Yseult (ex-White Zombie) between Lemmy & Joey Ramone. LOVED her back in the day.
Zacharias Heyns. Emblemata. 1625.
Bloody hell, these are beautiful.
Remember this when you read reports of people ‘looting’ McDonalds tomorrow
The entire situation in Ferguson has me enraged; I live near where Eric Garner was murdered so it’s all hitting very close to home.
I shudder to think what havoc the NYPD would wreak if they had access to the kind of military equipment the cops in Ferguson are using.
might be the rawest pic I ever seen. and he got a bag of chips in his hand
THIS IS SO FUCKING METAL
With his dreads and his american flag shirt, this is everything
Rockets’ red glare indeed.
A beautiful photo of a horrific point in time.
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