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Friday, April 30, 2010


Men's Vogue China Spring/Summer 2010
Editorial: Match Print
Photographer: Alexi Lubormiski
Stylist: Sean Spellman
Model: Vladimir Ivanov
Prada Spring 2010 Collection

Comme des Garçons Spring 2010 Collection

Junya Watanabe Spring 2010 Collection/Tom Ford Spring 2010 Collection

Bottega Veneta Spring 2010 Collection/Tom Ford Spring 2010 Collection

Givenchy Spring 2010 Collection

Gucci Spring 2010 Collection

Tom Ford Spring 2010 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring 2010 Collection/Giorgio Armani Spring 2010 Collection

Marni Spring 2010 Collection/Tom Ford Spring 2010 Collection

Hermès Spring 2010 Collection/Tom Ford Spring 2010 Collection

[originally posted on http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/]
[Scan Credit: thefashionspot.com/flashbang]

Monday, April 26, 2010

Art I Love

El Cazador de estrellas (The Star Hunter) by Remedios Varo

Sunday, April 25, 2010

An Observation

I was looking at my hands today and I saw my mom's hands.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy 194th Birthday Charlotte Bronte!

Born April 21, 1816
Died March 31, 1855

"Conventionality is not morality."

Amen, sister.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Slowing down. . .

I've been really good about posting one thing every day, but it's becoming a chore. I don't like chores. I'm a notorious chore avoider, have been all my life. So, this is just a little note from me saying that there may not be a post every day anymore. It doesn't mean I don't love all 18 of you, my loyal followers, it just means that nothing interesting or fun has come my way that compels me to post. See for a while here I've been SEARCHING for things to post, instead of just letting things come to me, which has been exhausting. Feeling pressure to post, even pressure of my own creation, is a bad thing. So I'm not going to let the pressure drive me anymore.

That is all. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Photo I Love

Frida Kahlo with Granizo, 1939 by Nickolas Muray

All photographs of Frida are incredible because she was so great to look at and had such a commanding prescence! 
The baby deer gives this one an air of tranquility, softens her a little.
Love the cigarette in her other hand.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturdays with Hedy Lamarr #1

I think Hedy Lamarr was one of the most beautiful women who ever lived. I'm going to post one Hedy Lamarr image every Saturday from here on out. Enjoy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Film Scene I Love - Singin' in the Rain

Gene Kelly's rain soaked song and dance from Singin' in the Rain. I took my mom to see this the other night on the big screen and it was a ton of fun. Gene Kelly was so handsome and his dancing was so athletic. I love his smile in this scene.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy 167th Birthday Henry James!

Died February 28, 1916

"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."

[photo: wikimedia.org]

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy 75th Birthday Loretta Lynn!

"I love people and I love to sing, and that's what keeps me going. "

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Kids Are All Right - Trailer

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple who raised two kids from the donated sperm of Mark Ruffalo? I'll totally watch this.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Short Film - Jonathan Evison: Author & Bunny Lover

I have this friend, Jonathan Evison. He's a writer. He's also a husband, a father, an animal lover, a non-stop talker, and a blur of energy almost all the time. His debut novel All About Lulu earned him some fine accolades (and it's an excellent read, you can read my review of it here) and in early 2011 Algonquin Books is publishing his next novel, West of Here. Well, Mark McKnight made this charming short film about Jonathan. It perfectly captures his personality, gives a taste of his writing, and shows some of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest where Jonathan is lucky enough to live. Enjoy.

J. Evison | Author & Bunny Lover from markmcknight on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

She & Him, Volume 2 - My Review

I developed a wicked girl crush on Zooey Deschanel after seeing her in Cameron Crowe's incredible rock n' roll film Almost Famous oh so many years ago. Seriously, that came out in 2000 - it's been a DECADE! Her part was small, but she was adorable. Shortly after seeing her in the now Christmas movie staple, Elf, in which she revealed to the world that she had an incredible set of pipes I learned that she had her own musical cabaret act that performed around L.A. AND she was rumoured to play Janis Joplin in a biopic (which never came to fruition). It was no surprise to me then, when she joined forces with M. Ward to form the band She & Him.

Their first album, simply titled Volume 1, was very good - a sweet amalgam of sunshiny California pop, the classic girl group sound, and an occasionally jazzy vocalist vibe. It was fun to hear Zooey singing her own lyrics, although sometimes her voice sounded a little tentative as if she wasn't entirely sure she should be sharing her songs with the world.

Now the duo has released their second album, aptly titled, Volume 2 and its' not just good - it's FANTASTIC. Zooey's tentativeness is gone; she's now a fully formed and confident singer. It isn't a departure from the first album, it's the same sunshiny, girl groupy, jazzy pop music, but it's more consistent, more fully realized, more layered, just MORE MORE MORE. It's music that makes me HAPPY. And that's the best review I can give anything.

Friday, April 9, 2010

RIP Malcolm McLaren

January 22, 1946 - April 8, 2010

The history of rock 'n roll wouldn't be the same without this man.

There is a nice obit on nytimes.com.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Steve McQueen - 20 Never Seen Pictures

Life Magazine has published a photo essay about Steve McQueen featuring 20 never before seen photos taken by photographer John Dominis in 1963. They are really cool.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy 95th Birthday Billie Holiday!

Born April 7, 1915
Died July 17, 1959

"If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music."

[photo: artadox.com]

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One of my favorite real life couples. . .

She put him on the map and he thanked her by being a real jerk, but they sang beautifully together.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sleeping insects covered in morning dew

Photos by Miroslaw Swietek.
I thank my friend Shel for turning me onto these.

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/]

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Photography of Craig Varjabedian

Craig Verjebedian has been photographing the American West for over 30 years. I discovered him from reading this article on NPR Ghosts, Dudes And Ranches: A Large-Format View Of The American West. It's worth checking out.

The Old Patriarch, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1999

Lowrider Cadillac named "Chimayo," Owned by Victor Martinez, Chimayo, New Mexico, 1997

Cottonwoods No. 5, Autumn, near La Cienga, New Mexico, 1998

Moonrise over Penitente Morada, Dusk, Late Autumn, New Mexico, 1991

Capilla San Antonio, Sunset, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1999

Cruciform Penitente Morada and Family Chapel on Hill, Late Afternoon, Autumn, New Mexico, 1990

La Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 1997

The Grand Tetons, Sunset Jackson,Wyoming, 1998

TOONYOPEENG-YA (Very Spotted Mountain), The Black Mesa San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, 1986

Capilla de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Sunset & Evening Storm, Cañoncito at Apache Canyon, New Mexico, 1985

Lodgepole Pines, Dawn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1998

[photos: afterimagegallery.com]

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy 86th Birthday Marlon Brando!

Born April 3, 1924
Died July 1, 2004

"Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis."

Ah, Marlon.

[photo: thenewyorkseason.com]

Friday, April 2, 2010


Portrait of T.S. Eliot by Wyndham Lewis

Hysteria by T.S. Eliot

As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved
in her laughter and being part of it, until her
teeth were only accidental stars with a talent
for squad-drill. I was drawn in by short gasps,
inhaled at each momentary recovery, lost finally
in the dark caverns of her throat, bruised by
the ripple of unseen muscles. An elderly waiter
with trembling hands was hurriedly spreading
a pink and white checked cloth over the rusty
green iron table, saying: "If the lady and
gentleman wish to take their tea in the garden,
if the lady and gentleman wish to take their
tea in the garden ..." I decided that if the
shaking of her breasts could be stopped, some of
the fragments of the afternoon might be collected,
and I concentrated my attention with careful
subtlety to this end.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Damned United - My Review

It seems like Michael Sheen is everywhere right now! He's in the ever pop culturally present Twilight franchise as Aro, the super baddie vampire. I've seen him on a bunch of talk shows recently promoting his small role as the White Rabbit in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. He was amazingly fabulous in a two episode stint on this season of 30 Rock as Liz Lemon's "Future Husband" - a daffy, delightful storyline that I wish had gone on longer. Frost/Nixon has been playing a lot on cable and he can be spotted in the new trailer for Disney's highly anticipated Tron Legacy. Plus, I follow him on twitter where lately he's been tweeting links to music he loves (The Specials, Roy Orbison, Son House, The Duke Spirit). Then my boyfriend and I netflixed a British football (soccer) film called The Damned United and guess what? Michael Sheen is the star.

Not only is he the star of The Damned United he is absolutely brilliant in it playing notorious British football manager Brian Clough with a mix of arrogance and earnestness and a glint in his eye. The movie was not at all what I expected it to be. It's not a "thrill of the game" sports movie, there aren't a lot of scenes even filmed on the pitch. It's a behind the scenes film about what is involved when a sports manager runs a successful (or struggling) team: the money, the politics, the team owners, the players, the media. In fact, if I had to categorize this film at all I would call it a love story. The film centers around Brian Clough's relationship with his assistant manager and best friend, Peter Taylor, played by the always excellent Timothy Spall. Their relationship is loving and mutually beneficial, until it isn't. When their relationship sours, your heart breaks for them, and you keep watching in anticipation to see if they will get back together.

With a wonderfully sharp script by Peter Morgan that takes a convoluted sports story and focuses it in on the human relationships within that world, The Damned United was a pleasure to watch.