"Loic Prigent's camera eye captured the Fendi fete in Munich: the newly opened Fendi boutique was celebrated with the inauguration of 'The Glory Of Water' exhibition, a extraordinary photographic exhibiton lensed by Karl Lagerfeld."
"Why are Millennials, um, well, there's no other way to say it: kind of boring?"
"In 1928, Mississippi John Hurt recorded thirteen songs on the Okeh label, including 'Avalon Blues.' Then he disappeared. His music influenced generations of folk and blues performers, but the mystery remained. Who was he? What happened to him? In 1963, Tom Hoskins, following the clues of the 'Mississippi' in Hurt's stage name, and the lyrics of this song, 'Avalon, my home town,' located Hurt living in a simple shack in tiny Avalon, Mississippi, the same shack pictured early in the video, and later as the reconditioned Mississippi John Hurt Museum. Not only was Hurt still alive in 1963, but the real miracle was that he retained his sweet singing voice and fluid guitar skills. He recorded dozens of songs and toured extensively in his final three years, sharing his beautiful music with the world. Sometimes there really are happy endings."
Live: You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley.
And: The Ballad of Stagger Lee.
"England is suffering from a 'worrying cultural divide' with poor adults much less likely to read books than their richer neighbours, a report says. The country is divided into two nations, those who read weekly or daily, and those who prefer TV and DVDs, it says."
"Ramdane Touhami, the entrepreneurial French-Moroccan multi-tasker behind the successful rebranding of Cire Trudon, has launched a new 'historic' French beauty brand, L’Officine Universelle Buly."
"In this guide I will help you accurately date your Chanel bottle."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifeld.
"William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch."
"I think young poets are apt to begin with what is really the most difficult—free verse. This is a very great mistake."
An apocryphal story has it that Dorothy Parker, seated next to him at a dinner, said to him, "Mr. Coolidge, I've made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you." He replied, "You lose." It was also Parker who, upon learning that Coolidge had died, reportedly remarked, "How can they tell?"
"Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt's famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions. The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile."
"Compared with imperialism, democracy is a new and uncertain phenomenon."
Model Files - Season 3, Episode 2: "Preston's truly on the come up — Hot on the heels of his all-Asian modeling agency, The Asiancy, Preston was personally tapped by Kylie Minogue to cast a sweaty, sultry video for her new single SEXERCISE. It's hot, it's sexy, it's awkward."
The fake-tan map of Britain.
A bacon adventure beyond your wildest imagination.
"Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author's version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father 'enter[ing] into the imagined past' of the heroes."
"Last week Hanif Kureishi dismissed creative writing courses as 'a waste of time', yet they have never been more popular. Other leading author-teachers reveal their advice to students."
"Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Continental-Analytic split in Western philosophy. The Analytic school favours a logical, scientific approach, in contrast to the Continental emphasis on the importance of time and place. But what are the origins of this split and is it possible that contemporary philosophers can bridge the gap between the two? Melvyn Bragg is joined by Stephen Mulhall of New College, University of Oxford, Beatrice Han-Pile of the University of Essex and Hans Johann-Glock of the University of Zurich."
"Back in the mid-1800s, the Erie Railroad was a thriving but disorganized company responsible for transporting goods throughout the Northeast. The railroad company had more than 500 miles of track, making it one of the largest of its time. This was good for business, but bad for organization."
"Scientists believe they have detected the first liquid waves on the surface of another world. The signature of isolated ripples was observed in a sea called Punga Mare on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan."
"From Tribal or Ethnic Prints to Safari Patterns, this is the Burberry mood for fall winter 2014-2015, designed by Christopher Bailey for women collection.
"Vibrant shades such as brown, military green, cognac, light yellow, purple and other natural nuances define the range. Trenchs with painted floral details are combined with high sandals and large bags. The dresses are a close fit and decorated with ethnic-style knitting patterns."
"In the Internet Age, fashion consumers increasingly know what they want long before they visit retailers, undermining the traditional role of department stores and boutiques as curators of style, argues Eugene Rabkin."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
"FashionTV brings you the complete Armani Prive Spring/Summer 2014 show from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Deep blues and purples dominate the scene, and although it may not be the colors you think of for Spring/Summer, It looks fresh here. The designs feature a range of influences, but most apparent are the North African touches including long head scarves and vests with rich embroideries."
"It’s floral, fruity and hesperidic, with a honey note coming through slowly, yet steadily. It has an ineffable naughtiness that escapes all attempts to define it, an elusiveness that makes it simultaneously putting off and irresistibly attractive. But it’s inexplicably and irreducibly beautiful and sad, but a sadness that has more to do with nostalgia and longing than with mere absence and despair: a desperatio fiducialis (and my Iranologist friend have surely gotten my drift). The texture, which had left me perplexed the first time I tested it, is waxy and semi-solid at room temperature, due to the high ratio of stearoptene (courtesy of Chris), but liquefies quickly when heated."
A confident desperation: "Is it right to speak, as is often the case, of the pessimism of gnosis? Such a judgment assumes that one has forgotten what the struggle of the gnostic is about, what its origin is and what its outcome will be. This outcome makes it clear that if gnosis despairs of this world it is in the form of a desperatio fiducialis, a confident desperation. One can say the same thing with reference to Zoroastrian and Manichean cosmic dramaturgy. Where, then, is the optimism of this despair rooted?"
"Showbiz and media writers predict that True Detective is a forerunner of a new era in TV drama. Writer-producer shows such as The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and The Wire may slowly give way to the director-led format."
So says The Guardian.
So much for that idea: True Detective Season 2 will have more than one director.
The 11,000 year-old footprints at the bottom of Lake Ontario.
Infographic and Forms: The shapes of stories.
"Graphic designer, Maya Eilam posted an incredible infographic on Kurt Vonnegut's theories of archetypal stories. I'm using it in my classroom to teach students how to structure the one-act play they're writing. First, we discuss the different forms."
The undersea cables wiring the Earth.
Shania Twain, Top Of The Pops Special 1999, Man! I Feel Like a Woman, Honey! I'm Home, When, From This Moment On, If You Not In It For Love Remix, Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You Remix), You're Still The One, That Don't Impress Me Much.
"An alliance of pirates preyed on ships laden with treasure, outmatched Britain's Royal Navy, elected their own admiral and, ultimately, were destroyed in a cataclysmic battle against a Dutch fleet in 1614."
"Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Turkish pronunciation: [muhteˈʃæm ˈjyzjɯl], English: The Magnificent Century) is a prime time historical Turkish soap opera television series. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then transferred to Star TV. It is based on the life of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became Sultana."
Hat tip to Mr. Ayers.
Soundtrack: Pachanga Boys - Time.
Olfactory curator for the Museum of Art and Design, Chandler Burr argues "by any reasonable definition" perfume is an art form.
"The big French luxury fashion conglomerates have been making unprecedented investment in young UK designers lately, and no wonder – the current crop of British talent is some of the most forward-looking anywhere in the world."
"Frederik Pohl, who died last year at the age of 93, was a prolific author of science fiction and a writer whose ideas still resonate today. That resonance is just one of the reasons that his 1977 novel Gateway has been the subject of frantic bidding by TV production companies."
"'Every guy wants to be a little bit of a rock star,' says John Varvatos, who has built a formidable menswear empire on this very notion. His seasonal advertising campaigns feature music icons like Iggy Pop and Kiss. His downtown New York flagship is housed in the space previously occupied by legendary punk club CBGB. Since 2001, he has collaborated with Converse, a brand beloved by The Ramones and The Clash. And his collection — which includes signatures like attenuated suiting, biker boots and knotted neckerchiefs — comes with a distinct rock n’ roll twist."
"It turns out that I wasn’t supposed to spend my 20s frantically looking for a husband; I should have been building my career and enjoying my last gasp of freedom. I then spent my 30s ruminating on grievances accumulated in my 20s. This time around, I’d like to save time by figuring out the decade while I’m still in it."
Symphony No. 4 (Mahler): Lynda Russel, soprano. Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit, conductor.
For purposes of comparison Jo Vincent (soprano), Willem Mengelberg (conductor), Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, recorded in 1939.
I wanted the Coco Choco sign: "Bit of bad news for those of you relentlessly combing eBay hoping to score one of those Chanel 'Mademoiselle Privé' doormats (wait, I wasn’t the only one, right?): Chanel looters weren’t allowed to keep those goods."
Parité: Karl Lagerfeld says he likes fashion to be "part of daily life, and not something cut away from life." It looks like his trip to cool, relaxed, and comfortable took a long detour through Cara Delevingne's closet.
"If HBO released the episodes of True Detective all at once, as Netflix regularly does, this show would get half the attention it currently draws."
"If Europa's ocean is proven to exist, it would possess more than twice as much water as Earth."
"Svans -- a subgroup of Georgians, who speak their own unwritten Svan language, practice blood revenge and sing complicated polyphonic vocal songs -- were the traditional gatekeepers of mountain passes, and since the time immemorial have been hardy survivors, the archetypal highland warriors. Every household in Svaneti is a true fortress."
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
"It was a fine spring morning when Armageddon began."
"Carthage was Rome's equal, rival and almost her conqueror. In 146 BC Roman General Scipio destroyed the city of Carthage so painstakingly and utterly that not a single building was left standing. What did the Romans so fear about the Carthaginians that in the end they would be prompted to the most terrible acts of reprisal in the ancient world? A new archaeological dig by Dr. Richard Miles of Cambridge University, penetrates the burned layer of the Roman holocaust and uncovers fresh evidence."
"Is Sony's The Last of Us movie a good idea?"
Encouraging: Sam Raimi is producing the film.
Naughty Dog related: "Earlier this week we had to confirm the regrettable news that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog."
"The worst thing that ever happened to the collective Screenwriters of the World was the invention of the cellphone. Seinfeld may still hold up pretty great for you today ('90s fashion is timeless, y'all), but think about that show from the perspective of someone who's 12 or 13 now. Half the "conflicts" in that (or virtually any '90s) sitcom could have been solved via a few hundred bucks worth of iPhone."
The album version:
On Acting and Experience
On the Actor and the Character
On Travel and Discovery
Louis Vuitton | Fall Winter 2014/2015 by Nicolas Ghesquière.
"Silicon Valley may be the historical mecca of the tech startup, but when it comes to the world of fashion technology, London has positioned itself to be the center of everything digital fashion."
Take Burberry, for example.
What's your Travoltified name?
Hat tip to Mr. Proctor.
The only proper couture show of the season. Paul Poiret lives.
"Francois Rance created Le Vainqueur for his client, Napoleon Bonaparte, drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean atmospheres which were so dear to Napoleon and to Franois himself."
"As the speaker at the 2013 awards ceremony for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, we hear Tom Ford share his inspiring words of advice to young designers trying to gain notoriety in the industry."
"Almost like editing your closet."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
NSFW (mostly naked Natalie Portman)
I like the look of the cassoulet with duck confit in the French army ration pack.
"The Spring-Summer season is bedecked in refined lightness comprising vintage overtones, poetic pursuit of colour and impeccably stylish style."