August 29, 2014

Bookmark - Italo Calvino (1985)

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"The real reason Joss Whedon named his space Western show Firefly."

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Grimes feat. Blood Diamonds - Go

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

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August 28, 2014

Inside the Givenchy Atelier with Riccardo Tisci – Vogue Weddings

"Riccardo Tisci and Fabiola Beracasa walk through final fitting at Givenchy Atelier of her couture, modern wedding gown. After going through countless designs together, Ricardo and Fabiola share the magic behind creating something for that one perfect day."

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A casual providence

On plotless novels and the meaning of life.

The work did not “know”; it sought to know. This is the opposite of the religiously fundamentalist urge. The classically figured American imagination writes to better know a subject, to better know itself. The fundamentalist, and to some extant the very religious—a significant difference here being the degree to which a believer subscribes to a literalist reading of scripture—reads already having “known.” The difference is profound.
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Vanessa Paradis - Les Espaces & Les Sentiments

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August 27, 2014

ZegnArt - Chiara Camoni, Senza Titolo, Stabkarte 2014

"Born in Piacenza in 1974, Chiara Camoni lives and works in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany. Her work explores how shapes and perceptions are transformed over time, bringing out the poetry in this constant flux of apparition and disappearance. For the ZegnArt commission in Osaka, she has created a wall sculpture comprising many small shapes made from different colors of clay, strung on wires and attached to hooks, like skeins of yarn hung to dry. Each part of the work can be seen as a sculpture unto itself, but it also exists as a whole: conveying a minimalist feeling when seen from afar, it instead reveals a wealth of shapes and details when examined up close."

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Who is Elena Ferrante?

"The writer known by that name has never been photographed, interviewed in person or even made a public appearance, but a collection of fiercely candid novels has earned her (him?) recognition as one of the keenest observers of Italian society. On the eve of the publication of 'Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,' the much-anticipated third volume in the author’s Neapolitan series, three admirers celebrate this elusive talent."

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Furiosa Fendi

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Emilíana Torrini - Speed Of Dark

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August 26, 2014

The One Thing Daniel Radcliffe Knows about Harry Potter That No One Else Does

"Daniel Radcliffe plays ping–pong with us and answers 73 questions on everything from his desire to star in Guys and Dolls to what he would bring on a one-way trip to Mars. What’s something he knows about Harry Potter that no one else does?"

Posted by the Flea at 08:37 AM

Living bridges

"The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year. Laborers who work outdoors often wear full-body umbrellas made from bamboo and banana leaf. One of the most fascinating and beautiful features in the region are the 'living bridges' spanning rain-soaked valleys. For centuries, locals have been training the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges, far outlasting man-made wooden structures that rot in just a few years."

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David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing

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August 25, 2014

Van Cleef & Arpels - Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication

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Lev Grossman - How not to write your first novel

"I was trying to write about what I knew, which in itself probably wasn’t a bad idea, but I was mistaken about what that was. I thought that what I knew most about was myself, but I could not have been more wrong. I didn’t know the first thing about myself, and Maine wasn’t going to teach me. You don’t learn about yourself by being alone, you learn about yourself from other people."

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Louis Vuitton presents Fall 2014 Men's Shoe Collection

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Josef Salvat - This Life

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August 24, 2014

Jorge Luis Borges - The ethnographer

"At the university, an adviser had interested him in Amerindian languages. Certain esoteric rites still survived in certain tribes out West; one of his professors, an older man, suggested that he go live on a reservation, observe the rites, and discover the secret revealed by the medicine men to the initiates. When he came back, he would have his dissertation, and the university authorities would see that it was published."

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August 23, 2014

NFB - Universe (1960)

"Universe is a black-and-white short documentary made in 1960 by the National Film Board of Canada. It dramatizes the nightly work of an astronomer at the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, Ontario, a facility that is owned and operated by the University of Toronto, Canada. The film was a nominee at the 33rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Documentary Short Subject in 1961."

Narrated by Douglas Rain, later the voice of HAL9000.

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"On the planet Arrakis, a windtrap was a facility designed to reclaim the moisture in the air and funnel it to large catchbasins for later use by the Fremen."

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Purity Ring - Lofticries

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August 22, 2014

Griffon Ramsey - Alien Egg Table

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Hinterland Who's Who

"Sometime in early 1990, the BBC approached Nelvana with a proposition to co-produce a new series of Doctor Who, in animated form."

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Hot Sugar - The Forest Nymph That Lives Behind The School

NSFW (nudity, wood nymph)

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August 21, 2014

An Interview with John Hirschhorn-Smith

"In this interview John Hirschhorn-Smith, proprietor of the Sidereal Press, discusses his book collection, with reference to Aleister Crowley, Victor Neuburg, Kenneth Grant, C.F. Russell and Hanns Heinz Ewers, alongside Outsider artists and Alan Odle, Beresford Egan and Austin Osman Spare, 1980s industrial music with refence to John Balance of Coil and Throbbing Gristle."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

A prickly method

"Before the word processor, before Whiteout, before Post It Notes, there were straight pins. Or, at least that’s what Jane Austen used to make edits in one of her rare manuscripts."

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David Byrne & Brian Eno - Qu'ran

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August 20, 2014

Douglas Adams' Last TV Interview

This is the entire raw tape, shot May 2001 in San Francisco.

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For beginning readers

If Dr. Seuss wrote The Call of Cthulhu.

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Mr Probz - Waves [Robin Schulz Remix]

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August 19, 2014

Slavoj Žižek - Ecology: A New Opium for the Masses

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How to negotiate like Harvey Specter

"I'm against having emotions, not using them."

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iamamiwhoami - tap your glass

From Blue, the new album, a more commercial production than her earlier work.

Posted by the Flea at 08:41 AM

August 18, 2014

Made in Sheffield - The Birth of Electronic Pop (2004)

"Made in Sheffield is a documentary film on the history of the music scene in the city of Sheffield, England from 1975 until 1983. The film was directed and produced by Eve Wood in 2001. It features bands such as The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, Pulp (who would not find success until 1994), ABC, and Heaven 17."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Death in the Afternoon, reviewed

"One afternoon in August 1937, Ernest Hemingway strode into the New York office of a Scribner’s editor and slapped a book across Max Eastman’s face."

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Chet Faker - Gold

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August 16, 2014

Shelby Foote on William Faulkner and the American South

Possibly NSFW due to frank treatment of history with equally frank language. But then it's Shelby Foote so you know it will be worth your while.

"Hollywood's the only place on Earth where you can be stabbed in the back while climbing the ladder." - William Faulkner

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The Georgians: Restraint, Revolution and Reform

"Amanda Foreman examines the formative years of British politics when the most important structures of British life - still valued and recognised today - were established in the shadow of revolution.

"Amanda invites us to enter the world of the political elite in London's luxurious St James' Square. Here, political heavyweights would gather for a season debating and defining British politics. Against a backdrop of decadence, they went about the serious business of crafting the structures of politics and society so familiar to us in the 21st Century."

Part 1, Part 2

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Yann Tiersen - Au dessous du volcan

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August 13, 2014

Lauren Bacall - Her Look, Her Style


"Wide-mouthed, with a deep deadeye voice—sounding sexy and faintly mad-at-someone, Lauren Bacall looks the way most American women yearn to look; the way that stops men—American and otherwise—smack in their tracks. (When she sounds irked, there is the alluring implication that she just might make up.)"

Lauren Bacall: A style icon in pictures.

"As Lauren Bacall passes away we take a look at Hollywood star's inimitable silver screen style."

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Juniper Ridge

Real men make perfume.

“I didn't get in this biz to start a beauty line,” Juniper Ridge founder Hall Newbegin explains. “I did it because I wanted to give people the beautiful thing that I fall in love with over and over again.” That "thing," he says, is the smell of the great outdoors.
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Matt Alber - End Of The World

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August 12, 2014

On ye bike Jeremy Paxman... with Boris Johnson

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Hillsdale Dialogues - Shakespeare

Hillsdale College scholars Larry Arnn and Stephen Smith join Hugh Hewitt to begin their discussion of Shakespeare, the latest series of the Hillsdale Dialogues.

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Why London is the most expensive city to build in

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Deru - Tapah

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August 11, 2014

Michael Levy - Hurrian Hymn No. 6

"This unique video, features my first of 2 arrangements for solo lyre, of the 3400 year old "Hurrian Hymn no.6", which was discovered in Ugarit in Syria in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuniform text of the ancient Hurrian language - The Hurrian Hymn (catalogued as Text H6) was discovered in Ugarit, Syria, in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuniform text of the ancient Hurrian language - except from a few earlier Sumarian fragmentary instructional musical texts from c.1950 BCE (Musical Instructions for Lipit-Ishtar, King of Justice) the Hurrian Hymn it is the oldest written song yet known..."

Posted by the Flea at 07:04 AM

Babylon 5 rebooted

"According to a report from TV Wise, Babylon 5 showrunner J. Michael Straczynski will shortly begin work on a rebooted big-screen version of his 1990s sci-fi TV series."

JMS reportedly said he would attempt to use the original cast members in whatever ways he could, including potentially having series anchor Bruce Boxleitner play the president of the Earth Alliance (though as B5 fans know, exactly which president JMS is talking about would have a tremendous impact on Boxleitner’s role).
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Au4 - Everyone is Everyone (And Everything is Everything)

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August 10, 2014

Making of Aliens (2003)

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August 09, 2014

Human, All Too Human - Episode 3: The Road to Freedom (1999)

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Banal Plus

"French model Aymeline Valade appears in W’s August 2014 story 'Banal Plus' as a normcore-chic, suburban everywoman. But for her next role, she channels a less ordinary character, playing Betty Catroux in Bertrand Bonello’s upcoming film, Saint Laurent. Here, the 29-year-old shares her experience transitioning from brunette to blonde, her tips for getting the covetable French natural look, and why inner beauty matters most."

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Black Pear Tree - The Mountain Goats and Kaki King

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August 08, 2014

BBC4 - In Our Time, Renaissance Magic

"Melvyn Bragg in convesation with Peter Forshaw, Valery Rees adn Jonathan Sawday discussing Renaissance obsession with Magic."

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Life in a self-perpetuating autocracy

"British police raided an English country pub this week in search of a stolen wooden relic believed by some to be the Holy Grail."

The object of the police search, which was unsuccessful, was a frail wooden bowl known as the Nanteos Cup that has been attributed with healing powers since the 19th century, attracting pilgrims and others who believe it may be the Holy Grail itself.

After receiving a tip-off, a team of eight officers and a police dog arrived on Sunday morning at the Crown Inn, a village pub in the rural English county of Herefordshire.
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Siouxsie and the Banshees - Night Shift

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August 07, 2014

In Search of Moebius (2007)

"Documentary about Frenchman Jean Giraud, one of the most influential comic strip illustrators and authors of all time and also one of the genre's best kept secrets. He achieved his greatest fame under the pseudonym/alter ego Moebius, and his artistic influence extends beyond Europe to the USA and Japan. Features interviews with Giraud himself, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, American comic book artists Jim Lee and Mike Mignolla and many others."

Aussi: Moebius Redux: Jodorowsky's Dune.

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Cuir Cannage

"The cannage pattern on the Lady Dior handbag was inspired by the canework on the gold Napoleon III-style concert chairs that were routinely set up for Christian Dior’s Haute Couture shows in his salon. And similar to how the French house channeled elements of furniture into a purse, resident perfumer François Demachy replicated the scent inside the aforementioned accessory for his latest addition to the Privée collection: Cuir Cannage."

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Everything But The Girl - Missing

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August 06, 2014

Roja Dove - Oud

"Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with 'Bakhoor') and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes."

Posted by the Flea at 08:37 AM

Gisele Bundchen & Bob Sinclair - Heart of Glass

For H&M Life Summer 2014.

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August 05, 2014

Christopher Hitchens on Literature and Politics: Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Salman Rushdie (2001)

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99% Invisible - Episode 125: Duplitecture

"The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores. And then there are entire knock-off cities. There are Venices with complete canals and replicas of the Doge’s Palace. A Paris with an Eiffel Tower and an Arc de Triomphe. In the suburbs of any Chinese city, there are endless examples of 'duplitecture.'"

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iamamiwhoami - vista

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August 02, 2014

Peninsula Paris

"Peninsula Hotels has announced the opening of Peninsula Paris, the luxury hotel brand's grand entrance into Europe. Opening August 2014, Peninsula Paris is located just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées at 19 Avenue Kléber in the heart of the elegant 16th arrondissement."

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Citypharma Du Four Bonaparte, 26 rue du Four

"Who needs the beauty floor of Le Bon Marché? Walk a few blocks in nearly any Parisian quartier and you’ll spot the electric-green cross of a pharmacy stocked with beauty elixirs used by generations of Frenchwomen. But if you want to browse one of the largest selections (with some of the lowest prices), head to what was once an unlikely grooming destination: St.-Germain-des-Prés, that hotbed of 1940s existentialist philosophy."

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Moschino Menswear Spring/Summer 2015

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Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong

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August 01, 2014

Guillermo del Toro - Welcome to Bleak House

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Slit Scan

"Explore the mysterious and forgotten technique of Slit Scan for special effects and how Douglas Trumbull applied the photographic technique to Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Then we'll do our best to recreate the effect using LEGOs ."

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David Bowie - Andy Warhol

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