Director David Lynch lists films he can view over and over.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I checked to be sure: scanning through over one thousand posts,
I've only used the word 'cute' six times. But this photo?
It has a whole lotta cute going on.
One of the most famous images of the ancient world,
with one of the most famous film icons.
Marilyn Monroe squeezes the bejesus out of
the Discus-thrower (British Museum).
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch
Death. It's a difficult subject made especially so when discussing with children. Oh, there are
lots of books available, and so many are just awful. The tenderness and eloquence of Wolf Erlbruch in his book, Duck, Death and the Tulip sets the right tone for a concept both dark and overwhelming.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
There are over twenty James Bond films, with plots and villains and gorgeous women that tend to blur. Daniel Craig is the sixth actor to enter the franchise, whose casting was initially met with criticism. James Bond as seen on film is nothing like the Royal Naval Reserve Commander (and bureaucrat) with the occasional dangerous mission that author Ian Fleming created in his novels.
On first meeting Sean Connery, arguably the quintessential Bond, Fleming said,
"I'm looking for Commander James Bond, not an overgrown stunt man."
Tsk-tsk Mr. Fleming, I loved that overgrown stunt man, as did a legion of 007 fans. I acknowledged that Bond should remain young and vital, and accepted each time the tuxedo was passed on, though half-heartedly. And then came the remake of Casino Royale; the over-the-top opening sequence was no longer a long shot with a stunt man cleverly hidden behind ski goggles or a motorcycle helmet, it was Craig as Bond, leaping, climbing and what?!...running through a wall! Gone was the glib banter and smug demeanor, replaced by a flinty expression of absolute focus. Daniel Craig explored a new facet of the secret agent; the world-weariness and terrible weight of being an assassin.
Monday, February 20, 2012
A – Amelie
B – The Big Lebowski
C – Citizen Kane
D – Dr. No
E – Edward Scissorhands
F – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
G – The Godfather
H – The Hobbit
I – Inception
J – Jurassic Park
K – The King’s Speech
L - Lawrence of Arabia
M – My Neighbor Totoro
N – Night of the Living Dead
O – Once Upon a Time in the West
P – Pulp Fiction
Q – The Quick and the Dead
R – Rocky
S – Star Wars
T - Titanic
U – Up
V – Vertigo
W – The Wizard of Oz
X – X-Men : First Class
Y – Yojimbo
Z - Zodiac
Sunday, February 19, 2012
E.B. White letter in support of libraries.
( click image to enlarge)
Dear Children of Troy:
Your librarian has asked me to write,
telling you what a library can mean to you.
A library is many things. It's a
place to go, to get in out of the rain. It's a place to
go if you want to sit and think. But particularly it is
a place where books live, and where you can get in touch
with other people, and other thoughts, through books. If
you want to find out about something, the information is
in the reference books---the dictionaries the encyclopedias,
the atlases. If you like to be told a story, the library is
the place to go. Books hold most of the secrets of the
world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had.
And when you are reading a book, you and the author are
alone together---just the two of you. A library is a good
place to go when you feel unhappy, for there in a book,
you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a
good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided,
for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.
Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for
books are people---people who have managed to stay alive
by hiding between the covers of a book.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I tend to flip-flop between the serious and the absurd, so it's no wonder I'm devoted to
creatives like Haruki Murakami, Maira Kalman and Roald Dahl who combine both principles in their work.
I saw these tea towels made by HAM and had a laugh.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Photographer Richard Avedon described her style as making "visible that heartbreaking invisible place between the appearance and disappearance of things."
Lillian Bassman (1917-2012) passed away this week at the enviable age of 94.What an amazing legacy she has graced the world of beautiful things; her photographs are luminous,transcendent.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Lantern floating is an Asian tradition that poignantly symbolizes
hope and healing for all beings.
Lantern Floating Ceremony, Honolulu, Hawaii
Yi Peng Festival, Thailand
Peace Ceremony, Hiroshima, Japan
I'd like to attend one of these festivals, the soft glowing light
enveloped in inky evening colors is just magical.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Zöe Mozert is one of the most famous 'pin-up' artists,
notably as one of the very few female illustrators successful
in the selective industry. Besides their erotic appeal, the girls in
her drawings have unique features and earthy personalities.
Cookies yes, not cookie-cutter.
Early in her career, she also worked as a model
(shown posing for Earl Moran).