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    David Grossman - The Art of Fiction No. 194

    • Grossman: Writing allows me to explore situations that are impossible for me to explore in my life. And yet they are very active parts in me. Emotionally I am an extreme person, and writing makes it possible for me to go on.
    • Jonathan Shainin: What do you mean by extreme?
    • Grossman: Intense, not afraid of extremity in other people, intrigued by the interior lives of other people, especially in the suppressed places. I’m always questioning what I observe. All the time I see the cracks, wherever I look—even before what happened to me. It’s a way of seeing, and I cannot say I chose it, but I surrendered to it quite happily because I think it’s an accurate view of the fragility of life. Anything that is calm and safe seems to me like an illusion.
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    "Here’s a wonderfully weird performance by David Bowie, dressed in drag for his last appearance as Ziggy Stardust, and Marianne Faithfull as a wayward nun, singing the mawkish Sonny & Cher tune, I Got You Babe.
    The duet was recorded for American television on October 19, 1973 at the Marquee Club in London. The producer Burt Sugarman had approached Bowie about appearing on his late-night NBC program The Midnight Special. According to the Ziggy Stardust Companion, Bowie agreed to appear on the show after being granted complete artistic control for a one-hour special. He put together a cabaret-style show featuring himself and a couple of acts from the 1960s, performing on a futuristic set.” [via]

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    Andy Warhol Audio Archive

    Dozens of audio documentation about the life and art of Andy Warhol, recorded 1962-1987. The archive includes many rare interviews, phone conversations with Brigid Berlin and Viva, a lecture by David Cronenberg on Warhol, a tour through the various audio tapes Warhol made during his lifetime, a reading by Bob Colacello of his memoir in The Factory, Holy Terror and a conceptual interview piece where the artist erased every word Warhol said except his iconc “uh, yes” and “uh, no.” 

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    Une femme est une femme: Nastassja Kinski in One from the Heart

    Une femme est une femme: Nastassja Kinski in One from the Heart

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    Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun

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    He Died with a Felafel in His Hand

    He Died with a Felafel in His Hand

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    Airship | Lena Herzog
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    "There are countless ingredients that make up the human body and mind, like all the components that make up me as an individual with my own personality. Sure I have a face and voice to distinguish myself from others, but my thoughts and memories are unique only to me, and I carry a sense of my own destiny. Each of those things are just a small part of it. I collect information to use in my own way. All of that blends to create a mixture that forms me and gives rise to my conscience.
    I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries.

    Ghost in the Shell

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    (via Ghibli Central)
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    Life changing movies: Sonatine
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    Bret Easton Ellis - The Art of Fiction No. 216

    • Jon-Jon Goulian: A Duran Duran biopic? For real?
    • Ellis: At first I thought it sounded ridiculous. Then I thought, Why not? It might be fun. Unfortunately, there’s no tragic material to work with. They’re all very well off and very nice and they live in castles. They’re married to beautiful women. No one died of a drug overdose. I guess it would be a “rise, barely fall, and then rise again” biopic. But I grew up with their music and something about it resonated with me.
    • Jon-Jon Goulian: It certainly sounds like more fun to work on than a Joy Division biopic.
    • Ellis: Yeah, and definitely more fun than writing a script about the suicides of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, which I just finished, or a TV series about murderous romantic obsession that I created for HBO — very intense, personal projects. But I love the shark movie and I love Duran Duran, and those projects might not seem “serious” for a novelist to engage in, but I’ve realized that as you get older you just don’t give as much of a shit as you did when you were younger and feeling your way through society and caring about what people think about you.
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    Tara McPherson ~ The Wanderers
Oil on wood panel, 2013

    Tara McPherson ~ The Wanderers
    Oil on wood panel, 2013

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    (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.

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    MoviefiedNYC Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

    "Tom Hiddleston is Adam, Tilda Swinton is Eve and Jim Jarmusch is a genius.
    This is a director that tells us all we need to know without doubting our intelligence. He allows us to fall into the depths of the film without worrying about a perfectly neat beginning, middle and end. He even stops his characters from following tedious and predictable patterns, because after all, they’re too old for that.
    This is a movie for film lovers and pop culture enthusiasts. It is a vampire film that takes advantage of its time span; cultural references dating back hundreds of years can be found at every corner.
    Only Lovers Left Alive does not focus on blood and gore, it is not a thriller nor a horror, it doesn’t even truly focus on the world of vampires.
    Instead, Jarmusch studies the eternal, he explores the quiet, perhaps boring, every day life of a modern, intelligent and ancient being who has, quite literally, seen it all.”

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