I’m going to be taking a little internet vacation next week, which should explain the numerous updates this week. As much of a vacation as possible to take in the midst of magazine production, of course. This flurry has a few odds and ends from the past week or two, but first! A mini-rant.
I just watched James Ivory’s and Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The White Countess” – a film about displacement as much as a film about a Russian countess in exile, forced into taxi dancing by circumstance in 1930s Shanghai. I generally really liked it, but does anyone have any clue as to why directors insist on casting non-Russians to play Russians, badly?
The lead, Natasha Richardson, is actually great, but her entire on-screen family pains me with their verging-on-British-accents and inability to even properly pronounce each others Russian names. Dignity, people! I found myself actually cringing. It’s not that I don’t believe in a good actor’s capacity to play an array of nationalities [example – in the very same film one of my all-time favorites, Ralph Fiennes, plays an American, seamlessly], but when they clearly can’t, why insult your audience by sacrificing authenticity in favor of bigger names?
Another case in point: “Eastern Promises“. UGH. I love Viggo and think he did a good job but the supporting cast. Whyeeee! If, as a director, you love certain actors and deeply need them to play Russians, please, for the love of fuck, have a herd of angry Russians coach them. Put them through Russian boot camp. Make them UNDERSTAND.
For the Motherlaaaand!
Anyhow! I am now out of word-juice, so I trust you to peruse the photos below, and make of them what you will.
The lovely Suzy, a photographer from Germany, just got her Centipede tattoo finished. It’s her second one of my drawings, the first being, Up Here, We Breathe What We Can
Ales made us this dinner recently. Beet plus a potato with butter-sauteed red onion and sour cream.
Ales also went through a lot of trouble to present me with this delicacy platter after a twelve-hour workday. I needed it.
No glamorous, serious shoot is complete without the test shots.
You feel me?
A huge box from miss Molly Crabapple arrived with this note and a sixteen massive wine glasses inside.
Mer is amazing. This is one of my prized possessions now.
Art of Bleeding is a performance art troupe dedicated to warping its audience, one pseudo-medical extravaganza at a time. With former Cacophony Society leader Rev. Al Ridenour as its intrepid founder, AoB are notorious for their multi-media shows featuring a real ambulance, injured “patients” ensnared by medical equipment, fetish nurses ready to ambush attendees, traumatic video projections, and of course, puppets. I’ve been dying to witness this madness for myself ever since seeing the act described as a “paramedical funhouse”, and on Saturday, I finally got my wish. Read more and see the rest of the gallery here.
love that yellow makeup…last summer I was obsessed with yellow everything heheee, must revise it this summer!
also, those pants look kick ass!!!!!!!!!!
Lolla, If you make a line of Plastik Wrap panel leggings a la the Rick Owens ones I’m wearing here and in the previous post, I WILL BUY THEM ALL. All.
are you engaged?! maybe i missed it; i didn’t see you saying so anywhere. the notes your friends wrote you are hilarious. & congratulations.
I have that Tarkovsky book too, it’s one of my absolute favourite photography books!
I <3 Sugar free red bull.
Your entries are always an adventure.
I’m so glad Essie Jain – The Rights was on while looking over that set.
Me tooo :/ I think I missed an important announcement as well.
Lovely tattoos! Your work really works on the skin. Ive considered it but still havent figured out exactly what to get tattooed. And I must ask what color you are wearing on your lips and from where? It looks really good..I always loved those really dark shades! Nicely done :)
Hooray! Have a fantastic vacation. Enjoy yourself. =)
Did you get married, or engaged? I’m dying of curiosity now!
(missed the memo but) congratulations :) i can tell by your online presence this past year that you are very happy and purring.
I love the movie Eastern Promises.
Thanks for recommending the Tarkovsky book, I will have to check it out as Polaroids + Tarkoksvy is a wonderful combination.
And those tattoos are amazing! Very beautiful, surreal, unique, and hyper-clear. If I were ever to consider getting one, in spite of its permanent nature (not to mention the ouchness), I would definitely look you up about a commission.
Blegh, I just got momentary dyslexia there. Tarkovsky*
aww, you are to have the marry?
Lovely ink she has!
Ohhh, did you guys get engaged! Congratulations!!! <3
Thank you for featuring my tattoos, I’m so proud of it.
Presents! Yay and wonderful!
And oh wow, is that nurse wearing a leg bracey thing? I may faint. Lovely…!