24 December 2008

Yulia Brodskaya

Amazing papercraft artwork by Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya.
The Magic is in the Telling
Ran out of ideas now what
Bon appetit
I remember seeing paper curling tools at crafts stores and realizing it was an artform that required way too much skill for me to get involved with. Well done Yulia.
via Semisetadrift

High School Fashion 1969

I was doing a little perusing of the Life Archives again today and I happened to punch "high school' into the old yellin' horn and what emerged but these bonkerstown photos taken by someone named Arthur Schatz in 1969. I mean... Is this for realsies? I can't tell if this was an editorial or just candids he shot at some sunny high school. What school is this? It looks like whatever the school was in Clueless. I need ANSWERS people! The interweb is no help.
Band Practice?Next levs tights situationDo you die?I. DIE.I live for her.Not a model?Model?the hair!She is doing my Paper Moon dance.
did people really dress like this for school?
um LEG BAND ?!?!?!
Is that a real Archie style jalopy in the background?Is Arthur spying on these young lovers?did I mention the hair?

22 December 2008

The world is a vampire...

I finally got to see Låt den rätte komma in aka Let the Right One In aka "the Swedish vampire movie" last night.
David Black's post about it made is seem like the sweetest movie ever and Starlee Kine won't stop talking about it to anyone who will listen, so I was very excited.
I went with Nelson my 18 year-old brother and Mariana my 13 year-old sister who apparently is on team Edward in regards to that whole Twilight universe that I refuse to know anything about. They seemed to like it despite the subtitles and bleak Swedish landscape. My sister is actually friends with a little boy that looks a lot like Oskar, the boy from the film and she is not entirely dissimilar from Eli that vampire herself. I hope to find pictures to prove this but may not be willing to risk the embarrassment of a minor on the world wide web. UPDATE: I am going to do it anyway, these photos are from 2003 but you get the idea.The best part is when the old man says "Please don't see that boy tonight" and then Eli touches his face. Kills me. This led me to some research on codependency and vampires because I think codependent is a word that gets misused and thrown around too much and often used when words like dependence, interdependence, and symbiosis might be more accurate. I think I figure it out thanks to this. It somehow always leads back to AA for me.

19 December 2008

Brideshead Revisted 2008

I saw the 2008 version of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited on my flight to San Francisco. I was not that impressed by the telling of the story but visually it is what you might call a "feast for the eyes". I'm sorry but only clichés come to mind. In a word: sumptuous. The costumes by
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
are to die for.
Looks like Suzy Stylebubble, My Fashion Life, and Hollister Hovey also weighed in.

14 December 2008

Life Magazine Archives: Manson Family

I delved into the Life Magazine Google Archives after being inspired by Jezebel's recent posts on women through the decades.
I did searches on various obsessions and came up with a bunch of great images but I am going to try to keep this vaguely topical.
First Stop: The Manson Family
"Hippie cult leader Charles Manson in court facing multiple murder charges in the brutal deaths of actress Sharon Tate and others." Vernon Merritt Iii, 1969
"Members of Charles Manson "hippie family" Lynn Fromme (L) and Sandra G. Pugh in court when other members were indicted for murder."Vernon Merritt Iii, 1969
"Member of Charles Manson "Hippie family" Susan D. Atkins indicted for murder of actress Sharon Tate and friends." Ralph Crane, 1969.
"Manson Family member Susan Atkins leaving the Grand Jury room after testifying during the trial of cult leader Charles Manson." Ralph Crane, 1969.
"Deputy district attorney Vincent Bugliosi in the Los Angeles Hall of Justice being interviewed at beginning of Grand Jury hearing." Ralph Crane, 1969 This guy wrote Helter Skelter.
"Press talk to, while police watch, a group of shaven headed people outside the courthouse during the trial of cult leader Charles Manson." Michael Rougier, 1972 This was years later when the Manson Girls shaved their heads and carved X's into their foreheads."Member of jury during the Charles Manson trial Mrs. Jean Roseland." Michael Rougier, 1971
"80-yr-old George Spahn, owner of the the Spahn Movie ranch where cult leader Charles Manson and his followers, known as the Manson Family, stayed." Ralph Crane, 1969
"Interior of Spahn ranch." Ralph Crane, 1969. I love how it looks like a movie set, nothing says homicidal cult crash pad like a bare mattress on the floor.
"Badly rundown kitchen in decrepit house on grounds of the Spahn Movie ranch." Ralph Crane, 1969.
"Make shift kitchen on Barker ranch, home of Charles Manson hippie family." Vernon Merritt Iii, 1969