Friday, September 25, 2009

Sinéad O'Connor

(...1988 performance on Late Night with David Letterman...)

Had a fascination with Sinéad O'Connor this past week. Although perhaps she was just a blip on the cultural landscape of the late eighties and early nineties, she is someone who kind of stuck in my brain. I miss her, or what she represented. Masculine yet very feminine, political, angry, frustrated, didn't care what people thought, not creating music for wealth and fame, but so her voice could be heard. And it was beautiful. a 1988 interview here and here...

...a few more photos here and here...

...Sinéad O'Connor wiki...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

I found this video thanks to Double Rainbows (thank you!). It is both a farce and very serious - much like the man himself. Werner talks about what he sees as the dissolution of human culture, society, and the environment amongst other things. There are some important ideas being articulated here about keeping up the fight against Capitalist culture, and maintaining human imagination and creativity in this new world of hyper-mediazation.

"If you switch on television it's just ridiculous and its destructive. It kills us. And talk shows will kill us. They kill our language. So we have to declare holy war against what we see every single day on television. Commercials and – I think there should be real war against commercials, real war against talk shows, real war against "Bonanza" and "Rawhide", or all these things."

I also listened to this terrific lecture given by Werner in 2007 posted by the Slought Foundation (link via Lined & Unlined - thanks!). It made me think of one "word" in particular which I seriously had to look up the other day when someone used it in a blog post (don't ask). "lmao". Big Time. Check it out! We need more Werners out there keeping things alive.


Monday, September 14, 2009


(...image from here...)

I am a lazy blogger these days but I swear I am trying to be better. Life has been really getting in the way!

Anyway - so how about some links? Easy and fun right? Don't forget I store most of these over here now in case you want to go straight to the source. (well, secondary source technically)

Ok - here you go:

...loved song of bandwidth as well as lots of other things in the portfolio like never always...
...this image is my biggest inspiration at the moment...
...a link to links: really good ones by Carson Fisk-Vittori on the Golden Age blog... many good tumblrs!! I can't keep up anymore. Here are a few more that I have added to my list...
...FOCO along with MOLDE. True love. Always so happy to get the email in my inbox that a new "issue" is out...
...I would really like to see this, Être et avoir, looks like just my kind of thing...
...Juergen Teller opened at Lehmann Maupin last week - Wow! Sometimes I forget that this was the reason why I moved here. So beautiful and amazing to see in real life. Plus guess who was there?? Starstruck. Highlight of my NYC adventure bar none...
...Ingmar Bergman auction. Sad and fascinating. via Kiosk...


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Murano Glass

(...all images from here and here...)

What is the deal with Murano glass I wonder? I found a pretty good sized bowl the other day waiting to die on a mound of garbage bags around the corner from our apartment. I hauled it home and washed it off - so it looks really shiny and pretty - but like all its brothers and sisters across the world I am guessing, it now sits on a shelf perhaps never to be used or noticed again. Murano glass in particular seems to simultaneously exist as an exclusive objet d'art and everyman's favorite tchotchke. I couldn't find much that I liked on the internets, but I know that I have seen some vintage pieces at garage sales and other such places that have struck me as extremely beautiful.

Anyway. Speaking of jaw droppingly beautiful (at least to me) check this out. Wow! More here.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins

This was Patricks's movie pick last night. He is crazy for this kind of stuff. Thought it was so good - for the music and personality as well as a document of life at that time, in that place - that I wanted to post it here.

...Lightnin' Hopkins wiki...