I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
Henry Rollins

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom /
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room



On songwriting

"… constantly ponder the absurdly cool nature of this. It’s personal, and private, writing songs, until you release them. Then they stop being this internalised thing, as people start to live inside them and give them different meanings. There’s a changing of hands. They aren’t just my secret thoughts any more. That too, is crazy to me - that I can write about moments of complete pain, or fear, or joy, and feel overwhelmed by the starkness of what I’m saying, even when I’m the only one hearing it"

"If I’d granted every sandwich chain and skincare brand and coming-of-age blockbuster use of my songs, I’d probably be a millionaire. But I’m extremely fussy. A while ago I watched a clip of Patti Smith (eternal queen of cool in my eyes) relay this thing William S Burroughs had said to her. He said, "Build a good name for yourself, because eventually that will become your currency."

This girl is fuckin’ shit. She lists her influences as Jai Paul, Etta James and The Weeknd. Incredibly on cue with her cultural, and digging acidic lyrics — one is flabbergasted at the tender age of 16, to have developed such an unwavering internal creative compass.

Read this article my friend Ben threw my way in which Lorde, quoted above, expands on her debut album and creative life. She my friends, is incredibly, incredibly talented, and if you’re at all like me (human), you feel alive when you feel good music.

Read on.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

The exquisite eloquence of Neil Gaiman.

Admittedly, there’s a slight weakness for French illustrators on my blog. In these latest offerings by my new discovery, curiosity piqued by the lexicon of the mundane, and my attention sustained by its perversion — there’s often an accompanying social commentary on many contemporary trends, politics and the way we live life in general that belies a lot of work that I gravitate to.

Today’s showcase features Jean Julien, a French artist based in London these days, and his work features at Kemistry gallery just down the road from my office. His sardonic wit of melding our inner voice, juxtapositions of cultural memes manifests in these technicolor visions of modern life.

It makes me chuckle, and reminds me of my friend’s work (also a Frenchie), that’d I’d thoroughly recommend if this was your thang. Speaking French helps to get the context instantly, but if you’re hopeless at languages as I am, Google translate=winner.

To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences.
Joan Didion (via seemsforever)

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If Animals Ate Fast Food

It’d give a whole other dimension to David Attenborough’s docos.

Childhood classic.

Childhood classic.

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In many ways, I yearn for the partial exposure of the femme fatale to the overexposure of the ingénue. While the camera lingers on the body of vamps and vixens, their façade still seems one of power, rather than powerlessness. The femme fatale, unlike other kinds of sex bombs, is dangerous not because she is desirable, but because she has secrets. Her desires are wild and untamed, and her motives are private and unclear. The femme fatale is threatening because she is a free agent who operates according to her own moral code. Not giggly and coy like a Marilyn, not bouncy and bold like a Britney, not regal or refined like Grace Kelly, the femme fatale is blood and ice and grit. She is a hot throb of sex, naked but never exposed. Her drive is insatiable. She gives away nothing. She takes and takes and takes.

I have felt drawn to these types of female characters since I was a little girl. The minute I saw Jessica Rabbit walk onstage in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, all slinky red dress and deep-throated whisper, I thought, “This is what it means to be a woman.” Since then I’ve loved every femme fatale I’ve seen on screen. Marlene Dietrich. Greta Garbo. Barbara Stanwyck. Rita Hayworth. Lauren Bacall. Sharon Stone. Angelina Jolie. Dangerous, powerful, sexual women.

In contrast, scenes of women exposed horrify and sadden me. I can’t watch Hannah Horvath lean over the couch and get told to “play the quiet game” while her obnoxious boyfriend may or may not be unwrapping a condom in preparation for anal sex without getting incredibly upset. The modern woman on film has been presented as a warrior (Katniss from The Hunger Games, The Bride from Kill Bill) or an ingénue (Bella from Twilight, any number of romantic comedies which fail the Bechdel test time and time again). Neither of these presentations of femininity gets us any closer to true personhood. Perhaps this is why my love for the femme fatale figure remains: if my only choice is to be a symbol then let me keep my secrets rather than confess them all away. Let me be fire and ice and blood.

The qualities I admire most about Lena Dunham are the ways in which she is pure steel. I love how she refuses to capitulate to the criticisms leveraged against her body, even though I feel this focus detracts from other important aspects of the show. Our fixation on female bodies highlights just how much we still need to be shocked into paying attention to young women’s wants and needs. Many times the bodies we are presented with are static—photo spreads, billboards, scenes of women posing, rather than actually doing anything purposeful at all. Images that illustrate the female body in motion, whether it’s Jessica Rabbit sauntering on stage, or Hannah Horvath dancing around her room, are empowering precisely because they are about claiming ownership over one’s own body, about not being a metaphor or symbol or fantasy for anyone else. They are about being a person in the world.

Arielle Bernstein —

GIRLS on Film: Secrets, Seduction and Reclaiming the Body on Camera

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