Saturday, July 17, 2010

Isabela Soncini

From my vaults: Ewa Aulin


Olga Kurylenko

New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by me

Ksenija Lukich

New Stuff: Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

I must admit that the name of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven was new to me, a dazzling Dada artist. And this biography seems to be a quite thorough work, beautiful volume, too.

Alyona Palgova

First Lines: Daniel Defoe - The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

(illustration: Offterdinger & Zweigle)

I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull: He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family at Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Keutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our Selves, and writer Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me.

Gia Marie Carangi

New Stuff: L'Enfer

This is an umcompleted movie by Henri-Georges Clouzot, but from which 15 hours of film material were discovered revealing that this may have been a masterpiece. Claude Chabrol would later realize his own version of the script. This DVD edition also includes a documentary on the movie and Clouzot's last movie, La prisonnière.

Emma Nilsson

Teresa Wright

New Stuff: The Wire

It's always a wonderful experience to get a new edition of The Wire, and this time it's got a large array of names I've never heard of before. Each edition there's something new to learn.

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Mike Giant

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Laura Käding

From my vaults: Nadja Auermann


Olga Benenson

New York

Hotel Chelsea, photo by me

Gabriele Dargyte

ph: Lucie Hugary

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside


Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: David Bray

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lottie Hayes

From my vaults: Frederic Auerbach

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ph: Cesar Bido

New York

View from our room in the Hotel Chelsea, photo by me

Denisa Olesovska

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(illustration: Bob Staake)
Finally a new edition...

Alannah Hamstead

ph: James Mahon

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside

Notes from early 1984: My connection with Ruski is a basic factor in my life. Whenever I travel, someone Ruski knows and trusts must come and live in the house to look after him and call the vet if anything goes wrong. I will cover any expense.
When Ruski was in the hospital with pneumonia I called every few hours. I remember once there was a long pause and the doctor came on to say, "I'm sorry, Mr. Burroughs"...the grief and desolation that closed around me. But he was only apologizing for the long wait..."Ruski is doing fine...temperature down...I think he's going to make it." And my elation the following morning: "Down almost to normal. Another day and he can go home."

Arien Lopez

ph: Cesar Bido

Natalia Vodianova

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Basil Wolverton


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sara von Schrenk

From my vaults: Stéphane Audran

(in La Femme infidèle)


Irina Funtikova

ph: Rayan Ayash

New York

Johanna Wahlberg

First Lines: Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days without taking a fish.

Zaira Nara

New Stuff: Throbbing Gristle

I finally got this book, seems to be quite a reader...

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Camille-Paul Josso