Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Olya Omyalieva

From my vaults: Tom Bagshaw

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Nina Van Bree

ph: Markus Burke

New York

Model of plane on float in "New York at War" Independence Day parade up Fifth Avenue. New York City, New York. July 4th, 1942. (Andreas Feininger/Time-LIFE archive)

Hélène Desmettre

First Lines: Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.

Tereza Maxová

New Stuff: Avatar

So I'm finally getting to see it...

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: I. Miladinovic

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Coleen Gray

From my vaults: Riccardo Bagnoli

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Liesl Gaffney-Dawson

New York

Tommy the Polisher, Chinatown, 1993
(ph: Laura Rubin)

Marloes Horst

First Lines: Plato - The Republic

I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess; and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing.

Kelly Spronk

Kate Moss irrégulière

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: John Heartfield


Dominika Grenio

ph: Carlos Alsina

From my vaults: Alley Baggett


Monday, August 23, 2010

Barbara Bates

New York

In 1925 there were an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 speakeasies in New York City alone. Near the end of the ban on alcohol in 1933 Life photographer Margaret Bourke-White captured some of the city’s elite speakeasies.

Mata Hari

ph: Kenneth Jupp

First Lines: Immanuel Kant - Critique of Pure Reason (Preface)

Our reason (Vernunft) has this peculiar fate that, with reference to one class of its knowledge, it is always troubled with questions which cannot be ignored, because they spring from the very nature of reason, and which cannot be answered, because they transcend the powers of human reason.

Natalia Onofrei

The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

During the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges.

Ambitious, but pedestrian and dated character study under war circumstances.

Michelene Auguste

The Strangers (2008)

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

A standard horror film situation is done with style and some inventive and scary twists.

(Watch out for Gemma Ward as one of the masked strangers!)

Sofi Berelidze

ph: Eric Guillemain

The Flock (2007)

A retiring vigilant employee of the department of public safety is training his young female replacement and has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.

Stylish character study amidst a serial killer whodunit with some good performances and lesser thrills.

Imogen Poots

New Stuff: Zines!

RE/Search has always been a main source for alternative information for me, and I've been collecting their publications nearly from the start.

Georgie Baddiel

Nim's Island (2008)

A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Good-humored, but simple-minded children's adventure.

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Louis Rhead


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Angelica Bogatyrova

From my vaults: Farran Bagg

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Iulia Carstea

ph: Andrea Carter-Bowman

New York

Andrew Laszlo filming Naked City

Yana Paulovich

First Lines: Ludwig Wittgenstein - Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Perhaps this book will be understood only by someone who has himself already had the thoughts that are expressed in it--or at least similar thoughts.

Anna Friel

Path of Destruction (2005) (TV)

A faulty nanotechnology experiment that results in a massive, deadly explosion and produces a tumultuous cloud that threatens to destroy the planet.

Pretty bad sci-fi hokum full of plotholes and risible scientific yackety-yak.

Lindsey Hoover

New Stuff: Carpenters

This is the album I grew up with, I still have the LP, but thought I'd need it on cd as well.