Saturday, July 10, 2010

Marina Jamieson

Vignettes #52

I've already mentioned before attending an interdisciplinary seminar at the university on the topic of censorship, which included professors and students from the psychology, law, art, theology and German literature faculties. I also told you that the psychology professor there was a quite awkward person.

With my activity as a cinema owner and my work with Lyssa humana I was very experienced with many aspects of censorship and able to participate quite actively with the discussions, which most of the professors very much appreciated - but not the psychology guy who seemed to dislike me, but then he apparently wasn't liked by his own colleagues either. I think he was self-opinionated, quite ignorant of the achievement of others and a bit scheming.

One day he announced that he had an extraordinary case he wanted to discuss with the group bypassing the schedule for that day. It was immediately obvious that it was meant to be a provocation in my direction. He described the contents of the German horror and splatter movie Nekromantik 2 in all its bloody details trying to shock us listeners. Then he expressed his own disgust about 'this hideous trash' and his shock that a German court had ruled the movie to be 'art' and was therefore not banned.

Since I actually knew the director, Jörg Buttgereit, personally, and had so far played all his movies at the cinema including Nekromantik 2 I explained that despite the summary the director had rather made the attempt to create a more artsy film than part 1 had been, and when I had screened it at my cinema there were flocks of disappointed fans leaving the movie midway for the simple fact that they thought it was boring.

So, after having said that, one of the law professors addressed his psychology colleague with the words: "If a German judge says it is art, and Mr. Kretschmer here says it is art, then we have all means to believe that it is truly so."

Allison Harvard

First Lines: Jack London - The Call of the Wild

Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tidewater dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Edouard Riou


Nicola Peltz

From my vaults: Simone Attisani

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Emily Wake

New York

Shan Jingya

ph: Chen Man

Nasrin Leahy

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside

My lease at the Stone House was about to expire and I purchased a house in East Lawrence. Situated on an acre of wooded grounds on a quiet street, it is ideal for cats. A month before I moved, the white cat disappeared. Otherwise I would have taken him with me, since Ruski and the white cat coexisted in perfect harmony. I was sorry to leave Horatio behind, but he couldn't get along with Ruski and the female and the kittens needed him. The new tenant, Robert Sudlow, a well-known Kansas painter, promised to look after the cats who were staying.

Lizabeth Scott

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Natalia Vodianova

Bill Dixon R.I.P.

Sad news, his death did come unprepared, since he was to appear at the Saalfelden jazz festival next month.

“When I play,” he told the journalist Graham Lock in 2001, “whether you like it or not, I mean it.”


Marie Ange

Begotten (1990)

A creation myth brought to life, the story of no less than the violent death of God and the (re)birth of nature on a barren earth.

Fascinating and visually stunning abstract epic which is, however, difficult to decipher.

Who's That Girl?

Bojana Panic

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

From my vaults: David Attie

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Débora Muller

New York

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nina Porter

ph: George Mavrikos

Kate Moss irrégulière

Anais Monory

ph: Armelle Bouret

New Stuff: Batwoman Elegy

Sometimes I do read comics, and I was a bit curious to see what kind of adventures a Batwoman might have...

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Mel Kadel

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Jessica Perez

From my vaults: Richard Attenborough


New York

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Inna Grube

ph: Evgeny Avrorin

From my vaults: Rowan Atkinson


Kathleen Burbridge

New York

Lina Navickaite

New Stuff: Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music

My enthusiasm for this series knows no bounds, and I'm slowly working through every volume title by title. There's a lot to be learnt from these tracks.

Adriana Lima

New Stuff: Laurie Anderson

I've always been a great admirer of Laurie Anderson's work, but haven't kept up with it lately, but it seems her last regular release was 8 years ago. I'm very much looking forward to listen to this new album.