""Get married!" I said, bursting into fresh mascara-blackened tears."
— Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood.

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"At last, my beloved New York was able to present a Louise Brooks who was neither Kansas nor Broadway nor Hollywood nor Park Avenue but uniquely herself."
— Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood.

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satanikslut asked: What do you think of Lindsay Lohan ?

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out why I like Lilo so much. Most of her films leave me cold, I have no illusions about us being friends, and I’m only somewhat attracted to her sexually. I do think she is beautiful (but I don’t like how she is all made up most of the time), I think she is talented (but her choice of projects is middling), and I think she is a human being with the disease of addiction, and I’m never going to fault anyone for that.

There is a Lindsay Lohan I want her to be. At first I wanted her to be someone’s muse - if she could have easily been in the French New Wave, for example. I think about how perfectly she would fit into the euro-genre films of the 60s and 70s. I think about how she could be the single star in a radical feminist film about witches, and her presence is the only reason this film was funded. I think of her as a violent femme fatale, someone who should be in Franco, De Palma, Lang films. She could be Tuesday Weld, there’s even a chance at becoming a Gena Rowlands. Out of all the current female actors, she is the one who fits best into my favourite kinds of roles.

But now I want her to be her own muse. I need to stop thinking of women as objects that others project onto (which I’ve mostly stopped, but patriarchy is a bad & easy habit), that she needs a filmmaker to make her a star with artistic merit. I want her to overcome her addiction, to find projects that are meaningful to her (which is something she claims is the most important to her in Lindsay), to rid herself of the people in the world who take advantage and abuse her.

Watching her reality show I am so sympathetic - I too hate conflict, I too shut down when faced with faced with it, I too have trouble looking at myself and accepting my flaws as well as my talents. And she fucks up so much, I am frustrated for her and with her. She is an addict, she is a flawed human being, she is fucked up.

I believe in Lindsay Lohan, to answer your question.

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"People don’t all like to be mourned in the same way, each of us has his preferences."
— Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time: The Guermantes Way.

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aqqindex:

Paul Virilio, Bunker Archeology, Buildings Photographed 1958-1965, Buildings Constructed 1942-1944

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iranphotos:

باغ های مرکبات – جیرفت

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Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands

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If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I suppose at least a little faith in literature’s ability to make us better is what lies behind this question. But I have no such faith. The president has already read many wonderful books from many different cultures. Now we need him to act justly in certain matters: to stop killing people extrajudicially, and to stop deporting people with such enthusiasm. I doubt that more reading will quicken his conscience in these matters.

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"Art is supposed to show sophistication, introspection. Unlike our current president, Bush never seems to be a sophisticated or introspective man. But as someone who sometimes paints for 14 hours a day, I think the ethical power of creativity is overrated. Art, books, music—these are joys and addictions, but they no more make you moral than playing checkers does. If they did, Obama, a man steeped in great literature, wouldn’t incinerate kids with drones."

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"In war, men are seen as combatants, women as victims — even if the woman was a revolutionary … For online consumers of the resulting images, the women’s suffering is the element of a conflict that those far removed from the conflict can still access. Blue-bra girl. Woman in the red dress. … Once viral, their images lose politics, lose geography, lose protest. They continue to resonate for what they gain: our sustained gaze. Like saints before them, protest’s girl martyrs are famous not because of what they did but because of what was done to them"
— Molly Crabapple, Riot Square Sanctificare (via nathanjurgenson) (via garconniere)

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