Retro-snark window display

portrait with text bubble

Why not pause during the course of my busy day to take pictures of the display windows at Fishs Eddy, purveyors of plates, glassware and tchotchkes? I can only hope I am less of a neurotic New Yorker than our lovely painted portrait characters, but I did get all the in-jokes (forgive the typos). Actually, … Continue reading

Black Swan tribute: erotic intensity at the ballet

Tanaquil LeClercq in "Jones Beach"

Before the Black Swan, the White Swan and the dichotomy between them ever existed, there were pioneering 19th century ballerinas who defined different types in ballet. The most famous is Marie Taglioni, the first to reinforce her ballet slippers and rise up on pointe, creating the impression of floating or flying—a creature of the air, innocent … Continue reading

Black Swan countdown: female-centric suspense

Two women? in Bergman's Persona

I’m excited enough about the Natalie Portman/Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan that I already posted about its potential connection to a great dance psychodrama, The Red Shoes. The older film isn’t scary at all, but it does dramatize a woman possessed by conflicts of ambition, identity and eros. What is female-centric suspense? It has women … Continue reading

Project Runway: Gretchen’s jewelry design liftoff?

Pierre Cardin's space-age jewelry, 1969

Maximalist design: sweet & opulent Victorian valentines

Victorian valentine: boy and girl

I’d call this style maximalist marzipan—almost too saccharine, but the dimensionality of the collaging and diecutting is of enduring beauty and interest. I am always touched when I see fragile ephemera in good condition. It’s poignant to peek into sentiments a century-plus old. The layering impulse is one people still have: the more lace doilies, … Continue reading

Red Shoes type is on point

Technicolor lettering from The Red Shoes

While I was collecting screencaps for yesterday’s post on the doomed heroines of Black Swan and The Red Shoes, I sat up and took notice of the beautiful type, lettering and handwriting peppered throughout the latter movie, and even given loving closeups. For inspiration purposes,

Black Swan countdown: Red Shoes retrospective

Natalie Portman and Moira Shearer's dramatic makeup

As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew I would see Black Swan, whether it were a swan or a turkey, simply because of my intense interest in the subject matter. I’m even more excited now that the buzz is good. Swan Lake has evolved into, among other things, an exploration of the duality … Continue reading

Denver Broncos endzone pattern

Larsen and Tebow's first passing touchdown, third quarter, 42-10

I don’t follow football, but while I was at the gym I saw a recap of the Broncos-Chiefs game that showed, in the endzones of Invesco Field (aka Mile High Stadium), a retro blue and orange diamond design. Color me impressed. Not only did it look great on TV, it did two other things. One, … Continue reading

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