“Socrates: ’There seem to be two causes of the deterioration of the arts.’ Adeimantus: ’What are they?’ Socrates: ’Wealth, I said, and poverty.’ “
The Actor as Object of Desire →
10 One of the most interesting volumes of theater history I’ve ever read is Mendel Kohansky’s The Disreputable Profession: The Actor in Society, which deals at length with the public perception (part disapproving, part envious) of actors as prostitutes and sexual libertines. This age-old fantasy picked up steam when it became acceptable in the second half of the 16th century for women...
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something, a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things that you’d thought special, particular to you. And there it is set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” —Alan Bennett, The History Boys (as a companion piece to ExceptForThisOne’s post)
bearslair: dfm: WFMU’s Beware of the Blog has informed me that The National Film Board of Canada is putting all of their videos online. About time! Here is a classic about my favorite person from Saskatchewan ever. I thought this was going to be about the Dukhobor man by Moose Jaw who built a ship, which it is but they seem to leave out a lot of the story that I heard growing up. And since...
For better or for worse, a church is a family. I didn’t choose my...– Somewhere Else: A Novel by Jan Guenther Braun I can’t decide if this is actually a good book, or if I just like it so much because it is about me and my experiences. It seemed like every other chapter she would describe apart of Mennonite life that was exactly how I experienced life. I...
“Throwing the octopus is easy. More difficult is concealing the eight-legged creature until the toss is at hand, a skill that requires determination, luck and the ability to walk normally with 4 pounds of slimy cephalopod stuffed down your pants.” [more inside] Via Metafilter
The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead.– Marilyn Monroe allthatglittersispink | 1980 (via silentsigh) (via out-of-my-dreams) (via justbesplendid) (via kari-shma) (via y00h00)
y00h00: kari-shma: copycats: Massive Fear by...
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the...– Via a blog that pisses me off every time I visit it.
perpetua: St. Vincent “Actor Out Of Work” Annie Clarke always seems so serene and self-possesed. I like that this video takes that, and then makes it something sorta unsettling, like she’s this strange, flawless being who is here to judge us all. Just so we’re all clear on this, being able to cry on command does not make you a good actor. Seriously.
I have a co-worker who’s pretty into appearance. She has every right to be, as she is gorgeous, but it seems like it’s a lot of work. This past week she’s been discussing with us about this new “lotion” that you put on your eyelids to make your eyelashes grow longer and thicker. Supposedly it also works on your eyebrows. Later that week, she was debating whether...
Visiting your parents means constantly proving to them that you’re not your 14...– Monteiro (via merlin) (via y00h00)
Poverty By Pablo Neruda Ah you don’t want to, you’re scared of poverty,...