Archive for August 2007


Here comes ‘The Nines.’


Will it live up to the hype?? The buzz around John August’s mysterious, metaphysical flick, The Nines, is big indeed. The most succinct synopsis I could find (without giving too much away) is this: “a three-act meditation on reality and the nature of creation.” Across the board, people who’e screened the film claim it’s a thrilling roller coaster ride, a total mind f-ck. Then there are those who say that if you have ‘eyes to see,’ this film is profound with the potential to change the way you view reality and existence. Whitney on EW’s popwatch blog wrote this about the screening at Sundance:

I really think this movie changed something in me, for whatever reason, and it’s so rare that I have that kind of response to anything these days (see: “cold, frigid womb”). I hesitate to use the phrase “religious experience”—those who have seen the movie will understand why—but for me, The Nines was the most powerful example I’ve felt in years of great art’s ability to reach through the fourth wall and capture the hearts and minds of its audience. Redford wanted me to Focus on the Damn Film, and this is what I’m doing. Dear Distributing People: I AM NOT EFFING AROUND. BUY IT. If nothing else, I need other people to watch it so I can stop feeling like the crazy lady who saw the Virgin Mary on her Toaster Strudel.

Creepy trailer at the start, but nothing scary, and if you’re really curious, you can watch the first 9 minutes of The Nines here. After watching the trailer, I have to wonder if August has been reading the Seth books??

Looking forward to juicy post-viewing discussions.

Posted at 12am on 8/15/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: the shift (of ages), trailers | read on


{photographer} elisabeth feldman


Blossfeldt inspired photos from Elisabeth Feldman (aka Hurley Gurley.)

Posted at 10am on 8/14/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: photography | read on


{photographer} blossfeldt


I picked up this organic lamp base at Anthropologie last year and knew I’d seen these shapes before, but couldn’t figure out where… until I stumbled on Karl Blossfeldt’s plant photographs. Blossfeldt was a photographer who taught sculpture based on plant forms. At first, I couldn’t tell if his photos were photos of his sculptures, or actual plants, but they are in fact photos of magnified plants, buds and seeds. (He worked with a self-designed camera that magnified the objects he photographed.) I love this combination of austere and organic. His work has inspired many photographers.


Posted at 10am on 8/14/07 | 1 comment | Filed Under: home, photography | read on


i’m on fire

I’m slowly building up a collection of quality Springsteen covers. Last year, I posted Tegan and Sara’s adorable cover of Dancing In The Dark. A couple weeks ago, there was Finn Andrews’ cover of State Trooper. And, here’s a lovely, aching cover of I’m On Fire sung by witchy woman, Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes):

Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife baby
edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley
through the middle of my soul

Go watch/listen to the original – a music video classic.

Posted at 3pm on 8/13/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: female voices, music | read on


anne & mary


[JoBlo via Cinematical]

Posted at 11pm on 8/8/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: book-to-movie, film | read on


when under ether

Haunting new song in anticipation of PJ’s new album, White Chalk, this September.

Posted at 11pm on 8/8/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: female voices, music | read on


the deep


Book By Its Cover recently featured The Deep: Extraordinary Creatures Of The Abyss. Some of these creatures are beyond phenomenal, like extra-terrestrial space angels. Others are down right horrific (see the Fanfin Seadevil, yikes!) While others resemble cuddly anime from a Miyazaki movie. See pics on the book’s official website.

Posted at 1am on 8/7/07 | 3 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, photography | read on


word of the day

The Webster’s Dictionary word-of-the-day email has shocked me today with Scaramouch. Scaramouch??? Like from “Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the fandango?” ? Apparently, Scaramouch and fandango are age old words with actual meanings and not just gibberish made up by Queen. I know that I probably should have known this, but I did not.

Scaramouch – “a boastful but cowardly fellow.” Scaramouch comes from the commedia dell’arte character of the same name, who brags about his ability yet is in practice quite foolish and cowardly; this character’s name comes from the Italian scaramuccia, meaning “a skirmish.” (taken from Practical Sesquipedalia)

Fandango – (1) a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time that is usually performed by a man and a woman to the accompaniment of guitar and castanets (2) Tomfoolery

Posted at 1am on 8/7/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: random | read on


{artist} dylan martorell


How many animals can you spot? More of Dylan’s dense, complex illustrations (reminiscent of Peter Sis) over here.

[found on dear ada]

Posted at 6pm on 8/6/07 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on




Look at some pics of SFgirl’s apartment. So lovely and serene. As much as I love color and pattern, when it comes down to it, I’m all about shades of pale. Simple. Bright. Soothing. Home as spiritual retreat.

SFgirl also writes about Design*Sponge’s new D*S SF Design Guide, which is just brilliant. There’s also a D*S Brooklyn Design Guide. Seems there are many field trips to schedule in both SF and NYC. Hopefully, Grace at D*S will keep creating more of these city design guides – an incredible resource!

Posted at 6pm on 8/6/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: home | read on

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