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‘Hundreds of pages of nonsense?’

…or, the autobiography of the Baron de Redé, subject of a lecture by the book’s editor, Hugo Vickers.

‘Hundreds of pages of nonsense?’

…or, the autobiography of the Baron de Redé, subject of a lecture by the book’s editor, Hugo Vickers.

Collage

A new theme week starting tomorrow…light on text but long on pictures!

Collage

A new theme week starting tomorrow…light on text but long on pictures!

Wenn schon, denn schon!

“Oh, it’s a long, long while/From May to December/But the days grow short,/When you reach September./When the autumn weather/Turns leaves to flame/One hasn’t got time/For the waiting game./Oh the days dwindle down/To a precious few…”

Wenn schon, denn schon!

“Oh, it’s a long, long while/From May to December/But the days grow short,/When you reach September./When the autumn weather/Turns leaves to flame/One hasn’t got time/For the waiting game./Oh the days dwindle down/To a precious few…”

Summer re-runs

I’m going to cue up some re-runs of pre-2012 posts throughout August…hopefully you’ll encounter some things you haven’t seen before.

Summer re-runs

I’m going to cue up some re-runs of pre-2012 posts throughout August…hopefully you’ll encounter some things you haven’t seen before.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Claude Cahun in Chicago

All of this got me to thinking why exactly Claude Cahun should now be so present in the moment. And it struck me that she, like Maya Deren, has finally found her imperfect medium.

Claude Cahun in Chicago

All of this got me to thinking why exactly Claude Cahun should now be so present in the moment. And it struck me that she, like Maya Deren, has finally found her imperfect medium.

Stranger than fiction

I’m going to look more closely at the phenomenon of real-life individuals appearing in fiction in a feature called ‘Doubles’, holding up the original and the model, looking at the process by which flesh-and-blood becomes embedded in fiction.

Stranger than fiction

I’m going to look more closely at the phenomenon of real-life individuals appearing in fiction in a feature called ‘Doubles’, holding up the original and the model, looking at the process by which flesh-and-blood becomes embedded in fiction.

Strange Flowers bloom anew in spring

The blog was well overdue for a zhoosh-up and hopefully the new look gives a better overall idea of what I’m going on about.

Strange Flowers bloom anew in spring

The blog was well overdue for a zhoosh-up and hopefully the new look gives a better overall idea of what I’m going on about.

Happy happy

Thank you for your interest, comments and support throughout the year. We’ll see you on the other side!

Happy happy

Thank you for your interest, comments and support throughout the year. We’ll see you on the other side!

Places: Vittoriale degli italiani

Mussolini cribbed much of his style and many of his tactics from the older man but was disinclined to have the dangerously charismatic war hero around to challenge his authority. Il Vittoriale was generously-funded busy work for d’Annunzio, an al fresco manifestation of the creation myths of totalitarianism.

Places: Vittoriale degli italiani

Mussolini cribbed much of his style and many of his tactics from the older man but was disinclined to have the dangerously charismatic war hero around to challenge his authority. Il Vittoriale was generously-funded busy work for d’Annunzio, an al fresco manifestation of the creation myths of totalitarianism.

A star, at last

Berlin’s Boulevard der Stars organising committee yesterday announced that Luise Rainer will be honoured with a star. Thought it’s uncertain if the 101-year-old London-based actress will make it to the ceremony, it’s a very welcome and long overdue accolade.

A star, at last

Berlin’s Boulevard der Stars organising committee yesterday announced that Luise Rainer will be honoured with a star. Thought it’s uncertain if the 101-year-old London-based actress will make it to the ceremony, it’s a very welcome and long overdue accolade.

CC

Female. Lesbian. Jewish. Inspired by a Surrealism which regarded women as little more than exotic furniture. A life and career whose second act played out on an island in the English Channel…It’s fair to say Claude Cahun knew a thing or two about margins.

CC

Female. Lesbian. Jewish. Inspired by a Surrealism which regarded women as little more than exotic furniture. A life and career whose second act played out on an island in the English Channel…It’s fair to say Claude Cahun knew a thing or two about margins.

Ahem…

I really feel these unfairly marginalised oddballs are at least as deserving of respect and attention as, for example, many of the warmongers, jobsworths and dull Swedish poets crowding out the Nobel honour roll.

Ahem…

I really feel these unfairly marginalised oddballs are at least as deserving of respect and attention as, for example, many of the warmongers, jobsworths and dull Swedish poets crowding out the Nobel honour roll.

Bohème and beyond

Selbstinszenierung is a great German term which is related to self-promotion and self-presentation, but really carries the idea of directing oneself in the manner of a stage production or work of art, and thus expresses a concept close to Strange Flowers’ heart.

Bohème and beyond

Selbstinszenierung is a great German term which is related to self-promotion and self-presentation, but really carries the idea of directing oneself in the manner of a stage production or work of art, and thus expresses a concept close to Strange Flowers’ heart.

Art film/film art

Pascal Hofmann and Benny Jaberg’s excellent documentary Daniel Schmid – Le chat qui pense is released in Germany next week.

Art film/film art

Pascal Hofmann and Benny Jaberg’s excellent documentary Daniel Schmid – Le chat qui pense is released in Germany next week.

End of the enigma

Schleinstein (more commonly known as Bruno S.) was the star of Werner Herzog’s 1974 film The Enigma of Kaspar Hausar and the later Stroszek. In recent years he had attracted attention for his idiosyncratic art and continued to perform in Berlin.

End of the enigma

Schleinstein (more commonly known as Bruno S.) was the star of Werner Herzog’s 1974 film The Enigma of Kaspar Hausar and the later Stroszek. In recent years he had attracted attention for his idiosyncratic art and continued to perform in Berlin.

Prince of tides

Although better known in his lifetime as a writer and adventurer, Pückler-Muskau saw the Saxon park as his greatest monument. It was an expression of his lifetime passion for landscape gardening, into which he poured his entire fortune.

Prince of tides

Although better known in his lifetime as a writer and adventurer, Pückler-Muskau saw the Saxon park as his greatest monument. It was an expression of his lifetime passion for landscape gardening, into which he poured his entire fortune.