Category Archives: Innovation

The other riot

“Loud laughter rang throughout the hall in response to that squawking, grinding chord”

Advertisements

The other riot

“Loud laughter rang throughout the hall in response to that squawking, grinding chord”

Pearls: Jeffrey Eugenides

“People stopped being people in 1913.”

Pearls: Jeffrey Eugenides

“People stopped being people in 1913.”

The house of Wittgenstein

Haus Wittgenstein is a Modernist white cube of such unornamented austerity that it’s like a splash of ice cold water after the whipped-cream architectural confections that dot central Vienna.

The house of Wittgenstein

Haus Wittgenstein is a Modernist white cube of such unornamented austerity that it’s like a splash of ice cold water after the whipped-cream architectural confections that dot central Vienna.

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.

Oh baby

It’s currently not rocketing up the charts anywhere, with its limited run of 400 copies ensuring that Valeska Gert’s posthumous pop career is unlikely to assume Gaga-esque proportions.

Oh baby

It’s currently not rocketing up the charts anywhere, with its limited run of 400 copies ensuring that Valeska Gert’s posthumous pop career is unlikely to assume Gaga-esque proportions.

Actually, it IS rocket science

The explosion that ripped through a Pasadena mansion on a late afternoon in early summer of 1952 still echoes in the minds of occultists and conspiracy theorists to this day. The first consequence, was that the author of the calamity, a rocket scientist named Jack Parsons, died.

Actually, it IS rocket science

The explosion that ripped through a Pasadena mansion on a late afternoon in early summer of 1952 still echoes in the minds of occultists and conspiracy theorists to this day. The first consequence, was that the author of the calamity, a rocket scientist named Jack Parsons, died.

Always yes

If you’re wearing a bra while reading this (and you know what? you don’t have to tell me – Strange Flowers’ Market Research department respects boundaries)…anyway, if you’re wearing a bra as opposed to, oh, a whalebone corset, you should thank Caresse Crosby.

Always yes

If you’re wearing a bra while reading this (and you know what? you don’t have to tell me – Strange Flowers’ Market Research department respects boundaries)…anyway, if you’re wearing a bra as opposed to, oh, a whalebone corset, you should thank Caresse Crosby.

Back to naturism

Photos of Diefenbach are uncannily redolent of 1960s hippy commune-dwellers. Beginning in the 1880s, Diefenbach took to wearing a caftan and sandals (or nothing at all), gave up meat, alcohol and tobacco while espousing free love, pacifism and sun worship.

Back to naturism

Photos of Diefenbach are uncannily redolent of 1960s hippy commune-dwellers. Beginning in the 1880s, Diefenbach took to wearing a caftan and sandals (or nothing at all), gave up meat, alcohol and tobacco while espousing free love, pacifism and sun worship.

The King of Redonda

M.P. Shiel is the unlikely answer to an improbable question: what links 1890s Decadence with 20th century science fiction? The answer is a West Indian who moved in Bohemian circles in London and claimed kingship of a guano-rich Caribbean outcrop.

The King of Redonda

M.P. Shiel is the unlikely answer to an improbable question: what links 1890s Decadence with 20th century science fiction? The answer is a West Indian who moved in Bohemian circles in London and claimed kingship of a guano-rich Caribbean outcrop.

Snowman

Bentley was obsessed with the natural phenomenon of snow and in 1885 he became a pioneer of snowflake photography (admittedly, it never became a particularly crowded field).

Snowman

Bentley was obsessed with the natural phenomenon of snow and in 1885 he became a pioneer of snowflake photography (admittedly, it never became a particularly crowded field).

On the road with Raymond Roussel

Whether it was his lifelong correspondence with the Tahitian royal family, his habit of fasting for days on end or his phobia of tunnels, Roussel boasted a generous portfolio of quirks. For now, I’m going to concentrate on just one: his extraordinary RV.

On the road with Raymond Roussel

Whether it was his lifelong correspondence with the Tahitian royal family, his habit of fasting for days on end or his phobia of tunnels, Roussel boasted a generous portfolio of quirks. For now, I’m going to concentrate on just one: his extraordinary RV.

Sweet destiny

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau was one of those aristocratic 19th century polymaths of boundless initiative and insatiable curiosity who treated the world like their own private kunstkammer.

Sweet destiny

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau was one of those aristocratic 19th century polymaths of boundless initiative and insatiable curiosity who treated the world like their own private kunstkammer.