Category Archives: Networking

Circles: Fanny zu Reventlow

The “Cosmic Countess” serves as a fairly arbitrary mid-point around which to gather some of the key figures who made the Bavarian capital one of Europe’s most exciting, progressive cities at the beginning of the 20th century.

Circles: Fanny zu Reventlow

The “Cosmic Countess” serves as a fairly arbitrary mid-point around which to gather some of the key figures who made the Bavarian capital one of Europe’s most exciting, progressive cities at the beginning of the 20th century.

Munich

We’ve talked about enough obscure, unfairly forgotten people here, but with pre-World War One Schwabing a whole milieu is largely unexamined, in the English-speaking world at least.

Munich

We’ve talked about enough obscure, unfairly forgotten people here, but with pre-World War One Schwabing a whole milieu is largely unexamined, in the English-speaking world at least.

Dress-down Friday: Charles Henri Ford

In Op Art stripes, in black tie alongside Factory mainstay Gerard Malanga, resting serenely on his lover Pavel Tchelitchew or entertaining a gentleman caller wearing rather less than he, Ford is never less than elegant.

Dress-down Friday: Charles Henri Ford

In Op Art stripes, in black tie alongside Factory mainstay Gerard Malanga, resting serenely on his lover Pavel Tchelitchew or entertaining a gentleman caller wearing rather less than he, Ford is never less than elegant.

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

Pages: The Books of the Beast

This is a 1987 miscellany of pieces stretching back as much as twenty years prior. The title piece concerns the published works of Aleister Crowley, a figure of fascination for the author ever since he was disciplined at school for ordering The Great Beast.

Pages: The Books of the Beast

This is a 1987 miscellany of pieces stretching back as much as twenty years prior. The title piece concerns the published works of Aleister Crowley, a figure of fascination for the author ever since he was disciplined at school for ordering The Great Beast.

Circles: Ludwig II/Sissi

The Austrian empress and the Bavarian king were cousins and might have been in-laws as well if Ludwig hadn’t broken off his engagement with Sissi’s sister Sophie.

Circles: Ludwig II/Sissi

The Austrian empress and the Bavarian king were cousins and might have been in-laws as well if Ludwig hadn’t broken off his engagement with Sissi’s sister Sophie.

Dress-down Friday: Étienne de Beaumont (and guests)

This is a largely context-free gawp at Beaumont’s famous balls and the guests who loved them, a celebration of fancy dress and just plain dressin’ fancy…

Dress-down Friday: Étienne de Beaumont (and guests)

This is a largely context-free gawp at Beaumont’s famous balls and the guests who loved them, a celebration of fancy dress and just plain dressin’ fancy…

Circles: H.D./Bryher

When you’re mapping the relations of H.D. and Bryher, complication is a given. Their relationship lasted from 1918 to H.D.’s death in 1961 but as the diagram indicates, this was a far from exclusive arrangement.

Circles: H.D./Bryher

When you’re mapping the relations of H.D. and Bryher, complication is a given. Their relationship lasted from 1918 to H.D.’s death in 1961 but as the diagram indicates, this was a far from exclusive arrangement.

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

A Lorrain special, part 2

It’s impossible to understand Jean Lorrain without acknowledging his self-loathing. A masochistic streak led him to provoke the ire of those he admired as much as the objects of his disdain.

A Lorrain special, part 2

It’s impossible to understand Jean Lorrain without acknowledging his self-loathing. A masochistic streak led him to provoke the ire of those he admired as much as the objects of his disdain.

A Lorrain special, part 1

A typical night might start in the opera, continue at Maxim’s, stop over in a music hall and end at dawn in the produce markets of Les Halles. At various points in his nocturnal odyssey Lorrain would be accompanied by barons, bohemians and barrow boys.

A Lorrain special, part 1

A typical night might start in the opera, continue at Maxim’s, stop over in a music hall and end at dawn in the produce markets of Les Halles. At various points in his nocturnal odyssey Lorrain would be accompanied by barons, bohemians and barrow boys.

Places: Palais Rose, Le Vésinet

Montesquiou first laid eyes on the house in 1908 and announced that he would die if it were not his the following day. Well, it took two days to secure a sale agreement but the silly old drama queen somehow managed to cling to life.

Places: Palais Rose, Le Vésinet

Montesquiou first laid eyes on the house in 1908 and announced that he would die if it were not his the following day. Well, it took two days to secure a sale agreement but the silly old drama queen somehow managed to cling to life.

The valley of Vali Myers

Long after the 60s had become fixed as a montage of stock footage with an inevitable Hendrix accompaniment, Vali continued to live with such abandon that she seemed to be living out not just her own ideals, but those discarded by former fellow travellers as well.

The valley of Vali Myers

Long after the 60s had become fixed as a montage of stock footage with an inevitable Hendrix accompaniment, Vali continued to live with such abandon that she seemed to be living out not just her own ideals, but those discarded by former fellow travellers as well.

Look back with Anger

We saw Kenneth Anger yesterday, kicking around the semi-ruin of Aleister Crowley’s Abbey of Thelema. He’s also been on my screen in Martina Kudláček’s brilliant 2006 documentary Notes on Marie Menken, which I’ve watched twice over the last few days.

Look back with Anger

We saw Kenneth Anger yesterday, kicking around the semi-ruin of Aleister Crowley’s Abbey of Thelema. He’s also been on my screen in Martina Kudláček’s brilliant 2006 documentary Notes on Marie Menken, which I’ve watched twice over the last few days.

Pages: Frederick Rolfe’s Reviews of Unwritten Books

These articles, written around the same time as Hadrian the Seventh (1903/04) come as a complete revelation. Where Hadrian was weighed down by Rolfe’s sense of aggrieved entitlement, these Reviews are light in the best possible sense, borne aloft on wit and invention.

Pages: Frederick Rolfe’s Reviews of Unwritten Books

These articles, written around the same time as Hadrian the Seventh (1903/04) come as a complete revelation. Where Hadrian was weighed down by Rolfe’s sense of aggrieved entitlement, these Reviews are light in the best possible sense, borne aloft on wit and invention.

Places: Under the Hill

More Adey was a Catholic convert, a friend of Oscar Wilde with rarefied tastes in arts and letters, but he was at once more scholarly and less flamboyant than most of the Wilde bunch he rolled with.

Places: Under the Hill

More Adey was a Catholic convert, a friend of Oscar Wilde with rarefied tastes in arts and letters, but he was at once more scholarly and less flamboyant than most of the Wilde bunch he rolled with.

La Principessa

Caresse Crosby made being Caresse Crosby look like more fun than just about anything that wasn’t being Caresse Crosby. Following her unlikely invention of the modern bra, Crosby spent the 1920s and ’30s as a publisher, poet, patron and – for a moment – performer.

La Principessa

Caresse Crosby made being Caresse Crosby look like more fun than just about anything that wasn’t being Caresse Crosby. Following her unlikely invention of the modern bra, Crosby spent the 1920s and ’30s as a publisher, poet, patron and – for a moment – performer.

Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond Roussel

It is unlikely that the museum will be erecting crowd-control barriers at any point in the show’s run, but if renown were measured by the aggregated prestige rather than numerical total of one’s followers, Raymond Roussel would be a near-household name.

Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond Roussel

It is unlikely that the museum will be erecting crowd-control barriers at any point in the show’s run, but if renown were measured by the aggregated prestige rather than numerical total of one’s followers, Raymond Roussel would be a near-household name.

To the very dregs

Peter Warlock’s enthusiasms were as tempestuous as his disdain, and the flip side of his antsy vitality was the crippling despair to which he would periodically succumb. He conducted vituperative public feuds, writing obscene limericks about his enemies which he at one stage anthologised on a toilet roll.

To the very dregs

Peter Warlock’s enthusiasms were as tempestuous as his disdain, and the flip side of his antsy vitality was the crippling despair to which he would periodically succumb. He conducted vituperative public feuds, writing obscene limericks about his enemies which he at one stage anthologised on a toilet roll.

Places: Place Vendôme

One of the countess’s most notorious public appearances saw her arrive at a ball in a sheer dress, slashed at the sides, decorated with hearts. The Empress caught sight of one such strategically placed ornament. “Your heart seems a little low,” she commented coolly.

Places: Place Vendôme

One of the countess’s most notorious public appearances saw her arrive at a ball in a sheer dress, slashed at the sides, decorated with hearts. The Empress caught sight of one such strategically placed ornament. “Your heart seems a little low,” she commented coolly.