Posts Tagged: Quentin Crisp

Sheila Legge by Claude Cahun

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

Sheila Legge by Claude Cahun

Phantoms of Surrealism

Sheila Legge, the faceless face of British Surrealism

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Quentin Crisp

“Stay right where you are and wait for society to form itself around you.”

QC

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Quentin Crisp

“Stay right where you are and wait for society to form itself around you.”

QC

Pearls: Quentin Crisp (Director’s Cut)

“In the beginning was the word. Once we know the words, we are halfway to ruling the world…”

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Pearls: Quentin Crisp (Director’s Cut)

“In the beginning was the word. Once we know the words, we are halfway to ruling the world…”

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Ironfoot Jack on film

Here he is! In the daytime! In colour! He’s just one of the wonders in this brilliant time capsule of Soho in the 1950s, when the cappuccino machine was still a device of such foreign exoticism it may as well have been a sputnik.

Ironfoot Jack P

Ironfoot Jack on film

Here he is! In the daytime! In colour! He’s just one of the wonders in this brilliant time capsule of Soho in the 1950s, when the cappuccino machine was still a device of such foreign exoticism it may as well have been a sputnik.

Jobriath P

The Chelsea

On the one hand it’s depressing that major cities are so bent on removing any trace of character from their centres. On the other hand a counterculture whose continued existence depends on a preservation order surely isn’t really a counterculture anymore.

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The Chelsea

On the one hand it’s depressing that major cities are so bent on removing any trace of character from their centres. On the other hand a counterculture whose continued existence depends on a preservation order surely isn’t really a counterculture anymore.

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Catching up

Body Sweats, a collection of writings by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, is a capital B capital D Big Deal in the shadow world of Strange Flowers. I’ve leafed through 2011’s back pages to see what else I’ve missed (or in some cases, forgotten) of the year’s books.

P_12Jan_back

Catching up

Body Sweats, a collection of writings by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, is a capital B capital D Big Deal in the shadow world of Strange Flowers. I’ve leafed through 2011’s back pages to see what else I’ve missed (or in some cases, forgotten) of the year’s books.

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No regrets

“I would hate to leave this world without saying that I have had a good ride of it all. I have lived my life the best way I know how and I regret nothing.”

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No regrets

“I would hate to leave this world without saying that I have had a good ride of it all. I have lived my life the best way I know how and I regret nothing.”

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Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

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Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

P_11Mar_Nina

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 2

Fitzrovia was a stone’s throw from Bloomsbury but a world away in temperament. According to the Times Literary Supplement, Fitzrovia was “a world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics”. In short, the spiritual home of Strange Flowers.

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Strange Flowers guide to London: part 2

Fitzrovia was a stone’s throw from Bloomsbury but a world away in temperament. According to the Times Literary Supplement, Fitzrovia was “a world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics”. In short, the spiritual home of Strange Flowers.

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A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Molinier preview

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Quentin Crisp

XIIDX day 3: Merry Crispmas

This two-part documentary from 1970 finds Quentin Crisp at a curious mid-point. He’s past the trials of young adulthood which saw him literally beaten up on the street for flamboyant campery, but not yet settled into his elderly, august years as a “stately homo”.

Quentin Crisp

XIIDX day 3: Merry Crispmas

This two-part documentary from 1970 finds Quentin Crisp at a curious mid-point. He’s past the trials of young adulthood which saw him literally beaten up on the street for flamboyant campery, but not yet settled into his elderly, august years as a “stately homo”.

Quentin Crisp

On style

“Style is never natural; its nature is that it must be acquired.”

Quentin Crisp

On style

“Style is never natural; its nature is that it must be acquired.”