Archives for August 2011
Geek Wisdom is on the air!
Well, it will be from 1:30-3:30am Eastern time tonight(ish), anyway! Stephen Segal and I, with some call-in assistance from the left coast in the form of Zaki Hasan and Eric San Juan, will be storming WBAI in New York. The topic – Geek Wisdom – is one I know well due to having been one my entire life. (My mom’s favorite Halloween story is the one where I was Gandalf and went around all night increasingly irritated that no one knew who I was and called me a “wizard” like… Read more »
One of the weirdest things you can do to a kid with an overactive imagination who does not at all resemble me in any way is show that child a movie trailer. That anonymous child will extrapolate the entire movie in their minds using that trailer as a touchstone, and then when they go see the actual film, they will either be vaguely baffled at a good movie that isn’t THEIR movie, or they will see Bram Stoker’s Dracula years later and have a bad taste in their mouth forever,… Read more »
While I think my movie-musical loyalties are well known (spoiler: Astaire and Rogers, every time), my favorite movie-musical character ever might be the incomparable Lina Lamont. With a face like a Botticelli and a voice like a cheese grater, Lina Lamont is the most amazing thing about Singing in the Rain. She is so amazing that even if you don’t like movie musicals (and I get it, they are weird) or Gene Kelly (ditto), it’s worth watching the movie just for her. The best scene, bar none, is the agonizing… Read more »
I have an article in the latest issue of Weird Tales! “A Sweet Disorder in the Dress” talks about Alexander McQueen and the surreal, subversive narratives he made with fashion throughout his career. Fashion is a remarkable, flawed, Byzantine industry that sometimes seems like a group of really well-dressed wizards locked in a tower trying to decide what bizarre trend they can start next. There are innumerable political underpinnings, and the ethics and economics of it have vast and pervasive consequences. As someone whose main criteria for clothes is, “How… Read more »
This is the thing: The relationship between awesomeness and quality isn’t always linear. Last week I looked at some of the promo stills for the dueling Snow White projects, and mentioned that my favorite Snow White adaptation so far might be Snow White: A Tale of Terror, a completely cheeseball made-for-TV affair that has some awesome concepts, and probably would have made an awesome HBO or BBC endeavor. But because it is a TV movie made in 1996, it has stars from the WB and five dollars discretionary budget, all… Read more »

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    I loved the Met’s Death Becomes Her exhibition of mourning clothes. The rules of mourning are fascinating and infuriating in equal measure, and the exhibit does a great job of presenting the benefits of mourning (publicly noting grief explains much to others that one then doesn’t have to explain oneself), the business of mourning (fashion crept into mourning left right and center), and the politics of mourning (sexually-experienced ladies who might have money and be in the market for a new husband? Lock up your sons). 

    [Top photo: Metropolitan Museum. Other photos mine.]

    "The Scots shut themselves up in total darkness,wear veils, i know not how many folds, but so black that sitting beside them you could not tell whether it is a broomstick dressed up or what it is." - Elizabeth Emma Stuart, 1856

    "Black is becoming; and young widows, fair, plump, and smiling, with their roguish eyes sparkling under their black veils are very seducing." - Robert De Valcourt, The Illustrated Manners Book, 1855

    "I remember a remark a very superficial minded young lady made to me the other day: ‘I think a long black dress and a long black veil look so nice.’ Poor creature let her think on. She was in mourning once for her father." Nannie Haskins Williams, 1863

    "Have been all this week in a sad task making up my mourning for my dear Papa & today for the first time put it on. The sight of this black dress brings the cause why I wear it more fully to my mind, if possible brings him more vividly before me." Catherine Anne Edmonston, 1861

    "Black is more than ever the favorite color of fashion. there was a time—our mothers will remember it—when the sole fact of wearing a black dress when one was not in mourning was sufficient to call forth a kind of reprobation, and to cause the wearer to be classed among the dangerously eccentric women."  Harper’s Bazaar, 1879


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    Mihoko Ogaki

    LED sculpturess