By Geoffrey Lapid
A good dog. Yes, a very good dog.
Portrait by Tully Mills.
Said goodbye to a friend today. :(
Count Orlock in Nosferatu is your womenswear look for fall.
There are trendier silhouettes out there, but this is a can’t-fail classic. Trim, military inspired coat, cozy scarf, skinny trousers, and this season’s on-trend Chelsea boots. This look obviously sings in a neutral color palette of blacks and greys, but it would work equally well in autumnal rusts and ochres.
Signs of life (or perhaps UNDEATH) on The Only Look That Matters.
Notable Excerpts from the Point Break Wikipedia Page
"Point Break was originally called Johnny Utah when Keanu Reeves was cast in the title role. The studio felt that this title said very little about surfing and by the time Patrick Swayze was cast, the film had been renamed Riders on the Storm after the famous rock song by The Doors. However, Jim Morrison's lyrics had nothing to do with the film and so that title was also rejected. It was not until halfway through filming that Point Break became the film’s title because of its relevance to surfing.”
“At the 1992 MTV Movie Awards, Point Break was nominated for three awards including “Most Desirable Male” (Keanu Reeves), “Most Desirable Male” (Patrick Swayze), and “Best Action Sequence” for the second jump from the plane. In it, Agent Utah jumps out of a plane without a parachute to catch Bodhi and rescue Tyler. Utah catches up with Bodhi and holds a gun to his head. However, Bodhi refuses to pull the rip cord and Utah must decide between dropping his gun (so he can hold on and pull the rip cord) or letting the two fall to the ground. The film ultimately won “Most Desirable Male” for Keanu Reeves.”
apkr asked: What are your favorite novels, 1985-2013?
Yikes, what a specific question! Only novels! 1985-2013! JEEZ. As I am away from my bookshelf, which I’m sure would provide a nice visual reference for this question, I’m just gonna have to go off the top of my head here. Bear in mind, I’m not very well-read in any specific era. A mile wide and an inch deep, that’s me:
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
Lonesome Dove is playing with a stacked deck because “gritty, emotional, epic western” is pretty much the last word for me. It walks a very difficult line between allowing its characters to be both matter-of-fact and deeply affected by the cheapness of life in harsh environs. They are people whose relationships with the memory of people they loved are as much a fact of life as their relationships with the living people around them. Unbelievably rich, well-drawn characters. Gus McRae is one of my favorite characters in literature, and when I found out that this novel is where my parents got the idea to name me “Augustus” had I been a boy, I was almost okay with it. Almost.
Not to mention that McMurtry rewrote it to be a novel after his screenplay died in development. SOMETIMES FAILURE IS A GIFT BLAH BLAH BLAH.
The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
I could list you all kinds of Ellroys here, but The Black Dahlia is the one that really hurt. It’s so raw; he doesn’t have the same command over his style that he later developed. His later novels would have shades of Bucky Bleichert, the protagonist undone by obsession, but this is the unvarnished, from hunger version. Truly ugly, truly great.
Swamplandia, Karen Russel
Lush, spooky coming-of-age novel. Something that almost seems like it sprang out of that deep well at the back of your brain where you keep ghost stories, urban legends, and the personal mythologies you develop from looking down a dark hallway as a kid. Plus, you know, alligators.
2666, Roberto Bolaño
The standard against which I measure the contemporary big, ambitious, mysterious novel. Bolaño doesn’t fall into the trap of getting so caught up in the vast, mysterious world he creates that he treats his characters like meat puppets (looking at you…everyone). One of the most intellectually and emotionally demanding books I’ve ever read. If you want a book that won’t remind you that the world is caving in under the weight of violence and indifference to violence…this is not that book!! It’s great, though. So great.