Life today is full of contrast…

“I try to contrast; life today is full of contrast… We have to change.”
— Gianni Versace

Today has been an exceptionally lazy day of sleeping in, school readings, and binge watching American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Has anyone else seen this? I’m sure, as it was a big deal when it premiered on FX a little over a year ago.

I love true crime stories, and I have a strange fascination with the particularly high profile ones.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and also the Law and Order True Crime adaption of the Menendez brothers story.

Is it concerning that I find these shows and cases so interesting? Probably, but I’m obviously hardly the only one who finds these stories fascinating.

In fact, Andy Warhol also found the spectacle of death and violence fascinating as well. Read more.

Women and typewriters are not inseparable.

“Women and typewriters are not inseparable.”

Today I watched She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary about the birth and growth of the 1960s women’s liberation movement. It was super interesting, and free for all you Netflix subscribers.

Towards the beginning of the documentary, a woman is shown holding a sign saying “Women and typewriters are not inseparable.”

It’s a small slogan, used at the time to fight for equality in the workforce.

And, it’s clearly been upwards of 60 years since this photo was taken and this sign was used, you’d hope that there’d be no use for it now. But, for some reason, this phrase really stuck with me. Read more.

You make progress by implementing ideas.

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
— Shirley Chisholm

Earlier today I was on the hunt for a good quote about rants. Something to describe those few opinions everyone has, often times unpopular opinions, that you just can’t ignore when they’re brought up.

I thought ranting was the word for this, but I don’t think it is.

And now I don’t think I’m a fan of the act of ranting at all.

A look at how the 2017 Wonder Woman movie isn’t feminist, and how we should be recognizing real women, like Shirley Chisholm.

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I am a public eye, a witness, a critic.

“No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another like Van Gogh. In this town, one is at the mercy of the recognition factor. One’s public appearance is absolute. Part of the artist’s job is to get the work where I will see it. I consider myself a metaphor on the public.
I am a public eye, a witness, a critic. When you first see a new picture. You don’t want to miss the boat, you have to be very careful. You might be staring at Van Gogh’s ear.”
— Rene Ricard in ‘Basquiat

I just finished watching Basquiat, the 1996 film about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ascension to fame as a world renowned street artist.

From the beginning, this movie drew me in. I mean, it was inevitable that I would like it anyway — it’s a movie about art. It’s also impeccably cast. Bowie as Andy Warhol? Pure perfection.

But, this quote. This quote called to me. Read more.

far worse than ugliness…

“In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.” — ‘Gigi’, Colette (1944)

I recently watched the film Colette. I hated it. The story was great, but I found a major roadblock. Who makes a movie about a French woman, set in France, with a cast full of British accents? I couldn’t get passed that, no matter the Rotten Tomatoes rating.
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