leonardo dicaprio by david lachapelle 


Trainspotting (1996), dir. Danny Boyle

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"Maybe it’s not metaphysics. Maybe it’s existential. I’m talking about the individual US citizen’s deep fear, the same basic fear that you and I have and that everybody has except nobody ever talks about it except existentialists in convoluted French prose. Or Pascal. Our smallness, our insignificance and mortality, yours and mine, the thing that we all spend all our time not thinking about directly, that we are tiny and at the mercy of large forces and that time is always passing and that every day we’ve lost one more day that will never come back and our childhoods are over and our adolescence and the vigor of youth and soon our adulthood, that everything we see around us all the time is decaying and passing, it’s all passing away, and so are we, so am I, and given how fast the first forty-two years have shot by it’s not going to be long before I too pass away, whoever imagined that there was a more truthful way to put it than “die,” “pass away,” the very sound of it makes me feel the way I feel at dusk on a wintry Sunday—… And not only that, but everybody who knows me or even knows I exist will die, and then everybody who knows those people and might even conceivably have even heard of me will die, and so on, and the gravestones and monuments we spend money to have pour in to make sure we’re remembered, these’ll last what— a hundred years? two hundred?— and they’ll crumble, and the grass and insects my decomposition will go to feed will die, and their offspring, or if I’m cremated the trees that are nourished by my windblown ash will die or get cut down and decay, and my urn will decay, and that before maybe three of four generations it will be like I never existed, not only will I have passed away but it will be like I was never here, and people in 2104 or whatever will no more think of Stuart A. Nichols Jr. than you or I think of John T. Smith, 1790 to 1864, of Livingston, Virginia, or some such. That everything is on fire, slow fire, and we’re all less than a million breaths away from an oblivion more total than we can even bring ourselves to even try to imagine, in fact, probably that’s why the manic US obsession with production, produce, produce, impact the world, contribute, shape things, to help distract us from how little and totally insignificant and temporary we are… The post-production capitalist has something to do with the death of civics. But so does fear of smallness and death and everything being on fire."

- David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

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Marlon Brando, c. 1952.

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Open Culture uncovers this fantastic photo of Virginia Woolf playing cricket with her sister, the celebrated artist Vanessa Bell, who illustrated some of Woolf’s books.
Woolf remembers:

Scenes, I note, seldom illustrate my relation with Vanessa; it has been too deep for ‘scenes’. Vanessa and I were both what we call tomboys; that is, we played cricket, scrambled over rocks, climbed trees, were said not to care for clothes and so on.
Until she was fifteen indeed, she was outwardly sober and austere, the most trustworthy, and always the eldest; sometimes she would lament her “responsibilities”. But beneath the serious surface … there burnt also the…passion for art. …Once I saw her scrawl on a black door a great maze of lines, with white chalk. “When I am a famous painter-” she began, and then turned shy and rubbed it out in her capable way…She was awkward as a long-legged colt.

Woolf, of course, was more than a tomboy. 
Pair with this lovely children’s book about Woolf and Bell, then see Woolf’s witty family newspaper, which she created in collaboration with her nephews, Bell’s two teenage sons. 


Jimi Hendrix by Roz Kelly in bed at the Drake Hotel in New York, 1968.

"This photo caught the twenty-seven-year-old virtuoso guitarist at the peak of his stardom, only a year before his death. Having just woken up, Hendrix reportedly asked the photographer to join him in his bed."

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Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960)

Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you’re trying to tell me?

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when i get married, i’m making a sign to put above our bed that says this. you know, just for some added motivation.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)


So incredible I got to see this in London. Ahhhh

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FKA twigs at Glasslands Gallery

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Rooney attends the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Spring Studios on September 11, 2014 in New York City