Art class, Chongqing(China) 1979 by Eve Arnold
Art class, Chongqing(China) 1979 by Eve Arnold
Some great stuff on this tumblr…
Francesco Guardi, A Female Artist Painting the Image of the Sudarium
Fabulous collection of Guy Bourdin GIFs on VFiles… Filed under Guy Bourdin .gifs by femaletrouble
Jiang Zhi - Eternal Sleep.
“Pictures from the Tropenmuseum’s albums, some reprinted on these pages, beautifully retell a familiar story: the colonial era as lost white paradise. White-clad children lounge beside native nannies on sunny lawns. Men ride or shoot elephants. Leafing through the albums one morning at the Amsterdam museum, I was unwillingly seized by colonial nostalgia. That “warm, sepia-tinted glow” (as the British historian of Africa, David Anderson, calls it) suffuses many British, Dutch and French memories of empire. However, colonial nostalgia may finally be receding. Stories of colonial atrocities, long familiar to academic historians, are now reaching the general European public. The western emotional memory of colonialism is changing.”
Solid piece on the potentially-changing dimensions of colonial nostalgia in Europe.
Dirty Beaches talks Retromania, Utopia of Sound, and more:
It’s curious you bring up the Reynolds book, because on the surface Drifters feels like your most varied collection in terms of the styles it darts between. That’s an interesting comment on this post-everything internet culture where you can listen to a late 1970s post-punk record or a rap record from 1988 and not really be able to distinguish the provenance.
“I think what influenced me a lot in the way I’ve been approaching music is a book I’ve been reading called Utopia Of Sound, particularly a piece by Diedrich Diederichsen. The first few chapters really inspire me because it’s kind of a counter-anecdote to what Retromania was pointing out. It’s very optimistic, and saying how, thanks to the internet, we reference so much to the point where we become everything. We’re turning everything into hybrids, hybrids, hybrids, to the point where it’s no longer recognisable, it just bleeds out into a new and different form. In a way I think that’s what I was trying to follow. I didn’t really think about my influences or about my musical vocabulary.”
HOTESSES EN 1969 (via La galerie photo ParisMatch.com)
“It began in January. At first, there were only a few. But as the weeks went on, more sea lion pups washed ashore. The dehydrated, emaciated pups showed up on Southern California’s beaches, tucked under trucks and lifeguard towers. One was found huddled in a flower pot.”
Extremely disturbed by the news of mass stranding of baby sea lions in California…
The Bold and the Beautiful.
Queer African American Women and the History of Marriage
This photo and headline accompanied an article from the October 15, 1970 issue of Jet magazine. They reveal that long before the recent struggle for marriage equality began, African American women who love women have engaged with the institution of marriage and have fought to make it their own.
Edna Knowles, on the left, and Peaches Stevens were wed in Liz’s Mark III Lounge, a gay bar on the South Side of Chicago, “before a host of friends and well wishers.” The article ended by noting, “although the duo has a type of ‘marriage license’ in their possession, the state’s official marriage license bureau reported it had no record of their license.” This ending serves to remind Jet readers that Knowles and Stevens’ union was not legitimate in the eyes of the state, as does the use of quotes around the word “married” in the headline.
However, decades prior to this bold public display of queer affection, African American female couples in New York strategized alternative ways to obtain marriage licenses in the 1920s and 30s:
“Marriage ceremonies were held with large wedding parties which included several bridesmaids, attendants, and other wedding party members. Actual marriage licenses were obtained by either masculinizing the first name, or having a gay male surrogate obtain the license for the marrying couple. These marriage licenses were placed on file with the New York City Marriage Bureau.” - Luvenia Pinson, “The Black Lesbian: Times Past-Time Present,” Womanews, May 1980 p. 8.
Also during the 1930s, popular performer Gladys Bentley was making a living singing bawdy tunes and playing piano late into the night at various clubs all over New York, including one named after her.
Bentley married her white girlfriend in Atlantic City in a ceremony to which she invited friends in the entertainment industry:
“Columnist Louis Sobol remembered Bentley coming over to his table one night and whispering, ‘I’m getting married tomorrow and you’re invited.’ When Sobol asked who the lucky man was to be, she giggled and replied, ‘Man? Why boy you’re crazy. I’m marryin’ ——’ and she named another woman singer.” - Eric Garber, “Gladys Bentley: The Bulldagger Who Sang the Blues,” Out/Look, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1988, pp. 52-61.These examples show some of the various ways queer African American women have created public rituals to express their relationships and have therefore insisted on their rights to full citizenship, many decades prior to the current struggle for marriage equality.- Cookie
“This is the best dish on the menu – the “Bukkake Salad”. Yeah, I don’t know why its called that either.”
“First of all, he said, Vallier’s skull was found in a suitcase in the back of the car, despite the fact that the pond had no current that could have moved it from where his body was found in the front passenger’s seat, a fact that also makes it clear he was not the driver.”
Crazy unfolding of family tragedy in Cambodia… (via Laurent Vallier suicide ruled out | National | National)
I love reading perfume criticism.
70’s Samoa rules so hard…