My Inspiration

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Harper’s Bazaar asked Chloe Sevigny some questions about her creative inspirations and I’ve decided to post my own answers to some of their questions, plus a few more…

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First album bought: Must have been The Eagles. My brother and I were both listening to them a lot – their harmony is amazing.

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Most re-read book: There are two: The Garden of Eden (Hemingway) & The Lover (Duras). (Pic: from film based on Dura’s “The Lover.”)

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Fav. Film: Sofia Coppola’s, “Lost in Translation”. I just “get” this one completely – what it’s trying to say and the wit.

Fav. Film Quote: “We let it happen – that’s how we choose.” From: Violets are Blue, written by: Naomi Gyllenhaal.

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Guilty Pleasure: Going to see a film on a weekday afternoon. It just feels decadent.

Fav. object: A sapphire ring from my mother.

Fav. time of day: Midnight. The world gets quiet, no ringing phones, music sounds better and I can think, write, and read with better clarity and inspiration.

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Dream lunch date: Without question, Henry Miller. He was a great conversationalist and I would love to sit around the table all afternoon and into the night talking to him about, well everything really. (Pic: Henry Miller & Hoki-San Tokuta Miller)

Signature dish: Not sure why they asked this but it’s spaghetti. Whether homemade sauce or store bought and doctored – I rock it.

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Fav. TV show: Mad Men was a real stand out – original and never boring. Matthew Weiner is a very talented writer – talk about creative.

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Fav. Band: Aerosmith. They’ve always just done it for me and there is no one I’d rather hear play guitar than “Joe Fucking Perry”.

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Fashion Inspiration: Think Bohemian. This is not something I give a lot of thought to – I make it my own, but I am inspired by: Jane Birkin – love the boho lace crop tops, jeans and sixties style dresses…

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Alison Mosshart – she has great style.

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…and Joe Perry – the hats, scarves, cool jackets, shades, ripped jeans…love it. All three have inspired me in some way. (photo: Zack Whitford)

Dogs or Cats: Again, not sure why they asked this but…dogs – cats are creepy.

Fav. room: Bedroom, where I keep my favorite books, music & photographs nearby.

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Bedside table: A few photographs, an odd little ceramic entwined newts I bought when I was in high school, an old pink salt used as a ring holder, Berts Bees Baby Bee Solid perfume and books including Henry Miller’s My Life, Paul Auster books and currently Alexa Chung’s “It”. (Pic from HM’s My Life & Times.)

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Favorite artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (pic: The Spinet)

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Fav. Sculptor: Camille Claudel. (Pic: The Age of Maturity)

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Fav. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson but I’m most inspired by anyone’s old photographs of families or old buildings.

Well, there you have it, some of my enduring creative inspirations.

 

 

Mad Love

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It’s nearly time for Mad Men’s Season six 2-hour premiere on April 7th….can’t wait. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…brilliant writing. If you grew up in the sixties, this show resonates to the core. I truly admire and am perhaps a bit jealous of Matthew Weiner’s ability to write characters who are deeply flawed and therefore, deeply interesting…it never bores. From the moment I watched the ep where Betty shoots the birds, I knew it was something very different from what has gone before.

Just when I thought Matthew had reached the pinnacle with the episodes “The Suitcase” & “The Summer Man” then last season brought the deeply moving “The Other Woman” & “The Phantom”. In The Other Woman, when Don shows up at Joan’s apartment to dissuade her from trading herself so that they might land Jaguar and she might secure herself a place at the men’s table, she sweetly thanks him for his act of chivalry (something new for Don), when we as viewers know as Joan does that he’s too late. I remember having conversations with my girlfriends and we all had the same dramatic responses to that episode.

The season five finale was memorable for me mainly due to a poignant scene between a guy we’ve been set up to dislike from the beginning, Pete Campbell and the object of his affection, Beth. Pete seemingly has everything and yet in a prior ep, he tells Don sadly…”I have nothing” and you realize that he very probably has made choices based upon what seemed socially acceptable at the time and not upon real passions. The conversation he has with Beth in the hospital is truly memorable when he explains his life with his family was some temporary bandage on a permanent wound” .

As we dive back into the world of Mad Men, with Lane having made a rather abrupt exit, will it be Sterling, Cooper, Draper… Holloway? Or as my friend Steph and I hope…Olson, as we want Peggy to come back into the fold. I can’t wait to find out what they’ve been up to. Who’s in?

A Million Reasons for Being Anywhere…

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“When a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him. He has a million reasons for being anywhere, just ask him. If you listen, he’ll tell you how he got there. How he forgot where he was going, and that he woke up. If you listen, he’ll tell you about the time he thought he was an angel or dreamt of being perfect. And then he’ll smile with wisdom, content that he realized the world isn’t perfect. We’re flawed, because we want so much more. We’re ruined, because we get these things, and wish for what we had.” ~Don Draper

*Quote from AMC’s Mad Men/Episode “The Summer Man” – written by: Lisa Albert & Janet Leahy and Matthew Weiner
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One who really knows me….

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I always knew it was there, lurking in the shadows but now it’s official…I am completely jealous of Matthew Weiner…. generally speaking because of his brilliant creation, Mad Men but specifically for “The Suitcase”. Somehow he is able to bring out the psychology and truth of his characters and force them to reveal themselves in ways that are quite out of the ordinary. The episode built on itself slowly, as Don and Peggy chose to trust each other enough to reveal some more of themselves to probably (now) the only person on earth either of them trust. Don and Peggy are such similar creatures and as the only woman who knew everything about him passes out of life, she smiles at Don, lying there with the one who will take up that mantle in his life. Amazing writing.

Don & Betts kick it into drive…….

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Ahh yes, the Mad Men of old finally got going last Sunday night and I was very happy indeed. As anyone who reads JUTS regularly knows, I’m a big fan of Mad Men and I was getting a little worried this season that they had fallen off into boring as often happens with even great series that start off with a bang. Last weeks lawn mower bloodbath started things back in the direction of original, which is why I love this show – I never see things coming. Sunday nights episode Don was having yet another affair in a hotel room out-of-town but refreshingly it was with his wife this time! They even had a little role playing thing going on and it was pretty cool. I’m still hoping that Roger and Joan find their way back around to each other, because the show needs another power couple and Pete and Trudy just don’t cut it. Here’s hoping the show stays on track now…..

Pic: Vanity Fair, Annie Liebovitz