My Inspiration


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…


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


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

'Lost in Translation' Movie Stills

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.


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.


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.


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


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”.


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…


Alison Mosshart – she has great style.


…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.


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.)


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


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

cartier-bresson 1975

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.




Bridging the Gap

bridge project

So here’s the idea; merging American and British sensibilities as it applies to the theatre, with each culture bringing their unique talents and approaches. Sam Mendes, Kevin Spacey and Joseph Melillo, Executive Producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music came up with the idea, calling it the ‘The Bridge Project’, made up of a company of American, British and Irish actors. Sam Mendes said, “The Bridge Project was born out of a simple desire: a wish for artists, collaborators, and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic to experience one another’s work, talent, and artistry in the theatre”. The project will run for at least three seasons, staging two plays in repertory first in Brooklyn at BAM, then in London at the Old Vic, then moving outward. It debuted in Brooklyn recently with “The Cherry Orchard” translated by Tom Stoppard. Sounds like a good start to me. It will be interesting to see if the actors, as well as theatergoers enjoy the experience.